became the first girl in Connecticut history to play in a state championship football game on Friday night, although her Norwich Free Academy (Norwich, Conn.)
team lost to Xavier (Middletown, Conn.)
48-14 for the Class LL title.
Formiglio, a senior in her first year of football, also became the first girl to score in a state-title game by kicking two extra points. She finished the year by making 61 of 71 extra-point kicks and a 24-yard field goal in three attempts. She was the team's No. 3 scorer entering the final game.
The former volleyball player and aspiring nurse who was recruited from gym class told the Hartford Courant, "Girls don't get a lot of opportunities to play football. I'm really hoping other girls, or other people in general will just try something new. I didn't know what was going to happen. I was trying something new. I feel that's important - to have the courage to try something new."
Xavier (12-1) was able to hand Norwich Free Academy its first loss and earn its third consecutive state title behind the efforts of DeAngelo Berry
, who rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns.