Seniors win third powder puff title in comeback victory


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Senior JaKeira Wash (center) looks downfield at senior receiver Alexis Echols (second from left) who motions for the pass in the powder puff championship game Wednesday, Oct. 9, at KHS.

The Class of 2020 won its third consecutive powder puff championship Wednesday, Oct. 9, defeating the junior team 30-24 in a come-from-behind victory.

Senior Stacia Tipton is proud of her team.

“It’s amazing,” Tipton said. “It was definitely our hardest year but I loved the challenge.”

The seniors failed to score on their opening drive, turning the ball over on downs.

Junior Saniaa Walker opened up the scoring with a 91-yard rushing touchdown, cutting to the outside and easily outpacing her opponents.

Sinking the extra point kick, junior Cathlyn Healy put the Class of 2021 up 8-0.

The Senior Class would not be outdone, putting together an eight-play, 60-yard drive capped off by a 1-yard rushing touchdown by senior Alexis Echols.

Senior Taryn Hass easily made the point-after kick and tied the score 8-8.

It took the Class of 2021 one play to regain the lead as junior Janiah Wright sprinted to the end zone for a 74-yard rushing touchdown. Healy made the extra point kick and the juniors led 16-8.

After a four-play drive, senior Trianna Shepherd hurled the ball to senior Sydney Walker for a touchdown. The juniors blocked the extra point kick and led 16-14 at the end of the half.

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Junior Janiah Wright (left) runs toward the senior sideline as senior Kamryn Palka (center) looks to grab her flag in the powder puff championship game Wednesday, Oct. 9, at KHS.

The juniors received the opening kick of the second half and took four plays for Saniaa Walker to run in a 14-yard touchdown. The Class of 2021 led 24-14.

Just when the game looked over, senior Claire Ouellette aired out a pass to Tipton. Hass made the extra kick and the juniors’ lead shrank to a 24-22 margin.

Great defense by the seniors stopped the juniors. The seniors gained the ball at the juniors’ 47-yard line.

The seniors rallied to take the lead, milking the clock until 1:46 remained in the game. Senior JaKeira Wash ran in a 4-yard score and after Hass completed the extra point kick, the seniors took a decisive 30-24 lead.

With little time for the juniors to score, a rolling clock at the end of the game hindered the Class of 2021 and the seniors emerged victorious from a barn burner of a football game.

Juniors Annalesa DePottey, Saniaa Walker, and Wright led their team with three tackles apiece.

Echols and senior Felicia Cunningham made two tackles each for the Class of 2020.

The Senior Class finished their powder puff career with a 7-1 record. The team’s only loss came to the Class of 2017 by an 8-0 margin in the 2016 powder puff championship game.

Tipton offered advice for the highly-skilled junior team.

“Go into a game level-headed,” Tipton said. “Don’t underestimate anyone. Show up and show out.”