North Surry High School’s revival of Powder Puff Football on Friday night could more accurately be described as rough and tough.
Three action-packed games thrilled a large crowd, with the senior class team emerging with a win 14-6 in the championship game.
Also, Caleb Thomas was named as Homecoming King.
“It’s just events like this from which memories are made for a lifetime,” said official and principal Neil Atkins as he nervously eyed a group of cheerleaders heading his way with a cooler. “We had the JROTC, the football team, the student council, the boosters, the band and so many groups involved in this tonight. We had groups involved from all across the school. What a great night for North Surry.”
The championship game started out with the juniors pushing back hard with numerous quarterback sacks. The juniors had pushed their way to the senior 40-yard line before a long pass to Sidney Atkins set the underclassmen up on the 12. An interception by Kailen Hauser stalled that effort.
In the second half of the 20-minute game, senior Abby Golding moved the ball up to the juniors’ 35 and a pass to Hauser lit up the upperclassmen’s side of the score board with 6:51 left in the game. Golding scampered in for two more points and the seniors led 8-0.
Junior Morgan Hawks answered that by setting her team up on the 2-yard line on a long run down the sideline at the 3:52 mark before scoring on the next play. The two-point attempt was no good so the seniors held on, 8-6. Hauser ran in for the next touchdown to seal the deal, with a two-point conversion staved off by the juniors to end the championship game.
The sophomores and the seniors squared off in the opening game of the evening at the Charles Atkins Stadium. Hauser announced there would be fireworks in store on an interception in the opening minutes of the first half of the 20-minute game as the seniors rumbled down to the sophomore 15. Minutes later senior Abby Golding scored, while the extra-point attempt was too low. The seniors led 6-0 in the wake of a furious counterattack by the sophomores.
Hauser scored a touchdown with 9:36 left in the game and Golding added two more to make the score 14-0. Malaya Johnson got a crucial interception at the 5:04 mark which left the seniors set up at the sophomore 45. Another pass to Johnson was completed for a first down and Golding ran in to bring the score up to 20. The extra point was no good to leave the match with a 20-0 result as the seniors lived to fight on in the championship.
The second game of the evening saw the freshman battle the juniors in a fast-paced barnburner which ended in a 14-12 win for the juniors.
The game opened with the freshman really covering some ground as Maggie Hawks helped her classmates push into junior turf before older sister Morgan Hawks sacked the quarterback to put the breaks on the offense. Aubrey Hall put the juniors on the scoreboard with 13:41 left in the 20-minute game. An excessive celebration penalty did not nullify the six-point effort but the freshmen foiled the extra point.
Maggie Hawks again made the sod fly as she motored up to the freshman 10 for an important first down. The freshmen battled back though, and Maddison Pennington scored to give the freshmen six points. Jordan Badgett answered with a touchdown followed by two points more with seconds left on the clock to make the score 14-6 favoring the juniors.
The freshmen roared back as Pennington ran the kickoff back for a touchdown making the score 14-12. The attempt at the conversion was no good and the juniors advanced on with the 14-12 win.
The nominations for homecoming king were announced at halftime. Freshman nominees were Hunter Rozier and Ethan Simmons. Sophomore nominees were Chase Summers and Austin Moxley. The junior class nominees were Caleb Cockerham and Cody Slate. Senior class members nominated for king were Carlos Flores, Samuel Holder, Caleb Thomas and Blaze Accord.
Thomas was crowned king by Student Body President Katlyn Hodges. Thomas’s escort was Abby Golding. He is the son of the late Ricky Thomas and the late Brenda Thomas.
Proceeds from the event will be split between the Victory Junction Gang and the NSHS Student Council.
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