Lady Rams take Powder Puff game vs. South Windsor

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon/South Windsor - posted Wed., Nov. 23, 2011
Rockville's Jennifer Mears takes off on a quarterback keeper that became a 35-yard touchdown run in the Powder Puff football game vs. South Windsor on Nov. 22. The Rams won the game, 26-8. Photos by Steve Smith.
Rockville's Jennifer Mears takes off on a quarterback keeper that became a 35-yard touchdown run in the Powder Puff football game vs. South Windsor on Nov. 22. The Rams won the game, 26-8. Photos by Steve Smith.

It had been a long time coming, as South Windsor and Rockville high schools met for the first Powder Puff Football game at Rockville on Nov. 22. Rockville had originally scheduled its junior-senior powder puff game during Spirit Week, on Oct. 26, but weather intervened. The make-up date of Nov. 2 also did not work out, due to the power outage.

The new date, school officials said – just two days before the varsity football teams square off in the Thanksgiving game – worked out perfectly for both schools, which had tried to coordinate the event for the past several years.

It looked as if South Windsor might have the upper hand, as they scored the first points of the game on a safety. Rockville quarterback Jennifer Mears botched a hand-off in the end zone, just six minutes into the game. But it was Mears who would become the clear-cut MVP of the match, after putting Rockville ahead on an 8-yard run with 15:55 to go in the first half. Just over nine minutes later, Mears threw a 25-yard TD pass to fellow soccer athlete Shannon Lipe to put the Lady Rams up 14-2.

On the first play of the second half, Rockville's Kerry Walker took a pitch from Mears and turned the corner for an 80-yard touchdown scamper. Mears tacked on a 35-yard quarterback keeper to ice the victory, although South Windsor's Jessica Maneeley scored on a fourth-down, 45-yard run to give the Lady Bobcats their first offensive points of the game with 4:28 to go.

The Bobcats' Rachel Karlins also had more than 100 yards rushing.

The final score was Rockville 26, South Windsor 8.

Rockville coach Matt Dowe said having a few quality athletes take part was the key to victory. “We have three or four really good speed players – track athletes – and that made a difference for us,” Dowe said, adding that Mears was like a second coach on the field.

“When you've got somebody like Jenny Mears – she's a real leader,” he said. “The other girls respect her. She's not only got the athletic talent, she's got the leadership skills. That makes for a nice combination."


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