Tomahawks' season ends in semi-final
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Dec. 5, 2012
The Tomahawks did so many things right this season, but for the third season in a row, they just didn't seem to have the right answer for Xavier, as Glastonbury High dropped a semi-final football match, 30-13, to the Falcons on Dec. 2.
Glastonbury took the ball and drove it down the field early in the first quarter to take the lead, 7-0, on a Josh Hill 2-yard run, and it looked like the game was going to be a give-and-take match. But, the Tomahawks had trouble converting for first downs for most of the game, and played sometimes-stingy, sometimes-porous defense, allowing Xavier too many opportunities.
Xavier answered that first touchdown on the next drive, and then scored a safety on a ball snapped over Hill's head that went through the end zone. Just before the half, Xavier tacked on another touchdown to go up 16-7.
“We just couldn't get first downs,” coach Scott Daniels said. “I think we had like six or seven three-and-outs. You've got to get first downs. We've got to get our defense off the field.”
Hill was sacked and left the game with potential concussion symptoms, which forced the Tomahawks to use Ben Berey – who plays receiver and sometimes running back – full time under center.
Struggles continued in the second half.
The Falcons pounded the ball, with running back DeAngelo Berry on a scoring drive that ended in a 1-yard touchdown run to go up 23-7, but the real back-breaker came just two minutes later, when Xavier QB Tim Boyle connected with receiver James Sullivan for an 80-yard touchdown to make it 30-7.
Glastonbury book-ended its game with another touchdown – an 11-yard pass from Ben Berey to Nick Karp – with just 1 second left.
“We went into it wanting to throw the ball, and we did that quite a bit,” said Daniels. “We just didn't execute. We thought we'd have our opportunities, but we didn't take advantages of those opportunities. We thought we could throw the ball vertically down the field, but we just didn't convert on it. There wasn't one play [that made the difference].”
Some of the difference in the game may have been in the sheer number of players, as the Tomahawks regularly utilize more players on offense and defense, while Xavier clearly had more separation between the squads.
“We've got five or six two-way players,” Daniels said. “We've done that for 12 football games and that wasn't going to be different today. They're our bread and butter guys, and we're going to win or lose with those guys.”
The Tomahawks finished the regular season 9-1, with that one loss coming from Southington. Glastonbury avenged that loss with a win over Southington in the quarterfinals on Nov. 28.
“I'm so proud of our guys,” Daniels said. “Our guys played their hearts out today. I told these guys they have nothing to be ashamed of. As a coach, you just ask your guys to step on the field and play their hearts out, and they tried to do that today.”