Nothing gentle about powder puff football
The Oct. 16 midweek homecoming activities turned the normally dark and quiet Englewood High School Stadium into a beehive of activities.
All the events were part of the Pirates homecoming schedule that continued with the parade the afternoon of Oct. 18, followed by the football game against Weld Central that evening. Homecoming week concluded with the dance on Oct. 19.
Activities kicked off as the Oct. 16 sun went down, with a chance to batter an old car to show determination to defeat Weld Central in football. The sledgehammer slammed repeatedly into the vehicle as Pirates sought to reduce the car into a pile of battered metal.
The scene shifted to the gridiron about 6:30 p.m. for the annual powder puff football game. In keeping with tradition, the flag football game matches a team of junior and senior girls against a team of freshman and sophomore girls.
Since the girls were playing football, it seemed only right that guys don the proper attire and be the cheerleaders.
“It’s fun to do this,” said Andrew Montoya, one of the cheerleaders. “It’s all about school spirit and having fun. It’s chilly in this short skirt but being here to cheer on the girls is still fun.”
It is flag football, but there is a lot of emotion and hard collisions by members of both teams, and many of the players brought away bruises from the rough play on the field.
The Oct. 16 game belonged to the upperclassmen. Elijah Daughtry took the opening kickoff for the juniors and seniors and raced about 70 yards for a touchdown.
The upperclassmen set the tempo of play as the piled up points, eventually winning the game, 74-0.
Maddie Smith, a member of the winning team, smiled as she came off the field.
“This is the highlight of my year and the most fun I have all year,” she said. “There is so much rivalry between the members of the teams and then you get to come out here on the field to back up the talk. It was a whole lot of fun tonight because we were able to score so many points.”
Tori Harper played for the underclassmen and she said it was sort of fun, but she felt her team had things planned and could have done better if the guys hadn’t tried to coach them and change everything.
There were hugs and handshakes when the game was over and the focus shifted to the pep rally. The marching band was in the stands and students filled the seats to the west. There was singing and cheering before everyone filed out of the stands and did a snake dance around the track and moved out behind the stadium for the annual bonfire that wrapped up the evening’s activities at the stadium.
However, another traditional activity was going on as EHS cheerleaders traveled to the homes of the Pirates football players and festooned the lawns and trees with toilet paper.