The pom-poms got a little bit dirty Wednesday night at Bear River’s J. David Ramsey Field.
At the annual powerdpuff game, the juniors, nicknamed the Barbies for this contest, knocked off the seniors for the first time in school history by a final score of 6-0.
“We really reached down deep tonight. Big Barbies make big plays,” said the Barbie mascot.
The monumental upset comes on the heels of Bear River’s ecstatic road win over Colfax last week. Bruins players Cody Heard, Zach Winter, Austin Dowling, Dillon Smith, Tevyn Kimble, Michael Raigoza and Jerry Fuhrman all collaborated as part of the G.I. Janes’ coaching staff.
“We’ve been coaching the girls, running practice the last three weeks Monday through Thursday after our practices ended until dark,” Heard said.
This year the G.I. Janes battled the Barbies in what turned out to be quite a grudge match between two physical defenses. Girls were flying all over the field with well executed blocks and even a few unintentional take-downs. There were a few delay of game penalties, as bandages were distributed. The Janes sported camouflage uniforms and the Barbies were in pink.
Scoreless entering the fourth quarter, the G.I. Janes made a crucial goal-line stand with a clutch interception on a high lofted pass to the front of the end zone intended for the Barbies’ Maddie Dunn.
Dunn was the fastest, most agile Barbie on the field, racking up lengthy runs of 28 and 34 yards around the corners. Her incredible breakaway speed had the Janes guessing which way she was running next.
“I play soccer and maybe will do track this year, too,” said Dunn.
However, the G.I. Janes struggled on offense, never really putting together a solid drive. Several penalties cost them on what would have been potential game-changers.
“Let them play,” yelled co-head coach Heard from the sideline in response to an offensive holding penalty made by referee Scott Savoie.
Halftime entertainment featured some of Bear River’s finest guy athletes performing a dance routine, which to the crowd’s delight, turned out to be quite the improvisational masterpiece. Terry Logue, also part of the night’s officiating crew, threw a flag in disgust.
The mascots for both met at midfield at halftime to exchange heated words.
“Where’s Ken? You’re going to lose. Just go to the parking lot now baby,” said G.I. Bruin.
“We’re much prettier and have more football talent,” Barbie rebutted.
After a punt of 40 yards with just minutes left in regulation, the Barbies had the ball first-and-10 on the Janes’ 43-yard line. The G.I. Janes plowed through the trenches and sacked the Barbies for a 7-yard loss.
Then the Barbies took too much time and had another delay of game penalty, which brought up second-down-and-24 from their own 45. It was then that Barbies quarterback Kaitlyn Reina hooked up with receiver Lauren Runte for a 55-yard touchdown with 2:43 remaining.
“We (juniors) have never won before. We practiced hard. We want to give a shout out to the coaches. We’ll be going for 2-0 next year!” said Reina and Runte after several post game glamour shots with their fellow Barbies.
The Barbies’ two-point conversion failed, but the G.I. Janes had no artillery to combat the deficit. There was a controversial clock issue on the Janes’ final possession where approximately 23 seconds had ticked off after an incomplete pass, but by then, the white flag had been raised, and the troops were deployed for home. Any last-second trickery wasn’t going to catch the Barbies off guard.
The G.I. Janes huddled one last time after the game to congratulate themselves on their valiant effort.
“We’re senior strong. We tried our best,” said senior Cassie Breazeale.
“We could of done a lot better, but it was all for fun and we had a good time,” said co-head coach Winter. “We tried putting in some trick plays at halftime, just couldn’t convert our opportunities.”
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