Annual Powderpuff football game puts up big numbers

The annual Powderpuff Games, a classic fall tradition at Darby and many other schools across the nation, took place this past Wednesday during 7th and 8th period. Four all-female football teams, one from each grade level, squared off in the first two Powderpuff Games on the new turf at Darby Stadium.

  As fans walked to their seats to watch the game, they were greeted by the Darby Band pep squad, who welcomed everyone to the event with multiple songs. The musicians also performed during the intermissions of each of the two games. Also performing during the game were the male cheerleaders, who brought their spirit by doing cartwheels, jumping jacks, and making a human pyramid.

  The first game, which was between the freshmen and the sophomores, was the closer game of the two. The freshman edged out their older counterparts by a score of 12-6. The sophomores were hindered by a suspicious ruling that left stars Naomi Walters and Carli Rigel out of the game.

  Leading the way for the freshman was speedster Hope Saunders, who scored both of her team’s touchdowns. She was a human highlight reel, capturing the audience’s attention at one point by juking out the defense, changing directions and running across the field. After her big performance, Saunders also got some playing time with the seniors and tacked on some more points in that game as well.

  Saunders enjoyed her experience this year and seems to be ready for her next game, as a sophomore.

  “It was pretty intense. It was fun,” Saunders said, “[With] the seniors, it was a good game. They had plays I had to learn. The speed just comes from the blood.”

  The second match, between the juniors and the seniors, ended with a score of 42-12 in favor of the seniors. Along with Saunders in the backfield, the seniors were led by their veteran quarterback Aliyah Garcia, who was playing in her fourth and final Powderpuff Game. Garcia, who was arguably the best player on the field Wednesday with her speed and big arm, provided lots of points for the seniors, both in the air and on the ground.

  All of the teams involved gave tremendous effort and provided the fans with some pretty entertaining games. It will be exciting to see how the three returning teams will respond next year.

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