Lyman Hall tops Sheehan in Wallingford powder puff matchup

Lyman Hall tops Sheehan in Wallingford powder puff matchup


WALLINGFORD — Overcoming the rain, wind, cold and their crosstown rivals, Lyman Hall High School’s powder puff team defeated Sheehan, 27-7, in the 42nd annual Samaha Bowl Wednesday night.

Despite the rough weather, more than a thousand came out to the annual game, filling the bleachers on both sides of the field at Lyman Hall and lining up along the fence around the track. With umbrellas, ponchos and rain jackets, fans and students braved the cold.

Before the game started, both Sheehan and Lyman Hall’s male cheerleaders ran onto the field — resulting in loud cheers and applause from both sides. Wearing their respective school colors, the cheerleaders spent the game exciting the crowd, as well as taunting the other side.

“We can’t hear you!” screamed the Lyman Hall cheerleaders. “This is our house!” they yelled as the final seconds of the game counted down.

It was a different game than last year, when Sheehan won a tight contest 15-14. The Lady Trojans scored twice in the first quarter. While Sheehan answered in the second quarter with a touchdown, Lyman Hall never gave up the lead.

With the victory, Lyman Hall ended Sheehan’s two-game winning streak in the Samaha Bowl.

Both teams mostly ran the ball, with the girls traversing and slipping through the thick mud in the middle of the field.

“I’m very proud of you girls for never giving up,” said Sheehan head coach Cheryl Colwick. “They talk about the mud bowl... Well, here’s our second mud bowl.”

Lyman Hall’s Head Coach Stephen Hoag said he was “elated” for the players on both teams and appreciated their sacrifices.

“They take the time to play this one game,” he said, dressed in a poncho and gloves. “My kids, they did a marvelous job.”

Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. was also at the game. Standing in the middle of the field between both teams after the game ended, he applauded the girls for a “great game,” which was met with loud cheers and screams.

Former Sheehan Athletic Director and coach Judy Samaha, the namesake of the annual powder puff game, congratulated Lyman Hall’s coaches and players on a “well played game.” Samaha, who watched the game from the press box, said she hoped the 43rd annual powder puff game would be just as exciting.

Handing the trophy to Hoag, he hoisted it in the air with a smile on his face. The girls surrounded him with their arms in the air, screaming, cheering and celebrating their win. As the Sheehan team and coaches looked on, they too applauded their rival’s victory. (203) 317-2235 Twitter: @EricVoRJ

Scoring Summary

Kaitlin Stringer, touchdown run (Krista Petersen PAT)

Lyman Hall 7 - Sheehan 0

Summer Edeen, touchdown run (Krista Petersen PAT)

Lyman Hall 14 - Sheehan 0

Jenna Gogliettino, touchdown run (Nicole Kern PAT)

Lyman Hall 14 - Sheehan 7

Kaitlin Stringer, touchdown run (Krista Petersen PAT)

Lyman Hall 21 - Sheehan 7

Leah Morasutti, touchdown run

Lyman Hall 27 - Sheehan 7

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