BRISTOL - Tonightâ€™s game against Wethersfield is a chance to turn the page for the Bristol Eastern football team that lost a nail biter to Hartford Public last week.
After giving the Owls their first win of the season, the Lancers will hope the end of that game can ignite them to an upset on the road.
â€śWe had an opportunity to go ahead and win the game so obviously weâ€™re going to try and build on that performance going forward,â€ť Bristol Eastern head coach Anthony Julius said. â€śWith a tough Wethersfield game on Friday night weâ€™re going to have to play really well to win that football game.â€ť
Balance has been key for Wethersfield (4-3) this season.
The Eagles have had a multitude of players step in and contribute through their first seven games of the season.
Senior quarterback Craig Elliott leads Wethersfield in passing, but has been turnover prone this season. He has thrown three interceptions in two of the games played this season.
A pair of juniors lead the Eaglesâ€™ rushing attack in Matthew Silver and Connor Pace. Silver had a pair of touchdowns for Wethersfield in its big win against Windsor last week, while Pace added the other two scores for the Eagles.
Aside from the win over Windsor, Wethersfield has picked up victories against E.O. Smith, Bristol Central and Hartford Public. The Eagles dominated the Owls 49-6, a cause of concern for Bristol Eastern after losing to them.
In order to pick up a win, the Lancers will have to be much better than they were this past week against Hartford Public.
â€śWe need to play more consistently on both sides of the ball to bail us out,â€ť Julius said. â€śWe have to be able to put all three phases together to get victories and thatâ€™s our goal going forward.â€ť
While Bristol Eastern sits at 0-7 on the season with just three games remaining, winning games isnâ€™t the only priority.
â€śIâ€™m just looking for us to stick together, have heart and fight together to achieve the success we want to have,â€ť Julius said. â€śAnd continue to be supportive of one another on the field.â€ť
Itâ€™s undoubtedly been a down year for the Lancers after they entered it with high expectations.
Last weekâ€™s game against the Owls, however, did show some positives such as a balanced offensive attack for the Lancers.
Senior quarterback Justin Marshall was strong in the pass game and showed poise down the stretch of the game with a comeback attempt falling just short.
Bristol Eastern got strong contributions from numerous skill players, including Treyvon Daniel, who had his best game of the season.
Getting contributions from more players weekly is something the Lancers have been trying to see and did so last week with Jaden Laprise out of the game.
Itâ€™s going to be another tough game for Bristol Eastern without question, but the despite the Lancersâ€™ struggles, Julius has been pleased with his players and the win-loss column isnâ€™t changing that.
â€śYou got to give them a lot of credit,â€ť Julius said. â€śItâ€™s not easy to come to work when the results havenâ€™t been going your way, but to their credit they continue to show up.