By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The annual Charles Page High School Powderpuff Football games were held on a rainy Saturday night at Memorial Stadium as a fundraiser for Senior Celebration. For the second year in a row, it was the Class of 2017 with the victory.
The seniors (2-1) dubbed themselves the "Pink Ladies" and avenged a round-robin loss to the sophomore "Saucemores" (2-1) with a 6-0 win in their finals rematch.
The Saucemores were the dominant force through the round-robin play, play winning both of their games 6-0.
Jacie Taber connected with Kimi Presnell from 55 yards out on the opening possession of the Saucemores versus Pink Ladies game, but the conversion attempt fell incomplete.
The seniors were unable to convert a first down, and the sophomores nearly scored again after Taber and Presnell connected on yet another deep ball. The 52-yard pass parked them at the 10-yard line, but the Seniors held them to a pair of incompletions and a short run. They couldn't force a turnover, however, and time ran out.
In the Saucemore versus Junior game, the Juniors (0-2) got off to a great start as Jae Anthony-Wilson picked off a 15-yard interception return, then gave them a first-down with a 10-yard run. Jensen Arnold put a stop to the drive with a tackle for loss and stop on fourth down.
Both teams' next possessions also fell short and the game went into overtime. The Taber-Presnell combo hit pay dirt once again, but once again the conversion attempt fell incomplete.
Wilson appeared to tie things up on a carry, but the play was called back for holding. Two plays later, Daniela Solis picked off a pass to clench the game and send her team to the Championship game.
The Seniors came out hot in their game against the Juniors, scoring on the opening possession with an eight-play sixty-yard drive, capped by a 10-yard pass to Amari Grant. Anna Andrews caught the one-point conversion pass for the 7-0 advantage.
Kierra McGee picked off a pass on the Juniors' second play and the Seniors drained the clock and didn't give the ball back till there was only 15 seconds remaining. Hayley Taylor got off a short run for the juniors, but time expired and the Seniors punched their ticket to the finals.
In the Championship rematch between the Sophomores and Seniors, the Seniors scored on their first possession with a 21-yard pass from Pennington to McGee, but it was called back for holding.
The Sophomores got opening possession in the second half, but gave up an interception to Pennington. Pennington connected with Jessica Collins from four yards out for the go-ahead score, but the conversion attempt fell incomplete.
The Seniors played hard defense with a pass break up from Collins and a sack from Pennington to force a turnover, then assumed victory formation for the win.
Homecoming Queen Logan Bateman got a peck on the cheek from Kissing Captain Emily Spencer, but the real prize went to Kyler Copeland who surprised Spencer with balloons and a Promposal.
The Class of 2017 won the Powderpuff Championship the past two years, but the event was cancelled their sophomore year.
The Seniors were coached by Hunter Greathouse, Treyce Tolbert, Josh Taber, Danny Ropp, Cody Motes, Delvin Jordan, Caleb Wash, Kasey Bales, and Dalton Morgan.
The Juniors were coached by Payton Scott, Kobe Chen, and Kris Edwards.
The Sophomores were coached by Caden Pennington, Luke Bratcher, JT Bristow, Cooper Mock, and Jake Wright.