AVON - Emotions were at an all-time high Saturday afternoon as the Plainville football team walked away with its fourth straight win of the season, defeating Avon 28-21.
The Blue Devils have secured at least a .500 record this season and with the Thanksgiving game coming against a 1-7 Farmington team, the thoughts of a winning season are promising.
“This win was very important,” Plainville quarterback Frank Griffin said. “We want that winning season. Without this win, we wouldn’t have gotten [the chance].”
Plainville has turned the football program around after last year’s 0-10 season. Plainville head coach Tim Shea is looking to build on that success.
“We have one left,” Shea said. “Thanksgiving. That’s when the fun starts.”
The Blue Devils were able to get the ball rolling early on in the game. Griffin connected with Brady Callahan just two minutes in for a 55-yard passing touchdown and immediately Plainville had the advantage.
The Falcons put up quite a fight, although it was their constant mistakes on offense that cost them the game.
Avon fumbled the ball four times, allowing Plainville to recover every drop, along with an interception by freshman Christian Collin.
The Blue Devils’ defense was a huge contributor to Saturday’s success, with Shea saying the squad bends, but doesn’t break. He needed his defense to make stops, and that’s what it did.
“We held on,” Shea said. “Every week we’ve been saying, defense has to save the day, and we did again [Saturday].”
With the defense at an all-time high, it allowed the offense to do its job as well.
“We needed our offense to play a complete game,” Shea said. “Times we did, and then there were times we didn’t. The offense is playing better, but we need to complete the game.”
Avon muffed a punt at the start of the second quarter to swing the momentum back in the Blue Devils’ favor.
Plainville outscored the Falcons 14-0 in the period, including an 11-yard touchdown from Griffin. Griffin then connected with Jailen Lindsey on a 3-yard touchdown catch less than 8½ minutes later to take the 21-14 advantage.
Griffin was efficient, completing eight of his 15 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. On the rushing end, Griffin carried the ball 13 times for 59 yards and two more touchdowns.
“We wanted to throw the ball against them,” Griffin said. “Our wide receivers were better than their defensive backs and we knew that coming into this. So, we took a few shots deep and we scored.”
Avon quarterback Dylan Burgos ran the ball 18 times for 122 yards with three touchdowns. Although he was efficient on the ground, he was not in the air, missing all five of his passes.
With 2:13 left in the game, Griffin was able to score with a 3-yard run, breaking the tie, with Mason Sarra converting the extra point.
Plainville will be going into its bye week before its season finale againt Farmington - which hosts the CREC co-op on Friday - on Thanksgiving Day.
“We have some things to improve on, but we’ll be working on them over the bye week,” Brady said. “The whole team knows we have to improve, but Saturday was a good win and we’re going to enjoy it.”