PowderPuff 2013: Seniors 18 – Juniors 12
by Katie O’Neil
Cold weather, strong winds, and impending rain were not enough to stop the 2013 PowderPuff Football game, and the Class of 2014 defeated 2015 18-12 last night at Alumni Stadium at Braintree High School.
The seniors were able to overcome a junior roster of over 90 girls, including running back Asia Spain-Dixon, who was evading tacklers all night.
This game was played fully under the lights on the Braintree High football field in what could be considered unfavorable weather. Not only could it be considered unfavorable, but the announcer and commentator for the nights game, Mr. Dwayne Dahlbeck, consistently reminded the spectators, players and officials of the rain and cold air .
The National Anthem for the night’s game was performed by senior Molly Reinold.
The seniors won the toss and elected to receive. The first touchdown in the first quarter was for the seniors and announced as being scored by Meghan O’Neil but there must have been a bit of confusion for she was not on the field at the time.
The juniors quickly answered with a touchdown by Spain-Dixon to tie the game at 6-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The teams once again exchanged touchdowns in the second quarter. The juniors’ touchdown was scored by Vanessa Anderson. At the end of the second quarter the score was 12 to 12.
After a scoreless third quarter, the seniors, coached by Ryan Houlihan, James Mahoney, Nick Anson, and Nick Cadigan, were able to hold off a furious junior attack, thanks in part to a pair of penalties on the offense. After a turnover on downs deep in Senior territory, 2014 marched down the field and the winning touchdown was scored by senior Marissa Belsamo, accounting for the 18-12 final score.
Both teams took the time to acknowledge their advisors: Mr. Marx and Ms. Rodd for the seniors and Dr. Germain and Mrs. Orzechowski for the juniors. The game was officiated by Mr. Riordan and Mr. Daley.
Photos provided by Lauren Labadini, Annie Malone, and Katie O’Neil