Analysis: Plainville football needs to be able to capitalize on gaining turnovers to beat top teams

Published on Sunday, 6 October 2019 21:09
Written by Daniel Fappiano


PLAINVILLE - While the final score read 47-0, Plainville’s defense showed signs of life throughout its matchup with Bloomfield on Friday night.

The Blue Devils forced two fumbles and intercepted Warhawks’ quarterback Daron Bryden twice in the contest.

However, the Blue Devils were unable to capitalize as their offense remained stagnant.

Facing a tough Bloomfield team, Plainville’s inability to muster up scoring drives after coming away with big turnovers was crucial in their loss to the seventh-ranked team in the state.

Plainville’s first interception came via Dominick Chambrello on a deep pass late in the second quarter.

The Blue Devils’ ensuing possession started off hot, as quarterback Christian Collin ran for 30 yards, his biggest gain of the day. Plainville then gained six yards on a Mason Sarra scamper before their drive stalled out, including a delay of game penalty and a sack. The team was forced to punt.

Their second interception came late into the second quarter. This time Bryden’s pass fell into the hands of Tanner Callahan.

With only seconds before halftime, the Blue Devils were only able to run one play, a two-yard rush by Sarra, before the whistle blew.

Down 21-0 at halftime, Shea felt his team’s offense struggled despite already forcing two turnovers.

Plainville’s defense was able to catch a break early in the second half. After runs of 10 and nine yards respectively, Bloomfield’s Anthony Simpson fumbled, giving the Blue Devils their third turnover of the game.

However, after a costly holding penalty on second down, Plainville went three-and-out and were forced to punt once more. Bloomfield immediately scored their fourth touchdown of the game on a 30-yard pass from Bryden to Jayvon Massey.

Despite now being down 28-0, the Blue Devils would again force another turnover on defense, this time a fumble from Bloomfield’s Shakur Hill just before the fourth quarter.

After gaining a first down on the ground through Sarra and Collin, Plainville’s quarterback would throw an interception, his second of the game. Bloomfield would then tack on three more touchdowns, ending any hope of a comeback for the Blue Devils.

While Plainville’s offense struggled all night, it was even more apparent after recovering a turnover. The Blue Devils had multiple opportunities to put themselves back in the game, but were unable to capitalize following their two picks and two fumbles.

If Plainville wants to succeed in the Class S division, they need to be able to continue their momentum. While Bloomfield came in undefeated, the Blue Devils’ inability to move the ball after forcing a turnover was key in the loss.

If Shea and the Blue Devils want to bounce back after their loss to the Warhawks, forcing turnovers will be key. But capitalizing after those turnovers will be of the upmost importance.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Sunday, 6 October 2019 21:09. Updated: Sunday, 6 October 2019 21:12.