NEW BRITAIN - If New Britain head football coach Tebucky Jones had a message for his team throughout the week, it was one that he has repeated often lately - do your job.
“It’s just guys not being in the right position,” Jones said. “You practice something and do it right in practice. You need to do it right in the game. We just have to keep hammering it every day, working on technique until they get it down.”
The Hurricanes have had a rather up-and-down first three weeks of the season - inconsistent one game and good the next - as a result. With New Britain (1-2) coming off a rough Friday night last week against South Windsor, the Hurricanes are looking for a better result tonight in a shortened week against Hall.
Like New Britain, the Warriors enter 1-2, coming in having lost, won and then loss. For the Hurricanes, this will be an important week for the defense. In its first three games, New Britain has given up at least 30 points in each, putting plenty of pressure on its offense to match that output.
The good news is Hall has struggled to put points on the scoreboard. In two of their first three games, the Warriors have been held to seven points as well as being shut out. They managed to put up 28 points in a Week 2 win, but that was at a winless Enfield.
Hall has stayed around 50-50 in run to pass plays, having thrown the ball 68 times and run the ball another 74, meaning it will be important for the Hurricanes to stay sound in their assignments. Big plays and big runs in all three games have hurt New Britain.
“They got a big right tackle and a big left guard that likes to pull,” Jones said. “They run a lot of stuff, two by 1, 20 [personnel], two back runs, you get option, lead, dive. Honestly, they’re going to do what they do, we just have to be in the right place.”
Desmond Richards and Leo Dionicio are the Warriors two lead backs with 21 and 20 carries respectively, although for just 75 and 73 yards. In the passing game, the Warriors then to spread the ball around with James Gadue (10 catches, 99 yards) being quarterback Andrew Nicklas’ favorite target.
Offensively for the Hurricanes, it will be about establishing a rhythm early like they did when they put up 62 points against Manchester in Week 2. New Britain ran 31 plays for just 193 total yards last week.
The Hurricanes could find themselves in a different position tonight. Hall employs a 4-4 defense compared to the three-front it used a year ago, while playing a combination of man-to-man and zone quarters against the pass. But the Warriors have given up 28.7 points per game with New Britain’s offense averaging 35.
“We just get some aggression and do the little things right,” Hurricanes quarterback Jahfari Newman said. “We have to make sure everyone does their own job on every play and that leads us to having more success on the field.”
If the season has been any indication thus far, it should be a better week for New Britain.
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