The football game on the Monday of homecoming week isn’t a normal football game. This time it involves junior and senior girls. Almost every school has powderpuff games during their homecoming weeks to help get the student body excited about the varsity game and dance the following Saturday.
Many feel that the seniors have the advantage because they all participated in last year’s game. However the juniors still think that they can win.
“The juniors need to start getting focused and need to have their ‘eyes on the prize.’ We are capable of beating the seniors. I believe with the right amount of practice and skill development, we will crush the seniors,” junior captain Mackenzie Kistner said.
On the other hand, the seniors think they will have no problem beating the first year juniors.
“We’re looking forward to beating the juniors this year. We came out on the wrong end last year and are looking for redemption,” said senior team member Allie Baird.
Like every sports team, the powderpuff needs coaches to help teach them the rules of the game. The girls that participate in the event vote on the four coaches from the football team they want to teach them how to play. This year the four senior coaches include Alex Meade, Connor Owen, Weston Frye, Zac Caldwell, and on the junior side they are Nick Miller, Ryan Mutchler, Odell Miller and Tyler Kellam.
“Having the kids on the football team coach us makes it more fun. I wish we could have five or six coaches to help us instead of picking four,” said junior captain Sydney Nikitas.
Each team has around 30 girls, and the game is played just like a regular football game with 11 players on each side of the ball. Instead of tackling each other, each girl will wear a belt with flags on it [flag football]. Most rules will be the same and referees will help manage the game.
“The girls are really excited to get a chance to play a game that most girls don’t get the chance to play,” Nikitas said.
“The powderpuff game is always a fun time for the girl s and the people that come to watch,” said Kistner.
Students interesting in watching the event should come to the Athletic Stadium at 7 p.m. Monday, October 8 to see the action.