New Britain falls short in season finale to Hartford Public 28-26

Published on Sunday, 20 November 2022 18:15


The New Britain Golden Hurricanes (5-5) came up just short in the final moments of their season on Friday night. The Hartford Public Owls (5-4) hung on just long enough to snap the Canes’ winning-streak and end their promising season on a bad note.

New Britain got on the board with two of the three touchdowns in the first quarter, but a pair of missed extra points came back to haunt them in the fourth quarter.

Following a successful onside kick to start the game, New Britain made quick work of the Owls, traveling 42 yards over seven plays in less than three minutes. The drive was capped off by senior running back Cam Bond on his first of three scores on the night.

Hartford Public quickly answered back and took a 7-6 lead before New Britain strung together a few plays en route to taking the lead back. Cayden Hill’s 35-yard rush eventually set up senior tight end Dontay Bishop for the big score. Bishop bobbled a pass from 29 yards out before securing it for the acrobatic touchdown. The point after miscues left the score at 12-7.

The sides traded interceptions before the Owls cashed in on a quarterback keeper from two yards out to swing things back in their favor.

Three-straight punts allowed Hartford Public to capitalize and create more separation for themselves. The Owls put together 62-yard and 48-yard plays on the same drive to score with 34 seconds remaining in the half.

Thirty-four seconds proved to be 32 too many, however, as New Britain answered right back with 10 and 22-yard completions to Dameer Bailey. These set up a 15-yard touchdown pass to Bond with two seconds remaining. A failed two-point conversion kept the Canes trailing 20-18 heading into halftime.

Bailey was the leading receiver for New Britain with five catches for 53 yards.

The scoreboard got a break until the fourth quarter when Bond scored for the third time on a 13-yard rush. He was good for 125 rushing yards to go along with his three total touchdowns. Bishop reeled in the two-point conversion to give themselves a six-point lead with 11 minutes to play.

Hartford Public mirrored New Britain’s drive with a touchdown and two-point conversion of its own, to take back the lead less than three minutes later, this time ahead 28-26.

The Owls eventually took almost all the time off the clock before New Britain took over with under two minutes to play, no timeouts and trailing by two.

Sophomore quarterback Donavan Campbell went 5-for-6 with 52 yards on the final drive to try and set his side up with a field goal. The final pass of the night came with some controversy as Bishop hauled in a 19-yard catch at the 10-yard line. The officials ruled that Bishop did not get out of bounds before the clock struck zero, leaving a potential 27-yard game-winning field goal up the New Britain’s imagination.

Bishop finished the day with 48 receiving yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion.

New Britain finished their season on a 4-2 stretch after a 1-3 start to the 2022 campaign.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, New Britain on Sunday, 20 November 2022 18:15. Updated: Sunday, 20 November 2022 18:18.