Bond, Hill lead New Britain football to opening win at Middletown

Published on Saturday, 10 September 2022 01:37
Written by Cameron Beall 


MIDDLETOWN – The New Britain Golden Hurricanes went on the road in Week 1 to try and gain early momentum in 2022 – something they weren’t able to do at any point last season. The rushing tandem of senior Cam Bond and junior Cayden Hill were the difference in New Britain’s first win of the season, 38-25.

“It wasn’t perfect,” said New Britain head coach Isaiah Boddie. “But we got what we wanted.”

Both sides sputtered out of the gate as the teams combined for three punts on the opening five drives of the first quarter. The punts were bookended by a turnover on downs by Middletown to get things started and a fumble to give New Britain the ball back in the waning moments of the opening quarter.

For as little action as there was through the first 12 minutes on Friday night, the next two quarters certainly didn’t disappoint. Each of the next nine possessions ended by way of a touchdown.

The rushing duo of Bond and Hill got things rolling for New Britain on the opening drive of the second quarter following the fumble recovery. Bond took the bulk of the load on the first scoring drive, but Hill helped out with a 29-yard reception to get New Britain to the 10 yard-line. Bond punched in a five-yard rush for the score and added a two-point conversion to go ahead 8-0.

Middletown wasted no time getting back at the Hurricanes with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The failed two-point conversion kept the score at 8-6.

The Hurricanes pushed the lead back up to eight on the following drive. Hill took a handoff 51 yards for the score, matching his offensive counterpart in Bond.

A personal foul on New Britain gave the Blue Dragons some momentum before they hit Eddie Strong in stride for a 36-yard touchdown reception. The extra point cut Middletown’s deficit to just one point making it 14-13.

With two minutes left in the first half, New Britain had a chance to double up scores since they were set to receive the second half kickoff.

The Hurricanes made quick work finding tight end Dontay Bishop down the seam for 37 yards to get into enemy territory. Cayden Hill continued to add to his portfolio in the final seconds before halftime with a 27-yard touchdown catch. A successful two-point try put New Britain ahead 22-13.

The touchdown at the end of the first half gave New Britain a comfortable lead the rest of the way with how productive their offense had played to that point. After taking over around midfield out of halftime they marched down into the red zone. Hill scampered in from 15 yards out for his third touchdown of the night. The Hurricanes led 30-13 at that point after a two-point conversion from Hill.

The big plays were far from over as Middletown came back and scored in just 40 seconds thanks to another big play from Strong. The wide receiver went 56 yards for the score.

The Canes came close to an identical score which took 50 seconds from 55 yards out. Cam Bond found a hole in the defense for another rushing touchdown to his credit.

The Dragons found the end zone for the final time on Friday with 4:15 to go in the third quarter. It was Strong once again who reeled in a 29-yard grab for the score. A failed extra point finally gave the scoreboard a rest at its eventual final of 38-25.

Neither side reached a fourth down since the first quarter until New Britain saw a turnover on downs in the following possession.

After a 1-9 season in 2021, Boddie mentioned how important this one was to give his kids immediate gratification after the way the attacked the offseason. 

“In football you’re not always going to be perfect but it was important for our minds to come off with a W – these guys did an excellent job,” said Boddie.

New Britain will be back at home next week playing host to Windsor. The Warriors lost 21-20 against Wethersfield in Week 1.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Saturday, 10 September 2022 01:37. Updated: Saturday, 10 September 2022 01:39.