Bristol Eastern football hoping game against Avon will be spark it needs

Published on Thursday, 29 September 2022 15:16
Written by Serenity Bishop


The Bristol Eastern Lancers are still searching for their first win of the season as they enter a Week 4 matchup against the Avon Falcons. 

The Falcons enter the week 1-2 after coming off a 14-12 victory over Stratford. However, while Avon was able to pull out their first win last week, the Lancers offense struggled to move the ball in their 27-7 loss to Fairfield Warde. 

Despite the Lancers 0-3 start, the team has played well-sound, mistake-free football. Their offense has even been explosive at times. Bristol Eastern coach Anthony Julius said the capability of success and the team’s drive to get into the winning column has been reflected in the players the last two weeks. 

He said it only takes one game to be the spark for the season to get back on track.

“We really hope that this game can be the spark,” Julius said. “Every game has been big and we treat every game the same. Obviously, we haven't had the success that we wanted coming out of the gates here, but we get another opportunity Friday to play a quality football team. If we make enough plays, we’ll give ourselves a good opportunity.” 

Julius said that the team atmosphere is very positive. He said while they are frustrated that they haven't had the start that we wanted, the players have shown up, worked hard and are trying to improve each day. 

For Bristol Eastern the team is focusing on their assignments and executing at a high level, which will be needed with Avon’s unique offensive attack. 

Last week, the Lancers faced a Warde team that was mainly looking to put the ball in the air. However this week, Avon runs an old school offense with wings and unbalanced lines that is looking to keep the ball on the ground, control the clock, pull their big offensive lineman and run down hill. 

“They have an excellent running game,” Julius said. “They run an offense that is old school that you don't see much anymore and they do a good job at pushing people around. It's definitely a much different attack than what we saw last Friday.” 

Avon, who was a playoff team last year, will present different challenges to the Lancers defense however, it’s a challenge that Julius says the team will be ready for.  

Another offensive challenge for the Lancers will be how to generate their own offense efficiently. During the first two weeks of the season, Bristol Eastern didn’t have a problem scoring. It was more of a question of in which half will they score. 

However, after an injury to quarterback Kamden Laprise in Week 2, the offense sputtered against Fairfield Warde and couldn’t generate any big plays. While the status at quarterback is still up in the air, Julius said the offense has to stay ahead of the chains.

“For us its positive plays on first down and staying ahead of the sticks,” he said. “For us to do that, it will really allow our offense to get going. We have players who can be a big help for us and we're going to try and find ways to get them the ball.”

The game will be held at Avon at 6:30 p.m.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Eastern on Thursday, 29 September 2022 15:16. Updated: Thursday, 29 September 2022 15:19.