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Powder Puff Football Game Fought To A Draw
Boy Cheer
A Cheer Squad made up of both varsity and JV football boys takes the field at halftime of the Powder Puff football game on Oct. 3. While girls teams were playing the game, the boys had help from some of the regulars (girls) in learning their routine, so the guys were able to pull off a pyramid, just like their female counterparts. Ric McGinnis/The News

The traditional reversal of roles that is the annual Powder Puff Football Game this year found the two teams, senior/freshmen and junior/sophomore girls, fighting to a scoreless tie, and that was after two overtime periods.

With two 20-minute halves, with essentially a running clock, and a halftime celebration – including a routine by the cheerleading boys – the whole thing took roughly an hour, and was concluded before the sun fully set, having started at 6 p.m.

As fun as it was, the competition was disappointing, to both the crowd and the players, in one respect: there was no clear outcome. While both teams were able to move the ball down the field, the several times each pushed it across the goal line and into the end zone, they were negated by penalty calls. Varsity and JV football coaches served as referees while team coaches were drawn from the corresponding boys football teams.

After the two halves and with still no score, the players then went into two overtime series of plays. The ball was placed on the 10-yard line and each team was given four plays to get the ball across the goal line.

And both OT periods resulted in no score being made, so the 2019 edition of the Powder Puff Game, pitting the senior/frosh team against one made up of juniors and sophomores ended in a 0-0 tie.

The results from last year’s Powder Puff game were far different.

The 2018 game found the senior/frosh dominating, having scored in each of the four quarters. That game ended 45-0, senior/frosh girls on top.

The year before, the game ended in an 8-8 tie. In 2015, it was a 7-7 stalemate but in 2013, the junior/sophomore team won 31-0.