Newington football is looking for redemption this week after its loss against Platt. The Indians have high hopes to come out on top against Bristol Eastern.
“As a team we’re looking forward to Bristol Eastern,” senior guard Damon Stewart said. “We want to redeem ourselves because last week not everything went the way we wanted it to with Platt, and I think with how we’re practicing this week we’ll have a good shot at turning it around.”
Last year Bristol Eastern was one of the three teams that Newington actually beat, 27-7.
Although the Indians are wanting and expecting a win, they know they’re not going to be seeing the team they played last year.
“I’m assuming they have new coaches because they really are turning their season around from what I can see with film,” Stewart said. “But, we’re not really looking [it] as we beat them last year and it’s going to be the same this year. We’re training like they’re the best team we’re going to play and we’re hoping to play as such.”
The Lancers currently sit 0-3 on their season. Last week the Lancers fell to Maloney, 34-7.
“It seems like they play with a lot of heart and passion,” Newington head coach Jason Pace said. “You can tell they fight, and they’ve played some pretty good opponents. We know their 0-3 record does not necessarily communicate the type of team they are.”
Eastern is pretty balanced when it comes to its offense. Quarterback Justin Marshall was seven-for-13 for 92 yards in last week’s game. He also had 11 carries for 38 yards, while running back Stephen Hopkins had 10 carries for 27 yards.
“Their size is something we’ve made sure to pay attention to,” Pace said. “Their quarterback is pretty mobile, he has a pretty strong arm, and he’s had a lot of success moving the ball.”
The Indians put all the faith they have into their coaches when it comes to all decisions on the game.
“We’re going to trust our coaches,” senior quarterback Robert Sanchez said. “The coaches are going to put us in the right positions. They’re going to make sure we’re set on defense, make sure there is a good amount of coverage going on, make sure we can cover the run and make sure we can cover the pass all at the same time.”
“We know they have a pretty good defensive line,” Stewart said, “especially with their size. We just hope our offensive line can step up and handle that.”
Outside linebacker Rajon Collins has caught the eyes of the Indians. Last week the 6-foot-4, 228-pound senior blasted through the line of scrimmage to take out Maloney’s running back.
Another watchful eye is on senior middle linebacker Trinidad Gonzalez. He is known for making the calls on the plays for the Lancers. Gonzalez is another big body at six feet and 210 pounds.
“From what we’ve seen they’re a pretty decent team,” Sanchez said. “Obviously every team thinks they are better going into a matchup, but we think we’re better. We’re just going to go out, play and hopefully just win this week.”
“We need to make sure we prepare for success,” Pace said.