Southington loses to Rocky Hill in close Powder Puff game, Windsor up next

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ROCKY HILL — The Southington High School Powder Puff team lost by a field goal during a tight game Wednesday night against Rocky Hill High School.

The Southington High School senior girls play two games this year, with a game against Windsor High School coming up next.

It’s the second year of the Southington-Rocky Hill matchup and coaches of both teams say the relationship is one they’d like to continue.

“They’re a class act,” Southington coach Charles Kemp said of his opponents. “Rocky Hill is a great team.”

The two teams played in Southington last year. Southington won the game and brought nearly 80 girls while Rocky Hill had only 17.

This year, Rocky Hill had 25 players. Coach Mike Dudis said playing Southington is a “tall order” but was glad for the win on the Rocky Hill High School field.

“They beat us 21 to nothing last year, it was nice to have them on the home field,” this year, Dudis said.

Both teams struggled to make progress in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Southington’s Trinity Cardillo, a team captain, caught a 35-yard pass for the game’s first touchdown.

Rocky Hill tied the game up just before halftime after a long run and a fight into the end zone from the 10-yard line. Rocky Hill’s Corrin Stabile, a captain, scored the touchdown.

In the second half, Rocky Hill was able to drive close to the end zone and Stabile kicked a field goal to take a 10-7 lead. Southington wasn’t able to get down the field again before the clock ran out.

“With Powder Puff, the clock runs so fast,” Kemp said.

After the game, he told the girls he was proud of the way they’d played and urged them to focus on the upcoming Windsor game.

Fans of both teams, wrapped in blankets, watched from the bleachers and sidelines. Rocky Hill had a team of male cheerleaders in wigs and pink attire, a Powder Puff staple.

Southington has faced Cheshire and New Britain in past Powder Puff games. A Southington-Cheshire game two years ago was cancelled due to low Cheshire turnout and concern about injuries.

Southington’s game against New Britain was scheduled last year but cancelled, leading the coaches to find Rocky Hill as an opponent.

This year’s game against Windsor High School is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. in Windsor.
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