by Ryan Polk | staff writer

On Saturday, May 21, students will be rushing onto the football field to play a game of football. While this may seem like an obvious thing to point out at first, this “Powderpuff” game has its own unique set of rules that make it stand out from other events. The game carries with it a general atmosphere of inclusivity, as there is no competitive tryout process, meaning whoever signs up to participate is able to play.

“The Powderpuff game is a football game where the rules are to be changed so the girls, seniors/juniors get the chance to play football,” senior Victoria Tyler said. “And the guy seniors/ juniors get to be cheerleaders, and then we just play, and see who wins.”

If anyone is interested in attending this event, the cost of admission is $2. This special end of the year game has been an annual tradition as far back as 2010, when a group of seniors came up with the idea for the game. In addition to the aforementioned mixed-roles aspect, where the girls are the players, the male football players also find themselves in a different position of responsibility.

“Most of the time the football players are the ones who are coaching us,” senior Morgan Mendelson said. “And then there’s just a certain day where we go out to the football field and we just play football.”

Morgan Mendleson is a player in the 2016 Johnson Powder Puff Game. "I’m just excited to play again because I played last year.” Mendleson said.

Morgan Mendleson is a player in the 2016 Johnson Powder Puff Game. “I’m just excited to play again because I played last year.” Mendleson said.

After the typical end of the year stress that comes with AP tests, final exams, and more, the Powderpuff game is a fun game for the juniors and seniors to participate in together. Not only that, it gives the departing seniors a chance to participate in an exciting match with the juniors that they will be leaving behind.

“It’s a chance to do something that you normally don’t get to do on a day to day basis and it’s just something fun for you to do with your fellow classmates that you might not get to see every day,” Tyler said.

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