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Seniors dominate
The Powder Puff flag football game is one of the long-standing traditions at Ceres High School during fall homecoming week.

The seniors prevailed 28-0 over the juniors in the 2008 showdown on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Bulldog Stadium.

Erica Olide, a girls soccer player, led the seniors with two rushing touchdowns. She scored twice in defeat for the juniors last season.

"It would have been pretty embarrassing if we lost," Olide said.

Mika Johnson, a cheerleader and softball player, and Astrid Mazariegos (softball) both added one TD.

The juniors were led by quarterback Brittany Padilla, and running backs Sheron Dikousman and McKenzy Harden.

Harden's 32-yard run in the fourth quarter proved to be one of her team's few highlights.

"That was amazing" McKenzy said. "I didn't know that was going to happen. It was really fun."

Harden and her fellow Bulldog tennis teammates Rachel Stump and Jessica Vega participated in the game with approval from their coach.

"I want them to experience everything they can when they're in high school," Bryan Harden said. "They're never going to have that time again. I just cross my fingers and hope they don't get hurt."

Volleyball members were not allowed to play due to conflicting schedules. The juniors could have used Jode Johnson's help. Mika's younger sister is a standout volleyball, basketball and softball player.

"We definitely could have won if we had all of our other athletes," McKenzy said.

Harden had a busy day. In a five-hour span, she won three singles matches in Ceres High's 13-2 victory over Central Valley and contributed on both offense and defense in the Powder Puff game.

"It was pretty hectic," said McKenzy, the reigning Valley Oak League tennis champion. "I was running back and forth for pictures before the game. It was definitely worth it. I can't wait until next year."

The seniors broke the game open in the first half as they scored TDs on their first three possessions.

Mazariegos, Johnson and Olide scored on runs of 7, 43 and 8 yards, respectively, in the first quarter.

Erica rumbled for a 21-yard score and quarterback Morgan Welsh added the 2-point conversion to make it a 28-0 game with 45 seconds left in the second quarter.

"When I get the ball, I just run," Olide said. "I don't even know where I'm going."

Neither team scored after intermission. The second half was filled with penalties, fumbles and collisions.

Erica bounced up and down in celebration with teammates, coaches and male cheerleaders when the final seconds ticked off the clock.

"Everybody looks forward to playing in this game," Olide said. "Things like this make your senior year more exciting."