PLAINVILLE - The Plainville High football team will enter tonightâ€™s game at home against a winless East Catholic squad coming off an impressive victory over a strong RHAM team last weekend.
In fact, last weekâ€™s victory is quite notable, as it marked the first time the Blue Devils had defeated an opponent that entered the contest with a winning record in three years.
RHAM entered last Fridayâ€™s game 3-2 - and among its wins was a victory over Northwest Catholic, which defeated Plainville 37-0. Yet the Blue Devils battled back throughout the game and eventually pulled ahead for a 38-33 victory, their highest point total of the season by far.
The last time Plainville had beat a team with a winning record was Oct. 24, 2014, when it beat Rocky Hill 44-22. The Terriers had entered the game with a 4-2 mark, although they went on to finish that season 5-6.
For the Blue Devils, on the other hand, that victory over Rocky Hill marked the start of a season-ending five-game winning streak, as Plainville went from 1-5 entering that contest to a 6-5 mark.
Could last Fridayâ€™s victory over RHAM mark the start of another such streak? That will be decided one game at a time.
â€śWe believe every week weâ€™ve got a chance,â€ť Plainville head coach Tim Shea said, â€śand we watched a lot of film [and] the coaches worked real hard putting in a very good game plan.â€ť
E.J. Wynkoop had a pair of big touchdown plays in that game, one a running play and the other a catch and run.
â€śItâ€™s good that heâ€™s healthy, finally,â€ť Shea said. â€śI think big plays like that can help ignite a team, ignite a game.â€ť
In addition to Wynkoop, Brady Callahan, Cody Marquis and Ben Root all caught TD passes from Frank Griffin.
â€śWe need to get a lot better in a lot of areas, but at the end of the day, we held on, and we fought through some adversity and won,â€ť Shea said. â€śWe were opportunistic on D, we caused some turnovers late.â€ť
Root caused one of those turnovers in the closing seconds, while RHAM was in the red zone. That play allowed Plainville to take a knee to close out the victory.
â€śI was glad that the kids didnâ€™t show any quit,â€ť Shea said. â€śThey finished the game. It was good to see that, obviously. Hopefully we can build on that.â€ť
Now, of course, Plainville wants to make it two in a row against an East Catholic team that enters the game having been outscored by 200 points in six losses this season, with an average score of 39-6.
â€śEast [Catholic] does two things, offensively and defensively, that weâ€™ve struggled at stopping and taking advantage of,â€ť Shea said. â€śThey run the ball, a hammer offense similar to Rocky Hill, and we need to get better at stopping the run â€¦ and defensively they play a lot of press man-type coverage and they bring some pressure, some areas that we need to work on and get better at up front.â€ť
But, he added, â€śWeâ€™re looking forward to the challenge, and we think, we hope, the right Plainville team shows up to play this week.â€ť
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