Newington football slows, but can't stop East Hartford's top playmakers in loss

Published on Friday, 10 November 2017 22:55
Written by SHELBY IAVA


NEWINGTON - Just two minutes in to Friday night’s football game, Newington’s quarterback Robert Sanchez rushed 61 yards into the end zone to stun No. 14 East Hartford.

But while the Indians managed to contain East Hartford’s top two playmakers, quarterback Raquan Thompkins and running back Kevon Jones, for much of the first half of the game, they weren’t able to stop them.

Newington extended its losing streak to seven after a 27-7 loss to the Hornets Friday evening.

“We had a game plan to keep their offense off the field, and I think we were able to do that early on,” Newington head coach Jason Pace said. “We came out in a different formation, one no one has seen, we haven’t shown it all year, and we were able to have a big run.”

East Hartford quickly responded to Newington’s opening score when Thompkins connected with Jones for a 43-yard passing touchdown to tie the score at seven.

“We came out strong, it’s honestly the first time we were playing tight,” Newington guard Damon Stewart said. “Our defense was clicking, our offense was clicking, everyone was playing together. It felt really good, but then you could tell people started getting tired. That’s when the mental mistakes start happening, people start missing catches, people start missing tackles.”

With just 10 seconds left in the first half, Tompkins connected with Israel Colon for another 5-yard passing touchdown, and the Hornets led 13-7.

“We worked as a team and tried our best but we couldn’t pull off the win,” Newingtonrunning back Dylan Nees-Fair said. “Our strategy was to run the ball at first, but then we noticed it wasn’t working. We tried passing the ball but that wasn’t working the best either.”

East Hartford’s offense continued to propel through the second half, as Jones rushed 1-yard for another touchdown and capped off the drive by scoring the two-point conversion, pushing the Hornets lead to 21-7.

“We need to come out positive, hyped up. We can’t get down,” Newington’s A.J. Ferreira said.

The Indians have been known to lose momentum in the second half of the game, and it was evident Friday night.

With 8:22 left, Tompkins rushed 44 yards for the final touchdown of the game.

“It seems like when we need to make a big play we come up a bit short,” Pace said. “It’s happened all year. I don’t think our guys quit, I don’t think they gave up, they fought to the end, but that being said we still came up short.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, Newington on Friday, 10 November 2017 22:55. Updated: Friday, 10 November 2017 22:58.