GLASTONBURY â€“ The Newington Norâ€™easters are still in search of their first win in 2022 and the road doesnâ€™t get much easier in Week 4 with a trip to the Glastonbury Guardians on the agenda.
The Norâ€™easters fell 37-14 to Staples in Week 3. Newington head coach Jay Pace noted the momentum Staples was able to build toward the end of the first half to make it 16-7 heading into the locker room was part of the reason his side fell short.
â€śWe knew they were a really good football team, and we knew we couldnâ€™t make mistakes,â€ť Pace explained.
The head coached said one of the main reasons their first win still evades them is the fact that they havenâ€™t been able to put all phases of the game together in the same week.
â€śI feel like we havenâ€™t gotten all areas on the same page in one given game,â€ť said Pace. â€śThere have been games when our defense was really good, there have been others when our offense has played well. So, weâ€™ve got to make sure that all phases of the game come to play on Friday.â€ť
In last weekâ€™s loss, Newington quarterback Padraig Brown was 11-for-24 for 141 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Running back Luca Corvino led the way on the ground with 85 yards on 20 carries. On the receiving end it was Akari Rosemond who paced the Norâ€™easter pass-catchers with four receptions for 63 yards and a score.
Glastonbury has defeated McMahon, East Hartford and Norwich Free Academy en route to their 3-0 record to this point. Theyâ€™re outscoring opponents 28.5-11.3 over that same stretch.
â€śTheyâ€™re a 3-0 football team and theyâ€™re 3-0 for a reason,â€ť said Pace. â€śTheyâ€™re a fundamentally sound football team that does a lot of things well. They like to control the clock and control the game through their running offense, so we need to be ready for that.â€ť
With the middle portion of the schedule approaching, Newingtonâ€™s playoff aspirations might not be dead just yet with three losses, but each game could be viewed at must-win from this point forward.
Newington at Glastonbury
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Glastonbury High School
Records: Newington 0-3, Glastonbury 3-0
Last Meeting: Glastonbury 28, Newington 20 (10/8/2021)
Newington has the offensive weapons of a much more dynamic team than theyâ€™ve shown to this point. At their best they can control a game offensively with Padraig Brown, Luca Corvino and Josiah Ross. The problem to this point has been putting together a full game to amount to a win. This is a point in the season when the 0-3 start and take the team in one of two directions and this Friday will be a tell for the direction of Newingtonâ€™s season. A win could begin to put things into place, but Glastonbury has posted 35 points in each of the last two games and Newington has allowed an average of 36 points per game this season. The Norâ€™easters will need their defense to begin to bring that number down starting this Friday.
Cameron Beallâ€™s Prediction
Glastonbury 35, Newington 25