Falmouth High School Juniors Jolt Seniors In Powder Puff Game
By: Rich Maclone
A game that began with two high-flying offenses trading touchdowns ended with two defenses battling fiercely in the fourth quarter. In the end, the annual Powder Puff game came down to which side had more playmakers, and this year that was clearly the juniors, who won by a 21-14 score.
Quarterback Grace Geary and all-purpose weapon Alexa Scribner combined to make things happen all night long as they led their team to victory. In a game full of highlights, Scribner supplied the game’s biggest with a spectacular halfback option pass midway through the second half to a sprinting Amanda Lens for a 50-yard touchdown that proved to be the difference.
With the game knotted at 14, Geary took a direct snap and pitched it to her right to Scribner. The fleet-footed hockey and softball star had just broken a 20-yard run a few plays earlier to keep the drive going, converting a fourth-and-long, but this time she took a step back, cocked her arm and flung a bullet up the sideline to a wide-open Lens. The receiver caught it in stride and took it to the house for the go-ahead score. From that point the juniors’ defense held strong. They forced the seniors to turn it over on downs on the ensuing drive, and did not leave enough time on the clock for them to do anything the final time they had the ball.
The seniors had rallied to tie the score at 14 earlier in the third. The team needed just three plays to march the length of the field to knot things up as quarterback Brittany Lawler hooked up with Hadlee Coker for a gain of 25 with a nice throw up the left sideline to start the march. Alexa Panepinto then scurried for 27 yards, taking the ball all the way down to the 11. Lawler then threw another strike to the Coker, who hauled in the ball at the goal line to tie it up. In the first half, the teams went back and forth.
The juniors opened with the ball and went right down the field quickly, scoring right away. Geary opened the game with a 30-yard pass over the middle for Scribner, who then took the ball on a sweep and sprinted for the end zone on the next play for a 40-yard TD run that made it 7-0.
The seniors got that one right back. It appeared that the team had it tied when Carly Achenbach broke a big play to score, only to have a flag nullify the TD. On the very next play, though, Panepinto ran a little draw to the right and was off to the races, flying for a 45-yard TD run to knot things up at 7-all.
The juniors took the lead, 14-7, into the half thanks to some more big plays. Lily Josephs converted a third-and-long by running a sweep for a gain of 20. Scribner then busted a 15-yard run before catching a dart from Geary for another 20. Josephs then scored on the next play with a 10-yard run to the left.
Junior Head Coach Bill Kulis was all smiles after the game. After just three practices, he had his team firing on all cylinders. “The girls were great, we had a lot of fun,” he said. “We just have a lot of really talented athletes, and they made big plays.”
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