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The Patriots figure to evolve once Cornelius’ suspension is lifted and Edwards is fully re-integrated into the offense. They just won’t do so with the quality win they hoped to get against a big-name, in-state opponent.

“We felt we let an opportunity get by tonight, and they had a lot to do with it,” Hewitt said. “But this is a veteran team and that’s why we have a chance to be good not going to hang our heads at all.”