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Girls on the gridiron

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By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls

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Sun Sports Writer

There was an all-out war waged at Bennett R. Lewis Field last week. But wait, didn’t the Commanders play in Danville this past Friday? Yes, they did. The titanic struggle of gridiron guts and glory I’m speaking of was the annual powder puff football game played at Washington County High School. It was a battle until the final seconds when the seniors tied the game at 12-12 as the clock ran out and finally won it in a tiebreaker.

This year, the seniors took on the juniors and sophomores in what has become a battle for bragging rights. WC head football coach Mark Perry and his coaching staff were on hand for the officiating with several members of the Commanders on hand to coach their respective teams. The game would consist of two 24-minute halves with a running clock, and each team would be allowed one timeout. Tackling would be the same as a flag football game with each player wearing two flags, either one may be pulled off for a tackle. Perry warned the teams that there would be no physical tackling.

Instead of a coin toss, the seniors won a game of rock-paper-scissors to get first possession. On the first play from scrimmage, senior Kelly Hill broke through the line and powered into the end zone, but the play was called back and the seniors had to try again. Pooh Railey was in the QB slot for the seniors, taking snaps from center Adreanna Rugen. Meagan Spalding had good yardage for the seniors, and it took them a few plays to work their way into the red zone, but at the 16:30 mark, Elizabeth Haydon got the seniors on the board with the first touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

See this week's issue of The Springfield Sun for more of this story.