When Wilton players arrived at their field on Saturday, they were expecting to scrimmage Pomperaug. But first-year coach John Wiseman had other ideas.
Wiseman, a former Wilton star who played at Duke, has made restoring pride and tradition in the Wilton program a major priority.
The Warriors, after all, have won 17 state titles, but struggled to maintain that form in recent seasons.
So instead of scrimmaging Pomperaug, Wiseman and his former coach, the legendary Guy Whitten, had another idea. Whitten would bring a team of 31 former Warriors stars back to campus to scrimmage against this years varsity.
The alumni squad pulled out a one-goal win, but everyone came away winners. When it was over, the former Wilton players told their contemporaries precisely what the Wilton tradition meant and still means to them.
More than one got choked up. But when it was over, Wiltons players from the past and present both realized that their history could indeed be their destiny, too.
Reach Joe Lombardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.