Powderpuff football season is here and high school senior girls from all three Temecula public schools prepare for the annual Sugar Bowl by playing the junior teams at their respective schools. Chaparral and Temecula Valley played on Friday, May 9. This was the first time in four years that Chaparral juniors and seniors have played each other.
The Chaparral seniors won 12-6 in double overtime. The Temecula Valley seniors held on to win 14-8. The Great Oak juniors vs. seniors game is Thursday, May 15.
This year’s Sugar Bowl games will be held at Great Oak High School stadium on Friday, May 16:
Great Oak vs. Chaparral @ 4:30 p.m.
Temecula Valley vs. Chaparral @ 5:45 p.m.
Great Oak vs. Temecula Valley @ 7 p.m.
Ticket prices are $3 for students and $5 for general admission. Come on out to support the girls and see who gets the Mayor’s Cup for the very first Powderpuff Football Temecula City Championship.
Chaparral seniors win in double overtime
Prior to the game, Alex Argent, head coach for the juniors team said, “We have a lot of physical girls that play different sports; the seniors are kind of girly, too pretty to play physical enough…” The seniors proved to be up to the challenge as the game was a tough defensive battle for three quarters.
In the first half, senior Lorena Ruiz gained 35 yards on a reverse; Stephanie Martinez zig-zagged her way down to the 20 before a fumble ended their drive.
Junior Rebecca Branch caught the first pass of the game for six yards. Teammate Mariah Young ran a QB sweep left for 30yards. Despite these few moments of offense, the half ended in a scoreless tie.
Junior Micaela Presgrove intercepted a Christine Williams’ pass and returned it 42 yards before being stopped at the one-yard line. Stephanie Martinez scored on a quarterback sweep play to give the juniors a 6-0 lead with 1:11 left in the third quarter.
Branch’s interception in the fourth quarter ended a six-play 43-yard drive by the seniors that ate up more than six minutes of the clock. The juniors were unable to move the ball and gave the ball up on downs to the seniors at their own 20. The seniors took advantage of good field position with a sweep by #88 and a TD run by #7 (rosters/names not available). The score was tied 6-6 with 1:23 left in the game.
The juniors moved 45 yards on a catch and run by Mariah Young, but an interception by Martinez with 54 seconds left ended regulation and sent the game into overtime.
Each team was allowed two plays from the five-yard line. The juniors had the ball first. Neither team was able to score and the game went into a second overtime. The seniors scored on a pass play to Ruiz; the juniors fumbled on their second possession giving the victory to the seniors, 12-6.
Temecula Valley seniors hang on for 14-8 win
Juniors coach Griffin Doran said, “We look good, feel good, play good…and that transfers from coaches to players. This game should be fun and physical – there’s a little bad blood – but we’re expecting to win. We’re crafty.”
Seniors coach Garrison Flores was expecting “a good, but close game. We have some fast girls and we’re expecting to win.”
The seniors forced the juniors to punt on their first possession and proceeded to march down the field making three first downs until Tiffany Jackson intercepted a Sam Capuzzi pass at the 18-yard line. Two plays later, senior Marissa Laster intercepted a pass and returned it to the 21 to end the first quarter.
Ten seconds into the second quarter, senior QB Capuzzi connected with Lorena Regalado on a post pass for a 21-yard TD and a 6-0 lead. Capuzzi outran the defense to the left pylon for the successful PAT and an 8-0 lead. The juniors turned the ball over on downs. The seniors started another drive but junior Sydney Magnin, a center defender for the TV girls varsity soccer team, intercepted a Capuzzi pass on a 4-and-9 play.
Two plays later, senior Marissa Muñoz intercepted a pass by junior QB Peyton D’Andrea. With 3:50 left in the half, Capuzzi used her speed to score on a 44 yard QB keeper to give the seniors a 14-0 lead. The PAT attempt was fumbled.
Five of the half’s 14 penalties occurred in the final three minutes of the half. Katelyn Ellis’ 23 –yard zig-zag run brought the ball down to the 18-yard line with 14 seconds left. The seniors used all three timeouts, but were unable to capitalize before the end of the
There were four changes of possession in the third quarter as both defenses stiffened. Juliana Light came in at QB for the juniors and heaved a 30-yard pass on the money to Alexis Smith who raced another 33 yards for a 63-yard TD play to cut the seniors’ lead to 14-6 with 2:36 left in the quarter. Light scored up the middle for a successful PAT, 14-8.
In the final quarter, the juniors turned the ball over on downs to the seniors at the 9:52 mark. The seniors earned four first downs driving down to the 16-yard line, eating up almost seven minutes of clock before the juniors stopped them with 3:03 left. The senior defense held as Kaitlyn Williams batted down the last pass attempt to end the game.
“The girls are great!” exclaimed Coach Flores. “They have worked hard and deserve the victory. Last year we used playbooks to show the plays; this year they all memorized the plays. Shout-outs to Nicole Robertson for that diving catch – it should have been ruled a catch – to Sam Capuzzi for managing the offense and for the entire defense for allowing only one touchdown all night. We played well, but we will need to play better in the Sugar Bowl.”