Plainville football has chance to earn first win since 2015 season today

Published on Friday, 15 September 2017 20:20
Written by PAUL ANGILLY

STAFF WRITER

PLAINVILLE - The Plainville football team knows full well it’s not in a position to take any opponent lightly. But for the first time in close to two years, the Blue Devils have to be considered the favorite headed into today’s game against the Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver co-op.

Plainville is now riding a 14-game losing streak, having not won a game on the field since a 40-0 rout over an Enrico Fermi team playing in its last season on Oct. 23, 2015. Officially, the Blue Devils won by forfeit over Berlin the following Saturday due to CIAC-imposed sanctions resulting from recruiting violations, although Plainville was not the winner on the field that Halloween day.

Yet the Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver co-op is currently on a losing streak that’s more than twice as long - 29 games. The team, then playing as just Bulkeley High, last won on Sept. 27, 2014, also over Enrico Fermi.

The Bulkeley co-op continued that trend in its opener last week, falling to a 27-0 defeat at Berlin. But Plainville, meanwhile, showed some very positive signs in an 18-13 loss against visiting Bloomfield, a traditional Class S state power.

“That’s what I wanted to see,” Plainville head coach Tim Shea said. “I wanted to see them play hard. I wanted to see energy. I wanted to see a fight. That stuff we got.”

The good news was that the players were disappointed they lost, he added.

“It shows they’ve got some competitive spirit and competitive fire,” Shea said. “The next day they all came to work and there was no sulking. It was more of a driven attitude.”

While Plainville came up short on some opportunities last week, including a key fourth-and-1 play on the 12-yard line, the improvement from last year was unmistakable.

After being shut out in three of their first four games last season, Plainville scored last Friday on a pass from junior quarterback Frank Griffin to Cody Marquis of about 18 yards, plus a run by Griffin of about eight yards.

“The kids played hard,” Shea said. “We had opportunities last week. Some we capitalized on, some we didn’t.”

Plainville named three seniors as team captains before last week’s game: Nick Cianchetti, Ben Root and Marquis.

Cianchetti said the team is fully focused on beating the Bulkeley co-op today.

“We’re going to learn from our mistakes that we made in that game [last week], and not make them again. And we’re going to push forward to get our first win this weekend,” he said. “Everyone’s 100 percent in. We’re going to play as hard as we can.”

The importance of getting the victory today cannot be understated.

“It’s going to be the world,” Cianchetti said. “That’s what we’ve been working for since two weeks after Thanksgiving last year. That’s all we’re looking forward to, is to get our first win, and get the ball moving from there.”



Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports, Plainville on Friday, 15 September 2017 20:20. Updated: Friday, 15 September 2017 20:22.