The Bristol Eastern Lancers traveled to Fairfield Warde Friday night with a plan to play a complete game of football. What ensued instead was the Lancers inability to stop Mustangs quarterback Charlie Gulbin.
Behind Gulbin’s four touchdowns, Fairfield Warde cruised to a 27-7 victory. The Mustangs’ win maintained Fairfield Warde’s undefeated season and gave the Lancers their third loss of the season.
Bristol Eastern coach Anthony Julius said his message to the team is to stay together and continue working.
“If we keep working hard, good things will come,” Julius said. “Unfortunately, we sputtered again in a half and put together a pretty good second half. We have to make ourselves more consistent week in, week out and throughout the course of the game.”
The Mustangs began their opening drive on the 35-yard line and Gulbin marched down the field using his arm and legs. On 12 plays, Fairfield marched 65 yards through the Lancers defense and capped off the drive with a 3-yard quarterback keeper to take the first score of the game.
Their momentum then continued into the second quarter after receiving the ball on a short Bristol Eastern punt. On the 37-yard line, Gulbin turned the backfield into a backyard football game, buying time for his wide receivers to get open.
The slippery quarterback eventually found William Imschweiler for a 37-yard touchdown pass.
Later in the second quarter, Gulbin’s pocket awareness struck again. On 4th and 12 on Bristol Eastern’s 33-yard line, Gulbin scrambled around before finding TJ Sinis for a 27-yard completion.
Gerald Jacobs capped off the drive catching a 6-yard touchdown pass and pushing the score to 20-6.
“Their quarterback did a really nice job extending plays and giving his receivers time to get open,” Julius said. “I thought we covered pretty well, but the kid made some really good throws, and they made some really good catches in traffic.”
In the second half, it was much of the same for the Lancers’ defense. On the opening kickoff in the second half, Fairfield Warde recovered the kick on the 30-yard line due to a lapse in judgment from Bristol Eastern’s returners.
A couple plays later, Gulbin linked up with Lucas Coleman for a 25-yard touchdown.
The Lancers would respond to Warde’s 27 unanswered points once they received the ball, but by then their lone score wouldn’t put much of a dent in Warde’s lead.
Julius said while it doesn’t look like it based on the scoreboard this is perhaps the best game that the Lancers have played. He said the team was able to make big plays and sustain drives at times, but there is room for improvement.
“We gave them all they could handle, and you have to give credit where credit is due. They made the plays tonight,” he said.
Bristol Eastern will be back on the road again next week as they take on Avon Friday night at 6:30 p.m.