Newington football goes toe-to-toe with Windsor, comes up short in barn burner

Published on Saturday, 13 November 2021 00:02
Written by Ryan Ames


WINDSOR – A spectacular night from Austyn Howe wasn’t enough as Newington football fell, 43-35, to Windsor in a back-and-forth slugfest Friday on the road.

Howe caught two touchdown passes, ran in for another, and also snagged three interceptions for the Nor’easters as the senior was all around the field in the defeat.

“We do have a collective effort, a team win and a team effort, but when it comes down it, Austyn is there whenever we need a big play,” Newington coach Jason Pace said. “Whether it’s on defense, whether it’s on offense, whether it’s on special teams… his senior year and he’s taking charge of this team. We’re proud of him and proud of everyone else that battled to the end.”

Howe had five catches for 94 yards and five rushes for 29 yards for three total touchdowns.

Tied 21-21 after three quarters of play, the Warriors were looking shaky as they had yet to get anything going in the second half, but three scores in the final frame proved to be the difference. The Nor’easters managed a couple long bomb touchdowns in the fourth, however time was not on their side as the clock ran out before they could get the ball back once again.

“They’re a talented team,” Pace said. “But I give my team, my coaches a ton of credit because they worked their butts off and fought to the very end. It came down a play here or there that we didn’t make and they did.”

Quarterback Padraig Brown had a busy game with a final line of 19-38 for 251 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The junior found Howe twice in the end zone as well as the game’s last score to Josiah Ross with less than a minute remaining in the game.

Senior Shakir Smith scored the other Newington touchdown on a rushing play during the second quarter. Smith finished 27-134 while receivers Ross (4-69 TD) and Charles Judge Blair (5-54) were complimentary contributors for the Nor’easters at Windsor.

The Warriors scored two touchdowns through the air, three on the ground and another on a 65-yard punt return during the fourth from Raymond Rodriguez. Quarterback Elijah Cromartie compiled three touchdowns all together while running back Shawn Bell bowled in two rushing touchdowns in the all-important fourth quarter.

“We knew they had big play potential,” Pace said. “We start the game and we’re down 14-0, we can’t in a hole like that. We’ve done it a few times this season but I love the way we responded.”

The loss drops the Nor’easters to 6-3 and likely ends any hopes they had for a playoff spot, while Windsor improved to 8-1.

Windsor 43, Newington 35

At Windsor

Windsor    14 7 0 22 – 43

Newington    7 14 0 14 – 35


First Quarter

W – Jaion Williams 28 catch from Elijah Cromartie, 11:43 (XP good)

W – Cromartie 18 run, 6:29 (XP good)

N – Austyn Howe 12 catch from Padraig Brown, 3:57 (XP good)

Second Quarter

N – Howe 6 run, 5:43 (XP good)

W – Taliferrio Gallaher 65 catch from Cromartie, 5:04 (XP good)

N – Shakir Smith 5 run, 1:50 (XP good)

Third Quarter


Fourth Quarter

W – Shawn Bell 5 run, 8:20 (XP good)

W – Raymond Rodriguez 65 punt return, 6:25 (XP good)

N – Howe 50 catch from Brown, 4:27 (XP good)

W – Bell 10 run, 1:29 (2-point conversion good)

N – Josiah Ross 50 catch from Brown, 0:36 (XP good)


RUSHING – Newington: Shakir Smith 27-134 TD, Austyn Howe 5-29 TD

PASSING – Newington: Padraig Brown 19-38-251 3 TDs, 2 INTs

RECEIVING – Newington: Howe 5-94 2 TDs, Josiah Ross 4-69 TD, Charles Judge Blair 5-54

Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Saturday, 13 November 2021 00:02. Updated: Saturday, 13 November 2021 00:04.