This year, KOE was forced to make Powderpuff earlier than usual because Homecoming is Sept. 15, which is earlier than it has ever been. Powderpuff will take place tonight at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s earlier date adds some extra pressure to the upperclassmen as they struggle to pull their teams together in only a few weeks.
“Getting people to sign up and letting people know information about Powderpuff is really hard,” KOE Vice President Annie Wheeler said.
KOE was concerned about the number of senior players this year because their class did not have as many players as expected last year. Despite the time crunch, they now have 112players and 8 coaches, which is more than the number of players and coaches they had last year. The total number of both junior and senior players and coaches altogether is almost exactly the same as last year.
“We already know what we’re doing from playing last year,” senior Powderpuff coach Jake Haubner said. “I’m looking forward to dominating the juniors.”
The junior team doesn’t appear to be giving in easily though. The junior class has the same number of coaches as the senior class and only 8 fewer players. “You would think these girls were going to play in the NFL,” KOE sponsor Lindsey Scheller said.
In addition to players and coaches, there are 12 crowd pleasers. Crowd pleasers are male students who dress up, often as females, and cheer on the Powderpuff players. For crowd pleasers, an earlier game day means less time to learn all the necessary cheers.
“The guys get together, crack a couple jokes to get everyone in the spirit and energetic, then the cheerleaders teach a couple cheers,” senior crowd pleaser Sean Small said. “I like to show school spirit, and if its by wearing a dress so be it.”