“Hustle, hit and never quit.”
That slogan is just one of many that football teams look at for motivation to win the game. On Nov. 24, the Ledyard football team wasn’t be the only one strategizing on the field. Student Congress hosted the first ever powderpuff football game for Lady Colonels to showcase their secret football talents.
Senior Hannah Terrapin, who is the president of the group, was excited to be a part of the historical event. “It’s cool to be a part of the group organizing the first – ever game because we’ve been given so much freedom,” she said. “Since it’s never been done before at the school, we are able to make all the decisions regarding the game, such as game length, team size, whether it was touch or flag, even the field length. Mr. Buonocore has been really great with helping to organize and facilitate all of this. He let us (the students) take the lead in organization, but he’s been there every step of the way to make sure the game goes smoothly.”
Like the boys’ football team, the girls on the powderpuff team practiced to achieve one goal: Beat the underclassmen. One team has strictly seniors, while the opposing side has underclassmen on their roster. “I decided to play because Terrapin told me it would be fun and I can’t ever miss an opportunity to have fun,” senior Dorothy Piszczek said. “My secret skill for the game is the fact that I have none, I have absolutely no idea how to play football, so I just run around tagging people. It’s highly effective.”
Seniors Alexis Bickham and Raeghan O’Connor had different reasons for playing the game. “I decided to play because I’ve always wanted to play football. I have three brothers and I’ve been to tons of football games, but never actually played so this will be my turn,” Bickham said. “It’s also a good opportunity to try new things with my friends.”
“I didn’t really want to play in the game originally, mostly because I’m not really athletic,” O’Connor said. “A lot of my friends are playing though and they signed me up, but it turned out to be a lot of fun at the practices. It’s actually a really good time even in the cold. I’m also excited to playing with everyone and mostly beating the underclassmen.”
Megan Brawner, Editor-in-Chief
Senior Megan Brawner is the Editor-in-Chief of the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is the captain of the cross country team and runs Indoor and Outdoor Track. She participates in Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) Club and is the secretary of the Senior Class. She is the Editor of Key Club.