PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Blue Devils (0-10) closed the book on their season with a loss in their finale to the rival Farmington River Hawks (3-7). The Hawks dominated on the ground and ran their way to a 49-28 win in Week 12.
Farmington running back Luke Watson made quick work of the Blue Devils with a 20-yard touchdown rush within the first three minutes. The score gave the River Hawks an early 7-0 lead.
Plainville senior Brandon Buckingham answered right back with a 51-yard touchdown catch to tie things exactly one minute later.
Watson’s second of four touchdowns of Wednesday came within the first six minutes of the game by way of a 36-yard rush to take back the lead.
“We couldn’t stop the ball,” said Plainville head coach Tim Shea. “When you can’t stop the run, you’re in for a long night. [Luke] Watson is a very good back and he had a night.”
Following an equalizing touchdown from Plainville, the River Hawks were able to take advantage of the home team and begin to build themselves a cushion. After going ahead 21-14, Farmington’s Jaylen Howlett picked off Plainville quarterback M.J. Bakaysa near midfield.
A 30-yard rush from Watson set the offense up inside the red zone with under two minutes to play in the first half. Wide receiver Jahkai Veal finished the job with a 16-yard touchdown catch to double-up the Devils before halftime.
The third quarter featured two touchdowns for Farmington and just one for Plainville as the Devils struggled to keep up with their guests. Plainville’s lone touchdown in the quarter was by way of a quarterback keeper from Bakaysa to tighten the deficit to 35-20.
Bakaysa went down in Week 1 with an injury and wasn’t expected to return in 2022. He informed Shea back on Nov. 11 that he was cleared and would be ready to play on his Senior Night. Bakaysa led the offense to their highest scoring output of the season. The senior contributed three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in the loss.
“It was great to see number five [Bakaysa] play tonight,” said Shea.
Plainville threw the last punch in the fourth quarter but it was too little too late. Bakaysa’s final touchdown pass and two-point conversion brought the score to 49-28 which stood as the final.