Powder Puff game is the fourth W for the class of 2017
Every year, it’s a tradition at Darby High School to host a Powder Puff football game, and this year was no different. Guys dressed up in skirts and tank tops, and girls fought for the title of Powder Puff champions. The game was originally supposed to be on Thursday, October 27th, but due to weather conditions it was moved to Wednesday, November 2nd.
The first game of the day was between the Freshmen and Sophomore teams, which ended with the Sophomores winning 6-0, the only touchdown being scored by Maliyah Ellis in the first minute of the game. There wasn’t much throwing in the first game, so no one was able score. Ellis and Emily Schneck seemed to be the stars of the Sophomore team, as Ellis scored the only touchdown and Schneck had a lot of great blocks. Boys of all grades who were dressed up as cheerleaders, which added entertainment to the game, performed to “Apple Bottom Jeans” during halftime. While this was entertaining, it seemed a little uncoordinated.
Next up was the Juniors vs. Seniors game, in which the juniors were very outnumbered. With only ten girls on the Junior team, they were no match for the 15 seniors. To make up for this change, a few Freshmen and Sophomores joined the Junior team. After the coin flip, the seniors ended up with the ball, and within the first play Gabby Iosue scored a touchdown. The seniors then attempted to get the extra point, but were blocked by one of the Freshmen recruits.
After a few minutes it became clear that quarterback Jessica Cox was the MVP of the senior team. She scored the last two touchdowns of the game, the second one occurring with no one even close to catching her. One of the extra points was scored by Iosue with a good catch.
The halftime show by the cheerleaders for the second game was nonexistent, so students Ocean Couldron, Maliyah Ellis, and Gabby Iosue provided the entertainment by dancing to “Juju on That Beat”.
In the second half of the game, the juniors finally got some points on the board with a touchdown by Holly Wintering, but failed to make the extra point. This made the final score 19-6, with the fourth straight victory for the class of 2017. Since the game was held at Heritage Middle School’s football field, they unfortunately did not get to ring the victory bell.
Before the last game was even over, students began leaving despite warnings from teacher Shaun Papp, who was on of the two announcers. Through the entirety of the games the crowd was really dead and wasn’t participating in any of the cheers lead by the cheerleaders. Despite the weak crowd, the games were still exciting and the cheerleaders tried to keep them engaged.