MERIDEN — In a battle of winless football teams, something was finally going to break in a good way for either Wilcox Tech or MCW United on Saturday at Falcon Field.
Fortune, by the slimmest margin, rested with the home team, as the Indians pulled out a 13-12 Connecticut Technical Conference victory.
Wilcox (1-5) did come very close to becoming the first team to lose to MCW United in three years. MCW United (0-5) went into Saturday’s game in the midst of a 33-game losing streak and had yet to score a single point this season.
After a scoreless first quarter on Saturday, that changed when MCW United’s Ethan Galinski intercepted a pass from Wilcox Tech quarterback Jeremy Perez and took it back for a pick-six.
Later in the second quarter, MCW United’s offense scored for the first time this year on a one-yard touchdown from Donald Cahill.
MCW United failed on the two-point conversions after both touchdowns, but went into halftime with a 12-0 lead.
“First half was pretty bad,” said Wilcox head coach Trevor Jones. “We talked about it all week. The team that made more mistakes was going to lose this game and we were definitely that team in the first half. That’s why we were down 12-0.
“We had a serious heart-to-heart talk at halftime and we talked to the seniors, about what they need to do: Look in the mirror. They came out in the second half and, you saw, they set the tone. The offense got rolling, we started blocking people and we made a lot less mistakes in the second half. We did what we needed to do.”
MCW United got the ball to begin the second half, but a turnover off of a fumble gave Wilcox good field position. The Indians took advantage and marched the ball downfield, getting on the board via a one-yard touchdown run from Alberto Sarris and cutting the MCW United lead down to 12-7.
The Indians maintained momentum and had another successful drive on their next possession. This time, Connor Fletcher did the honors, trotting into the end zone from one yard out. Wilcox missed the PAT, but had a 13-12 lead that would not be relinquished.
MCW United did have chances to retake the lead In the fourth quarter, but just couldn’t move the ball against the Wilcox defense. With under a minute left, MCW United took a chance downfield — where Brandon Alvarado was lurking to pick off the pass and seal the Tribe’s first victory of the year.
“That was an ugly game but you know what? When you’re 0-5 and that’s your first win, you don’t really care,” said Jones. “13-12 is still a win. 13-12 or 40-12, it doesn’t really matter.”