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Hurricanes Football Opens Season with Big 34-13 Victory

It didn’t take long for the New Britain High School football team to take the lead in its first game of the season against South Windsor Friday evening at Veteran’s Stadium. On the very first play of the game Mike Robinson made several moves, with good blocking in front of him, scampering 87 yards off the kick-off to give the Hurricanes a lead they would never relinquish as New Britain won 34-13.

On the following drive South Windsor went three and out. And this gave the Canes offense a chance for its first series. Quarterback Toby Taradeina hit Elvin Silva with a 50 yard pass. On the next play Taradeina scored on an option read play from 7 yards out.

With still 3:37 in the first quarter New Britain would see its third touchdown of the game as Karrell Largent snatched a 20 yard pick-six off Bobcat Quarterback Ryan McDonald.

Marcus Torres upped the score in the second quarter as he took the direct snap and drove right through the middle of the defense.

With 2:15 left in the first half New Britain scored its final touchdown as Sophomore CJ Gaskin snagged 13 yard pass from Taradeina.

New Britain nearly finished the first half unscathed, but McDonald hit Adam LeClerc for a 23 yard pass seconds before the final click.

No scoring took place in the third quarter, but James Nyarko scored the second touchdown for South Windsor on a 55 yard run in the fourth quarter. Nyarko had 100 yards on 14 carries for South Windsor.

New Britain is now 1-0 while South Windsor went to 0-2 as it lost last week 28-14 to Hartford Public.

Last year New Britain beat the Bocbats late in the season 38-17 and went 3-7 overall.

In a message to the football team NBHS Principal Mike Foran said, “I am very excited about the beginning of another season of outstanding football at New Britain High School. I know our coaching staff has been working very hard in the offseason and that they are passionate and committed to our program. I also know the players have been working extremely hard to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.”

“After a long wait, football season is here,” said Superintendent of Schools Kelt Cooper. “We feel strong about this year’s team and good about the lineup.”

New Britain next plays at Manchester Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. The Canes next home game is Oct. 4 vs. Conard at 7 p.m. On Oct. 11 the Hurricanes will face their toughest opponent in 7th ranked Southington away. Southington has already defeated the Canes next opponent, Manchester, 41-8.