NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Golden Hurricanes were riding the high of a decisive victory on the road in Week 1 at Middletown. Head coach Isaiah Boddie believes his team may have ridden it a little too far into Week 2, however, after a 20-point loss to the Windsor Warriors on their home field on Friday night.
“Once we got our first taste of success, I think we were high throughout the week, and we were high on ourselves,” Boddie said. “I think we lost a little bit of our edge coming into the game. We were feeling ourselves a little too much, and sometimes when that happens you get humbled.”
The Hurricanes’ top two backs, Cam Bond and Cayden Hill, rushed for just 27 combined yards after the tandem’s statement performance in Week 1 with 343 combined yards. Boddie believes the Warriors outplayed New Britain in the physicality department, which was part of the reason the run game struggled at points throughout the night.
“If you don’t have an edge every game and you don’t play with the same intensity you can lose any game - especially against a team like that. We knew they were going to be ready and if you don’t bring it, it’s going to end up just like this,” Boddie said.
The Warriors were coming off a one-point loss against Wethersfield in Week 1, and New Britain knew it wasn’t going to want to carry two losses into Week 3.
“Windsor is a premier team in the area and if you don’t come when they’re coming off a loss, you know what they’re going to come with,” Boddie said.
The goal for this week is to get back to the basics for the Golden Hurricanes.
“It doesn’t matter what you draw up sometimes, it’s about executing, and we didn’t execute tonight,” the coach said. “We were very undisciplined in a lot of things, like false starts, too many missed assignments, a lot of things that you can’t do to win football games. You have to execute.”
After the high of a 13-point victory and the low of a 20-point loss, Boddie wants to see how his group will respond in the face of adversity.
“I told them our character is very important,” he said. “How do you respond when things don’t go our way? In this game things don’t go your way so how do we respond even right now, immediately? How are you going to respond tomorrow? That’s the message to our team.”
New Britain has its chance at redemption back at home in Week 3 when it welcomes the Danbury Hatters into town for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Danbury is 2-0 to this point after a 40-8 win over Harding and a 54-27 victory over Stamford on Friday night.