It is called Powderpuff — but make no mistake: there is nothing soft and fluffy about it. On November 21 the juniors and seniors will face off in the annual Powderpuff football game.
The term Powderpuff originates from the soft material used for the application of cosmetic face powder, a far cry from the accounts of hair pulling, scratching, and even tripping that players encounter on the field.
“My hair was yanked down to the ground twice; it felt as if my skull was touching the floor,” said senior Emily Glover of her experience last year.
As it gets closer and closer to game day, the tensions start rising. The friendly rivalry between the two classes grows a little stronger.
“As I crouched into my position as an inside receiver, I could hear some of the girls on the opposing team point towards me and call at me as if I was their next victim,” senior Isabel Romero said, remembering when she played last year.
These experiences will set the tone for this year’s game between the class of 2017 and the class of 2018.
“My favorite part of playing Powderpuff is stopping a touchdown because it makes you feel like you have a reason to be on the team,” senior defensive player Mary Tarez said.
While the seniors share stories of their loss last year to the class of 2016, the juniors have a fresh outlook on how the game will play out.
“I’m excited to get to know my junior class more closely and meet new people,” junior Powderpuff player Jamie Dennis said. “It’s going to be fun because it’s just one of those things that I can finally do because I’m an upperclassman now.”
The ladies have a fun time learning new things about the game of football, and some veteran football players have fun teaching it, but there’s more to Powderpuff.
In another gender reversal, the game’s cheer team is comprised of guys who cheer on their female athletes.
Trained and conditioned by coaches who are veteran junior or senior cheerleaders, the guys take their cheerleading role seriously.
“I look forward to performing in front of my school and having a good time with my class,” junior powderpuff cheerleader Christian Gonzales said.
“There is nothing like performing under the lights,” senior Powderpuff cheerleader Andrew Hernandez said. “After we perform at halftime at the game it feels so surreal I just think to myself, “Wow we did that.”
This game gives both classes the opportunity to get closer to other people in their class but also form a bond with each other as the upperclassmen community.
“If I could give one tip to the juniors’ Powderpuff team it would be to find a way to work with the girls and get closer as a class,” senior coach Joseph Vasquez said. “This will help you figure each other out and get along well with each other on the field.”
“The most important part of learning the game of Powderpuff is to never second guess or underestimate yourself; you are more powerful than you think,” senior Powder puff player Mary Tarez said.