On a lazy Saturday afternoon in Hebron, RHAM’s unbeaten football season was on life support. Cal Redman and the Sachems trailed upstart Plainville 24-0 at halftime, thanks in part to three turnovers which led to 17 points for the visitors side.
Plainville’s Christian Collin returned a fumble 32 yards for a score, the Blue Devils kicked a field goal and scored a touchdown — an 8-yard run by Frank Griffin.
“We were beating ourselves,” coach Robert Rubin told Rich Zalusky of The Chronicle of Willimantic.
Then came the second half and not only did RHAM flip the script, it almost doubled Plainville’s first-half performance with one for the school record books.
Beginning with Cal Redman’s scoop of a loose ball at the Plainville 1-yard line to start the third quarter, the Sachems forced five turnovers and transformed three of them into points as they rallied allllllll the way back to stun Plainville, 32-24 Saturday.
“This was a tale of two games,” Rubin told The Chronicle. “We forced turnovers in the second half. We finished the game. The first half we were beating ourselves.
“We’re a program. Teams would have folded, programs go through adversity. It’s not always going to be 35-0 in the second quarter. “Programs are resilient. Everyone relied on one another to win this.”
We managed to cobble together a highlight reel from RHAM’s Hudl account. So now you can watch how it all went down, above.
H/T to The Chronicle for providing the details.
RHAM, which plays in Class L, is 5-0 for the first time in school history. They get the week off to prepare for their biggest test of the season: a date with 5-0 Berlin (Class M).