NEW BRITAIN - It didnâ€™t take long for the New Britain football team to brush aside its 62-point performance against Manchester last Friday.
As always, the 24-hour rule was in place. Enjoy the win that night, go over the film on Saturday and then start preparation for tonightâ€™s opponent No. 18 South Windsor.
This will be the first meeting between the two since the 2014 season - a 49-14 Hurricanesâ€™ win - but New Britain head coach Tebucky Jones expects this game to be a matchup. It will just be a matter of who makes the least number of mistakes.
â€śTheyâ€™re always a big team,â€ť Jones said. â€śI just look at them as they do what they do, they run what they run, but I think they maybe have one or two penalties between two games. Theyâ€™re not gonna make mistakes and thatâ€™s a bonus for them.â€ť
What the Bobcats do run on offense, according to Jones and the players, is a jumbo look designed to wear down opposing defenses with their running game and once the defense is in a lull, take a shot downfield for a big play.
Quarterback Connor Kapisak leads the South Windsor offense. Listed at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, the senior has proven just as capable running as he is passing. Around him will be running backs Jimmy Tamburro, Julian Ibes and Colin Ryan, who is one of the Bobcatsâ€™ main playmakers. Last week against Glastonbury, he caught two passes for 126 yards and one touchdown, which went 63 yards for the game-winner.
â€śA key for us is to not fall asleep on defense,â€ť Hurricanes tailback and defensive back Kaiyon Gunn said. â€śTheyâ€™re going to try to lull us to sleep with run, run and then pass. A major key will be for us to do our jobs. We have to come down and hit harder than them.â€ť
Defensively, New Britain expects South Windsor to operate mainly out of a 4-2-5, while seeing a 3-4 depending on the field position and down. That unit for the Bobcats has also not given up many points. Over the first two weeks, South Windsor has allowed a combined 23 points.
The Hurricanes, however, enter the game averaging 42 points per game, including those 62 points last week and starting fast will be a must. Against Manchester, New Britain scored 36 points in the first half and another 22 in the second thanks to having a 300-yard passer, two 100-yard rushers and just one turnover. Another week of that would certainly help.
â€śBlocking their front is key for the offense,â€ť Jones said. â€śReceivers have to run good routes and running backs have to run hard. If we do that, things tend to look good.â€ť
After getting their first win of the season last week, the Hurricanes would like to carry that momentum going forward. As Jones likes to say, it will just be a matter of making sure everyone does the job they are assigned.
â€śWeâ€™re confident heading into this game, but we donâ€™t want to be cocky,â€ť Gunn said. â€śWeâ€™re 1-1. We just want to go out there and do our best and hopefully weâ€™ll win this game.â€ť
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