Juniors beat seniors in Powder Puff game, 12-6

The junior players and coaches were number one on this night. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Emily deBettencourt threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Lucy Hackney as time expired to give the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School junior girls a 12-6 win over the seniors in the annual Powder Puff touch football game November 21 at Dan McCarthy Field.

The game is an Island Cup week tradition, played with a passion and zeal that is anything but powder-puffy. The game-winning play had the large, vocal crowd on their feet and capped a 60-yard, eight-and-a-half minute drive.

As fate would have it, the juniors saved their best for first and last. Leila Gardner ran 60 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game.

The 6-0 lead held up for the rest of the 20-minute first half and half way into the second. With the juniors threatening to increase the lead inside the 30, Kat deBettencourt grabbed the momentum for the seniors with an interception and tied the game a few minutes later on a 10-yard quarterback keeper. The juniors responded by chewing up the rest of game with the winning drive.