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The fall sports season isn’t expected to start for another two months, but as the athletes prepare to embark on their summer programs, they will first travel to the top of Wolverine Mountain for the first Powderpuff football game of Sheffield this afternoon.
University high school football coach Mike Barr – in an effort to think outside the box for fundraising and knowing that his players were always up for trying something different – decided that a Powderpuff football game would be a fun and unique way to entertain the community and raise money for Sheffield’s football and cheerleading programs.
“I talked to Melissa Bullock about it and said, ‘Hey, here’s my idea'” Barr said. “I think we can combine our strengths because Melissa is Sheffield’s sport through and through and she has a lot of respect from a lot of her daughters. So it was, ‘Why don’t we combine and let’s do this as a joint fundraiser.’ She came up with the idea for a t-shirt war. I pitched it to the boys and they loved it. The first night I proposed to them, they were fighting over who was going to be a flier. She said that her daughters were all about it.
Bullock revealed that the girls’ first reaction was that they wanted to tackle.
“My girls, they want to go” said Bullock. “They want to try everything. They want to learn something new. When we pitched the idea to them, they wanted to know what the boys were doing.
In the weeks leading up to today’s game, the two programs went to war over T-shirts. According to Barr, not only did Bullock come up with the concept of a T-shirt war, but she and her daughters dominated it as well. The boys chose pink shirts with a purple logo, while the girls flipped the boy’s idea and opted for purple shirts and a pink logo.
“Boys versus girls to see who comes out on top and we split the profits of everything”, said Barr, whose home was split between his son, Colby, a Wolverines quarterback, and his daughter, Tymber, a high school freshman cheerleader. “Everything about this puff is split between cheerleading and football. I have to tell you: the girls crushed us. They completely destroyed us.
A total of 226 shirts were sold, with the girls more than doubling the boys, selling 165.
To kick things off for today’s donation-only event, there will be a pregame between local law enforcement and the Cherry Grove Volunteer Fire Department starting at 1 p.m. Sheffield Secondary School. The pre-game will consist of two eight-minute halves of seven-on-seven flag football. The pre-game will be followed by the junior high girls against the junior girls in the first of two games which will include four five-minute quarters of seven-on-seven flag football. The final main event will be varsity girls vs. varsity girls. Throughout the three games, 20 college and university boys will take on the role of cheerleaders, with stunts, halftime shows and a Sheffield cheerleader favorite, playing on the song “Cotton Eyed Joe.”
“A few of the boys told me yesterday that they didn’t realize cheerleading was so hard,” said Bullock. “Between having to know your left and your right and your movements and the words, and we also did some stunts with them. They make an inverted line. Watching them try to get in the air, they now understand why it’s hard.
Between college and university, the girls have 42 athletes entered into the games. Barr relished the opportunity to teach the girls football.
“These girls, the last two nights of practice, they’re having a blast,” Barr said. “It’s so much fun coaching these girls. It’s so much fun.”
Barr went on to express the cohesion between all Sheffield coaches and the message he tries to get across to all Wolverine athletes.
“How I end my workouts, we’re not Wolverine cheers, we’re not Wolverine football, we’re Wolverines. And we all have to work together in a small school to make it work. It was very fun. We must be ready to let the children do everything. I push, please play sports. I don’t care what it is. Do something other than football. This is how our school will survive.
Bullock agreed that as coaches they need to work with all the other coaches, especially when it comes to fundraising and participation.
“I think it’s one of the best coaching groups I’ve worked with in years,” said Bullock. “Not just in football, but working with Melissa (Lemay) in volleyball and Jason (Snell) in track and field, we support each other so much and support each other so much.”
In addition to the games, the Wolverines will also be holding a bake sale and there will be a small concession stand. Brandon Troutman, Corey Copley and Tony Richards will officiate all three games, while the resounding voice of Chuck Demko will echo throughout the Valley as the public announcer.