By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – Well, we’ve reached the bye week for two of the three scholastic teams in Bristol and while Central and St. Paul will be resting it up this coming weekend, Eastern will have its collective hands full.
And in a huge way.
Eastern travels to Windsor to tangle with the Warriors in a CCC Interdivisional Division-II West showdown.
Windsor is one of the top five teams in the state and trying to slow down the squad will be the goal of the contest for the Lancers.
This one is an epic challenge for Eastern and here is a quick look at the game from Windsor:
Bristol Eastern (0-4) at Windsor (4-0); CCC Division II West challenge
Location: from Windsor high school
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season’s Game: The Lancers defeated Windsor 30-28 on Oct. 25, 2014 from Muzzy Field in Bristol.
All-Time Series: The Warriors lead the all-time series 4-1.
Last Week: Eastern fell to Maloney 21-8 while Windsor blanked pesky Farmington, 47-0.
Casual facts…The Warriors average 43 points-per-game this year. That’s a big stat in itself…The only squad that has been able to slow Windsor down was our friends over at Bristol Central (26-12) and that said more about the Rams than the Warriors, bluntly…The Indians were simply run over by Windsor last Friday…This Windsor team is stacked offensively and against the Indians, it really wasn’t much of a contest…Back Bennie Fulse rushed for over 100 yards and scored three times, while Jordan Knight is also lethal on the ground (two touchdowns on nine carries) for the Warriors…There’s a great throwing element to Windsor’s game as quarterback, junior Jakhari Grant, averages nearly 20 yards a game while he’s yet to throw an interception this season….Fulse has 10 touchdowns to his name in 2015 and nearly 460 yards worth of yards on the ground while Knight – who only had 97 yards coming into the Farmington game – now has 173 on the season with three touchdowns…Going into the Farmington showdown, Windsor was averaging a mind-boggling 10.0 yards-per-game and 227 yards a game per carry…That’s why Eastern making that first tackle is ever so important against Fulse and Knight along with senior Gabriel Elliott…Windsor has blazing speed and will use it…Over the past two games, Eastern has played some excellent defense, giving up just 17.5 points-per-game and that should have been good enough for a victory or two…The problem reverts to the offense, which has been inconsistent from game to game…The Lancers average 8.5 points-a-game this year and that spells trouble…Outside of a huge 157 yard rushing game by QB Alex Hunter against powerful Wethersfield, the numbers have been on the down side…Injuries haven’t helped Eastern’s cause as Hunter and Josh Sampson have missed some field time and that offense and blocking is sorely missed…Again, the defense has shown some zest over the weeks with Josh O’Keefe, Joey Colangelo, Josh DiMattia, Danny Portal, Ronte Cooper, Zach Thompson, and Ariza Kolloverja making critical plays…The defense must build upon the success it has throughout each game and give it a 48-minute effort…The minute Eastern can show some consistency on offense – and second it with making that first tackle count – the Lancers will nab that first victory…The problem is trying to generate that win against the Warriors would be a tall order for any team.
And the winner is…Windsor beats Eastern 40-12.