Glastonbury Football Outlasts New Britain

By Nate Zielinski

If there was any doubt you were tuned in to the Keyion Dixon show after the first play on Friday night, then you were definitely watching it by the end of the 1st quarter.

Glastonbury (7-1) started their night on defense, and it was a possession in which Dixon broke up a pass and made a crunching tackle on back to back plays en route to a New Britain punt.

The real show began when the Glastonbury quarterback got the ball in his hands.  The first two plays of the game for the Tomahawks offense were 63 and 42 yard touchdown runs by the athletic Dixon and Glastonbury went 14-0 in the blink of an eye.

The Tomahawks were good and lucky Friday night as their third touchdown came on a running play that was fumbled at the goal line, but scooped up by Trent Taylor who rolled in to the end zone for a score that brought it to 21-0 by the end of the 1st quarter.

New Britain (4-4) started the game with four straight punts but the offense showed some life in the second quarter.  Aided by Glastonbury penalties and an acrobatic, juggling catch made by Ronnie Watson set up the Golden Hurricanes inside the five yard line.  However, after penalties and a sack, New Britain was pushed back and unable to convert on 4th down.

Dixon took over once again scrambling in the pocket and unleashing a deep ball to Jake Madnick who ran under it and took in for a 73-yard score just before halftime. Glastonbury went in to the locker room up 27-0 and the game looked to be over…not so fast.

It would get worse before it got better for New Britain as Dixon converted another big pass and then went untouched from 33 yards out to increase Glastonbury’s lead to 34-0.  Dixon would finish the game with an impressive 203 yards on the ground and over 100 in the air.

Then it was New Britain’s turn.  Kaylin Samuels got the Golden Hurricanes on the board and then three long touchdown passes by quarterback Dajion Hill miraculously brought New Britain back as they trailed 34-28.  The first two touchdowns were impressive catches by Charles Gaskin who turned on the burners and scored from 83 and 98 yards on back to back to drives.  Then Ronnie Watson came up big with a 63-yard TD catch to bring New Britain within one score.  Hill finished the game with 316 yards passing and was crucial to the New Britain comeback.

However, the hole was dug to deep, and with under a minute left Hill fumbled the ball while dropping back to pass and another fumble recovery for a touchdown, this one by Sam Pirsig sealed the deal for Glastonbury in a thrilling 41-28 win.

Up next: The New Britain Golden Hurricanes will look to go above .500 again as they travel to Hartford Public.  Glastonbury is still surging and searching for a state title as they look to improve to 8-1 at home against their rival Simsbury.

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