2011-10-13 / Sports

Seniors Take Title at Homecoming Powder Puff Showdown

By Matt Mikus


Junior Powder Puff coaches Joe Ostman (center, left) and Cody Therrian (center, right) give the team an after-game pep talk, talking about their efforts and what the team needs to improve on. Coach Cody Therrian said the team will be ready for next year’s game, when they’ll be the top class battling against next year’s juniors. Junior Powder Puff coaches Joe Ostman (center, left) and Cody Therrian (center, right) give the team an after-game pep talk, talking about their efforts and what the team needs to improve on. Coach Cody Therrian said the team will be ready for next year’s game, when they’ll be the top class battling against next year’s juniors. On most Wednesday nights, Saints Football Field sits dark, waiting for the game-day lights to come on. But on October 5, for one hour, the second biggest game of the week featured the girls of LaSalle High School, with the senior class facing off against the junior class for the Homecoming Powder Puff football game.

Students and parents attended the game to watch the two teams battle for the championship. Both teams walked on the field pumped to win, but only one would walk away the victor.

The powder puff game serves as a fundraising event for the student council, but the game was no laughing matter for the girls, who were out to prove their mettle on the gridiron.


Alexa Thibault runs for the end zone at the 2011 LaSalle Powder Puff Football game Wednesday, October 5. Alexa scored one of three touchdowns for the senior team, helping to secure victory over the juniors 18 to 6. Alexa Thibault runs for the end zone at the 2011 LaSalle Powder Puff Football game Wednesday, October 5. Alexa scored one of three touchdowns for the senior team, helping to secure victory over the juniors 18 to 6. Seniors came out with an early lead by running a strong ground offense down the field. The drive ended with a touchdown pass to Taylor Becker, bringing the score six to zero.

Within minutes, the juniors’ responded, hungry to show they could run with the top class. Sarah Cullip ended up with the first touchdown for the juniors, and rounded off the first quarter.

The tension in the air was often cut by the game commentary, featuring Joe Snowaert at the microphone. While heavily siding with how own senior class, Joe also provided comical relief with comments and a request.


Kelly Worden, Alexa Thibault, Lori Luepnitz, Lauren Gold- thorpe, Cassie Leveille, and Sarah Cullip get set on the line of scrimmage waiting for the play at the LaSalle Powder Puff Game. The game, part of Homecoming week celebrations, ended with the seniors victorious 18 to 6 over the juniors. Kelly Worden, Alexa Thibault, Lori Luepnitz, Lauren Gold- thorpe, Cassie Leveille, and Sarah Cullip get set on the line of scrimmage waiting for the play at the LaSalle Powder Puff Game. The game, part of Homecoming week celebrations, ended with the seniors victorious 18 to 6 over the juniors. “Anybody have any candy out there?” Joe asked the crowd.

For the second quarter, the juniors needed a strong defensive stance to keep the game at an even 6 to 6.

But Alexa Thibault would have none of it, and ran the ball into the end zone to pull the seniors ahead 12 to 6 going into the second half.

At halftime, Nate Montie, head coach for the seniors’ team, felt if they stuck to their game plan, they could wrap up the night with a win.

“Our defense is holding them,” Nate said, “and they can’t stop our offense. We’re going to give them more of the same for the second half.”

The juniors came out for the third quarter with a gambit that cost them dearly. A fumbled backwards lateral turned into a runback opportunity for the senior team. Deep in the juniors’ territory, a number of short but effective rushing plays set up a quarterback sneak by Lauren Goldthorpe.

Juniors coach Cody Therrian felt there was an error in the number of downs and that the ball should have been turned over on downs, but the score remained 18 to 6.

The juniors tried to take to the air for the remainder of the game, but few passes were completed. Even another sneak play where one player pretended to talk to the sidelines then darted out for an open pass fell short.

The game ended with the seniors taking home the victory.

“We had a pretty good start,” said Sarah, who led the juniors team in touchdowns. “I think our team played really well.”

“We’ll be ready for next year,” said Cody. “We’re going to have to hear it from the seniors all year, but we played well and we’re happy with our girls.”

Playing for the seniors were Taylor Becker, Ashley Campbell, Amber Colosky, Alexa Thibault, Cassie Leveille, Lauren Goldthorpe, Kelly Worden, Lori Luepnitz. Coaches were Nate Montie, Levi Thompson, Louis Radecki and Galloway Thurston. Playing for the juniors were Shelby Litzner, Marina Brown, Molly Sweeney, Molly Sposito, Molly Paquin, Sophie Peters, Brooklyn Chambers, Sam Gugin, Sarah Cullip, and Haillee Brown. Coaches were Cody Therrian and Joe Ostman.

The Saints boys football team took to the field Friday night, October 7, for the homecoming game against Newberry.

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