BRISTOL - Following its first win in 17 games, Bristol Eastern football has a good chance to get consecutive wins hosting Farmington tonight.
The Indians come into the game with a 0-4 record and lost to the team the Lancers just beat, Newington.
For Bristol Eastern, a player to look out for will be Indians outside linebacker/tailback Jack Beisel. He is a big kid at 6’2 172 pounds and brings a strong outside pass rush that will test the Lancers offensive tackles Andrew Consalvo and Jake Dauphinee.
As a tailback, Beisel has big play ability but the Farmington offensive line has struggled and Bristol Eastern feels that is something that it has an advantage in.
“Their lineman is the weakest point,” Lancers defensive end Rajon Collins said. “Our defensive linemen have to get to the quarterback and provide a lot of pressure and get a lot of tackles in the backfield. That’s how we’ll succeed the most.”
For Bristol Eastern offensively, last week’s game against Newington added a new dimension to its offense with Stephen Hopkins lining up at full back and Ariza Kolloverja at tail back.
That brought some life to the offense and look for Hopkins and Kolloverja to continue having similar roles this week and freshman Matt D’Amato could be involved.
With the Lancers offense, they still have a big issue that needs to be fixed and it continued in the win last week.
“I think we had the ball within the 20 [yard line] about five times and we came away with nine points. That was the only thing that was slightly disappointing about last week’s win.”
With the run game establishes last week, the passing game hopes to have more room to work with if the Lancers running backs can sustain success.
Quarterback Justin Marshall was given more time last week and showed what he brings to the table and will look to continue making smart decisions this week.
“If we can run the ball and throw the ball they have to be loyal to the run and that opens up a lot of stuff in our passing game,” Marshall said.
The secondary for Farmington has some speed so Jaden Laprise will be tested trying to beat the secondary on the deep ball.
Both the Indians and the Lancers knew this game would be big coming into the season and now the two teams get a shot at each other.
“They circled us for one of their wins this year,” Marshall said. “We both have to fight it’s not an easy game we have to keep practicing hard and forget about the past and keep going forward.”
As long as Bristol Eastern doesn’t lack focus, the Farmington game should continue to grow the confidence of the Lancers with a win.
It all starts up front for the Lancers.
“They ran it down our throat last year,” Bristol Eastern senior linebacker Tyler Mason said. “They’re looking for this win again but I guess they might be acting like we’re the same team as last year but they’re going to be surprised.”
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