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By Jamie Stewart
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Seniors defeat juniors in powderpuff battle


Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

The Junior cheerleaders performed at halftime.

In the annual battle between the Juniors and Seniors, the Seniors scored early and often, defeating the Juniors by a score of 30-14. Over 100 people braved the intermittent rain to watch the traditional game that gives the winning class bragging rights for a year.

The Seniors, coached by Alex Aguilar, Pedro Avila, Marco Rodriguez and a host of assistants, had an offense that took advantage of their speedy backfield as they ran at will over the Juniors defense. The game was a close one in the first half, with both teams scoring in the first quarter. The Seniors got on the board first with a long run by their quick running back, scoring on a sweep that went 40 yards. The Juniors answered back with a long drive that included a 25 yard pass play and a 20 yard run. The Juniors scored a touchdown but didn't connect on the extra point, making the score 8-6. This was as close as the game would get.

On the next possession, the Seniors had three plays that covered over 50 yards in total, giving them a first down and goal. The fleet-footed quarterback for the Seniors scampered into the endzone to put the Seniors up 14-6. The Seniors score one more time before the end of the first half, going into the locker room with a 22-6 lead.

The half-time show was one to behold, with a full team of Junior boys doing a routine that included dancing and a few lifts and throws to the delight of the crowd.

The Senior cheerleaders, although low in numbers, with just a total of three, still entertained the crowd with a number that saw a pair of them performing a flip that rivaled the best of the Shafter High Generals girls.

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

The Seniors score on this long run.

When the action on the field started in the second half, the Seniors defense kept the Juniors out of the endzone until late in the game, giving the Juniors one last breath of life. Outstanding play on defense was led by a line that stopped the Juniors before they had a chance to cross the line of scrimmage. The Seniors put a dagger in the hearts of the Juniors when they had a 12 point turn-around late in the third quarter. With the Juniors driving down the field, the Seniors recovered a fumble by the Juniors and took it all the way back, putting the Seniors up 30-14. The Juniors had one last shot to score, but the Juniors were unable to convert on a fourth down play with a little over a minute left in the game, securing the victory for the Seniors.


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