NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 25, 2013

Triton Powderpuff comes out on top in annual game vs. Pentucket

By Jim Sullivan
Correspondent

---- — Speedy legs brought the Triton Powderpuff girls touch football team a sizable victory at Pentucket Saturday as the Vikings took down the Sachems 42-12 to put this year’s annual Powderpuff Bowl in the history books.

“Last year, they had a bunch of speed on us and took care of business,” said Vikings coach Ed Suprin, who was coaching his 10th Powderpuff contest. “This year, we’ve got a good bunch of girls who have a lot of speed, and it’s been working out for us.”

Triton jumped on the Sachems before the first four minutes were done when Jessica Savage broke away from the pack for a 28-yard touchdown, followed by a picture-perfect extra point boot from Casey Ross.

“It was just kind of a chance moment,” Savage, who also plays field hockey and runs track, said of her TD. “It was a good way to set the game in motion. It was fun.”

The Sachems would respond with a three-and-out effort followed by another Viking breakout, this time on a 35-yard run from Cara Orlandi that was followed by yet another successful kick from Ross.

Triton started the second quarter in a big way, when Shannon Dube took off on from the Pentucket 39-yard line for Triton’s third uninterrupted touchdown in a row, and the kick was good to give Triton the 21-0 lead.

“I just planned to run as fast as I can, as far as I can,” Dube, who also plays soccer, said of her game plan.

The Vikes would tack on another seven points before the end of the second quarter to give themselves the 28-0 lead at the half.

“We said at the beginning that we were out to have fun and every girl plays,” said Sachems coach Sean Brennan, who was in his first year coaching while his daughter, Jackie, played quarterback. “And every girl played, and they all had fun and I think that’s what’s best.”

Pentucket started the second half by having a little more fun than the Vikings would have liked, however, when Ali Attenasio ran 55 yards for a touchdown. The Sachems rolled the dice next, opting for the two-point conversion. But the Triton defense was ready, stuffing the Sachems at the 5-yard line and the Vikes’ offense would answer right back for seven more points.

“The girls have enjoyed every single year that we have done it,” Suprin said of the Powderpuff tradition. “It’s a tribute to them and the schools that keep this thing going. The seniors going out this year, they knew what it was like to lose last year. This year is kind of a just reward for them. I’m happy for them.”

Attenasio ran another touchdown in for Pentucket on a first and goal only to see the two-point conversion fail again and Dube would strike again herself with four minutes to go to give Triton the 42-12 final.

“This Powderpuff (game) goes back at least a couple of decades,” said Brennan. “It’s a long tradition. The girls love it, all 24 of them. We practiced for six weeks, once a week and they made it happen. Football is a tough thing to learn in six weeks. But it was a lot of fun.”