The Annual Powderpuff Game

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The senior and junior powderpuff teams gather together and cheer themselves on before the game starts.

The senior and junior powderpuff teams gather together and cheer themselves on before the game starts.
The senior and junior powderpuff teams gather together and cheer themselves on before the game starts.

The annual Powderpuff Game is a tradition here at Woodgrove that began five years ago with the opening of the school. As always, the senior ladies faced the junior ladies for a night of flag football under stadium lights. After weeks of learning all the plays, the big night arrived. Both teams stepped into the stadium and gathered around their respective coaches for a pre-game pep talk. The juniors, in black, and the seniors, in pink, lined up to shake hands and wish each other good luck before kickoff.
Just seven minutes after the opening play, the seniors scored the first points of the game, receiving six points with a 50 yard running touchdown, followed by the extra point kick. The seniors manage to score another seven before the juniors could even get on the score board. However, with nine minutes left in the half, Asiah Robinson scored six points for the Juniors, followed by an extra point from team kicker, Melissa Lani. At the end of the first half, the score stood at 14 for the seniors and just seven for the juniors.
During half time, the newly formed Woodgrove Dance Team performed for the first time. Led by Vanessa Oruma, they choreographed a high energy dance to a mix of hip-hop and pop music.
The juniors started off with the ball in the second half, but were only able to make a few short runs before having to kick away the ball back to the seniors.
In the second half, the seniors walked away with another two touchdowns, the second being just minutes from the end of the game with a two point conversion thrown by senior Ashley Morris. When the scoreboard struck 0.0 in the fourth quarter, the score was 29 for the seniors and seven for the juniors.
Both teams stepped off the field, the seniors a little more enthusiastically, as principal William Shipp walked towards the seniors, trophy in hand.
Despite their loss, the juniors still had fun playing the sport, and are looking up for the next year.
“[My favorite moment of the game was] when Asiah Robinson scored a touchdown,” said Irene Lalaye, and when asked if she planned on playing next year, she said, “Oh definitely, and we will win!”