NEW BRITAIN - With a quick touchdown to start the game, the New Britain football team started what turned out to be a high-scoring matchup against Enfield Friday night.
Hurricanes running back Shawn Robinson was a big reason behind the 44-38 victory, scoring four total touchdowns in the game.
Robinson ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns on the ground alone and returned a pair of kickoff back for score. And it was his running in specific situations and his returning skills that were crucial for New Britain.
“I just try to do the best for the team,” Robinson said of his performance. “[Friday] I was successful. The line, they blocked really good. We just gotta let go of the penalties.”
The first kick return was the first play of the game, a 65-yard return that put the Hurricanes up 7-0.
In the second half, Robinson delivered a 60-yard kick return touchdown.
On both returns, Robinson displayed his explosiveness and once he found an opening he broke right through it.
“Our returners when they get the ball they make the most of it,” New Britain offensive lineman Jacob Clark said. “Shawn returned the ball twice and we just block, we do what we got to do.”
On the ground, his ability to run the football in short yardage situations and when New Britain needed a big run, stood out as he was the go-to guy in those situations.
It showed on the second drive of the game for the Hurricanes with a first and goal from the three yard line of Enfield.
Robinson took the handoff from quarterback Jahfari Newman and used his power running ability to get behind his offensive line and into the end zone.
Another example came later in the first half when New Britain was faced with a 4th-and-5 and it was no surprise that Robinson was given the ball, picking up a first down on a 9-yard run to keep the ball in the possession of the Hurricanes.
It carried into the second half as early on New Britain faced a 4th and 1 and the Eagles knew where it was going as Robinson lined up in the backfield.
But they couldn’t stop him as Robinson delivered another fourth-down converting run with a four yard carry.
Kaiyon Gunn finished off that drive with a touchdown run and Robinson ran in the two-point conversion on yet another short yardage opportunity.
It was clear that when New Britain needed a big play Robinson is the guy to do it and in order for the Hurricanes to beat Berlin in the final game next Friday, a big performance out of him will be important.
“He’s a great player,” New Britain head coach Tebucky Jones said. “It shows in practice. He practices the way he plays and I always tell the kids that you play the way you practice and when you get out in games it shows.”
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