When I saw an email alert from Wellesley High about Wednesday’s “Power Puff” game earlier this week, I figured the “d” had been dropped from “Powder” on purpose to make the flag football contest sound less girly. But now I realize why the “d” was really dropped, after the Raider senior girls gave up almost three dozen points in falling 35-6 to Needham High in the annual pre-Thanksgiving game.
(For more background on the game, check out WHS Bradford Editor in Chief Olivia Gieger’s fine “Powder Puff: Past, Present, and Future”)
Regardless of the score, the game was a sight to be seen, with a huge crowd filling the sunny side of the stands at the new field under a bright blue sky.
The Wellesley Police-coached Raiders moved the ball well on their first possession, but Needham picked off a wobbly pass in the Red Zone and never looked back.
We streamed the start of the game on Facebook Live. We need a zoomier lens, but you’ll get a feel for the good spirit at the event in the video below.