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Powderpuff players tackle homecoming week

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Senior Meredith Sinkler reaches for junior Abigail Rose's flag. Powderpuff has been a Northwest homecoming tradition for many years.

Senior Meredith Sinkler reaches for junior Abigail Rose's flag. Powderpuff has been a Northwest homecoming tradition for many years.

Senior Meredith Sinkler reaches for junior Abigail Rose's flag. Powderpuff has been a Northwest homecoming tradition for many years.

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The scent of grilled burgers and anticipation is in the air. Red and white jerseys are huddled in groups warming up for the big game. It’s homecoming week, and powderpuff season is here.

Every year, Northwest High School senior and junior girls compete in a game of flag football to compete for the title of homecoming champions while the boys cheer them on.

“It was a great experience because you get to develop friendships with classmates you may or may not have hung out with before,” senior Mckenzie Tippett said.

There were food trucks that came to the game to provide food such as burgers, fries, chicken nuggets and Italian ice.

During halftime, the senior and junior boys perform a cheer routine to support the players and to entertain the people in the stands. The junior class cheerleaders did a performance to “California Gurls” by Katy Perry and the senior class cheerleaders performed to a mashup of several songs.  

“It was a lot of fun, it was really hype and I really enjoyed dancing around with my friends,” senior Nolan Carr said.

In order to achieve a successful routine, the cheerleaders had to get a lot of practice.

“(The senior cheerleaders) were quite independent surprisingly,” senior Jalisa Williams said. “We were just helping them with what they needed to do and what was okay and what wasn’t.”

Prior to the game, both teams were coached by football players to learn the basics of the game.

“During practice we ran different drills and practiced working as a team,” Tippett said.

For many seniors, this year’s powderpuff game was their second time playing. Not only were they able to practice drills, they were also able to play with familiar students.

“All the coaches are more fair this year because last year we were able to develop that coach-player relationship, and this year we get to come back and hang out with the same faces,” Tippett said.

The game ended with a senior win with a score of 14-8.

“I think the junior class did really well,” junior Chantal Stalling said. “It’s our first time playing powder puff so we didn’t really know how it goes and everything but we put up a good effort against the seniors.”

The senior class cheerleaders cheer on the players. The boys borrowed the old cheerleader uniforms for the game
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