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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Behind high-octane offense, juniors win powder puff

  • Games part of Homecoming Week activities
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  • MHS varsity athletes had Wednesday night off in order to place their focus squarely on what many consider to be the most important sporting event of the year: powder puff football.
    In the night's first match-up at Hawthorne Heights, the freshman lined up to take on the seniors, hoping for an underdog victory.
    There was no victory to be found as the senior defense suffocated the freshman offense, helping the seniors to a 13-0 win and a berth in the championship game.
    Game two saw the sophomores line up against the juniors. The juniors prevailed over the sophomores, winning 32-13 in the highest scoring game of the night.
    The freshman returned to the field for the consolation match against the sophomores, but were once again held scoreless as the sophomores routed them 26-0.
    Freshman coach Joe Cheney was undaunted by his team's winless record.
    "We were unorganized but kind of got back in the groove," Cheney said. "I think we did pretty well for our first time. The class of 2017 is going to be a threat in the future."
    After the underclassmen left the field, the stage was set for the championship grudge-match between the juniors and seniors. It was not just a showdown between classes, but of strategy: The high-octane junior offense against the stifling senior defense. In the stands, the students chanted insults at their rival classes.
    The defensive mindset prevailed throughout the first half, as both teams headed into halftime scoreless.
    In the second half, the seniors rushed to an early lead. Keagan Riddick ran the ball left on a handoff, cutting right as she approached the sideline and breaking away from multiple juniors, marching down the center of the field for a 25 yard touchdown with 7:38 left to play.
    The seniors failed the PAT-attempt but were elated to take the lead.
    The junior class wasn't out of the game though. Led by quarterback Danielle Baumgartner, they marched into the senior red zone before scoring on a fourth-down pass from Baumgartner to Karen Baker to tie the game. A pass to Alison Mudd gave the class of 2015 the extra-point and a narrow lead with just 2:30 remaining.
    The junior defense forced a three-and-out from the seniors, all but securing the 7-6 victory while the junior fans chanted "scoreboard" at the seniors.
    As the finals seconds ticked off the clock, the junior fans rushed the field to celebrate the victory.
    "I can't be happier," junior coach Austin Alexander said. "Any day we beat the seniors, it's a good day."
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