WETHERSFIELD – The New Britain Golden Hurricanes head back on the road on Friday for the first time since their Week 1 win when they’ll make the trip to Wethersfield. The non-league contest is set to kick-off at 7:00 p.m.
The Golden Hurricanes are fresh off a pair of losses and are looking to eclipse their win total from a season ago. Over the last two games they’ve proven their ability to make big plays sparsely throughout a game but have not been able to make them consistent enough to keep themselves in the game.
The main point of emphasis for New Britain head coach Isaiah Boddie ahead of Week 4 is to clean up the penalties. False starts plagued the Canes against Danbury in Week 3 as they struggled with their timing offensively for much of the night.
The Wethersfield Eagles are coming off their first loss of the season a week ago against the Joel Barlow Falcons 34-21.
The Eagles rush defense proved vulnerable last week against a Falcons rushing attack that tallied 393 yards on 49 attempts. The two lead backs for Joel Barlow, Danny Shaban and Scott Romano, rush for 132 and 124 yards respectively. Romano did so with 11 less attempts than Shaban finishing the day with an average of 15.5 yards per carry.
The Falcons also had two other rushers tally more than 43 yards.
The Hurricanes had an easier time rushing the ball in Week 3 compared to Week 2 against Windsor. If the trend continues, this game could be a step in the right direction for getting their offense back on track which relies heavily on their rushing attack.
Boddie also mentioned how his running backs have been battling attrition over the last couple weeks, which led to five different players being featured in the run game last week. He’s expressed confidence all season in each of his top-four backs, but for the Hurricanes to be at their highest potential, they’ll need contributions from both Cam Bond and Cayden Hill.
New Britain at Wethersfield
When: Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Wethersfield High School
Records: New Britain 1-2, Wethersfield 2-1
Wethersfield does have a pair of big wins over Windsor as well as a 35-0 win over Manchester in Week 2; however, this game presents a big opportunity for New Britain to get back to even in 2022 given the way Joel Barlow won against the Eagles last week. If the Hurricanes are able to clean up the pre-snap penalties and not punish themselves, this could be a game similar to Week 1 at Middletown where the running backs shined. According to Isaiah Boddie, physicality and penalties were the two things that handcuffed his team over the last two weeks. Both are things that New Britain has the ability to fix on their own. Look for the running backs to produce in this one.
Cameron Beall’s Prediction
New Britain 27, Wethersfield 22