Plainville football looking to dent Bloomfield's armor Thursday night

Published on Wednesday, 14 September 2022 12:31
Written by Cameron Beall


BLOOMFIELD – The Plainville Blue Devils had their offense turned on its head last Thursday when starting quarterback MJ Bakaysa went down with a season-ending injury and subsequently throwing sophomore Dom Abarno into the fire on the opening drive of the season.

Abarno will have to grow up fast ahead of the Bloomfield Warhawks in Week 2. Bloomfield was widely considered one of the best teams in the state ahead of last week’s opener. The Warhawks cemented those thoughts with a balanced offensive attack leading to a 40-0 victory over the Avon Falcons.

“There’s quite the learning process going on, but [Abarno’s] eager, he’s a competitor,” Plainville head coach Tim Shea said. “We have some things tooled that suit him, and we’re slowly going to add stuff week by week.”

Shea noted after the Week 1 loss at Lewis Mills that Abarno played admirably given the situation. The team is trying to build off the things he did well in his debut as well as his ability to run with the ball.

After minimal reps in training camp, Shea is keeping the pressure off his quarterback at this point. 

“The big thing whenever I play a sophomore, let alone a first-year quarterback, is that you can’t put the game on them because there are other people on the field,” Shea said. “The big thing I told Dominick is just to run the offense, do what we tell you, and just try to manage the game. Let the other guys on the field do their jobs and hopefully there’s some success there.”

Bloomfield put the game away in no time last week after scoring 20 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second and seven in the third. Junior Warhawk quarterback Darrien Foster only had to complete five passes to reach 137 yards and three touchdowns. He had just two completions that registered for less than 10 yards. The remaining passes rung up for 81, 21 and 16 yards – all for touchdowns.

Their rushing attack was led by senior DJ Lewin who finished the day with 51 yards on four carries – 12.8 yards per attempt. Sophomore Edwin Rodriguez led the way in carries with eight, good for 47 yards and a score.

The Warhawks received votes in this week’s GameTimeCT poll, and the Blue Devils know exactly what kind of trouble they can be.

“Bloomfield is big, fast and athletic,” Shea said. “They play hard. We have quite the challenge this week; it’s one we’re up for, but you know what you get when you play them. We’ve been practicing hard all week and we’re going to see what happens on Thursday night.”

Outside of the quarterback situation, Shea said one of the biggest points of emphasis this week is capitalizing in the red zone after a number of squandered chances at Lewis Mills

“We need to improve in the red zone,” Shea said. “You can’t take four or five trips down there and only score once. Once you get in there, you’ve got to score.”

He also made note of the team’s need to generate more big plays on offense and minimize them on defense.

“It’s easier said than done but if you can do those two things, you’re in a much better position to win,” Shea said.

Plainville at Bloomfield

When: Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Bloomfield High School

Records: Plainville 0-1, Bloomfield 1-0

Last Meeting: Bloomfield 48, Plainville 0 (9/17/2021)

The Breakdown

Thursday is going to be an uphill battle for Plainville with a new quarterback going up against one of the top teams in Connecticut. The Blue Devils have a few playmakers that have the potential to break through for big plays, like Joe Vasquez, but this might not be the week that Plainville will be able to showcase long, sustained offensive drives. Bloomfield took down Avon handily in Week 1 and this game could follow a similar script given the Warhawks efficiency and Plainville’s limited playbook right now.

Cameron Beall’s Prediction

Bloomfield 42, Plainville 6

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Wednesday, 14 September 2022 12:31. Updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2022 12:33.