NEW BRITAIN — Southington High School’s powder puff football team defeated New Britain 20-0 at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night.
“I’m real proud of them, I think it was a great game,” said Southington coach Charles Kemp. “I hope everyone had fun. I hope the New Britain kids had fun. New Britain always brings it, they’re so tough.”
It was Southington’s first win on New Britain’s home turf.
“I told the players, look, there’s no Cheshire game to fall back on,” Kemp said. “It’s one and done, you’ve got to focus here on New Britain.”
Cheshire High School didn’t field a powder puff team this year due to low turnout.
“I’m hoping Cheshire comes back,” Kemp said. While accepting their trophy, the team chanted “we want Cheshire.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Southington’s Abby Connolly ran around New Britain’s line and sprinted into the end zone for the first touchdown in the first minutes of the second quarter. Erin Palinkos kicked the extra point to make it 7-0.
Southington’s other two touchdowns were scored by Nicole Carter, who plays soccer with Connolly. Janette Wadolowski and Shivali Vyas also had a good game running the ball.
“If you can just give them a little bit of time, once they get around that edge, bye bye,” Kemp said of the team’s runners. “Write me when you get to the end zone.”
Speaking after the game, Carter said she didn’t expect to score any touchdowns before the start of the game.
“We practiced so hard, it really paid off,” she said. “Everyone always gave it their all. Everyone tried their hardest.”