BY NORM BETZ –
The Second Annual Powder Puff 7-on-7 Football Tournament was held in between the Mena Junior High and Senior High Red & Black Scrimmages, and for the second year in a row the Necessary Roughness team dominated the competition. Three teams played in this year’s tournament, Necessary Roughness, Mighty Mom’s & No Punt Intended.
Necessary Roughness, the defending champions, played Mighty Mom’s in the first game, and made quick work of them defeating them 7-0. Necessary Roughness scored quickly on their first possession and then turned around on defense and intercepted a Mighty Mom’s pass to get the ball right back on the next possession of the game.
No Punt Intended was the next victim, as Necessary Roughness destroyed them, 21-7. Like the first contest, Necessary Roughness scored on their first possession and also intercepted No Punt Intended on their first possession.
Mighty Mom’s rebounded in the semifinals, defeating No Punt Intended 7-0. Mighty Mom’s ended No Punt Intended’s first two possessions with interceptions, but couldn’t get anything going offensively.
Mighty Mom’s advanced to the championship, but fell just short, losing to the defending champs, 14-7. Necessary Roughness jumped out to a 7-0 lead, less than four minutes into the contest. Mighty Mom’s answered and knotted the score at 7-7, but couldn’t keep Necessary Roughness out of the end-zone. Necessary Roughness scored with just :45 left in the game to take a 14-7 lead. Feeling desperation, Mighty Mom’s heaved the ball on their first play of their next possession, only to find it ending up in the hands of a Necessary Roughness defender. Necessary Roughness did not run another play as time expired, declaring them the 2015 Powder Puff Champions.
Will Necessary Roughness be able to three-peat? Only time will tell. Be sure to attend next year’s Red & Black Scrimmage to see if this athletically stacked team can pull off another championship. Until then, they will reign as Powder Puff Champs for the second straight year.