Cavalier powderpuff has big night
A big crowd turned out to raise money for an important cause and a bunch of mixed-up fun as Southern Lee held its fifth annual Powderpuff Game Wednesday night as part of homecoming celebrations at the high school.
The night, organized by the Southern Lee Sports and Entertainment Marketing 2 Class, raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation capping off Pink Day, for breast cancer awareness, all day at the school.
The admission, with an attendance turning out which might've rivaled some of the Friday night crowds at Cavalier Stadium, along with concessions, Cavalier merchandise, raffles and business sponsors from all over the county raised money to fight breast cancer.
During halftime, Southern Lee staff member Shanna Roberts spoke, sharing her experience from surviving the disease.
"I was a 34-year-old who was told you have stage 3 breast cancer, and you may or may not be here in five years," Roberts said.
"But I learned, through a positive environment with my friends and family, you can survive it," she said. "However you can help, it means everything, because beating breast cancer, any cancer, is all about your friends, family, church and support group who can help you get through it."
Thanking everyone who turned out for the night, Roberts said, "this truly is a community affair."
The action on the gridiron was frantic the whole way. The senior team led 28-24 at halftime. The junior team led most of the second half before a senior touchdown with less than two minutes remaining made it 40-40. While flag football, competitive drive took over in the battle between classes for a number of physical clashes on running plays and pile-ups for fumble recoveries.
Going to overtime, which was a field-goal kick-off tiebreaker, the squads made 1-of-2 each from 15-yard field goals. The juniors won 2-1 from 20-yard field goals to prevail, win a pink and cotton colored facsimile of the Brick City Bowl trophy and dance - which there was plenty of throughout the game anyway, including from about a dozen Cavalier football players who were cartwheeling, oddly-accessorised cheerleaders. The senior cheerleaders won the halftime "cheer battle."
Southern Lee's homecoming week continues until Friday night and the Cavaliers will host Gray's Creek at 7:30 p.m.