Football Preview: Plainville trying to start win streak as it faces East Catholic

Published on Thursday, 26 October 2017 22:54
Written by PAUL ANGILLY

STAFF WRITER

PLAINVILLE - The Plainville High football team will enter tonight’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 week’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 Friday’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 Friday’s victory over RHAM mark the start of another such streak? That will be decided one game at a time.

“We believe every week we’ve got a chance,” Plainville head coach Tim Shea said, “and we watched a lot of film [and] the coaches worked real hard putting in a very good game plan.”

E.J. Wynkoop had a pair of big touchdown plays in that game, one a running play and the other a catch and run.

“It’s good that he’s healthy, finally,” Shea said. “I think big plays like that can help ignite a team, ignite a game.”

In addition to Wynkoop, Brady Callahan, Cody Marquis and Ben Root all caught TD passes from Frank Griffin.

“We 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,” Shea said. “We were opportunistic on D, we caused some turnovers late.”

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.

“I was glad that the kids didn’t show any quit,” Shea said. “They finished the game. It was good to see that, obviously. Hopefully we can build on that.”

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.

“East [Catholic] does two things, offensively and defensively, that we’ve struggled at stopping and taking advantage of,” Shea said. “They run the ball, a hammer offense similar to Rocky Hill, and we need to get better at stopping the run … 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.”

But, he added, “We’re looking forward to the challenge, and we think, we hope, the right Plainville team shows up to play this week.”

Paul Angilly can be reached at 860-973-1800 or pangilly@bristolpress.com



Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports, Plainville on Thursday, 26 October 2017 22:54. Updated: Thursday, 26 October 2017 22:57.