GHS clears hurdle with big comeback win

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Tue., Oct. 25, 2011
Glastonbury senior captain Devin O'Reilly (front) and his teammates leap into the air to celebrate a hard-fought victory over Southington on Oct. 21, which may help spur the Tomahawks to another post-season berth. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury senior captain Devin O'Reilly (front) and his teammates leap into the air to celebrate a hard-fought victory over Southington on Oct. 21, which may help spur the Tomahawks to another post-season berth. Photos by Steve Smith.

If the big Class LL football game versus Southington is any indicator, the Glastonbury High School Tomahawks may benefit greatly from the permanent lighting, tentatively set to be installed at the GHS turf field in time for the team's last regular season home game against Simsbury on Nov. 19. The two teams each had one loss, as Glastonbury played Southington on Oct. 21. GHS was down 9-0 at halftime, when one of the team's coaches said that the team losing at halftime has historically won that matchup between the two schools.

After throwing a “pick-6,” to put Southington up 16-7 in the third quarter, Glastonbury quarterback Ben Berey took the game into his own hands and ran for a 52-yard touchdown to get the Tomahawks back into the game. With 3:47 to go in the fourth quarter, Devin O'Reilly – who had caught a touchdown pass from Berey earlier – marched in from the 3-yard line to put Glastonbury ahead.

Glastonbury's Nick Latty stopped Southington's final drive with an interception with less than 30 seconds in the game, sealing the Tomahawks' win, with a score of 19-16.

“We told them it's a 48-minute game, and we have to come out in the second half [like] it's 0-0,” Daniels said. “They didn't give up. They thought they were still in it the whole time. After that pick 6, our body language was pretty bad, but we talked about it being a boxing match. We're both good teams, and it's not just one or two punches, it's the whole thing. We could have folded, but they responded and did what they had to do.”

Daniels said his team will still be fighting the rest of the way, as they fix a few things in their remaining four games (at press time).

“Offensively, we just need to clean it up,” he said. “We've been talking about little things here and there. Defensively, we're very happy with our guys – they fly all over the field. But, we've got to continue to get better in everything we do.”

He said the “Friday night lights” games, of which there will be a larger number in the future, are a bigger deal for the team, as well as the school.

“The kids were excited, and there was a lot of energy in school,” he said. “It was such a big deal that we practiced under the lights the day before. We carried that through and talked about that at halftime. We said there are a lot of excited people here, and let's get this thing done.”

Daniels added that the team's confidence after the Southington win will hopefully carry over.

“Early in the season, we talked about stops along the way, and this was a big stop for us,” he said. “Tomorrow, we turn the page and get ready for next week.”


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