A long-standing tradition in Hopatcong High School will once again emphasize the rivalry among grades as each class takes the field during the Hopatcong annual Powderpuff football game. This year’s game, slated for November 7, is bound to draw a crowd, as well as showcase each team’s individual class spirit. This unique event is one highly anticipated and participated in by many students, yet how many know of its origin?
Powderpuff is a popular event in modern day American high schools, although its creation can be traced all the way back to 1945, just after the end of World War II. The suspension which most universities had placed on campus activities for the duration of the war had been lifted just in time for homecoming. However, despite the Wars end, the number of University enrolled male students in general had decreased greatly due to the military draft. It is documented that Eastern State Teachers College (located in South Dakota) did not possess enough male students for a football team; however, not wanting to forgo homecoming, drastic measures were reached. That year the college’s homecoming football game comprised of all female players, thus credited with the establishment of a tradition that would remain for decades.
This year marks the 18th annual powderpuff game held at Hopatcong High School. Anyone is eligible to participate as either a player, coach, or cheerleader; anyone not directly involved is encouraged to come out and watch!
Powderpuff will consist of a total of four games played by four teams, each represented with a different color. First, the freshman 2021 will be wearing lavender, facing off against the class of 2018 who will be breaking prior tradition, by sporting jerseys of tie-dye shirts. Occurring simultaneously will be the sophomores, rocking red, versus the junior class who will be dressed in black and gold T-shirts.
The winners of each game will then advance to the finals, while the losers will then play each other in a consolation. In addition, prior to the final two games, there will be a halftime show put on by the senior boys.
HHS Powderpuff is run by the senior class advisor, Mr. Michael Landshof. All proceeds will be added to the class of 2018’s student account. This money will help to offset costs of all senior events and affiliations such as prom, the senior trip, senior picnic and even the costs of cap and gowns.
Don’t miss out on your chance to see this year’s annual Powderpuff game, November 7h on the varsity football field from 7-9!
And in the words of Mr. Landshof, “Go Seniors!”