The Spartans have defeated the Panthers three out of the past four years. The teams tied in 2011.
Spartan Brook Gambardella said unity is the key to winning.
Teammate Brianna Alicea said bonding was emphasized the first few practices.
“We’re definitely molding together now,” she said.
“When you have eleven girls working together at once, that’s when you win football games,” Gambardella added.
The Spartans have enough players to field three teams. Lobner estimated two-thirds of the senior girls joined the team.
Gambardella attributed powder puff’s popularity to tradition. Girls start anticipating it in ninth-grade when they see senior players dressed in their uniforms at school on game day, she said.
Lobner said most of the girls have attended every practice. Every girl who attends at least five practices will be guaranteed playing time, he said.
“We’re not just gonna play our best girls,” he said. “We want to get as many players into the game as possible.”
“I just want to see everybody work as hard as they can and compete to the best of their ability,” he added.
Lobner said the everyone-gets-to-play mentality does not translate into a corresponding just-have-fun approach.
“There is a lot of strategy involved,” he said.
Coach Mike Torda said the team will use real football formations, with at least seven girls on the line of scrimmage, and is working on an offense that will consist of six to ten plays. He said coaches are emphasizing the technical aspects of each play and teaching all eleven girls on the field their individual responsibilities.
Torda said the girls are approaching their preparations for the game with a startling level of intensity.
“The activity I see on the field” during practices “is the fiercest I see during the school year,” from the ladies, he said
He hopes to channel that energy into extending Maloney’s winning streak against Platt.