NEW BRITAIN â€“ East Hartfordâ€™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 couldnâ€™t stop East Hartfordâ€™s (1-1) dynamic quarterback as the senior accounted for five of its seven scores with more than 350 yards of total offense.
â€śHeâ€™s very elusive,â€ť New Britain coach Isaiah Boddie said. â€śWe just couldnâ€™t get him on the ground. [Number] one did a great job eluding pressure and making plays for his team.â€ť
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.
â€śDiego is a hard worker,â€ť Boddie said. â€śHeâ€™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.â€ť
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 Hartfordâ€™s star in the second half sealed New Britainâ€™s fate as it dropped its 2021 home-opener.
â€śA 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,â€ť Boddie said. â€śThe little things here, the little things there, we just got to tighten up.â€ť
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.
â€śThatâ€™s always tough, especially with momentum going in, weâ€™re all souped up, but thatâ€™s a learning moment,â€ť Boddie said on the botched opening kickoff. â€śWe got to learn to weather the storm, overcome adversity, have each otherâ€™s backs no matter what.â€ť
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 theyâ€™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 â€“ 48
New Britain 0 13 0 0 â€“ 13
EH â€“ Nate Evans 15 run, 11:46 (XP good)
EH â€“ Nate Michalski 79 pass from Darrion Williams, 1:09 (XP good)
NB â€“ Diego Ortiz 3 run, 9:52 (XP missed)
EH â€“ Michalski 20 run, 7:53 (XP missed)
NB â€“ Ortiz 65 run, 3:25 (XP good)
EH â€“ Kameron Massey 54 pass from Williams, 2:57 (2-point conversion good)
EH â€“ Evans 23 pass from Williams, 0:36 (XP no good)
EH â€“ Jayden Fields 64 pass from Williams, 11:42 (2-point conversion no good)
EH â€“ Williams 25 run, 7:44 (2-point conversion)
Rushing â€“ New Britain: Diego Ortiz 19-158-2 TDs
East Hartford: Darrion Williams 7-60-TD
Passing â€“ Donovan Campbell 10-21-139-INT
East Hartford: Williams 11-17-315-4 TDs-INT
Receiving â€“ New Britain: Cameron Bond 1-65, Anthony Calvelli 4-58
East Hartford: Fields 2-79-TD, Michalski 2-94-TD, Massey 1-54-TD