Seniors Rally Past Juniors in Powderpuff Game
Seniors 36, Juniors 24
Louisville held the annual Powderpuff Football Game at Louisville Leopards Stadium Saturday Evening. The matchup featured over 40 girls pinning the Seniors against the Juniors. In the end the Seniors used a second half rally to down the Juniors 36-24.
Abby Beaver took over at Quarterback in the second half and led the Seniors comeback. She completed 13-of-22 passes for 143 yards & 2 touchdowns through the air and also carried the ball 7 times for 80 yards & a score on the ground.
Beaver aggressively led the Seniors on a 9 play, 65 yard scoring drive to open the second half. She connected with 3 different receivers on the drive including Paige Haren twice. Haren also broke free for a 15 yard gain to setup the Seniors just outside of the redzone. The drive ended with Beaver scoring on a 10 yard Quarterback draw. She then connected with Amanda Blind for the two-point conversion which gave the Seniors their first lead at 20-17.
The Juniors responded by driving 45 yards on 4 different plays to Heather Guiley. Displaying shades of her brother Nathan Guiley, she accelerated into the Seniors defense racking up 152 total yards. However, her efforts were thwarted by back-to-back miscues by Junior offense. The Juniors fumbled on an exchange for a 3 yard loss and then Senior Danielle Walter intercepted a pass on the very next play.
The Juniors defense stepped up big on the next drive. Hannah Baughman intercepted a pass at the Seniors 45 and took it to the house for a pick six. She was carried off the field earlier in the game with an injury, but amazingly returned to make a huge defensive play. Baughman, who was the Kicker for the football team this past season, also booted through the extra point to make it 24-20 Juniors with 10:25 to play in the second half.
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The Juniors picked off a pass again on the next play, but the Seniors returned the favor when Maddie Seaman recovered a fumble on the 43. The takeaway setup a 5 play, 57 yard scoring drive. Brynn Guist hauled in back-to-back receptions down the left sideline for gains of 33 and 18. Two plays later, Beaver hit Savannah Miner over the middle for a 5 yard touchdown strike to put the Seniors back in front. Beaver ran in the conversion try to make it 28-24 with 7:44 to go.
The Juniors threatened again as the minutes ticked down in the second half. At midfield, Quarterback Rachel Israel launched a pass deep down field that found the hands of Baughman for a 30 yard gain. Guiley sprinted for a gain of 9 yards on the next play to set the Juniors up with a 2nd-and-1 from the 11. However, back-to-back incompletions made it fourth down from the same spot. Seaman sniffed out the play and stormed into the backfield for the fourth down stop. The Seniors took over on downs at their own 15
The Seniors strung together a 12 play, 85 yard drive to clinch the game. Beaver found Cassidy Glyder for completions three different times during the drive. Glyder led all receivers in catches with 5 for 29 yards. Beaver also flipped the field with a 29 yard gain for the key play in the drive. The Seniors iced the game when Beaver threw a 7 yard pass to Caitlin Kerzan on the right side of the endzone. Glyder caught the conversion try to put the Seniors ahead 36-24 with 55 seconds left. On the next play, a desperation pass was picked off by Georgia Kiko to end the game.
Alexis Shearer emerged big for the Seniors in the first half. Shearer caught 3 passes for 36 yards and also scored on a 41 yard touchdown run for the Seniors first score. Beaver also recorded an interception early on for the Seniors.
Other than that, the Juniors dominated the action at the start. Israel threw an 11 yard touchdown strike to Baughman to open the scoring. Baughman also ran in the conversion, kicked a 20 yard field goal, and finished with 75 yards of offense for the game. Leandra Givens also intercepted a pass to stop another Seniors drive.
Israel completed 7 of 22 passes for 124 yards to lead the Juniors passing game. Cami Antonacci also threw a 9 yard touchdown pass to Maddie Berkebile to put the Juniors ahead 17-6 with 4:05 left in the first half.
The Seniors rally started immediately after that as they answered with an 11 play, 65 play scoring drive to cut the deficit to 17-12 before halftime. On the drive’s first series, Kiko connected with Shearer over the middle for a gain of 9 on 4th-and-2. The pair connected again two plays later for a gain of 14. The Seniors continued to dink and dunk their way down the field before Kiko hit Kayla Cole for a 3 yard touchdown pass with just 8 seconds to go before halftime. Kiko finished 7 of 17 passing for 54 yards in the first half.
Those in attendance were not only entertained by a great game, but they supported a great cause at the same time. All-in-all, $2700 was collected to support the Wilson Family and Michelle Wilson’s battle with cancer. Leopard Nation is in this fight with you! We are all Leopards and we are all #WilsonStrong
SENIORS 36, JUNIORS 24
Seniors – Alexis Shearer 41 Yard Run (Pass Failed) | SENIORS 6, JUNIORS 8, 17:16
Juniors – Hannah Baughman 20 Yard Field Goal | SENIORS 6, JUNIORS 11, 10:14
Juniors – Maddie Berkebile 9 Yard Pass from Cami Antonacci (Pass Failed) | SENIORS 6, JUNIORS 17, 4:05
Seniors – Kayla Cole 3 Yard Pass from Georgia Kiko (Run Failed) | SENIORS 12, JUNIORS 17, 0:08
Seniors – Savannah Miner 5 Yard Pass from Abby Beaver (Beaver Run) | SENIORS 28, JUNIORS 24, 7:44
Total Yards: Seniors 393, Juniors 290
Rushing: Seniors 19-164, Juniors 14-130
Passing: Seniors 23-49–229, Juniors 11-35–160
Fumbles-Lost: Seniors 1-0, Juniors 5-1
Interceptions: Seniors 3, Juniors 3
Offensive Individual Stats
Seniors: Beaver 13-22-1-143, Kiko 7-17-1-54, Thomas 3-9-0-32, Haren 0-1-1-0
Juniors: Israel 7-22-1-124, Antonacci 4-13-2-36
Seniors: Guist 2-51, Shearer 3-36, Glyder 5-29, Haren 3-25, Shea 1-21, Unknown 2-10, Kiko 1-8, Kerzan 1-7, Cole 2-6, Lairson 1-6, Miner 1-5
Juniors: Guiley 4-69, Baughman 2-41, Berkshire 2-21, Berkebile 2-16, Unkown 1-7
Seniors: Beaver 7-80, Shearer 3-41, Kiko 4-24, Haren 1-15, Unknown 3-9, Cole 1-(-5)
Juniors: Guiley 7-83, Baughman 4-34, Berkebile 1-11, Ross 1-6, Antonacci 1-(-4)
Defensive Individual Stats
Seniors: Seaman 1-0
Seniors: Kiko 1-6, Beaver 1-3, Walter 1-1
Juniors: Baughman 1-45, Unkown 1-3, Givens 1-1
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