Speedy juniors pull off upset in RHS Powder Puff game

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Tue., Oct. 16, 2012
Junior offensive linemen Amy Eitelman, Anna McCain and Hannah Steed practice their plays before the Powder Puff football game on Oct. 11 at Rockville HIgh School. Photos by Steve Smith .
Junior offensive linemen Amy Eitelman, Anna McCain and Hannah Steed practice their plays before the Powder Puff football game on Oct. 11 at Rockville HIgh School. Photos by Steve Smith .

The Rockville High School Class of 2014 can walk with a bit of swagger after the girls on the junior class's Powder Puff football team bested the seniors 32-20 on Oct. 11. The Spirit Week traditional match started with the juniors taking their opening drive down the field and capped it off with a touchdown run by Daphne Botteron to jump ahead 6-0. The seniors had trouble getting started and their first drive stalled after a series of botched hand-offs.

The second quarter started with another long Botteron run, making it 12-0, but senior Kaitlyn Lajoie responded with a 75-yard score of her own to close the gap, 12-6.

On the seniors' next drive, Lajoie, who played mostly as a running back, stepped in at QB and, under pressure, threw up a prayer that was intercepted by junior Cassie Bartol, who returned it 90 yards for a score that seemed to deflate the Class of '13 and put the juniors up by two scores.

“I was surprised,” Bartol said. “I just kind of looked up and it was there, so I took it. I didn't know what to do at first, I was just shocked, but I just ran.”

A tenacious and quick junior defense wouldn't allow many big gains by the seniors and the second half began with another stalled senior drive. The juniors cashed in quickly to make it 26-6 on a TD run by Bartol.

In the fourth quarter, the seniors made a game of it, with back-to-back touchdown runs by Megan Gardiner and Lindsey Brousseau, the latter with the help of a long run by QB Dee Cashman-Small, and the 2013-ers were within a score, 26-20.

While the juniors had a drive of their own that flopped due to consecutive snaps over QB Kayla Terry's head, the juniors didn't tire and hit the afterburners, and Emily Berg put the dagger in the seniors' back with a 20-yard scamper to ice the game 32-20.

Terry said the win gave her class a little redemption.

“For the last two years, the seniors have beat [the juniors],” she said. “People were trash-talking to us, saying the seniors are going to win this year, but that lead us to a good win. Our game plan was to stay ahead and work hard. We got into a struggle in the last quarter with not paying attention, but Daphne really helped us. We were nervous in the beginning, but we pulled it off.”

Explaining her quickness, Botteron said she ran track as a freshman and her sister is a record-breaking runner, so it's “kind of in my blood.”

“I feel like a lot of people had a lot of high expectations for us, but when we came out and did what we had to do, I can't even describe it, it felt so good,” Botteron said.


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