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Carbondale Area High School.

To honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Carbondale Area seniors and juniors organized a special fundraising football game.

The senior class played the junior class in a powder puff flag football game, with donations earmarked for local individuals and organizations to help support the fight against breast cancer.

The organization of this event took time and effort from senior and junior volunteers along with several staff members. Between shirt sales, temporary tattoo, face painting and hair dye sales plus concessions, 50/50 sales and door prizes, the event raised over $2,500 for families affected by the disease.

The Powderpuff Game was held at the Andrew J. Cerra Sports Complex. To kick off the game, senior Rogemarie Navarrete sang the National Anthem. Many Carbondale Area football players served as coaches to powder puff players. Fans were treated to a wonderful cheerleading performance by the junior and senior boys as well as excellent commentary by sideline announcers Killian Bannon and Bryan Salitsky and press box announcers Matt Totsky and Brycen Kelly.

The game was a lopsided one, with the seniors winning 32-0, outpacing the heavily favored juniors, who went into the game as 17-point favorites.

The senior defense opened up with two interceptions of up-and-coming quarterback Julia Murphy, with Alyssa Cosklo stalling the junior team’s first drive and Chloe Rumford securing the second pick.

Chloe, who also caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Mia Marrero, was excited about her performance.

“It was thrilling to get a touchdown considering I know nothing about football,” she said. “(Julia) Murphy is smart, so for me to catch an interception off her speaks volumes of my skills.”

Defensive coordinator Logan Wormuth was the driving force behind the victory, holding the juniors scoreless.

“I am proud of my defense and how they performed,” he said. “They executed my every word.”

Mia, who was the winning quarterback, displayed a calm confidence before and after the game.

“My back hurts from carrying the team,” she quipped.

But she had a lot of help from her teammates, including her sister, Glenda, who scored two touchdowns. Ellie Higdon picked up a fumble recovery around midfield and returned it for the touchdown, and Mia Perri nearly scored a touchdown on a 75 yard run.

Mia, although proud of the win, felt she could have been utilized more.

“They didn’t feed me the ball enough, but I took advantage of every opportunity I had,” she said.

The juniors have a chance next year to defeat the Class of 2024. The junior coaching staff was proud of their players but recognizes their need as a staff to prepare their team better.

“As a coach for the juniors, I feel we should have practiced more and explained more of the plays, both offensively and defensively,” said Coach Noah Kilmer. “Next year, we will be execute much better and will definitely win the 2023 Powderpuff game against the Class of 2024.”