BLOOMFIELD - Dallas Rose pushed the ball over from two yards out late in the third quarter and Mathew Miller kicked the extra point to give Bloomfield a 7-6 victory over Bristol Central in a defensive struggle on opening night at Bloomfield High School.
Playing in their first game in two years, the offenses struggled for both teams while the defenses came up big time and again in a battle that was won in the trenches. The Rams took an early lead when Victor Rosa scrambled for 53 yards and a scored just five minutes into the contest. But despite getting into the redzone two more times in the game, that would be all the offense the Rams could muster against a big and physical Bloomfield front line.
Central had 109 rushing yards after one quarter. They finished the game with a total of 113. “We were just never able to get a rhythm, going offensively,” said coach Jeff Papazian. “Even early on when we had some big gains, those were busted plays that Victor was able to make something happen.”
The Rams defense came up big time and again against a relentless Bloomfield attack. Central was able to stop the Warriors inside the 20 three times in the first half including a big defensive stand to end the first half when they stuffed the runner at the one on a second and goal play from the two as time ran out.
The Warhawks were finally able to break into the endzone with four minutes left in the third period on a long drive that was aided by a crucial penalty against the Rams that kept the drive alive after Bloomfield had been driven backwards on a consecutive plays near midfield.
Aided by the penalty that set them up inside the 30, the Warhawks drove to their only score of the game behind the running pf Cornelius Patrick and Dallas Rose. Rose had a big eight yard gain on third down to move the ball to the seven and Patrick rushed for six more to set the stage for the one yard plunge by Rose that gave the Warhawks the victory.
The Rams had two more chances late but were unable to punch it in. A muffed punt by the Warhawks gave Central the ball at the 35 to start the final period but the Rams could get no closer than the 14 A late drive was kept alive on a big 25 yard catch by Damion Glasper for a crucial first down, but the march stalled to the Bloomfield 35 and the Warhawks were able to run out the clock.
Rosa finished one yard short of the 100-yard mark after some late game sacks, He carried 21 times for 99 yards and completed four of nine passes for 52 yards on a night when he was often scrambling under a rush of big Bloomfield linemen.
The Warhawks but up 354 yards of total offense, 261 f them on the ground, but were thwarted much of the night when they got close to the endzone. Patrick led all rushers with 143 yards on 15 carries and Rose also broke the 100-yard mark with 103 on 15 carries. Quarterback Darrien Foster hit on eight of 20 passes for 93 yards including several big third down conversions on the game wining drive.
In spite of those numbers, Papazian was generally pleased with the defensive effort.
“Our defense did the job,” said Papazian. “To hold a team like Bloomfield to seven points – I’ll take it any week. But we have a lot of work to do on the offense. To get three times into the redzone and come up empty each time – we just have to do better than that.”
Bristol Eastern 35, E.O. Smith 6
Newington 32, Enfield 24
Southington 13, Maloney 7
Kennedy 14, St. Paul 0
Berlin 33, Middletown 0
Plainville 27, South Windsor 25
Southington 13, Maloney
Bloomfield 7, Bristol Central 6
Bristol Central 0 6 0 0 - 6
Bloomfield 0 0 7 0 – 7
BC – Victor Rosa, 53 run (kick failed), 7:06
Bloom – Dallas Rose, 2 run (Mathew Miller kick), 4:00
Rushing: Bristol Central – Victor Rosa 21-99, Justin Despins 3-14, Tre Blair 2 – (-3), Amarri Gaskin 1-5. Bloomfield – Cornelius Patrick 15 – 143, Dallas Rose 15- 103, Zyon Hymes 3=8. Darrien Foster 6-9.
Passing: Bristol Central: Victor Rosa 4-9 for 52 yds. Bloomfield – Darrien Foster 8-20 for 93 yds.
Receiving: Bristol Central – Damion Glasper – 1-25, Tre Blair 2-21, Ashton Zabka 1-6. Bloomfield – Jose Feliciano 2-23, Robert Dunkley – 2-36, Jaiden Jesrum 3-27, Trevon Ortiz 1-7