BERLIN - The saying goes one step forward, two steps back.
Just when it appeared to have turned a corner, the Plainville football team once again learned how true that saying can be after Friday night’s game against Berlin.
When the final whistle blew in another edition of the annual rivalry game, it was more of the same results and the Blue Devils fell 49-0.
Too many mistakes early derailed any chance of making the game a competitive one. And so, the process of changing the narrative from a rebuilding program to being a consistent one, or even a contender, continues.
“We’ll watch the film and pick up any of the positives we have,” Plainville head coach Tim Shea said. “But we have a lot of stuff we need to work on. We were exposed in some areas, and in the long run that will help us now that we know, now that we saw it and now we’ll be able to correct that, and move forward. That’s the big thing.”
Plainville (2-2) has shown flashes of its potential throughout the season thus far. After falling to Bloomfield in Week 1, the Blue Devils shut out Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver, 48-0, and then took down traditional Class S state power Rocky Hill, 48-13, just a week before losing to Berlin.
“Everything we want is still there,” Plainville quarterback Frank Griffin said. “Now getting to it is the goal. We want to get to the playoffs, that’s been our goal since the beginning of the season and it’s all still there.”
The Blue Devils will use the game against the Redcoats as a learning experience. Berlin (4-0) was able to limit Plainville to just 80 total offensive yards, 73 of which came through the air. Although it may not seem like it, there were some positive moments against the Redcoats.
“We spread the ball around to a lot of different kids,” Shea said. “It doesn’t show that, but we had a bunch of different kids catch the ball. We have to take this as a learning experience. This is sports. Someone has to win and someone has to lose, and we were on the back end of that.
“There were two weeks that we weren’t and hopefully this leaves a bad taste in [our players] mouth because it should,” he added. “We have to work just as hard, if not harder going into next week, so we don’t get to feel like this again.”
The Blue Devils will have one week to prepare for their next matchup, which will sure be another tough one. Plainville will be traveling to RHAM (4-0) before heading into its bye week. The Blue Devils need to make sure they have a good week of practice if they even want to compete with the Sachems, who have scored more than 21 points in each of their four games this season, including their last three 35-0.
And Plainville has learned that a good week of practice makes all the difference.
“All week we had rough practices and we expected to come into the game playing perfect, when really it was a rough week,” Blue Devils running back Christian Collin said. “We played like we had all week. What you put into it is what comes out and that showed [Friday].”
“We need to work on everything really,” Griffin said. “We didn’t have a great week of practice this week and it shows. There were just a lot of mistakes all around on both sides of the ball that we need to fix up.”
Plainville will have Saturday to make sure it’s taking those steps forward.
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