NEW BRITAIN – Riding the high of a road victory in Week 1, the New Britain Golden Hurricanes welcomed the Windsor Warriors into Veterans Stadium for the home opener. It was Windsor, however, who played like the hungrier team coming off a one-point loss a week ago.
Windsor jumped out to a 19-point lead in the first half and won by the eventual score of 26-6, spoiling the Hurricanes’ first home game of the season. According to New Britain head coach Isaiah Boddie, his team was simply out-matched in terms of physicality on Friday night.
“They just played more physical than us,” said Boddie. “They ran harder than us. They tackled better than us. They did everything the right way… Most of the time the more physical team wins the game.”
It only took the Warriors 37 seconds to turn Hurricanes turnover on downs into the first score of the evening on Friday. Windsor took over from New Britain’s 16 yard line before senior Chilli White rushed for the 13-yard score. A missed extra point kept the lead at six for the visitors.
After retaining possession at the end of the first quarter, Windsor made quick work of the New Britain defense in the opening drive of the second frame. A 17-yard rush from senior Quincy Davis took the Warriors deep into New Britain territory. They continued their march toward the goal line before White notched his second score of the night on a direct snap from six yards out.
New Britain took over following the score and made their way to midfield before stalling. Senior Tyrone Richardson’s 16-yard reception got the drive moving before they were forced to punt.
The Warriors were able to get a hand on the Hurricanes’ punt and take over from New Britain’s 45 yard line. Chilli White made sure to take full advantage of the favorable field position and get his hat trick out of the way before halftime. The speedster took a screen pass 45 yards to the house to build up a 19-0 lead which Windsor took into the locker room for halftime.
Four punts told the story of the third quarter. Each side relinquished possession twice and neither side got further than the opposition’s 42 yard line.
One positive Boddie is taking away from the loss is the way his defense played in the third quarter, keeping Windsor scoreless.
The Warriors did take over in the final moments of the third quarter and ended the scoring drought just a few minutes into the fourth, however. Windsor quarterback AJ Robinson took a shot to the end zone after getting deep into New Britain territory. The pass led to a defensive pass interference and half the distance to the goal. A stuff by the Hurricanes took Windsor back to the 13 yard line before Robinson found Talifario Gallaher for a touchdown. The made extra point put the score at 26-0 with just under nine minutes to play.
New Britain’s lone scoring drive began with 6:47 to play in the fourth quarter. Canes quarterback Donavan Campbell completed his last two passes of the night to Cayden Hill for 20 yards, and Tyrone Richardson for nine more to bring the offense to Windsor’s 29 yard line. A 10-yard penalty pushed New Britain ahead even further before an eventual four-yard touchdown rush from Cam Bond.
Campbell finished the day with 120 yards and an interception to his credit. Bond’s touchdown wrapped up his tally at 24 yards and a score. Hill and Richardson, the two wideouts who helped set up the touchdown led the way in receiving with 33 yards for Hill and 45 for Richardson.
Boddie explained that Campbell has handled things well for the Hurricanes in his second season as the starting quarterback. On a day when the offensive line wasn’t as effective as they were a week ago, leading to quieter days from Bond and Hill, Boddie says Campbell is still capable of a lot of things.
“Execution-wise [Campbell] has been good for us,” said Boddie.
After a failed two-point conversion for the Hurricanes, the score of 26-6 held as the final and represented New Britain’s first loss of the 2022 season.
The Hurricanes will be back at home next Friday to host the Danbury Hatters at 7 p.m. from Veterans Stadium.