#TBT Photo Essay: Powder Puff Football

Owen McNamara

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With everyone in the Hopkinton High School community eagerly anticipating the New England Patriots’ upcoming playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday, we find ourselves looking back to a high-stakes match-up of our own: the November 2015 Powder Puff football game. This photo essay captures the teams’ preparations, practices, and efforts on the field.

By Chloe DiMare, Alli McNulty, Casey Palmer & Emma Zack

Every year Hopkinton High School holds a powder puff game in which the junior girls play the senior girls in flag football. This game has been an ongoing tradition at the school for many years now, and as the ninth year of powder puff came around the students got really into it and the hype about the game began weeks in advance. The game brings school and class pride to the two grades playing and students enjoy the friendly rivalries and the chance to play under the lights. This year’s game took place on Friday, Nov. 20 on the football field. Seniors decorated their fan section and even brought posters with pictures of the players faces on them to cheer them on!

Both teams played great and fought till the very end, but the juniors came out on top with a final score of 20 to 13. After a tough loss last year, the class of 2016 was not happy with this outcome. However, at the end of the game the two teams shook hands and exchanged “good games.” This year’s game was certainly one for the books, and hopefully next year will be just as exciting.

The senior girls begin their first practice in preparation for their game against the juniors. Photo by Emma Zack.

The senior girls begin their first practice in preparation for their game against the juniors. Photo by Emma Zack.

 

Senior girls practice in the cold and rain for the big game on Friday. Photo by Casey Palmer.

Senior girls practice in the cold and rain for the big game on Friday. Photo by Casey Palmer.

The seniors leave a message for the juniors on the whiteboard in the girls team room. Photo by Casey Palmer.

The seniors leave a message for the juniors on the whiteboard in the girls team room. Photo by Casey Palmer.

The senior offense makes a play, and the defense regroups to make a plan. Photo by Emma Zack.

The senior offense makes a play, and the defense regroups to make a plan. Photo by Emma Zack.

Senior Emily Sheridan writes a message for the juniors on the whiteboard in the girls team room. Photo by Alli McNulty.

Senior Emily Sheridan writes a message for the juniors on the whiteboard in the girls team room. Photo by Alli McNulty.

Senior Powder Puff team looking tough at the last practice before the game. Photo by Alli McNulty.

Senior Powder Puff team looking tough at the last practice before the game. Photo by Alli McNulty.

The players get new jerseys this year, green for the seniors and white for the juniors. Photo by Casey Palmer

The players get new jerseys this year, green for the seniors and white for the juniors. Photo by Casey Palmer.

Principle Evan Bishop giving speech on Powder Puff Traditions. Photo by Casey Palmer.

Principle Evan Bishop giving speech on Powder Puff Traditions. Photo by Casey Palmer.

Principal Evan Bishop unveils the powderpuff trophy, and inspires the players with a speech. Photo by Emma Zack.

Principal Evan Bishop unveils the powderpuff trophy, and inspires the players with a speech. Photo by Emma Zack.

The senior girls get together the night before the game to eat, do their hair, and have fun. Photo by Emma Zack.

The senior girls get together the night before the game to eat, do their hair, and have fun. Photo by Emma Zack.

The night before the big game, senior Brigid Marquedant (standing) cornrows the hair of the senior girls, starting with Emily Hoffman (sitting). Photo by Emma Zack.

The night before the big game, senior Brigid Marquedant (standing) cornrows the hair of the senior girls, starting with Emily Hoffman (sitting). Photo by Emma Zack.

Senior girls Abby Wilson, Kylie Salyards, Marisa Nagel, Emma Zack, and Anna Bullock (left to right) show off their strength on the day of the game. Photo by Casey Palmer.

Senior girls Abby Wilson, Kylie Salyards, Marisa Nagel, Emma Zack, and Anna Bullock (left to right) show off their strength on the day of the game. Photo by Casey Palmer.

The seniors fan section decorated prior to the powderpuff game on Friday November 20th. Photo by Alli McNulty.

The seniors fan section decorated prior to the powderpuff game on Friday November 20th. Photo by Alli McNulty.

Just an hour before the game, seniors Jennifer DePatie (left) and Brigid Marquedant (right) are ready to play. Photo by Emma Zack.

Just an hour before the game, seniors Jennifer DePatie (left) and Brigid Marquedant (right) are ready to play. Photo by Emma Zack.

The Hopkinton High School senior powderpuff team prepares for the big game as they listen to the National Anthem. Photo by Alli McNulty.

The Hopkinton High School senior powderpuff team prepares for the big game as they listen to the National Anthem. Photo by Alli McNulty.

Hopkinton High School seniors Joseph Lanen and Christine Leonard cheer on their classmates at the powderpuff game under the lights. Photo by Alli McNulty.

Hopkinton High School seniors Joseph Lanen and Christine Leonard cheer on their classmates at the powderpuff game under the lights. Photo by Alli McNulty.

The senior and junior girls both played hard on Friday night, but the junior girls came out with the win with a final score of 20 to 13. Photo by Alli McNulty.

The senior and junior girls both played hard on Friday night, but the junior girls came out with the win with a final score of 20 to 13. Photo by Alli McNulty.

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