Plainville hoping shutout loss doesn't define them

Published on Sunday, 19 September 2021 21:05
Written by Ryan Ames

@_RyanAmes

PLAINVILLE – The Plainville football team was humbled in its 48-0 loss to Bloomfield on Friday.

The defending Class S state runner-ups came onto the Blue Devils field and dominated from start to finish. The Blue Devils couldn’t do much to stop the Warhawks’ offense and barely tested their defense in a game that got out of hand quickly.

With that being said, coach Tim Shea will learn some important lessons about his team in the coming days as Plainville will have to respond quickly if it doesn’t want another repeat performance.

“To get to that level we have to work harder, we have to practice harder, we have to play harder,” Shea said. “It’s right there, we’re right there, we just have to take that extra step. How long it’s going to take us to get there, who knows. Time will tell.

“The true test will be the day after a game like this,” Shea said. “Who’s going to show up, who’s going to get back to work, then we’ll know. I think we’ll bounce back okay, we’ll just take our medicine and put it to bed.”

The Blue Devils’ defense in particular will have to tighten up as Bloomfield ran all over them. Of the Warhawks’ seven scores, two came via lengthy rushes, two were had off of punt returns that stretched more than half the field and one reception touchdown that totaled 42 yards.

It was simply too easy for Bloomfield.

“We have to be better at tackling,” Shea said. “The big thing is just, you got to want to. We’ve got to want to. We’ve got to want to tackle, we’ve got to want to block. That’s on me, I’m the head coach, I’ll change some things in practice. We’ll get into the kids a little bit here and we’ll have a better product next week.”

A fair share or the Blue Devils core is made up of underclassmen as quarterback M.J. Bakaysa and running back Kye McGraw are both juniors. Seniors Justin Emery and Cam Lamothe were really the only seniors that produced on offense in the loss as the pair combined for five catches.

Plainville will need to see more contributions from other parts of the roster if it hopes to be more like the week one version of itself.

“We have to play with confidence,” Shea said. “There are times we’re our own worst enemy, a little bit, but it’s the game of football.”

Leading into Friday’s matchup, the Blue Devils were riding high off a close victory over South Windsor on Sept 10. With Lyman Hall on deck, you can bet Plainville will have a different attitude next week.

“Is this going to define us, no,” Shea said. “But we got a ways to go. We’re a little thin right now but we’re going to coach them up, next guy in, next guy out. We’re glad we’re playing and we’re going to get better, I promise that.”

Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Sunday, 19 September 2021 21:05. Updated: Sunday, 19 September 2021 21:08.