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Teens help teens with PowderPuff football rivalry

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School’s Lady Eagles have walked away with a solid 14-8 win in the annual PowderPuff flag football game. More importantly, the football rivalry with Pioneer Valley Regional School raised $1,096 for local youth social service agency DIAL/SELF.

This is the largest sum the game has raised since it first kicked off between the two schools five years ago, according to FCTS, and spectators at the Nov. 23 game also filled a dozen large boxes with nonperishable items for the agency’s food pantries.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Jenna Carme, Tech School physical education teacher and coach of the PowderPuff team. “I knew we did well, but I didn’t know we did that well. This is the highest total we’ve ever had. Everyone had a great time and I’m glad we had another successful year.”

Phillip Ringwood, DIAL/SELF interim executive director, said the PowderPuff football game is a big help for his organization. The money raised will go toward the organization’s TeenLine, as well as its drop-in center, and transitional program. The food will help supply DIAL/SELF food pantries in Greenfield and Orange.

“This event is all about teens helping teens, which is a big part of DIAL/SELF,” Ringwood said.

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