PLAINVILLE - After losing 14 straight games, the Plainville football team came into the second week of the season with a strong chance to win against the Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver co-op.
With junior quarterback Frank Griffin leading the way, the Blue Devils snapped their losing streak with a 27-14 victory on Saturday afternoon.
“Frank had a great game today,” wide receiver Brady Callahan said. “He did a good job running and throwing and made good decisions.”
Griffin dominated the Bulldogs on the ground with two rushing touchdowns. The other two touchdowns were a three-yard run by Callahan and a seven-yard run from E.J. Wynkoop.
At halftime, Plainville was down 8-7.
“We could be really good,” senior linebacker Nick Cianchetti said. “Everybody plays with a lot of heart. Everyone is really tough to come off of a 0-10 season and come back here fighting. Even when we were down today we came back and fought for all four quarters of football.”
Callahan got the second half scoring underway with a touchdown up the middle on a third and goal for the Blue Devils.
With the score, Plainville took a 14-8 advantage.
On the next offensive possession, the Blue Devils started on their own 33-yard line and drove down the field on 11 plays, with Griffin capping it off with a fouryard touchdown run.
With a missed extra point attempt, Plainville held a 20-8 advantage.
The last touchdown of the game came on the ground from running back Wynkoop, as he broke the run outside to the right and dove forward into the end zone.
Griffin finished with 220 yards passing in the game and added 53 rushing yards to go with it.
While the second half offense was electric, the defensive effort can’t be overlooked, as Plainville’s defense held Bulkeley to just six points in the second half and denied a two-point opportunity, forcing an incomplete pass from Bulldogs quarterback Luis Diaz.
“We made a big effort in the offseason to improve on defense,” Blue Devils head coach Tim Shea said. “We had said if we can stop people we have a chance to win games, and we’ve been much improved on defense.”
The offensive line paved the way for the impressive rushing performance for Plainville.
“The line did good, all credit to them,” Griffin said. “The receivers are always good and my running back [Wynkoop], he did a great job today.”
Bulkeley received strong performances from Diaz and his favorite target in the game, Dijon Washington.
On the final possession for the Bulldogs, Diaz and Washington were in sync, hooking up three times on the drive before the clock ran out.
Diaz finished with a 19-yard passing touchdown to Washington in the fourth quarter and his rushing score in the second quarter got Bulkeley the lead going into halftime.
“There’s a lot of fight in those [Bulkeley] kids and they work just as hard as us,” Shea said. “Their day is coming too.”
With the win, Plainville can now focus on the regular season, feeling better about it.
“We’re finally starting to believe and good things are coming,” Shea said.
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