Two touchdowns from Diego Ortiz not enough as New Britain football falls to East Hartford at home

Published on Monday, 20 September 2021 22:52
Written by Ryan Ames


NEW BRITAIN – East Hartford’s Darrion Williams threw four touchdowns for 315 yards as the Hornets handed New Britain football its second straight loss Monday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Hurricanes couldn’t stop East Hartford’s (1-1) dynamic quarterback as the senior accounted for five of its seven scores with more than 350 yards of total offense.

“He’s very elusive,” New Britain coach Isaiah Boddie said. “We just couldn’t get him on the ground. [Number] one did a great job eluding pressure and making plays for his team.”

Diego Ortiz did all he could for the Hurricanes as the senior running back finished with 158 yards and two touchdowns, including a 65-yard score during a wild second quarter.

“Diego is a hard worker,” Boddie said. “He’s probably one of the hardest workers on the team. It was great for him to kind of get some shine in. I know he was upset with the outcome, but he played hard on both sides, offense and defense.”

Trailing 14-0 after 12 minutes, Ortiz broke through in the red zone for New Britain at 9:52 of the second frame for his first of the night on a three-yard score. The Hornets then upped their lead with a 20-yard touchdown run from Nate Michalski, before Ortiz responded with his lengthy dash at 3:25 to make it 20-13.

Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, Williams went to work in the final three minutes of the quarter, tossing two touchdown passes for a combined 77 yards, to put the visitors ahead by 31 at halftime.

Another missile touchdown throw and a 25-yard rush from East Hartford’s star in the second half sealed New Britain’s fate as it dropped its 2021 home-opener.

“A lot of our kids took some coaching and put it forth, but I think we made some key mistakes in key situations that kind of got things out of hand,” Boddie said. “The little things here, the little things there, we just got to tighten up.”

A Hurricanes fumble during the opening kickoff and an interception in the end zone were two of their most glaring mistakes that helped the Hornets grab the momentum.

“That’s always tough, especially with momentum going in, we’re all souped up, but that’s a learning moment,” Boddie said on the botched opening kickoff. “We got to learn to weather the storm, overcome adversity, have each other’s backs no matter what.”

New Britain quarterback Donovan Campbell concluded with 139 yards and an interception while Cameron Bond (1-for-65 yards) and Anthony Calvelli (4-for-58 yards) were his top targets in the contest.

The Hurricanes (0-2) will have a quick turnaround as they’ll travel to Southington this Friday for a matchup with the Blue Knights at 7 p.m.

East Hartford 48, New Britain 13

At New Britain

East Hartford         14 20 6 8 – 48

New Britain        0 13 0 0 – 13


First Quarter

EH – Nate Evans 15 run, 11:46 (XP good)

EH – Nate Michalski 79 pass from Darrion Williams, 1:09 (XP good)

Second Quarter

NB – Diego Ortiz 3 run, 9:52 (XP missed)

EH – Michalski 20 run, 7:53 (XP missed)

NB – Ortiz 65 run, 3:25 (XP good)

EH – Kameron Massey 54 pass from Williams, 2:57 (2-point conversion good)

EH – Evans 23 pass from Williams, 0:36 (XP no good)

Third Quarter

EH – Jayden Fields 64 pass from Williams, 11:42 (2-point conversion no good)

Fourth Quarter

EH – Williams 25 run, 7:44 (2-point conversion)


Rushing – New Britain: Diego Ortiz 19-158-2 TDs

East Hartford: Darrion Williams 7-60-TD

Passing – Donovan Campbell 10-21-139-INT

East Hartford: Williams 11-17-315-4 TDs-INT

Receiving – New Britain: Cameron Bond 1-65, Anthony Calvelli 4-58

East Hartford: Fields 2-79-TD, Michalski 2-94-TD, Massey 1-54-TD

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 20 September 2021 22:52. Updated: Monday, 20 September 2021 22:54.