New Britain High School football didn't play last Friday, having its game against East Hartford rescheduled to Monday due to COVID issues. With Monday now here, it's go time for a young Hurricanes team that is ready to get into the win column.
After a crushing 37-0 loss to Simsbury last weekend, the Hurricanes went back to the drawing board to see where they needed to work.
New Britain had 83 yards passing and 54 on the ground, struggling to move the ball with consistency. The added time over the weekend for the Hurricanes is crucial for a young team that is still learning football past the Pop Warner level.
"The added time, obviously benefits us with a young team. It just gives us more time to prepare, more time to practice, and to better ourselves," said New Britain head coach Isaiah Boddie. "... I think as a team we're making strides on just the way of how to practice. On how to practice at the high school level. A lot of our kids, the last time they played was Pop Warner. ... As coaches we utilize this time to put our imprint on how to practice and how to play at this level."
Working through the extra two days in practice has shown some improvements in practice said Boddie, pointing to the need for any time on the field, in any degree, will be beneficial for the program given its current state of experience.
"I think so, and I think that comes with time," said Boddie. "The more we're practicing, the more we're playing, the better. That kind of extra time that we had to prepare for Monday, that benefitted us a little bit in the essence of getting our guys more practice time and more time to understand football, the fundamentals of football."
With the film on East Hartford showing the team's quarterback (Darrion Williams) and wide receivers (Kameron Massey and David Pardo Jr.) as the primary points of the offense, Boddie pointed to the need to mitigate their ability to find open space on offense.
"They're just explosive. They've got two good receivers, an experienced quarterback, he's acclimated to playing at this level," said Boddie. "(Williams) is a great athlete, finds guys open, he's hard to tackle. He's very shifty. We have to do a good job of containing those guys.
Stats on East Hartford, who lost Week 1 of the season to Hall 46-42, were unavailable at time of publication. The Hornets allowed 216 yards passing on 13 of 16 passing by Hall and allowed 197 yards rushing. East Hartford was sacked four times and picked off five times.
Last season (2019) the Hornets finished 2-8 with Rick Milton at the helm of the program.