MERIDEN — For the first time in five years, Maloney prevailed over Platt in the annual powder puff football game on Tuesday night.
“I’m so glad I broke the streak,” Maloney head coach Daniel Lobner said.
Although a chilly night, families and friends packed into the stands at Falcon Field for the game with signs, faces painted and cheers for the seniors.
From the beginning, both teams came out pumped up and ready to play. By the end of the first quarter, the score was 6-6, with touchdowns by Xarianna Perez from Maloney and Gabriana Garcia from Platt.
Maloney’s leading scorer and quarterback, Mackenzie McCormack scored two touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters helping the Spartans to take the lead. The final score was 21-16.
The cheerleaders and spectators cheered all night for every flag pulled and touchdown scored. Tamarah Smith, mom of Isabelle Smith, a Maloney player said the game was “awesome”.
“I think they played really hard,” Tamarah Smith said just before the game ended. “I think they really played very well and they finally beat the streak.”
Going into the game, Lobner said the team had a completely new playbook that Platt hadn’t seen before which helped to shake things up.
”We showed Platt some plays they hadn’t seen before,” he said. “’We had some really explosive athletes and I think the best thing is they really prepared. They all showed up to practice and worked hard and gave it their best effort. I’m so proud of them.”
Platt’s head coach, Drew Blythe said although the game didn’t come out the way they all hoped it would, the girls played very well and they are walking away with new and stronger friendships.
“I am so proud of these girls,” Blythe said. “It was a close game, it always is. Maloney and Platt take this very seriously. I couldn’t be prouder of the effort that these girls put in.”