The scene is one of a kind. Fans flock to the football field for a game under the lights…
All to watch a girls game, better known as powderpuff.
BFA’s Chauntel Cook says “Our crowd is amazing. The stands are full up there to the top. We couldn’t ask for better fans.”
This year’s game: The 7th between senior girls from BFA-St. Albans and and Missisquoi Valley Union. The game’s a fun one, but both sides desperately want to win.
“It’s competitive. We have hair pulling right now,” exclaims Hannah Gansby, a player for BFA.
Olivia Horton plays for MVU, she says,
“I like the competitiveness, it’s great to be playing against a school like BFA. Cuz we’re rivals on so many other sports. So it’s fun to get together for a good organization.”
Over 100 girls enter the flag football fray. Joined by a few from the guys team serving as coaches this year. It comes down to the wire. With Missquoi needing a touchdown in the game’s final second to tie it. That’s just what they do. At the end, the game ends even at 18.
Dan Palmer, MVU’s offensive coach, says,
“It’s a great way to end. Last year we lost by two. We had the lead late last year, but it’s… To come on out, it’s a great way to end.”
“That was the most fun that I’ve had. Besides my soccer games. But i’m just glad to be a pary of this game. It was a great experience,” adds Horton.
The real thrill here is money raised for charity. In the game’s short history, teams have raised over a hundred thousand dollars for cancer research. This year they’re at twenty thousand dollars and counting. The money’s to be split between Camp Ta-Kum-Ta and the northwest medical center’s jim bashaw fund.
“It’s all for a good awareness,” says a smiling Cook, “But I go out there with a smile on my face. And I tell ’em hey it’s for a good cause. You gotta get out there and play a game!”
One thing’s certain. Both schools will be ready to break the tie when they meet again next year.
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