Following a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Cheshire High School brought back their Second Powder Puff Classic on Wednesday at Alumni Field. Senior girls struck first in the flag-football game, but the junior class responded with 16 straight points in the second quarter and went on to win 16-12.
In the inaugural game two years ago, the junior class also won by a score of 13-12.
For this year’s Ram Land Super Bowl, the senior class used a 12-play drive to kick off the scoring. Quarterback Grace Lurz ran the ball five times and also made plays with her arm.
Lurz found Lauren Orozco for a 20-yard gain and then passed to Jillian Bauco for another 20 yards down to the 19-yard line.
The juniors twice pushed their opponent into fourth downs on the opening possession, but the seniors converted on respective runs by Cayla Dolan and Lurz. For the latter play, Lurz broke outside for a 5-yard touchdown.
After the first drive took up almost the entire first quarter, the juniors needed just six plays to take the lead. Taylor Fitzgerald ran for a 28-yard touchdown to tie the game and Ella Crerar made a two-point kick to put her team up 8-6.
After forcing a punt, the juniors found the end zone again. Anna Hurlbut sprinted to the outside and scored on a 24-yard touchdown run. Crerar booted the two-point kick again.
The juniors tried to extend their lead at the end of the first half, but a field-goal attempt came up short.
Both teams played stingy defense in the second half, resulting in a scoreless third quarter. Senior sisters Ariana and Briana Geloso and Lurz rotated punting for the seniors, while Crerar handled the duties for her team.
While coming up short, the seniors put together a 14-play possession to score the game’s final touchdown.
Like on their opening drive, the girls came up clutch on fourth down. First with the ball at their 20-yard line, the seniors extended their possession with a 22-yard scamper by Lurz. She started running to the right, but after seeing that the left side of the field was open, she cut back and ran all the way to the 42-yard line.
In the passing game, Lurz threw to Lauren Houle for pick ups of 33- and 10-yards. Houle’s second catch earned a first and goal at the 5-yard line.
The juniors tightened up to force a fourth down at the 4-yard line, but Houle used her speed to get outside and scored her second touchdown, as time expired on the clock.
Lauren Samela, Karissa Spring, Helene Lopez, Cat Palma, and Reilly Whalen were some of the top tacklers for the junior team. Daniela Petronio and Serena Staples were among the senior defensive leaders.
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