When people think of epic football rivalries, they usually think of the LRHS vs. Wakefield.
Now they can add a new rivalry: Pride girls vs. Pride girls, in the annual Powder Puff football game on Oct. 23.
There is a new twist this year:
The juniors will play the freshman in one game. The seniors versus the sophomores in the other early game.
The championship game will be between the two winners of these two play-in games.
“The girls are incredibly aggressive–it is not unusual to have to pull students for being too aggressive,” said Keysha Mayfield, Powder Puff football advisor. “The rules are basically the same as any flag football game. Students who are too aggressive, use inappropriate language, etc. will be pulled for a series.”
Two years ago, when the school started allowing freshman and sophomores to play, the freshman beat the sophomores against unlikely odds. That freshman team had only ten players, instead of the eleven that are supposed to be on the field at a time.
Despite having to stay on the field the entire time, those freshman beat the sophomores. This year, those students are now juniors and seniors.
Claire Coward, a player for the senior team, says that it is payback time for the juniors.
She enjoys the opportunity to play football, a traditionally male sport, and said, “It’s a good way to get the senior girls together to have some fun.”
The Powder Puff games are not just an event for girls. Three to six guys coach each team.
Proceeds from the game will be donated to the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk for the Cure and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
Show up at Marshall Hamilton Field to watch three exciting games; there is even more to play for with the new format.