NEW BRITAIN - Even with the season quickly unraveling, the New Britain football team believed its season could still be salvaged.
Friday night was a good start, even if in the end the Hurricanes made it a little more difficult than it needed to be.
New Britain survived a 15-point fourth-quarter surge from Glastonbury to come out with a 39-29 win, its first in almost a month went it beat Hall on Sept. 28.
“We gotta finish,” Hurricanes head coach Tebucky Jones said. “We came out strong and made a lot of mistakes at the end, a couple of misted tackles and the late touchdown. We have to learn how to finish.”
The Tomahawks scored on back-to-back possessions to make it a game late. Glastonbury recovered an onside kick after quarterback Drew Daniels connected with Ryan Mollinari for a 23-yard touchdown pass with Julice Sams rushing for a 19-yard score to cut New Britain’s lead to 39-29.
The Tomahawks then recovered a Shawn Robinson fumble to get the ball back again before Jacob Clark and Oran Burrnett combined to sack Daniels and allow the Hurricanes to run out the clock.
New Britain finished the night with four sacks. Clark led the way with 1.5.
“We just play as a group and play as a unit,” Clark said of the defensive line’s performance. “We just get the job done. That’s what you have to do to be successful as a D-line and we were able to get it done.”
But it certainly helped New Britain was able to make the plays it hadn’t the week before.
Robinson returned two interceptions for touchdowns - the first to put the Hurricanes on the board in the first quarter and the second to close out the third - and Kaiyon Gunn picked off another at the beginning of the game.
The two also did plenty on offense. Robinson led the team in rushing yards again. The junior carried the ball 13 times for 109 yards and a touchdown, which went for 62 yards in the third quarter.
Gunn added a touchdown of his own a 10-yard run in the second quarter. Muhammed Codjoe scored from 36 yards out in the second quarter as well.
“I want to do as good of a job as I can for the team,” Robinson said. “I want to be an asset, but if the ball is in the air, why not take it?”
By halftime, New Britain led 24-7 after a Tyree Pinnock 28-yard field goal. But things quickly began to change once the third quarter started.
After Robinson’s 62-yarder, Daniels connected with Mollinari from 10-yards out for the pair’s first score of the night.
And while the Hurricanes couldn’t get anything going offensively in the final quarter, the Tomahawks made sure to make it a game.
“I feel like we came out in the second half a little laid back because we were up 25-7 at the half,” Clark said. “I believed we eased up a little bit, but we can’t do that next week against East Hartford.”
It will certainly be a test for New Britain after the Hornets knocked off Southington 27-20. For now, though, it was a positive to just get a win.
“It always feels good to get a win,” Jones said. “We just have a lot of work to do to get ready for next week.”