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Breonna Henry of the Junior squad races down the sidelines during Thursday’s Lathrop High Powder Puff football game.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED September 27, 2013 1:14 a.m.

LATHROP – Breonna Henry doesn’t really play football.

She’s a sprinter on the track team.

The same goes for Desiree Mendola, who is known for softball rather than football.

The two Lathrop High juniors played key roles in helping their team beat the Senior squad in Thursday’s fourth annual Powder Puff football game at Bennie Gatto Field, 32-18.

The Juniors were coached by Christina Jones and Nicole Burrows.

“I was surprised at how quickly our girls caught on to football,” said Jones, who kept the play-calling simple. “We only practiced six or seven plays (on offense).”

One play included Henry find the open lanes while following her blockers. She scored twice, with first coming on a 32-yard run on her team’s first possession, and the other being a 23-yard run late in the game.

“I think running track helped me,” Henry said.

Mendola, who split time at quarterback, showed she could also throw a football for strikes. After hooking up on a 14-yard scoring strike, she sprinted 52 yards prior to halftime to help give her team a 19-12 edge.

The Seniors, who were coached by Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Sgt. Brian Williams, kept it close in the first half, with quarterback Jasmine Ivey going 52 yards for touchdown and Edna Magana, who reeled off 41 yards on a reverse play, scoring on 23-yard run.

On the third play after the break, Mendola, who was on defense, intercepted a pass and scooted 63 yards on the TD.

Down 26-12, the Seniors mounted a drive behind the running of Magana, Ivy, Sheila de Leon, Faviola Garcia, and Gabrielle De Loyola, who scored on a 10-yard run that came on a fourth-and-goal situation.

The Juniors led 26-18, adding insurance on Henry’s TD run.

“We’re excited about winning,” said Mendola, who will have a chance to defend the Powder Puff title next year as a senior.

The Powder Puff game is during Spartans’ homecoming week.

At the break, T. J. Conley was crowned king while sophomore Luis Magallon was honored as duke. The royal court consisted of fellow king candidates Josh Elliot, Carlos Estrada, and Ronnie Panaligan. All four are seniors.

Magallon edged out Keenan Donatelli and Alex Valencia for duke.

The king and duke were crowned by last year’s homecoming king Roberto Macias, who was joined by the 2012 queen Vanessa Valdez.

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