One of the events that is new to Homecoming Week this year is the annual Powderpuff Football game. On Sept. 23, the same day as the Walk, the Powderpuff game will take place at Penn Station Stadium at 6:45 p.m.
This is the first year where the game has taken place in the Fall, and students are excited that the game has been added to the day’s events that include the annual Walk and the Student Council sponsored bonfire.
Homecoming moderator Jonathan Spurlock explained that the idea for the move was suggested by 2015 graduate Elliott Higgins, when he was a junior. Spurlock said it was too late in the year to make the change, but the idea was brought up several more times and this year seemed fitting. The game is now connected to the rest of the week’s spirit events, and the winner of the game will win points for their grade. He hopes that it will be a school celebrated event and urges all to attend to support the new tradition.
Senior football players Cam Haynes and Cam Voelker are the coaches for the senior girls’ team. Haynes said he has confidence in his squad, since the team captured a win as juniors last year. He noted how Anna Kellerman scored two touchdowns last year and he expects her to be a key player. He also commented on the athletic ability of many newcomers, “Because we have 65 seniors signed up to play, I’m confident that we’re well balanced,” he added. “Our goal is to make big plays offensively and to light up the scoreboard.”
Defensive coordinator Voelker agreed. “I have no worry about any competition, and I think it is going to be a blowout.” He said he does not expect junior coach Cole Burdick’s offense to have any chance against his defense. Voelker said practice has been going well, and that “it’s going to be a big day for the kids.”
The junior coaches expressed the same confidence in their team. Matthew Isemann, the junior girls’ defensive coordinator, said that he expects it to be a blowout— in their favor. He expects Paxton Albrink to be able to showcase her “cannon,” and that Meghan Taylor is “uncatchable.” “Last year’s win is the only win they’ll have here at McNick,” Isemann said about the senior team.
Senior Katey Byrne forecasted the event to be competitive and enjoyable, “This is an event that has been anticipated by both the Junior and Senior classes, and it’s going to be a fun night!”