SOUTHINGTON - Southington High School football scored early and often Friday night, hauling off for a 41-0 nothing win over New Britain.
The Blue Knights got the ball first and wasted no time getting on the board, storming down the field after taking over on its own 33-yard line,
A Jack Barnum to Justin Zitofsky pass and catch found the endzone for six from 24 yards out, but an extra point kept the game within reach for New Britain at 6-0 with 9:26 to go in the first.
New Britain's first drive ended in a three and out and a blocked punt by Southington, who fell on the ball inside the 10-yard line.
On the ensuing drive Barnum, this time under heavy pressure, heaved a pass to wideout Ryan Delmonte who came down and found his way into the goal for another score from 7 yards out.
This time, the extra-point try was good, and it was 13-0 with 6:33 left in the first. From there, Southington poured it on as New Britain struggled to find its footing.
New Britain's message all night was to keep fighting, even with things not going their way.
"Our message today was to fight, to continue to fight," said New Britain head coach Isaiah Boddie. "Football is tough, they're going to give up plays and get plays, but you have to look to the next play and continue to fight. That was our message and I think we did that, but at the end of the day it just didn't work out in our favor."
Southington head coach Mike Drury, who had said New Britain had some playmakers entering Friday night, said his team did a good job of stunting up front and putting pressure where it needed to. The special teams forced two blocked punts and recovered a fumble and lost a fumble in the contest.
"It was a good adjustment for our guys," said Drury. "... It was a great job by Coach Levesque, our defensive coordinator, adjusting on the run and our guys getting up in there and playing a physical brand of football. That's what it was defensively (on Friday)."
New Britain's defense gave several different looks to Barnum in the secondary, but Barnum worked through it with ease. He passed for four scores in the win and 128 yards through the air.
"He settled in quickly. (New Britain) showed a lot of man the first couple of weeks," said Drury. "... They came out and played a lot more zone schemes (Friday) and we see that a lot. Jack did a great job of putting the ball where he needed to."
Southington had scores from Javon Thomas (10-yard rushing score), Kamron Beaudoin (10-yard reception), Delmonte again (23-yard reception) and Lincoln Cardillo (50-yard rush) to round out scoring. In total the Blue Knights had 135 yards gained on the ground.
New Britain had -4 yards passing and 80 gained on the ground.
Boddie said going forward preparation will continue to be a big part of what the group will work on in an effort to get better every day.
"As coaches, we just have to continue to prepare," said Boddie. "Prepare our kids and coach them up as well as we know how and prepare to get them better. We're young. Some guys haven't done that. We're continuing to go over the fundamentals and getting prepared and ready for the game."