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The Sports Journal

NBHS Football Loses Heartbreaker

Football is a game of inches as the New Britain Golden Hurricanes suffered their first loss of the season last Friday night against the East Hartford Hornets.

The Hornets grabbed the momentum in one play, with less than four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The punt team took the field to pin the Hornets back deep in their own territory.

“We didn’t cover the kick – said Head Coach Tebucky Jones.

It was business as usual when New Britain Sophomore punter Mohammed Codjoe sent Deshawn Givens back to his own 11-yard line to receive the ball, until he broke containment and proceeded to return the football 85-yards to bring the Hornet offense to the Hurricanes 4-yard line.

The return put the hornets in favorable scoring position with under three minutes left in regulation. A fullback dive from Senior Taliq Adams from the two yard line tied the score 6-6 while the P.A.T gave the hornets the 7-6 lead.

The tail of the tape included both defenses, stifling the opponent’s offense. The Hurricane defense kept the Hornets offense out of the red zone throughout the ball game. East Hartford’s defense would get off the field on third downs, holding the Hurricane offense only converting 3 out of 15 third down plays. When the Hurricanes went for it on fourth in a must have situation, it converted four out of seven times and two of those came in the final drive of the game.

Junior quarterback Dajion Hill went 18-33 for 243 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Hill hit his big target 6 foot 3 inch, 215 pound stand out wide receiver C.J Gaskin, on a 72-yard touchdown pass. A few drops from the recovering core, but Hill and Gaskin developed chemistry with one another. Hill dropped back to pass 15 times without one rushing attempt. The game rested on the junior’s arm outside of a QB sneak to keep the drive alive late in the 4th.

“We have to take this loss and get better from it, let it hurt and use it as motivation to make sure it doesn’t happen again”, said senior wide receiver Ronald Watson

The senior wide-out had a crucial fourth down and two catch to breathe life into the final drive of the ball game.

With the Hornet defense pinning their ears back and rushing the passer and with the rush in Hill’s face, he made the throws to put the canes in position to win the game with six seconds left to go on the clock. On the final play Senior Captain Kyshawn Gunn displayed great poise picking up the fumbled snap. With a few more inches he almost pulled off the come back. Gunn was brought down just as time expired just short of the goal line.

For the first time since 2005, The Hurricanes will not start the season 2-0. The Hurricanes can’t sulk after this tough loss though, the Canes will travel to Manchester this Friday, Sept. 25th at 6:30 p.m. to face the Manchester Indians. The Hurricanes look to get back to their winning ways this week. Both the Hurricanes and Indians look to get above .500 in the win column with them both facing a non-conference opponent.

The Manchester Indians are looking to get a non-conference win against the Canes for the second time in three years.