New Milford looking to regroup for Week 2

All of the pre-game hype, the in-game drama and the post-game pleasantries are over. John Murphy’s highly anticipated, much-talked-about showdown with his former Masuk team has come and gone.
Now, it’s time to play the rest of the football season. Amid all the chatter leading up to this one game, it was merely an afterthought that there even would be a rest of the season. It was as if this game was it, the one and only game, the beginning and the end.
However, the sun will come up tomorrow. And there will be high school football, too. Even in New Milford, where Murphy’s Green Wave is licking its wounds following an emotionally charged 71-34 loss to Masuk, his former team.
But one game does not a season make, even one of this magnitude. And New Milford had better regroup in a hurry, because it has only a few short days to prepare for Friday night’s battle with Barlow.
“That’s what I just talked to my kids about,” Murphy said following Sunday’s loss. “We’re playing a really good football team on Friday, and if we’re going to feel sorry for ourselves right now, we’re not going to get where we want next Friday, either.”
Barlow – which went 8-2 a year ago – is coming off a season-opening, 24-14 win over Bethel. Barlow quarterback Jack Shaban carried the ball 17 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns and passed for another score.
And certainly, New Milford’s road doesn’t get any easier from there, with Pomperaug, Weston and Newtown on tap after Barlow.