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Bragging rights on the line for football games

MARBLE FALLS — The annual grudge matches between the junior and senior girls and the senior boys and male coaches otherwise known as the powder puff and Tuff Enuff football games are May 12 at Mustang Stadium.

Kickoff for Tuff Enuff is 7 p.m., while the powder puff game follows at 8 p.m. at the stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive.

“It’s growing and getting bigger,” said organizer Chuck Woods, a teacher at Marble Falls High School. “People are getting involved. The kids are excited and fired up and getting things done.”

The class of 2012 will try to equal what the class of 2008 did. That was the only class to win both powder puff games.

Meanwhile, privately, the coaches who make up the Tuff Enuff team are concerned this might be the year the seniors finally win.

“We are playing with injuries and age,” Woods said. “Jeremy Gamez is hobbling, Ryan Gentry has strep throat, and I’m just old. (The seniors’) Achilles heel might be the quarterback.”

Seniors Logan Clark and Trey Salazar have been alternating at the position, he said, and the seniors scrimmaged the juniors and lost.

And while bragging rights are important, Woods said the events are fundraisers that support the Casey Rice Memorial Scholarship. Each participant remembers it’s for a great cause.

“Around $500 is given away,” he said. “We’re really hoping to be in a position to help out. Casey was a great guy and good educator.”

The event also serves other purposes, the teacher added.

“It’s also a bonding thing for the girls,” he said. “It gives the boys leadership roles as coaches. The boys really enjoy playing their coaches.”

Admission is $3, and a concession stand will be open.

In addition the Manlettes, who have been working with the Starlettes, will perform at halftime.

jfierro@thepicayune.com