New Britain football fails to capitalize on much smoother offensive night in Week 4

Published on Monday, 3 October 2022 14:59
Written by Cameron Beall

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The New Britain Golden Hurricanes fell to the Wethersfield Eagles on Friday in what was their third-straight loss since their first game at Middletown. Despite the 35-8 loss being their largest margin of defeat on the season, the Canes were still able to take some steps in the right direction.

In their loss the week prior at home to Danbury, New Britain was hampered by penalties on offense throughout the night. This was not the case on Friday as head coach Isaiah Boddie made it clear after the Danbury loss that the pre-snap miscues would be cleaned up by their next game. 

The Hurricanes can say with certainty they checked off that initiative at Wethersfield and showed a much smoother offensive operation. However, the team struggled to take advantage of their progress when plays needed to be made.

In Friday’s loss, New Britain gave the ball up six different times, four by way of turnover on downs as well as two fumbles.

“The coaches have got to coach better. The players have got to practice better,” Boddie said. “We’ve got to do a better job preparing.”

Each of the fumbles gave the Eagles advantageous field position, the first of which occurred 49 seconds into the game and led to the first score of the night. Wethersfield took over at the opponent 34-yard line before cashing in for a long rushing score on their second play from scrimmage. 

The second fumble was relatively inconsequential with Wethersfield taking over at its own 46-yard line and eventually punting.

The four turnovers on downs proved to be much tougher for the team to overcome given the circumstances when they occurred. The team had one in each quarter of the game and all four took place in enemy territory. The Hurricanes had an average field position of the opponent 26-yard line on plays they couldn’t convert on fourth down.

The first two instances came after sustained drives taking up more than six minutes of game time, which was a big step in the right direction for New Britain. The first took place at Wethersfield’s 32-yard line. The second found the Hurricanes knocking on the door on the end zone and could have brought the game within one score heading into halftime. With eight seconds to go in the first half, New Britain stalled on the 2-yard line to put an end to their threat.

The final two turnovers on downs led immediately to the final two touchdowns on the night for Wethersfield. Both scores came from quarterback Camden Righi with 1:02 and 0:34 remaining on the game clock in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.

Despite the steps take on Friday, the Hurricanes still find themselves 1-3 and in sixth place of the CCC Tier 2.

Boddie gave credit to his seniors and captains for taking on the responsibility of keeping the team’s heads held high at the end of the day. He specifically highlighted Dontay Bishop, Cam Bond and Michael Zapor as three of the most important voices on the team in terms of keeping morale high during this time.

New Britain might reside in sixth place in their league, but in Week 5 they’ll have a shot at the eighth-place South Windsor Bobcats. Their trip to South Windsor will put a bow on the first half of the season and could serve as a momentum builder down the stretch if they continue to take positive steps.



Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 3 October 2022 14:59. Updated: Monday, 3 October 2022 15:02.