Congratulations to the seniors on their excellent performance in winning this year’s powder puff championship with a 27-20 win over the juniors. Highlights of all 3 games are available below. Just like we’ve done with previous years, we kept all the stats for the game again this year, and those are available below the video, but first, here’s a look at some of the most memorable action from this year’s edition of MHS Powder Puff.
The 2011 MHS Powder Puff tournament was won by a highly motivated senior team, who put together an outstanding performance in the championship game to take the title.
In the first semi-final game of the day, the juniors jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Jill Clapp carried 5 times for 112 yards and 4 touchdowns, all in the first half, to give the juniors a 28-6 lead at halftime. The freshmen earned their score on an impressive 50-yard touchdown run by Liz Ettridge.
In the second half, junior defensive players were given the reins on offense, and despite not taking a single offensive snap in practice leading up to the game, the girls had fun and managed to put together a pair of scoring drives. Allison Haring scampered 41 yards for a touchdown, and Jill Parrelli finished off another drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Cailin Caira finished off the scoring for the juniors by recording a safety on defense (which was the first safety in the history of the tournament).
On the defensive side of the ball, Jill Talanian (5 tackles) played a strong game to lead the freshmen, and the junior defense was paced by Cailin Caira (5 tackles, safety), Melissa Miceli (4 tackles), and Rosemary Chaisson (3 tackles).
FINAL SCORE: Juniors 44, Freshmen 6
In the second semi-final game, the seniors played a strong game and finished with a 28-0 victory over the sophomores. Courtney Ternullo got the scoring started with a 22-yard touchdown run, and Jess Kelliher finished off another drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, giving the seniors a 14-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the seniors continued to execute on both sides of the ball, and Dacey Gilligan scored a pair of touchdowns (one on a 5-yard run, and another on a 70-yard catch from Kelliher) to round out the scoring for the seniors.
The stout senior defense maintained the shutout thanks to many exceptional performances, including the efforts of Katie O’Driscoll (5 tackles), Katie Cowie-Haskell (4 tackles), Casey Widmann (3 tackles), Jacqui Grant (3 tackles), and Michelle Ohlund (3 tackles).
The sophomores put up a strong fight on defense as well, and they were led by Laura Cowie-Haskell (4 tackles) and Katie Godfrey (4 tackles).
FINAL SCORE: Seniors 28, Sophomores 0
In the championship clash, the seniors jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 1-yard touchdown plunge by the senior team’s standout QB Jess Kelliher, who capped off a drive that featured a 30-yard run by Morgan Cowie-Haskell and another 30-yard run by Erin Doherty.
Down 7-0 just minutes into the game, the juniors managed to answer on the ensuing possession. Jill Clapp and Lea Viola put together several impressive runs against the stingy senior defense, and the drive was ultimately finished with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Katlyn Jesse to Merser Haddad.
With the game tied 7-7, the seniors once again marched down the field largely on the back of Doherty, who raced 49 yards on one play to put the seniors in scoring position. The drive resulted in a 19-yard touchdown strike on a pass from Kelliher to Morgan Cowie-Haskell, giving the seniors a 14-7 lead, which they took into the halftime break.
The juniors took their opening possession of the second half down the field and knotted up the score again thanks to a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jesse to Brooke Sweeney, evening the score once more at 14-14.
However, the senior team simply refused to be matched, and they marched downfield on their ensuing drive, thanks to a 25-yard run by Courtney Ternullo, a 27-yard dash by Doherty, and a 19-yard red zone pass from Kelliher to Doherty that set up another 1-yard touchdown run for Kelliher.
With time running down, it became clear that the game would be decided by which team’s defense could earn a stop against its opponent, and the senior defenders finally came through on the following drive, forcing a turnover on downs at the juniors’ 16-yard line with just a couple minutes remaining in the game. Doherty iced things off for the seniors on the next snap with a 16-yard touchdown run to give the seniors a comfortable 27-14 lead with just over a minute left.
Despite the insurmountable deficit, the junior team fought to the very end and managed to score on the final play of the game with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jesse to Sweeney, but it was the seniors’ moment to celebrate, as the clock had wound down and given the seniors a hard-earned Powder Puff championship.
FINAL SCORE: Seniors 27, Juniors 20
We figure that when the boys play football, people make a big deal about it, and somebody always takes down the stats, so we do the same each year for Powder Puff when it’s the girls’ turn to play football. So here is a statistical breakdown of this year’s action…
MSB’s ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM (40+ yards of offense, or 4+ tackles on defense):
Jess Kelliher, QB, Sr. 7-10 passing for 171 yards, 2 TD … 7 carries, 23 yards, 3 TD … 5 total TD … 194 total yards
Erin Doherty, WR/RB, Sr. 4 carries, 122 yards, TD … 4 catches, 65 yards … 187 total yards
Jill Clapp, QB/RB, Jr. 15 carries, 191 yards, 4 TD … 1-1 passing for 25 yards … 216 total yards
Katlyn Jesse, QB, Jr. 9-13 passing for 138 yards, 3 TD
Courtney Ternullo, RB, Sr. 6 carries, 90 yards, TD
Dacey Gilligan, RB, Sr. 1 carry, 5 yards, TD … 1 catch, 70 yards, TD … 2 total TD … 75 total yards
Brooke Sweeney, RB, Jr. 4 catches, 66 yards, 2 TD … 2 carries, 20 yards … 86 total yards
Morgan Cowie-Haskell, WR, Sr. 2 catches, 36 yards, TD … 1 carry, 30 yards … 66 total yards
Kaitlyn Sliver, RB, Soph. 8 carries, 45 yards … 3 catches, 30 yards … 75 total yards
Iely Barbati, RB, Sr. 7 carries, 51 yards
Liz Ettridge, WR/RB, Fr. 2 carries, 47 yards, TD
Jesse Breda, RB, Jr. 3 catches, 58 yards
Merser Haddad, WR, Jr. 3 catches, 40 yards, TD
Jacqui Grant, Sr. 8 tackles
Katie O’Driscoll, Sr. 7 tackles
Melissa Miceli, Jr. 5 tackles
Cailin Caira, Jr. 5 tackles & 1 safety
Katie Cowie-Haskell, Sr. 5 tackles
Jill Talanian, Fr. 5 tackles
Michelle Ohlund, Sr. 4 tackles
Brenna Cole, Sr. 4 tackles
Lauren Loschiavo, Jr. 4 tackles
Laura Cowie-Haskell, Soph. 4 tackles
Katie Godfrey, Soph. 4 tackles