Powder puff 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 High and Temecula Valley High 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:
4:30 pm Great Oak vs Chaparral
5:45 pm Temecula Valley vs Chaparral
7:00 pm Great Oak vs Temecula Valley
Ticket prices are $3 for students and $5 for General Admission.
Come on out to support the girls and come see who gets the Mayor’s Cup for the very first Powder Puff 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 thirty yards. 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.
TVHS 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 eighteen-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 4th-and-9 play.
Two plays later, senior Marissa Mu