Bristol Eastern (Lancers) v Manchester (Indians)
By SHELBY IAVA
BRISTOL - Once again the weather conditions made things quite difficult Friday evening but Bristol Eastern head football coach Anthony Julius made it very clear what his team had to do to be successful to come out with a win against Manchester - execute the game plan and play a complete game.
The Lancers didn’t.
It was a night Eastern found itself competitive at times once again, but just like in its previous losses, lacked the discipline to stop the Indians, who scored 14 points in the matter of 15 seconds, during the second quarter as the Lancers fell 29-13 at Bristol Eastern High School.
“[The rain] definitely hurt their game more than it hurt ours,” Bristol Eastern head coach Anthony Julius said. “However, it hurts us too. We couldn’t throw the ball with that much with success, the fact that we weren’t able to generate much offense was a little bit frustrating.”
It was Eastern's lack of attention to detail that hurt the most, be it blown coverage or missed assignments, it allowed Manchester (4-6) to tally up 140 yards of total offense in the first 24 minutes.
The Indians’ quarterback Logan Tomlinson proved to be the difference maker in the game.
Throughout he connected on 15 of his 23 attempts for 123 yards with a touchdown. And in the first half alone, Tomlinson ran for 96 yards on eight carries with two touchdowns. He scored three throughout the game.
The Lancers (0-9), meanwhile, managed just 180 total yards as a team. Justin Marshall has 73 of those yards on 12 carries.
Despite the outcome, it was Eastern who managed to get on the board first. On a 99-yard drive, Lancers running back Trinidad Gonzalez carried the ball into the end zone from the 3-yard line with 4:26 left in the first half.
But once the second half came around, the Indians scored back-to-back goals. The first came with 8:20 left on the clock as rushed eight yards into the end zone for his first touchdown of the night.
Then, just 15 seconds later, the Lancers fumbled and Manchester recovered. Tomlinson ran another one in, this time from 37 yards out.
“That quarterback is a heck of an athlete,” Julius said. “He made a lot of great plays tonight.”
The Lancers could not contain Tomlinson as he ran his third touchdown of the night, a 5-yarder with 6:13 left in the third quarter.
Tomlinson was just as effective on the ground as he was in the air. With 2:21 left in the third, he connected with Jahiem Carr on a 14-yard touchdown pass to increase the Indians’ score 27-6.
Before the third quarter came to a close, Marshall came through for the Lancers, scoring an 11-yard touchdown run.
“Marshall, he’s a tough kid, one of the toughest kids I’ve ever coached,” Julius said. “His touchdown at the end was just incredible. I’m incredibly proud of him and the entire team.”
The Indians scored the final two points of the evening on a safety.
Eastern will have a little bit of time to prepare for the Battle of the Bells which will take place at Muzzy Field on Thanksgiving for its annual matchup against Bristol Central who is now 3-5 after forfeiting its last two games due to an ineligible player.
“We need to play our best football,” Julius said. “Bristol Central is a good team, they had a lot of quality wins this year and our kids are excited for the challenge.” Shelby Iava can be reached at (860)801-5096 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MANCHESTER 29, BRISTOL EASTERN 13
At Bristol Eastern High School
Manchester (3-6) 0 14 13 2 - 29
Bristol Eastern (0-9) 6 0 7 0 - 13
L-Trinidad Gonzalez 3 run (kick fail), 4:26
M-Logan Tomlinson 8 run (Aj Alibrio kick), 8:20
M-Tomlinson 37 run (Alibrio kick), 8:05
M-Tomlinson 5 run (kick fail), 6:13
M-Jahiem Carr 14 pass from Tomlinson (Alibrio kick), 2:21
L-Justin Marshall 11 run (Jack Bachand kick), 1:20