MERIDEN — Despite a heavy dose of rain and cold weather, Wilcox Technical High School has strung together enough practices to spark confidence heading into its powder puff game against Vinal Tech on Monday night.
“The rain slowed us a little in the beginning, but it didn’t deter the kids at all,” Wilcox coach Dan Burns said. “Now the girls are all getting into a rhythm.”
The game is at 6 p.m. at Falcon Field
Wilcox quarterback Tatiana Gonzalez hopes the team’s final two practices leave everyone ready to go for Monday.
“Our practice field has been pretty much all mud, but we’re slowly getting the hang of things,” Gonzalez said. “We’re getting more comfortable with each other. We’re getting into a nice rhythm.”
The Wilcox girls hope to defend their title as current champions after their 24-16 victory against Vinal last year.
Wilcox raced out to an 18-0 first half lead, and Burns thinks a fast start is crucial to keeping the trophy at Wilcox for another year.
“It would really take the pressure off,” Burns said. “That would definitely be beneficial. But either way, the girls will be prepared.”
Armed with a core of talented receivers, Burns plans to mix things up on Monday with a healthy diet of passing plays, usually a rarity in powder puff games.
“We’ve been working on passing plays and receiver routes,” Burns explained. “I believe we’ll be throwing the ball a bit.”
Whether it be through the ground or the air, the mission for Wilcox is to stay in the win column, and grab their second-straight powder puff victory.
“The girls really want to repeat,” Burns said. “They’re anxious to get on the field. They’re confident.”
Confident, but not cocky.
“All the girls are excited to play,” Gonzalez said. “I hope we win, but in the end, the better team will win. We just have to play our hardest.”