MANCHESTER - After Manchesterâ€™s Jevin Frett returned the opening kickoff of Friday nightâ€™s game 80 yards for a touchdown and it looked as though the New Britain football team would be in another long night.
What a difference a week can make.
After failing to score a single point in the first half in their season opener, couldnâ€™t score enough in the first 24 minutes of Friday nightâ€™s game. Led by quarterback Jahfari Newman, New Britain scored the next 20 points and 36 overall in the first half. They never looked back.
Newman finished the night with six total touchdowns - four passing and two rushing - while Tahje Yopp accounted for two receiving and two rushing, running a fake punt back for 100 yards and Kaiyon Gunn picked off two passes as the Hurricanes rolled past the Indians in a 62-38 shootout for their first win of the season.
Shawn Robinson also added a rushing score for New Britain and contributed an interception on defense.
In the end, 15 total touchdowns were scored between the two teams, nine in the first half.
Following Frettâ€™s return, Newman hit Jayshawn Alexandre for a 34-yard catch a run, ran one in from two yards out and then completed a 51-yard touchdown pass to Yopp.
The three drives took less than seven minutes combined.
Perhaps most impressive was New Britainâ€™s final drive before halftime. The Hurricanes covered 51 yards in less than 10 seconds and ended it with Miguel Maldonado catching a 12-yard touchdown.
Frett scored three of Manchesterâ€™s four first-half touchdowns, including a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown to start the second quarter and four total.
By the end of the half, New Britain held a 36-26 lead, but it was far from done.
In the second half, the Golden Hurricanes engineered four scoring drives to the Indiansâ€™ one and outscored them 26-12.
Newman found Yopp once again, this one going for a 42-yard touchdown pass, to open up the third quarter. That drive lasted just four plays.
Less than three and a half minutes later, Newman ran his way into the end zone for another two-yard rushing touchdown. A Frett 31-yard touchdown catch from Logan Tomlinson was Manchesterâ€™s only score of the third and preceded Yoppâ€™s 100-yard fake punt touchdown run.
Yopp would cap off his night with a one-yard score midway through the fourth. But Manchester had lost the game well before that.
New Britain will now host South Windsor next Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
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