The powderpuff football game, pitting junior against senior, is an important annual tradition. “I’ve always liked football and wanted to try it,” says junior running back Danielle Fitzgerald. The girls have been practicing hard with three to four practices a week, drilling the fundamentals of the game. “I have to explain the basics of the game first, like how to get a first down” said junior head coach Jason Lucus. First thing, the coaches lock down the key positions like quarterback and running back, then the whole team is divided into offense and defense. “I try to give each girl one position to learn,” said Lucus. Over the years a deep rivalry has been formed between the juniors and seniors which, in some cases, has led to injuries such as concussions or broken figures. “There’s some trash talking between the girls,” Lucas said. The juniors have a talented team with two quarterbacks, Amanda Krage and Kate Dawson. “It’s really fun and also intense because there are so many plays run,” Krage said. Overall the juniors are looking good for the game with a well rounded team on both sides of the ball.
The seniors, on the other hand, look to bounce back after losing the game as juniors last year. “It was almost like a family last year,” said senior running back Allie Levy. “Because we lost I wanted to come back out and kill the juniors.” The weeks leading up to the game are filled with playmaking, strategizing and position assignments. “We do lots of different drills to decide what positions the students are going to play,” said senior coach Sean Greeney. “It helps us find who can catch on offense and who’s good at flag pulling on defense.” One key offensive player on the senior team will be wide receiver Corinne Holland. “I played last year and we lost,” Holland said. “We gave up a good fight, and it’s a really fun thing to do.” Please catch the game on Nov. 3 and support the juniors and seniors as they fight for bragging right.
by Spencer Conley, and Conner Dick