The Bristol Press
The Newington Norâ€™easters shocked the conference on Wednesday as the previously 2-7 Norâ€™easters took their show on the road and defeated Wethersfield 17-14.
Despite having a tough season in the win column, the Norâ€™easters refused to end their season on the loss. On both sides of the ball, Newington battled and made plays all night. While Wethersfieldâ€™s season will continue next week in the playoffs, they will have to enter the state tournament with an unexpected loss from their rival.
Newington coach Jason Pace said the team has faced some challenges throughout the year, but this is how to go out.
â€śIâ€™m so proud that they were able to put it together for the whole game,â€ť Pace said. â€śThey fought to the very end even when some adversity hit in that fourth quarter, but we never allowed ourselves to get into a situation where we didnâ€™t believe.â€ť
Wethersfield got the jump on Newington in the first quarter as the Eagles got into the endzone quickly. After forcing a stop on Newingtonâ€™s first offensive possession, the Eagles received the ball on the Norâ€™easters 28-yard line.
The great field possession allowed Wethersfieldâ€™s quarterback Cam Righi to find Christian Morales for a 21-yard touchdown catch on 4th and 13.
However, while the Eagles got on the board first it was in fact the Norâ€™easters who would take control of the first half. With 42 seconds left in the first, Newington responded with quarterback Padraig Brown finding the endzone on a run from 11-yards out.
Then, with 8 seconds left in the first half Newington scored again with Brown throwing a 10-yard fade to Akari Rosemond to go up 14-7 as time expired.
Wethersfield was unable to get anything going in the first half and it persisted throughout the third quarter. Newington was able to kick a field goal with 4:46 in the third quarter, which proved to be the deciding factor in the game.
A 30-yard touchdown run by Righi would put the Eagles within three points with 6:45 left on the clock, but a late game interception sealed Wethersfield fate.
Pace said with how much work the seniors have put in, he is glad that they could end like this.
â€śThe seniors have committed four years to this program,â€ť he said. â€śThey have committed many hours to the team so Iâ€™m just happy. We were able to end it like this.â€ť