Southington 32, New Britain 7
Southington (2-0) 7 0 25 0 – 32
New Britain (0-2) 0 7 0 0 – 7
S – Stephen Barmore 19 run (Kyle Smick kick), 6:43
NB – Malique Jones 1 run (Juan Usuga kick), 9:49
S – Safety, Jones tackled in end zone, 8:55
S – Safety, Lamar Bowsky tackled in end zone, 7:39
S – Alex Jamele 42 pass from Barmore (Smick kick), 6:59
S – Zach Jamele 3 run (Smick kick), 3:45
S – Barmore 10 run (Smick kick), :46.5
RUSHING – Southington: Jarrid Grimmett 15-34, Barmore 9-53, Z. Jamele 1-3, Preston Testa 2-(-6), Steven Hamel 1-7. NB: Bowsky 14-63, Jones 16-79, Dylan Krivickas 3-10, Bryan Gray 1-0, Marc Aponte 2-6.
PASSING – Southington: Barmore15-33-1, 211 yds.; NB: Jones 8-27-3, 83 yds.
RECEIVING – Southington: Anthony Bonefant 7-88, A. Jamele 3-89, Corbin Garry 3-21, Grimmett 2-13; NB: Gray 3-43, Kyle Anderson 2-23, Daequone Clark 2-13, Fitz Ingram 1-4.
NEW BRITAIN – The first half against arch-rival Southington left the New Britain High football team in an optimal position to win.
The defense kept the high-powered Blue Knights passing game in check. While the Hurricanes were rarely able to control the line of scrimmage, they left the field at halftime with the game tied.
An abomination of a third quarter separated the arch-rivals quickly.
Southington rode the momentum from two safeties in just over a minute to a 32-7 conquest in a CCC Division I West game that left some serious questions about where the season is headed.
In addition to the two safeties, the third quarter featured a steady parade of New Britain players, including top running back Lamar Bowsky, leaving the field with cramps. When a Southington touchdown followed the second safety to put the ’Canes in a 25-7 hole, the will to compete visibly ebbed from their play.
Head coach Tebucky Jones is not the excitable type, but the word “quit” bandied about his sideline is something he won’t endure.
“This stuff has got to be corrected,” he said. “If they can’t get it right, somebody else has got to come in and do it. It’s that simple. It’s all discipline – doing the job and trusting the guys next to you are going to do their job. Right now it doesn’t look like that.”
The Southington defense stuffed New Britain’s first possession of the second half and on fourth down, the center snap sailed over the head of punter/quarterback Malique Jones. Southington had the ball at the 13 but a holding penalty led to an interception in the end zone by Mikel Robinson.
An illegal block on the return put the ball at the New Britain 3. Two plays later, Malique Jones was ambushed in the end zone and Southington gained a 9-7 lead.
The New Britain defense, sparked by a second-down play by defensive end Jonathan Semidey, forced the Knights to punt. The referees ruled that Southington’s Corbin Garry downed the ball at the 1. Tebucky Jones said he saw Garry brush against the pylon, which would have been a touchback, but New Britain was once again in the shadow of its own goal post.
The defense swarmed over Bowsky as soon as he got the handoff just 1 minute, 16 seconds after the previous safety. It was all downhill from there.
“The punt unit is doing a good job getting down there,” Southington coach Mike Drury said. “Nate Bonefant did a great job punting. The defense hunkered down and really wanted it.”
Two plays after New Britain’s free kick, Southington’s stellar junior quarterback Stephen Barmore connected with Alex Jemele for a 42-yard touchdown.
Three plays after the ensuing kickoff, Garry picked off a tipped pass to put Barmore back in command at his 43. On third-and-12 from the 40, he hit Anthony Bonefant for 37 yards. Jarrid Grimmett ran for 20 to the 3 and Zach Jemele scored two plays later. Heads were down all along the home sideline.
“Once they get down, they don’t have that fight. That’s basically what it is,” Tebucky said. “To win games, you’ve got to learn that. Until they learn that, it will be like that the rest of the season. It’s in a person. If they don’t get it the JVs will get it. I’ll put them in the rest of the year.”
Southington took a 7-0 lead when Barmore raced 19 yards on a perfectly executed quarterback draw with 6:43 left in the first quarter.
New Britain began its lone scoring march when fullback Dylan Krivickas bulled for eight yards and Bowsky broke off a 28-yard gallop to the Knights’ 7. Malique Jones crossed the goal on a third-down quarterback sneak. Juan Usuga booted the extra point to tie the game two minutes into the second quarter.
When Southington went three and out, New Britain had the chance to take command of the game. Bursts by Bowsky and Malique went for first downs. A flare from Malique to Bryan Gray picked up another at the Southington 30. But a holding penalty bogged the drive down and Malique was intercepted by Tyler Hyde on third-and-14.
The game was marred by penalties. Southington was assessed 137 yards on 14 infractions. New Britain was found guilty on 12 for 113 yards. New Britain turned the ball over five times.
Cramping was as costly as it was painful for the host of players grasping their calves and hamstrings and writhing on the turf.
“We tell them every day to drink,” Tebucky said. “If you’re not [urinating] clear, you’re not hydrated. We give it to them here. This is two weeks in a row.”
New Britain seeks its first victory at home Friday against East Hartford.