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NEW BRITAIN — The night’s work was done for New Britain seniors Shawn Robinson and Tahje Yopp and it was certainly a performance worthy of celebrating.
However, before the stars in host New Britain’s 63-26 walloping of No. 10 East Hartford would entertain questions about their 442 combined rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns, they needed to pose for photos with the veteran offensive line who are the people they deemed most responsible for their magical evening.
“Our line picked up their blocks,” said Robinson, who ran for 265 yards including touchdowns of 38, 5 and 7 yards. “It took us a while to get started but when we picked it up, we picked it up and it was a non stop, snowball effect. Everybody was on the same page and we made things happen.”
Much of the work came in a 28-point first quarter as the duo combined for 205 yards on the ground while Yopp lone pass attempt went for a 57-yard touchdown to Tarik Hetmyer.
Yopp added scoring runs of 11 and 12 yards in the opening quarter as the game billed as a must win contest for both teams in the tightly bunched CIAC Class LL playoff standings became a runaway rather early on.
“The first quarter we brought it to the line, everything was on them,” said Yopp who ran for 177 yards and four touchdowns. “I told them that if you to get to your spot, we can score so they were like, ‘we’ve got you.’ You see how me and Shawn Robinson, we share reps, if he is tired, I’ll take the ball and he has no problem. If I am tired, he’ll take the ball but we bring it all the line.”
Robinson went over the 1,000-yard mark in rushing yards during the game while Yopp is on pace to join him soon.
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“We are brothers,” Yopp said. “We go at it in practice, I want that rep, no I want that rep, I want the ball, we are both selfish but when it comes to the game and we play inside the lines, we play as brothers and we stick together. If we get a negative yard, I will be like bro, I’ll get that next yard or touchdown for you.”
New Britain (7-1) capped the scoring on Hetmyer’s 6-yard scoring run.
Quarterback Raquan Tompkins had touchdown runs of 49, 3, 50 and 59 yards as he ran for 171 yards and threw for 105 more for East Hartford (6-2).
When the game was over, senior leaders on both teams met up to wish each other well.
“We have rivalries with them when we were seventh graders, sixth graders, they know us, we know them,” Yopp said. “Inside the lines, we will talk but outside the lines, we will be brothers.”
NEW BRITAIN 63, EAST HARTFORD 26
(at Willow Brook Park, New Britain)
EAST HARTFORD 7 13 0 6–26
NEW BRITAIN 28 7 21 7–63
NB-Tarik Hetmyer 57 pass from Tahje Yopp (Yopp run)
NB-Yopp 11 run (Shawn Robinson pass from Yopp)
EH-Raquan Tompkins 49 run (Gabriel Florian kick)
NB-Robinson 38 run (run failed)
NB-Yopp 12 run (pass failed)
EH-Tompkins 3 run (Florian kick)
EH-Tompkins 50 run (kick blocked)
NB-Robinson 5 run (Tyree Pinnock kick)
NB-Yopp 10 run (Pinnock kick)
NB-Robinson 70 run (Pinnock kick)
NB-Yopp 63 run (Pinnock kick)
NB-Hetmyer 6 run (Pinnock kick)
EH-Tompkins 59 run (pass failed)
Records: EH 6-2, NB 7-1