It may have only been a Powder Puff football game but the intensity and excitement attached to it made it seem as if it were a playoff game.
Girls in the junior and senior classes at Navarre battled it out at Bennett C. Russell Stadium Wednesday in a flag football showdown that went right down to the wire on a sun-splashed afternoon, the seniors holding on for a riveting 14-13 victory after stopping the juniors on fourth down on the final frantic drive of the game.
It was the second consecutive year the class of 2016 pulled out a win in the Powder Puff game.
“It’s amazing, especially winning two years in a row,” said senior Gianna Bly, a standout soccer player for the Raiders who did pretty well as a running back, too. “We couldn’t lose this game.”
In one of the more entertaining moments of the day, Bly, headed to Daytona State on a soccer scholarship, was knocked down from behind by teammate Callan Taylor on a long run. The West-Florida bound softball player handled the quarterback role for the seniors.
“She was trying to block for me,” Bly said. “But it was a good tackle.”
The junior struck first on an impressive touchdown run by Emily Madril, a star soccer player who has already verbally committed to Florida State. Madril dodged several tackles en route to the end zone.
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