Juniors and senior girls to compete in powder puff football game


Students may sign up to participate in the game starting Monday, April 30. Look out for the sign up sheets on Lockhart’s and Williams’s classroom doors.

Without the pressure to plan Homecoming and Prom, Decatur’s Student Government Association (SGA) has been working this spring to bring back a tradition that has had a short intermission. On Thursday, May 17, the junior and senior girls will compete in a powder puff football game.

“We’re really excited to be able to do it this year because we haven’t had it in quite a few years,” Faith Huh, SGA co-president, said. “This is something I’ve wanted to do ever since I was elected president.”

In the past, Decatur hosted an annual powder puff game in the fall as a part of the homecoming festivities. “A few years ago, [science teacher Amanda] Lockhart and I got together, and we decided it would be really fun to have a powder puff game,” English teacher Kerri Williams said. “It wasn’t super formal. We just threw a ball on the field, and the girls ran like crazy.” The tradition ran for a few years, but the last game was in the fall of 2009.

This year, Williams will be a part of the game. She, along with Coach Paul, will coach the seniors, while Lockhart will coach the juniors. Students, of course, will play a major part in the game.

“There will be 20 girls on each team, and I’ll proudly play on the senior team,” senior Madeline Hill said. Seniors Googie Daniels, Summer Fowler, Ashleigh Rasheed and Jessica Jones have also committed to participating. Some of Decatur’s male football players, including Chris Hambie, Louis Farley, Eric Moore and Kurt Robinson will serve as cheerleaders. Various SGA members will manage and referee.

Though the game has taken much time and planning, students agree that it will be well worth it. “Finding a date was really challenging, because there were so many other sporting events and awards nights to compete with, but I’m so glad we made it work,” Huh said. “I’m glad the tradition is back.”

The game will be held on the Decatur football field at seven p.m. on Thursday, May 17. To enter, please bring $1 or 2 canned food items to be donated.