Southington gets first Powder Puff win at Veterans Stadium, beats New Britain for second consecutive year

Published on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:24
Written by DAVID GLOVACH

STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN - The Southington powder puff football team couldn’t contain its excitement.

For the first time since the Blue Knights started playing New Britain, dating back to 2009, they beat the Hurricanes at Veterans Stadium.

Nicole Carter ran for two touchdowns and Abby Connolly rushed for another as Southington beat New Britain 20-0 Wednesday night. It also marked the first time the Blue Knights won back-to-back games in the series after an overtime win last year.

“It’s massive,” Southington head coach Charles Kemp said of the win. “We also didn’t have the luxury in Southington of having two games because Cheshire decided they didn’t want to do it anymore. I told the players, ‘look there’s no Cheshire game to fall back on. It’s one and done. You gotta focus in on New Britain.’ Maybe because they didn’t have that in the back of their minds ‘oh, we still have another game,’ they dialed in and got it done.

“It’s wonderful to be able to win back-to-back against [New Britain] and to win it here. I’m happy for the players to have this experience and walk away with a victory.”

In a game where both defenses made their presences on the field felt, it was the Blue Knights’ ability to generate enough big plays that turned out to be the difference.

The first happened to be the lead to the first score of the game.

Connolly took a double reverse from Carter and bounced her way out to the left sideline. A pair of New Britain defenders then ran into one another, allowing Connolly to sprit her way 50 yards into the end zone to put Southington up 7-0 early in the second quarter.

“That was a lot of adrenaline,” Connolly said. “But just from playing soccer and track, that’s where I got a lot of my speed from. Once I saw only one girl in front of me, I was like ‘I got this.’”

A little more than 7½ minutes later, it was Carter’s turn to cross the goal line. The tailback ran the ball in from three yards out to give the Blue Knights a 13-0 lead heading into the locker room at the half.

Carter was given a short field by basketball standout Janette Wadolowski, who returned a punt 43 yards to the Hurricanes’ 10-yard line. It was her second long return of the half, beating out a 30-yarder towards the end of first quarter.

“They beat us, but I don’t think they were that much better than us with the exception of a few big plays,” New Britain coach Carlos Piña said. “They had more skill players. Those girls played varsity sports, where we didn’t have many.

“I think [our players] tried hard. We didn’t execute very well. Not being used to competitive sports showed and I think they were a little bit confused at times. But at the end of the day, it was a great day and a great night, a lot of people came out for both sides.”

The second half played out a little more quietly than the first in terms of scoring and it was Carter that once again provided the points.

The running back scored from 15 yards out to bring the score to 20-0. A 31-yard run by Taylor Riddick the play before, allowed the offense to set up Carter with the touchdown run.

“Once you see the end zone, you just go for it,” Carter said. “You don’t realize how close it is, you just run for it. But I was not expecting to score two touchdowns tonight. Once you get adrenaline, you kind of forget about everything else’s that’s going on.”

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, found the red zone just one time Wednesday night. In the end, it gave Southington its second shutout of the series, it’s first coming in 2014.

“New Britain always brings it,” Kemp said. “They’re always so tough. One thing you’re worried about is if your players are going to get scared out there, but there was no fear in this team. On every side of the ball they did a great job.”

David Glovach can be reached at (860) 801-5085 or dglovach@newbritainherald.com On Twitter: @DavidGlovach



Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports, Southington on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:24. Updated: Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:27.