Bristol Central had a very difficult night on the offensive side of the ball last week at Wilton. Thursday night the Rams come home to face an opponent that has struggled and are hoping to find the key to get the attack back on track.
Enfield is 0-2 and has struggled to put points on the board in the early going. That should bode well for Central’s defensive unit that had a very strong game in last week’s 14-6 loss.
“When the defense allows only 14 points that has to be a win,” said Central coach Jeff Papazian. “Those guys did their job last week. We just didn’t get the job done offensively and we have to be better than that. Enfield is a much improved team over last year. Their record just doesn’t show it yet. There were a couple of late scores in both of their games that made it look more lopsided than it was.”
“They play hard,” Papazian added, “and I’m sure they’re thinking of coming in here to get that first win of the year. We have to play much better than last week, especially on the offensive side, to make sure that doesn’t happen. They have a balanced offense between the run and the pass. They play pretty decent defense. We’re just going to have to figure out what they’re giving us and try to take advantage.”
Last week’s loss at Wilton was a train wreck offensively and the work this week has been to fix hose things that didn’t work.
“We got beat up on the offensive line last week,” Papazian said. “We need to do a better job up front and sustain the drives much better. We’ve got to have positive plays and we just didn’t have very many of those last week.”
The defensive side was much better for the Rams who held a strong offensive unit to just two touchdowns.
“The defense was certainly not perfect,” the coach said, “but it was good enough to hold them to 14 and that should be enough to win.”
Papazian especially noted the play of the defensive secondary of Tre Blair, Anthony Paolino, Aiden Lamarre and Carmelo Thompson along with Ayden Pratt who had a strong game on the defensive line. Wilton quarterback Andre Acosta-Rua put the ball in the air 27 times last week and completed 15, but the Rams came up big on crucial plays to stop the attack. Lamarre had a fumble recovery and Tim Sample had an interception. Paolino had a couple of big break ups in the endzone as the defense kept the Rams in the game until the final minutes.
Enfield was 0-10 a year ago and opened this season with a 25-6 loss to Middletown and a 19-2 defeat at Brien McMahon last week. The Eagles are a CCC Tier 2 opponent. Central and Enfield are 2-2 all-time against each other and have not met since 1997. The Rams were 4-0 against Fermi before that school merged into Enfield High in 2017. This will be first CCC meeting between the two schools.
Enfield at Bristol Central
When: Thursday, 7 pm
Where: Bristol Central High School
Records: BC 1-2, Enfield 0-2
Last Meeting: BC 39, Enfield 14 in 1997
Both teams are looking at this one as a chance to break into the win column after tough losses last week. The Rams will need to get their offense untracked and are hoping that the 0-2 Eagles will be the remedy to their offensive woes. Enfield has struggled against some tough opponents in the early going and will be looking at this one as a break in the schedule and a chance to turn things around.
Dave Greenleaf’s Prediction: Bristol Central 28, Enfield 12