Bristol Eastern's potential comeback runs out of gas, falling to Platt 29-22

Published on Friday, 16 September 2022 23:22
Written by Serenity Bishop

@TheBristolPress

Bristol Eastern fell victim to a come from behind victory by RHAM last week. This week, they almost completed their own 20-point comeback, but fell a little short after not being able to get a defensive stop late in their bout against Platt.

The Platt Panthers defeated the Lancers 29-22 Friday night giving Bristol Eastern an 0-2 record on the season. What both losses have in common is that the Lancers have only executed in one half in each game.

Bristol Eastern coach Anthony Julius said putting together a full game is something they have to figure out as a coaching staff, but he is proud of the team’s effort throughout the contest.

“It would have been very easy for them to pack it in being down 22 to nothing at the half and that’s not what we did. We came out on fire,” Julius said. “If we executed at a higher level in the first half maybe we’re having a different conversation.”

Bristol Eastern got off to a promising start during their opening possession feeding Jaiden Fore on five consecutive runs. However, the Lancers offense began to sputter around midfield as they punted the ball to Platt.

The Panthers started their first possession and didn’t look back during the first half.

Behind the Platt duo of Avery Robinson at quarterback and Corey Rogers at running back, the Panthers marched 85-yards picking up first down after first down. On nine plays, the Panthers capitalize on their opening possession with Robinson throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Acosta.

On the following Lancers possession, Bristol Eastern had punted again, but had a snapping mishap reminiscent of last week. For the second straight week, a bad snap on the punt gave the opposing team a safety and the ball.

To make matters worse for the Lancers, Platt returned the ensuing kickoff to Eastern’s 34-yard line. The Lancers defense held strong for most of the drive and forced a 4th and 11 on the 11-yard line. However, Platt called on their quarterback’s number and Robinson delivered, scoring on a quarterback scramble.

“In the first half we just felt like it was execution,” Julius said. “We were a block away here or a play away here. The first half was right there, but we just couldn’t get over the hump.”

Mayhem proceeded after Platt’s second touchdown.

Joel Rey picked off Kamden Laprise during Eastern’s next drive. Then on the very next play, Platt’s Deante Torres caught a 58-yard pass but fumbled trying to regain his balance after being tripped up by a Lancer defender.

The Lancers regained possession, but a quick three and out forced another punt, which ultimately led Platt to set up shop on the 5-yard line where Rogers would score Platt’s third and final touchdown of the first half.

“In the second half we clicked really well. We put it all together,” Julius said. “We went into the locker room and the kids were still positive. They felt like they were right there, and they showed what we could be in the second half. I’m proud of their effort.”

Bristol Eastern flipped the script in the second half. After a quick three and out for Platt. The Lancers went back to their bread and butter of getting Rayshon Andrews the ball. On the 36-yard line, Laprise threw a simple pop pass to Andrews and he did the rest, breaking tackles on his way to Bristol’s first score.

A two-point conversion pushed the score to 22-8, but the Lancers weren’t finished yet. After getting a turnover on downs, the Lancer set themselves up for a 14-yard touchdown run by Fore.

The Panthers responded by dialing up another deep ball to Torres. Robinson and Torres connected for a 27-yard score. However, another score by Fore and a two-point conversion put the Lancers within one score.

“Jaiden did a great job today. On the second touchdown we scored he looked at us and said I’m going to run this in. I want the ball and he did,” Julius said. “We got behind some of our big guys and they did a nice job. Platt is a really quality football team so to be able to move the ball on the ground with success is definitely a bright spot for us.”

The Lancers' potential comeback ran out of gas towards the end of the fourth quarter. Needing to make one defensive stop, the Lancer were unable to hold Platt as they gained consecutive crucial first downs to seal the game.

Julius said it’s a hard thing to convince the team that despite their record that they are actually playing at a high level at times.

“It’s just consistency,” he said. “That’s something we’re really going to work for.”



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Eastern on Friday, 16 September 2022 23:22. Updated: Friday, 16 September 2022 23:25.