Who sez girls can’t play football – SPHS Powder Puff results- UPDATED

November 14, 2007 at 1:49 pm 2 comments

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South Point High School senior girls organized and played their foreverth annual Powder Puff classic last night at Lineberger Stadium. The score, Black Team 27, Red Team 14 doesn’t tell the whole story of the SPHS Powder Puff Classic.

As with any football game in Belmont, a great crowd turned out to watch the senior girls put on their burnt cork and lace up their velco flags to fight for annual Red or Black dominance in the hallways and parking lots at the intersection of South Point and Nixon Roads.

Senior boys football players acted as coaches for the respective teams, senior boys soccer and baseball players served as cheerleaders, and teachers/counselors and underclassmen volunteered as officials and security. The soccer team’s announcer, Wesley Walker and color commentator, Jacob Hurdt gave notice that the new voices of the Red Raiders are ready, willing, and able to guide the activities of Friday Night Lights.

A festive crowd of parents, teachers, and underclassmen numbering well over 700 watched a fun and often times silly rendition of Coach Devine’s weekly court proceedings.

The Red team coached by Cameron Evans and Trevor Reeves showed a lot of pregame enthusiasm and organization. The Black team coached by Curtis English was less organized but more precise in their passing and running drills. The players on each team of about 30 were introduced with a loud theme song as a backdrop. Each girlfriend, daugther, or friend of the many spectators received loud and raucous ovations. Even louder cheers were given to the cheerleaders, introduced under the Aerosmith song, “Dude Looks Like a Lady”.  

The Black team came out on fire running and passing the football up the field with precision and timing. Maybe Desmond Lowery could get a few lessons on quick release passes from the girls. The Black team scored on their first series,with a quick run from the 12-yard line by Kayla Adkins for 6 and with soccer player Abbey Gensch splitting the uprights for the PAT.  Red’s first series wasn’t quite as successful, but was far more entertaining. QB, Elizabeth “Eli” McEwan, another top level soccer player, carefully guided Erica Jordan and the squad in a conservative running game during the first 10-minute quarter.


(Craig Evans photo-QB Becca Samuelson and RB Gerry Le)

Black scored on the heels of a Christine Ellington, another soccer player, running a 50-yard sprint along the sideline for a 13-0 lead. Gensch came in and calmly popped another pre-teed PAT for a 14-0 lead.

Red got busy, but after everyone stopped to watch the cheerleaders, who were cute as could be in their real-cheerleader counterpart uniforms. Sorry girls if they come back to you a bit stretched. The specialty of this year’s cheerleading squad appeared to be the basket tosses of Taylor Brown, Jonathan Rowland, and Huy Nguyen by the beefier soccer midfielder, defenders, and baseball players. School Principal Sheri Little felt her heart stop each time the boys were thrown high into the night sky. Of course, they were caught neatly and without incident — talk aboout trusting your friends.


(Craig Evans photo – Taylor Brown toss by Sr. “cheerleaders”)

Oh yeah, back to the game.

Red scored with “Eli” catching a great pass in the east endzone and the team quickly converted a 2-pointer to narrow the margin to 14-8. Later in the the second quarter, the red team scored another touchdown with McEwan scampering for the score. They failed to convert so the halftime score was 14-14.

In the third quarter, Ellington scored again, but there was a bit of controversy. She appeared to have tucked-in or tied her flags a bit tighter than normal. Phillip Rinehart and the other officials conferred with the coaches of both teams – the score was allowed.

The cheerleaders were getting worn out from all the high kick countdowns after the scores. Not enough to keep from tossing their mates just a few more times. Soccer captains, Matt Crane and Aaron Pegues, looking quite at home in the outfits, devised a few new routines that distracted both Red and Black players from the competition on the field. We are quite certain that a youtube video will be forthcoming sometime in the next few days. (Thank you “S P FAN” for the link via forwarded emails)

An insurance touchdown was scored by Ellington in the fourth quarter, with Gensch serving up another point-after. Red had a few opportunities, Black was just much more aggressive overall. At times, both teams seemed to forget that they needed to grab the flags, instead just tackled the girl with the ball. Sometimes, just tackling anyone in the way.

Final score, 27-14 for the Black team. Many juniors along the sidelines vowed a Red revenge for the class of 2009.

Special thanks to the teachers and counselors for their patience and guidance. Special thanks to the Student Council and clubs for helping make this year’s Powder Puff Classic another fun event.  The editors are looking for a few pictures to place onto the blog site. Send any photos with credits to belmontfrontporch@yahoo.com

Friday night’s 2nd round football playoff match is against NW Cabarrus at home. Tickets are on sale for $6. If everyone keeps this spirit, the Red Raiders will do well in their game.




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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sasha  |  November 15, 2007 at 1:22 am

    If it hits YouTube, make sure you update with a link so I can see it in Greensboro. BTW, I am coming this weekend to see the Big Red Machine do their stuff. GO BIG RED!

  • 2. Nancy  |  January 30, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    girls can do anything boys can do and do it better! GIRL POWER


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