PLAINVILLE - The Plainville High football team got a big monkey off its back this past Saturday, ending a 14-game losing streak with a 27-14 victory over the Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver co-op.
But that was just the start. Now it’s time for the Blue Devils to find out just how far they can go.
It begins with a huge test at No. 16 Rocky Hill tonight as they face a 2-0 team that is a traditional state power and which is coming off a convincing 24-16 victory over fellow traditional state power Bloomfield, which handed Plainville an 18-13 loss in Week 1 of the season.
Like Bloomfield, Rocky Hill dominated the Blue Devils in a 49-0 loss early last season.
“It’s the same approach,” Plainville head coach Tim Shea said. “Every week we’re preparing to win the game. We prepare all week for it and hope to execute it on Friday night, and with a little luck, a little intensity and energy, hopefully things go our way.”
Coming off their first win since 2015, the Blue Devils will carry a lot of positive energy into tonight’s contest.
“It definitely felt good. It’s been a long time since we won,” Plainville senior co-captain Ben Root said of last week’s game. “It felt good that all our hard work finally paid off. We come, we work hard every day. We’re finally reaping the benefits.”
But, he added, “We’ve just got to keep moving forward, We can’t get complacent. We can’t let that boost our confidence too much. We can’t get cocky. We’ve got to stay humble and keep working.”
Joe Catania doubles as a top running back and the placekicker for the Terriers, while Joe Ferreira is another key rusher. While Rocky Hill’s offense focuses on the running game, quarterback Dan Cavallaro has tossed a touchdown pass in each of the team’s first two games.
“Rocky Hill is a very good team. I think they’re one of the better ones on our schedule,” Shea said. “They come right at you, they make no bones about it.”
On defense, he added, “They bring a lot of pressure. They’re aggressive. They’re a very good football team.”
It all adds up to a major test for the Blue Devils on both sides of the ball.
“If the kids want to take that next step forward, here’s the chance,” Shea said.
“We’re going to see what we’re made of a little bit this week,” he said. “We’re going to see who’s going to step up. I laid down the challenge in front of them. We’ll see if we’re up for it. I think we are.”
The players and their coach are in agreement that one victory is simply not enough for this season.
“It was good to see them last week after the game genuinely happy that their hard work did finally stand for something,” Shea said.
The question now becomes, he added, “Do you just want to have one, or do you want to have two, three, four, five, et cetera, et cetera? So that’s the goal now. So we’ll see what happens over the next eight weeks.”