- COACH — TEBUCKY JONES (8th year, 36-36)
- CONFERENCE — CCC Division I West
- PLAYOFF CLASS — LL (1,206 boys enrollment)
- HOME — Veterans Memorial Stadium, New Britain
- 2017 RECORD — 5-5
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. Conard, 7 p.m.
- SHAWN ROBINSON, RB (5-9 185)
- KAIYON GUNN, RB/WR (5’9 165)
- TAHJE YOPP, ATH – QB/WR/RB (5-9 175)
- ROBERT ZAPOR, LB (5-10 202)
- BRANDON RIVERA, C (6-2 185)
QB Jahfari Newman, CB/WR Jenson Cartegna (All-CCC), TE/LB Jacob Clark (All-CCC)
New Britain snagged a playoff spot in the expanded 2014 state tournaments, but since then the Hurricanes have gone 5-5 in three-straight seasons.
Coach Tebucky Jones feels his team is ready to get back into postseason form.
“We could finish at the top of the conference, competing for a conference championship, if we simply perform to potential and eliminate mistakes,” Jones said.
If New Britain is to get back above .500, it will do so on the legs of its running backs. At the top of the heap is Shawn Robinson, who is coming off an 1,100-yard rushing season.
“Shawn Robinson could break the 1,500 yard mark if he performs above last year’s efforts,” Jones said.
Robinson will be joined by Tahje Yopp, whom Jones simply lists as ‘athlete’ and led the team in yards-per-carry last season, as well as RB/WR Kaiyon Gunn.
They’ll have the benefit of running behind an offensive line that returns four starters.
Five players return on defense, however, and New Britain is especially green in the defensive secondary with several new faces competing for starting spots. The Canes’ defensive line also is largely rebuilding. Robert Zapor returns to lead the squad at linebacker.
Had it not been for a late-season loss at East Hartford (28-7), the Hurricanes would have closed the season with four-straight wins. A stunning, 51-6 romp over playoff-bound Berlin in the Wishbone Bowl at least gave Jones’ underclassmen momentum heading into the offseason.
Nothing will come easy in the CCC, especially with Southington and South Windsor looming on the schedule but New Britain believes it can get back to relevancy this season.
- Sept. 7 — at Conard,** 7 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — MANCHESTER,* 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — at South Windsor,* 3:45 p.m.
- Sept. 28 — SIMSBURY,** 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 5 — SOUTHINGTON,** 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — at Hall,** 7 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — at Glastonbury,* 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — EAST HARTFORD,* 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 9 — ENFIELD,* 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 16 — at Berlin,* 6:30 p.m.
Home games in CAPS