The real winner at the annual Powder Puff showdown between Menomonee Falls High School ladies in the junior and senior classes never took the field Wednesday night.
Yes, the seniors reasserted their seniority over the juniors with a 42-37 victory under the lights at Schumann Stadium. However, the Menomonee Falls Food Pantry emerged the clear victor. Nearly 840 nonperishable food items and $2,239 were collected at the gate before the game. More than 800 people attended the matchup.
The donations will go a long way toward helping an essential community organization in need of donations during the upcoming holiday season.
Just how did the seniors claim victory Wednesday? They started by donning face paint – or war paint – and tightening their flag football belts.
The seniors jumped out to an authoritative 21-7 lead after the first quarter, and the squad was led by Leanne Hawk who had more than 110 rushing yards on the night. She also rushed for three touchdowns of 68, 40, and five yards on the night.
Rachel Clayton put the juniors on her back and led the squad with more than 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns. She also caught a nine-yard pass for a touchdown.
Although the seniors’ 21-point first quarter record was a Powder Puff record, the juniors staged a fierce comeback. The game tightened to 28-21 at halftime, and the juniors were able to trim the lead to 42-37 after scoring 16 points late in the fourth. Unlike the Green Bay Packers, the seniors secured the victory after recovering a squib kick. They ran one play in the victory formation to claim victory.
Go Pink Fundraiser
The Powder Puff game wasn’t the only great cause MFHS students rallied behind recently. The girls volleyball team and boys soccer team donned their finest shades of pink to fight breast cancer.
The two teams squared off in their annual volleyball matchup, and raised $4,000 for breast cancer research. Superintendent Dr. Patricia Greco is a breast cancer survivor herself, and delivered an inspirational message to the crowd before the game.