Powderpuff rocks Cougar Stadium | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | December 1, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
Cougar Stadium was rocking last Tuesday morning as pigskin made a return to Colleton County High School in the form of powderpuff football. The game was a complete success behind an experienced coaching staff and spirited cheerleaders.
The 2016 Cougar Seniors earned a 7-0 win over the BeastMode’18 Juniors late in the fourth quarter, earning bragging rights for the remainder of the school year.
For CCHS students to participate or attend the annual powderpuff game (which serves as a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) event), they were required to meet the behavior expectations outlined by administrators earlier in the school year. “It is basically a reward system for kids who have no referrals during an announced start and end date,” said CCHS junior Hallie Robertson. “The administrators do this several times a year to encourage positive behavior. It was a very enjoyable way to bring out everyone’s competitive side.”
Senior athlete Brittney Risher, competing for the second year in the powderpuff game, said it gave her new respect for football players. “It is very interesting competing with less than a week of preparation,” said Risher. “I am not used to being flustered during a game, but I loved every second of it. I played my heart out, just like I’m sure our players do, and my entire body was exhausted afterwards. It also taught me that a quarterback runs the field, but doesn’t know exactly what is going to happen — especially when someone gets through the line and charges at you.”
Jamoni Sanders, who played wide receiver and safety for the juniors, believes the game was more about having fun than winning. “The football players helped us prepare a lot,” she said. “We were a mess the first practice, but with their help, we improved greatly. They even made plays for us. It really wasn’t about winning, but more about having fun. We did just that.”
Defensive coordinator for the BeastMode’18 team was Cougar football player Jalen Lawton. “I felt as if Latavia Stanfield, Asia Martin, Deja Thomas, Miranda Dantzler, Hallie Robertson, Jamoni Sanders and Faith Allen played well,” said Lawton. “Robertson, Sanders and Allen also played well on the offensive side. Overall, it was a great game and a fun experience for both coaches and players.”
Germaine Clayton, along with his twin brother Jaron, Jonathan Monroe and Dexter Lynah were the main coaches for the seniors. “It was a great experience and I think it kicked off my coaching career,” said Germaine. “It was challenging, but the girls took it very seriously and brought a lot of heart to the game. My defensive coaches came up with the whole defense game plan and the players learned it in one day.”
“One of my dreams is to return to Colleton County and be the head coach,” said Clayton. “I would love to win a lot more in Cougar Stadium.”