PLAINVILLE – To say things have gone sideways for the Plainville Blue Devils to start the season would be an understatement. The team lost their quarterback just moments into their first game and had to go on the road in each of the first three weeks against some of the tougher opponents they’ll see all season.
They’ve been outscored 92-0 over the last two weeks, but on Friday the Blue Devils will make their long-awaited home debut hosting the Platt Panthers.
Plainville head coach Tim Shea explained that this is territory his program hasn’t been in a handful of years. His Blue Devils are looking to enjoy some “home cooking” this Friday, however, and begin to turn things around on their season.
“We’re in a spot we haven’t been in a few years now,” said Shea. “This is the first time since 2016 we’ve opened 0-3, let alone lost three in a row. So, we’re searching for some answers and trying to retool some things.”
That 2016 season resulted in an 0-10 record for Plainville.
The points of emphasis heading into Week 4 for the Blue Devils will be getting off to a faster start and playing all the way to the end. Shea explained how it could be tough to tell based on the 43-0 final from last week against New Fairfield, but he did see improvement from his team as the game went on.
“We played a better second half than the first, and now we need to string together some drives and some quarters, and we’ve got to be able to put some points on the board,” said Shea. “If we do those things, I think we’ll be successful.”
Platt has also struggled out of the gate and will reside at 1-2 when they make the trip into Plainville on Friday. Most recently, the Panthers took a big loss at North Haven being shut out 49-0.
Shea noted the physicality of Platt and the challenge that lies ahead of them.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us but we’re putting together a good game plan right now and we’ll be ready to go on Friday night,” said Shea.
Platt at Plainville
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Plainville High School
Records: Platt 1-2, Plainville 0-3
Last Meeting: Platt 61, Plainville 26 (9/26/2014)
Few teams in the state have had as unfavorable a start at Plainville in 2022. This could be a good spot for them to finally get the monkey off their back against an opponent that has had some similar struggles through the early portion of the season. Not to mention they finally get to play a game in front of their home crowd. Head coach Tim Shea has continued to note the improvement in practice each week from his team despite the difficulty of their early-season schedule. The biggest thing for the Blue Devils moving forward is simply getting points on the board. They’ve been shut out in each of their last two games and need to get out to a faster start here in Week 4.
Cameron Beall’s Prediction
Plainville 20, Platt 19