WALLINGFORD — The Lyman Hall High School powder puff team defeated Sheehan High School 28-20 in the 46th annual Samaha Bowl at Fitzgerald Field on Wednesday.
Lyman Hall bested their crosstown rivals for the second consecutive year, winning last year 36-19
The Trojans jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter and finished the first half with a 21-0 lead. The Titans rallied in the second half, but ultimately fell short.
“Sheehan mounted a very good comeback,” Lyman Hall head coach Ed Neilander said after the game. “I’m really proud of my girls for scoring 28 points.”
Lyman Hall’s offense was led by Demiree Cyr, who scored three of the team’s four touchdowns.
“She had a tremendous, tremendous performance today. I’m so proud of her,” Neilander said.
Cyr said she had been waiting to play in the Samaha Bowl since she watched her sister play.
“This is something that’s amazing that other people don’t understand when they’re not from (Wallingford),” Cyr said. “(It’s) something that you get to share and you become a family with your team and you just want to celebrate with everyone.”
Neilander said his team’s early lead allowed him to play all 130 girls on the team.
“We got the second, third, and fourth teams in in the second half, so we were really happy,” Neilander said. “Every girl that came to practice got to play, which is really what it’s all about.”