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Middle school powderpuff game
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Brooke Temple runs for a first down and more against the sixth grade team during last weeks Dawson County Middle School powderpuff game to benefit the student council. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The stands were quiet for just a few minutes as parents filed in last Thursday afternoon.

Then came the Dawson County Middle School students-players and fans alike-and the atmosphere went from serene to wild.

The sixth grade girls decked out in white faced off against the pink-clad seventh grade girls for powderpuff football on May 11 and the seventh graders came away with a 14-0 win.

Originally scheduled for May 5 the game was moved due to weather, but that did not dampen the spirits of the students.

"I think this is a wonderful opportunity for the students to do something different," said Erin Grigsby, organizer and DCMS parapro. "Powderpuff football is definitely empowering these girls and showing them they can do anything boys can do and maybe even better."

The event is sponsored by the student council at DCMS and Grigsby along with fellow sponsor Emily Lovelady promoted the event.

In its second year, Grigsby said she hopes this will become a regular annual fundraising event.

Fifty-four students participated as players, coaches and cheerleaders.

The game consisted of two 20-minute halves with a running clock and eight minute halftime.

The running game of the seventh grade girls proved to be overwhelming for the sixth graders as they scored in the opening minutes after a 70-yard breakaway.

After a botched handling of the snap on the two-point conversion attempt, the pink team still snuck in to pick up the extra points for an early 8-0 lead.

Student coaches yelled constant directions from the sidelines, signaling players to shift spots.

The pink defense was also solid as the white team struggled to move the chains early.

Another long run set up the seventh graders for a second score prior to the half. They were unable to convert.

Coaches talked up their teams at the half and "cheerleaders" provided entertainment at midfield via human pyramid building.

The white team finally came up with a stop in the second half and a first down or two of their own, but the score stayed at 14-0 and the seventh graders went away with bragging rights.

"My expectation for the turnout was high until the rain changed the plans," Grigsby said.

Sunny early afternoon weather helped the effort, but the midday start time deterred some of the originally expected spectators.

Despite the change of time and date, the student council raised almost $600 at the event.

"I am so proud of all the hard work that the players, coaches and cheerleaders put into this," she said.