By: Joe Porriello
After suffering a devastating loss to Maloney a week prior, the Wethersfield Eagles responded with a big 13-10 win on the road at Hall High School in West Hartford. By doing so, the Eagles essentially punch their ticket to their first playoff appearance since 2015.
The Eagles managed to get 220 of their 283 yards by running the ball. Leading the charge was Senior Running Back Johnny Orsini who recorded 122 yards on the ground, including a 6 yard touchdown to get the scoring started with three minutes left in the first quarter.
Senior Quarterback Matt Silver also had himself a day on the ground by rushing for 98 yards, including a clutch 55 yard run with two minutes left in the game to move the Eagles from their own 33 yard line all the way to Hall’s 12. At that point, Silver was able to rush 10 more yards, which included a 3 yard 3rd down conversion to help put the game away and allow the Eagles to run out the clock.
The Eagles got their second score with ten seconds left in the first half when Silver found Senior Wide Receiver Connor Pace for a 4 yard score, which ended up being the game winning touchdown.
With all this talk about how good the offense was, let’s not forget about how great this Eagles defense played. Hall averaged just under 30 points a game and the Eagles held them to just 10. The Eagles don’t win this game without a lot of things, but their defense was probably the biggest factor.
I got the opportunity to ask Senior Middle Linebacker Jacob Rivera how good the win felt and he said, “It's the best feeling in the world. Knowing that we’re going to the playoffs, knowing that we’re going to be able to take it further than the regular season is an incredible feeling, it’s like no other.”
The Eagles next and final regular season game is Wednesday the 27th at home when they take on Newington for the annual Thanksgiving game. And if this game needs anymore hyping up, both teams are playing for the chance to host a first round playoff game.
See you there, go Eagles.
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