MIDDLETOWN – The New Britain Golden Hurricanes begin their journey back from the basement of the CCC-Tier 1 standings tonight in Middletown against the Blue Dragons – a rematch from last season.
The Blue Dragons took the win last October with flying colors, winning by a final score of 29-6 and keeping New Britain scoreless through the first three quarters. In that matchup, Middletown quarterback Colin Skene threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns completing 68.2% of his passes. Skene averaged 13.5 yards per completion.
New Britain head coach Isaiah Boddie noted that this time around the Hurricanes are trying limit the number of big plays to their opponent and keep things in front of them on the defensive side of the ball. The more important message he’s preaching to his team, however, is a simple as, “execute your assignment.”
“Do the little things the right way,” said Boddie. “Focus on each individual play and do your job. Once you do your job all of those little things add up. At the end of the day it’s about winning each rep.”
Boddie explained that emotions could run high for his squad in Week 1 and reiterated the importance of keeping a level head in a game with so much build-up.
“We’ve got to lock in and be steady as we go,” said Boddie. “We can’t get too high or too low whether you win or lose that rep we’ve just got to be able to move on, have a steady mindset, and be calm, cool and collected. There’s going to be highs and lows, it’s just about channeling it and not getting too over emotional the first game of the season.”
Middletown was 4-6 a season ago and used New Britain as a launching pad to a four-game win streak in the second half of the season. After taking down the Hurricanes, the Blue Dragons went on to beat Manchester, Enfield and Wethersfield in consecutive weeks.
Boddie gave credit to Middletown for being well-coached and the athletes they’ll be able to showcase tonight noting, “this should be a good challenge for us.”
Each of these teams saw a large disparity in point differential in 2021. The Golden Hurricanes scored just 14.6 points per game while allowing 38.5. The Blue Dragons scored 18.8 points per week and gave up 28.0. There could be a lot of points to be had in this Week 1 matchup, but New Britain is zeroed in on making sure the little things add up.
“If everyone does their job and focuses on their job, we’re going to be alright,” said Boddie.
New Britain at Middletown
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Middletown High School
Records: New Britain 0-0 (1-9 2021), Middletown 0-0 (4-6 2021)
Last Meeting: Middletown 29, New Britain 6 (10/22/2021)
New Britain is looking to improve in all facets from a season ago and according to their head coach, things are trending in the right direction in terms of the attitude of the team. Isaiah Boddie has explained that both the offensive and defensive lines will play a key role in how they execute this season. Based on last season’s matchup between these teams, Middletown could look to make plays through the air in Week 1. The game could come down to how quick the Golden Hurricanes’ defensive line can get to the quarterback to disrupt the timing of the Blue Dragons’ playmakers.
Cameron Beall’s Prediction
Middletown 36, New Britain 22