Offense sparks New Milford football
The New Milford high football team is riding a two-game winning streak and moving in the right direction. Now the Green Wave have to keep their momentum going during what is arguably their toughest stretch of the season.
Coming off a 47-26 victory over Bethel, New Milford hits the road for a matchup with unbeaten Newtown on Friday night. The Nighthawks are ranked third in Class LL.
The Green Wave enter the showdown with the Nighhawks having won their last two games, scoring 92 points in the process. Quarterback Tyler Hansen continues to have a stellar senior season as he threw five touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in the win over Bethel.
“Our offense is doing a really great job and executing at a high level,” New Milford coach Larry Badaracco said. “Tyler is one of the best players not only in the conference but in the state. The offensive line has been great in protection and the numbers the offense puts up are outstanding.”
The Green Wave offense will have to continue to produce to knock off the Nighthawks, who have allowed just 40 points in seven games this season.
“We know we are playing a talented and well-coached football team in Newtown,” Badaracco said. “They have a number of outstanding players.”
New Milford has scored at least 34 points in each of its last six games and its lowest output of 20 came in the season opener at Stratford.
But while the Green Wave’s offense has flourished, the team has struggled defensively.
“We were making mistakes earlier in the season that we are starting to clean up on defense,” Badaracco said. “Alignments, tackling, those things were problems early on but the kids have worked hard and we have stressed those things in practice and they have gotten better.”
“We have a lot of good individual players on the team and they are sytarting to come together as a unit on defense,” Badaracco said.
Aside from Newtown, New Milford faces Weston, which beat the Green Wave last season, and New Fairfield (6-1) on Thanksgiving morning for the Candlewood Cup. The Rebels, ranked seventh in Class M, are riding a six-game winning streak heading into this weekend’s game against Notre Dame-Fairfield.
“It’s going to be a challenging stretch, but the players and coaching staff are excited about it, we have some bug games to play,” Badaracco said. “We play for two traveling trophies, The Boot against Newtown and the Candlewood Cup against New Fairfield and the kids and staff are looking forward to that and Weston knocked us off last year. We just need to go out and play 48 minutes of mistake-free football and we’ll give ourselves a chance.”