343 yards from Bond and Hill serve as big step in the right direction for New Britain football

Published on Monday, 12 September 2022 15:01
Written by Cameron Beall 


Golden Hurricanes head coach Isaiah Boddie said his team was on a mission to put New Britain football back on the map in 2022. Running back tandem Cam Bond and Cayden Hill took the team 343 yards in the right direction on Friday night in the team’s season opening win at Middletown.

“[The team] has had a different mindset starting last December,” Boddie said after the Week 1 victory. “For the last 10 months they’ve been working toward this. It wasn’t perfect, but we got what we wanted.”

Bond and Hill have been two of the leaders in New Britain’s journey toward adopting a championship mindset.  They ran for 207 yards and 136 yards, respectively, against the Blue Dragons in the 38-25 win. Both backs added two touchdowns via the rush and Hill even added a 27-yard touchdown reception to close out the first half.

Boddie is confident in his team’s ability to move the ball right now. He noted they have four guys capable of running the football and they’re trying to get it in their hands as much as possible with Bond, Hill, Tyrone Richardson and Dameer Bailey.

It makes life easier for the running backs when the team has five returning starters on the offensive line to help create space. The group includes Marquis Eason, Michael Zapor, Caesar Ellison, Anthony Faienza, Jon-Max Skene and 6-foot-6 tight end Dontay Bishop to help set the edge for their primary ball handlers.

“Those kids did a phenomenal job,” Boddie said of offensive line. “They’re our engine. We knew it was going to be a physical game, that’s what we wanted it to be. We couldn’t do it without our backs. It was a group win. It took everybody.”

Despite five touchdowns and what appeared to be a seamless offensive night for New Britain, Boddie says the greatest champions are never satisfied and the Hurricanes aren’t either.

“We’re satisfied because we won, but as coaches we always look back at the film and say, ‘hey, there’s a lot of things that we have to fix,’” Boddie said.

The final tally of 38 points tied the team’s season high from a season ago, which came in a Week 4 overtime loss against Conard. The victory also matches their win total from 2021 when they finished 1-9.

The team spent Saturday as a homework and recovery day before getting to work on preparations for the home opener next Friday. The Hurricanes will host the Windsor Warriors from Veterans Stadium at 7 p.m. in Week 2.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 12 September 2022 15:01. Updated: Monday, 12 September 2022 15:04.