“I feel awesome right now because our trick play just worked out so well,” said Caroline DiBartolemeo (’11) summing up not only the trick play, but the entire 2010 Powder Puff football game for the Senior class of 2011.
Everything worked to perfection for the seniors as DiBart led the team to victory as she scored three touchdowns, one on a beautiful end-around pass which completely froze the juniors’ defense. The seniors dominated this game. The juniors could not get anything going on either defense or offense.
DiBart started the game with a bang as she raced 70 yards to the end zone on the initial drive for the seniors. The junior defense looked to have had her stopped at numerous points, but neither of her flags were pulled.
The first possession for the juniors looked to be promising as Christine Goins (’12) promptly evaded numerous tacklers on the first junior play from scrimmage for a 20-yard gain. The juniors could not muster anything else on the drive.
The seniors seemed destined for a large day on offense after Colie Escobar (’11) had a rushing touchdown on the second senior drive.
After another stalled possession for the juniors, the DiBart show continued as she galloped forward for a long touchdown to put the score at 22-0 after Barbara Stanley (’11) kicked her second point-after attempt on the day through the uprights. The touchdown was a spectacle to be seen with its two handoffs in the backfield before the throw was made. After the second end-around, Escobar unleashed a deep bomb to DiBart, who caught the ball in stride and pranced into the end zone.
The major motif of the junior offense was its inability to get the ball to the outside. Cat Cargen (’11) seemed to be awaiting the ball carrier on every play.
Of course, DiBart was not done in the half. She scampered for another sixty-yard touchdown. With another Stanley kick (3/4 to this point on the day), the halftime score was 30-0.
“We’re feeling great, we started this game off right,” said coach Sam Rose (’11) of his team’s dominant play.
Natalie DeLuca (’12) injected some life into the junior cause at the beginning of the third quarter on a fifty-yard touchdown run fraught with twists and turns aplenty to avoid an onslaught of defenders. Alexa DiPiero’s (’12) extra point brought the score to 30-8 in favor of the seniors.
Of course, the DiBart show continued two possessions later for the seniors as she once again reached the end zone despite junior defenders trying to pull her flags all around her.
“It’s not getting old yet, I want to go for six [touchdowns],” said DiBart.
Without Dibart in the game, Escobar scored one last touchdown for the seniors to make the score 48-8 after a Taylor Beatty (’11) extra point.
Perhaps the most mystifying play of the game came on the following possession for the juniors. All of a sudden, a six foot tall “girl” caught a pass and scampered down the sideline to bring the ball to the senior twenty-yard-line. This “girl” turned out to be Vice Principal Bob Hulme wearing a wig. The competitive Hulme helped his grade put three more points on the board as Alexa DiPiero (’12) nailed a 25-yard-field goal to bring the score to 46-11, which was the final.
Junior coach Brett Roseman (’12) kept things in perspective after the game. “Overall, I think we played hard. The seniors had great defense and offense, but in the end it’s all about having fun,” said Roseman.
The seniors remained jubilant after the game. “This is the best birthday present of the year,” said Stanley, who celebrated her birthday on Saturday and was serenaded by the seniors after the game.
“It feels great that we came back this year and did what we had to do,” said senior coach Matt Tarnopol (’11).
“This is the greatest day of my life,” said Class President Seth Levy (’11).
Levy owes DiBart a huge thank you.
Seniors 70 yard run Dibart (Stanley kick good) 8-0
Seniors 40 yard run Escobar (PAT no good) 14-0
Seniors 40 yard pass Escobar to Dibart (Stanley kick good) 22-0
Seniors 60 yard run Dibart (Stanley kick good) 30-0
Juniors 50 yard run DeLuca (DiPiero kick good) 30-8
Seniors 30 yard run Dibart (Stanley kick good) 38-8
Seniors 1 yard run Escobar (Beatty kick good) 46-8
Juniors 25 yard field goal DiPiero good 46-11
Photos courtesy of Ari Ommundsen (’11)