Seniors top Juniors in fundraiser
The Paola High School Junior and Senior girls fought it out for supremacy on the football field last Thursday evening in a flag football game sponsored by the Developmental Leadership Class as a fundraising effort for Crosspointe Harvesters.
The senior girls came out on top in the annual game again, defeating the junior girls in a close game 12-6, but the real winner was Crosspointe Harvesters as the game raised over $450 in cash and many canned goods for the charity.
The game started with a spirited game of rock, paper, scissors, with the seniors winning the battle for possession of the ball. The seniors deferred their choice to the second half and the junior girls took possession of the ball at their own 20 yard line.
It didn’t take long for the juniors to take the early lead, as Kayla Offutt showed she would be a star for the junior squad, ripping off two 20 yard runs on the drive, the second covering the final yards to the end zone to give the junior girls a quick 6-0 lead. The extra point attempt was no good, and the juniors lead 6-0.
Following the touchdown the seniors took control of the ball on their own 20 yard line. The seniors came out passing, unfortunately they were not completing any, as they threw three incompletions and added a running play for one yard to turn the ball back to the juniors.
The juniors moved the ball on their next drive, including a Timmie Morris 15 yard gain, but a nice defensive play by Taylor Smith stopped the drive and the juniors turned the ball over on downs to the seniors.
The seniors had one more drive before halftime, but with 37 seconds to play in the half, Allison Wood intercepted a Rachel Hanf pass and the juniors ran out the clock on the first half and took a 6-0 lead to the locker rooms
At the half, the cheerleaders consisting of Dustin Gould, Nathan Carr, Will Randall and Gus Hart put on a spirited dance routine on the 50 yard line much to the delight of the crowd and the two teams who took time out from second half preparations to watch the show.
The seniors chose to take the ball to start the second half, and used the possession to go on a 12 play drive that ended in a game tying touchdown with just under 13 minutes to play in the game. The extra point was no good and the game remained tied at 6-6.
The juniors started their series well, with a 15 yard gain by Offutt, but the drive stalled and after four more plays, the juniors turned the ball over to the seniors.
The senior girls took control of the ball at their 20 yard line with just over 7 minutes to play in the game, the drive almost ended on the first play as Offutt nearly intercepted the seniors first pass play of the drive. On second down Courtney Clouse broke free for 20 yards and a first down for the seniors. Eight plays later the seniors crossed the goal line to take a 12-6 lead with under one minuted to play in the game. The extra point was no good and the juniors go the ball back for one last ditch effort to catch up.
The juniors could not mount a drive, picking up a first down on two five yard runs, but the final play of the game was an incomplete pass and as the ball fell to the turf, the senior girls celebrated their 12-6 victory.