PLAINVILLE - The Plainville football team got its season off to a great start this past Friday night, jumping out to a 37-0 lead through three quarters on its way to a 43-14 victory over visiting Woodland.
Yet there were still some old issues that need to be resolved, as the Blue Devils missed a couple of chances in the second half to add to their lead.
“We didn’t finish a couple of drives,” Plainville coach Tim Shea said. “We need to finish. We were in the red zone two times and came away with three (points). We should have had 14.”
But there were still plenty of highlights, including Mason Sarra stepping up in his new role as running back with two first quarter touchdown runs and three in the first half, along with four extra points and a field goal as kicker and eight tackles on defense.
“Mason had a great game, all three phases. Kicking as well,” Shea noted.
Christian Collin had two rushing touchdowns and junior Beau Lasher had a 55-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Another key was solid play on the line for the Blue Devils.
“The big thing we’ve been talking about is being physical up front,” Shea said. “Physical running the ball and physical stopping the run. So, we hit that goal, and hopefully we can build on that.”
Tonight, Plainville will try to go 2-0 when it plays at Northwest Catholic (1-0).
“We’re 1-0 this week. We’d like to go 1-0 again,” Shea said.
The Lions are also coming off a solid win, in which they took a 25-0 lead in the first half on their way to a 25-2 victory over Rocky Hill.
The Blue Devils won 19-7 when the teams faced off last year in Plainville.
“It was a good game here last year, so we expect another good game up there this year,” Shea said.
Northwest Catholic has some solid veterans, including senior Isaac Riley, who had 42 rushing yards on 12 carries last week; senior Skye Dolce, who led the Lions with 85 receiving yards and one touchdown on three catches; and senior Connor Rich, who had a team-high 82 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries.
“They’ve got some guys back. The coach does a good job up there. It’s a good program. It’ll be a good game,” Shea said.
After this week, Plainville will play at Jonathan Law and then host Bloomfield before its bye week.
“We’ve got a bit of a stretch coming up. Which is fine, we’re up for it. We’re looking forward to a great game this week, a fun game, great environment up there at Northwest,” Shea said.
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