News: School unites during Powder Puff festivities
Story by Lance Cpl. Charles Clark
IWAKUNI, Japan - Senior class smashed M.C. Perry 8th-graders 7-0 during the championship round of the Powder Puff flag football game at the M.C. Perry soccer fields here Oct. 6.
The Powder Puff flag football game was part of M.C. Perry Homecoming week from Oct. 3 – 7.
The seniors won the coin toss and first possession of the ball.
Rebekah Harwell, senior’s quarterback, handed the ball off to Jenny Shibazaki, senior’s running back, to gain 20 yards and the first down.
Samantha B. Inzunza, senior’s wide receiver, ran a button hook as Harwell launched the ball to her.
Inzunza caught the ball and zig zagged through 8th-graders to reach the end zone, making the score 1-0.
Breana Lews, 8th grader’s quarterback, tried to get the ball down field, but the senior’s defense blocked every play the underclassmen could think of.
The seniors paraded through the 8th-graders for the next few plays by passing and running the ball through the 8th-grade defense. They capitalized running an interception all the way to the end zone and made a 6-0 lead.
A turnover on downs was called when the seniors blockaded the 8th graders attempts to gain yardage.
In just two passing and running plays the seniors scored their final goal ending the game by way of the mercy rule and shut out the 8thgraders 7-0.
“Powder Puff games are a part of that normal high school experience we try to give the students every day,” said Morgan A. Nugent, M.C. Perry High School principal. “I was really proud of the 8th graders taking it to the upperclassmen. In the end, the seniors pulled together for the win.”
The 8th graders won their games against the 7th and 10th graders to battle the seniors for the championship.
“This was a great way for the students to interact with everyone,” said Ana U. Erhert, 8th-grade running back. “The Powder Puff game really brings the whole school together.”
Despite their loss in the final round, Erhert and the other 8th graders stayed upbeat.
“Last year we were dead last, but this year, we came all the way up to second place,” Erhert said. “We really made a comeback.”
The seniors seemed to enjoy the camaraderie the students got from competing against each other.
“The 8th-graders put up a good fight,” said Inzunza. “Everybody enjoyed cheering on their grade’s team. We all showed a lot of spirit today and that we had the heart of warriors.”
After the championship game, the students congratulated and high-fived each other on a well played game.
“Today is about us being us,” Patrishia M. Santos, senior’s center, said. “We loved playing against each other because it was all for fun, and we definitely had fun today.”
The seniors chased the juniors off the field.
The 8th-graders gave the seniors a run for their money, but in the end the seniors demonstrated why they were top dogs when they shut-out the lowerclassmen in the championship game.
The students agreed the Powder Puff game was all about being friends, showing school spirit and breaking away from the routine of high school.