Bullard High School’s Panther Stadium proved to be the location of a battleground last week, as the best female athletes in the junior and senior classes battled it out on the gridiron in the school's annual Powderpuff Football Classic, held Friday, May 12, sponsored by the BHS Health Occupations Students of America student organization.
Members of Team Juniors included Reagan Bell, Kaplan Bellew, Lauren Bright, Kailey Consford, Faith Crist, Abbie Denman, Destinee Dixon, Sophia Humphries, Allie Kirgan, Bailea Mapes, Macy Riley, and Jarrett Whatley.
Coaches for Team Juniors included Cleet Bowman, Luke Bowman, Thomas Brooks, Nic Costas, Brody Mullican, and Greyson Priestner.
The roster for Team Seniors included Ta’Dasia Anderson, Maddie Butler, McCall Cowart, Chloe Ducote, Brianna Garcia, Carley Goode, Zoe Hancock, Emman Khan, Emily Pittman, Kamryn Powell, Haley Pyle, Mikayla Russell, Adriana Shackelford, Kamryn Stephens, Abby Story, and Claudia Young.
The Team Seniors coaching included Austin Childs, Tre Crayton, Austin Davis, Joey Padrucco, and Major Tennison.
The bout between the two teams began with a strong defensive effort, as the first half of the contest between Team Seniors, wearing teal tanks, and Team Juniors, wearing pink tanks, was a scoreless affair.
In the late minutes of the first half, the defensive unit for Team Seniors was able to take control, as middle linebacker Emily Pittman was able to intercept a deflected pass and race her way down into the red zone.
However, despite the interception, Team Seniors was unable to punch in the ball for a score, as the teams were tied, 0-0, at halftime.
As the contest resumed, Team Juniors was able to light up the scoreboard first in the second half of play, as running back Spencer raced her way past the Team Seniors defense en route to a six yard rushing touchdown. The extra point conversion attempt by Team Juniors was unsuccessful, however, the team was able to take a 6-0 lead over Team Seniors.
Later in the second half, the contest was tied by Team Seniors after running back Kami Stephens broke loose from the clutches of Team Juniors defensive attack, running her way downfield for a 75 yard rushing touchdown. Team Seniors was unable to convert on the extra point attempt, as the contest between Team Seniors and Team Juniors was tied, 6-6, at the end of regulation.
In the overtime frame, Team Juniors elected to attempt to score from the five yard line first, but was unable to reach the end zone on their two attempts.
After failing to cross the goal line on their first try, Team Seniors pushed their way through the Team Juniors defensive line thanks to the constant churning legs of Stephens, scoring her second touchdown of the contest on a five yard rush, helping Team Seniors to secure the Powderpuff Football Classic victory, 12-6, the team’s second victory in as many years.
“It feels great to win because it’s our senior year,” said Stephens. “I was really pumped up when I realized that I crossed the goal line and scored. The team was great this year, and the coaches were excited that we put forth a lot of time and effort in preparing for the game.”