The result of the annual girls flag football game between the Juniors and Seniors is typically a foregone conclusion. It’s traditional for the referees to find a way to engineer a favorable outcome for the Seniors, even in the face of a strong Junior attack.
But tonight the Class of 2025 had other plans, and the referees were powerless to stop them.
The team, stacked with several members of the Hopkinton Girls Varsity Soccer team, who were fresh off their defeat in the state semifinals, looked to exact revenge on a different kind of football field. And so they did. Junior Madison Recupero was sensational in a 60 yard run down the sideline that culminated in a touchdown. Her soccer teammate Aubrey Thomas stifled the Senior offense with 6 recorded tackles, including a sack that ended the game. Juniors Nicole Tedstone, Holly Paharik, Charlotte Holden, Fotini Grontzos and Avery Michaud all made outstanding contributions, along with Savannah Rivera and Natalie Nguyen, who scored touchdowns on long runs.
The Juniors led the Seniors 7-6 at the half, but with two minutes remaining and the score 28-25 in favor of the Juniors, the Seniors advanced the ball to the red zone and threatened a come-from-behind win. But the Junior defense held strong, keeping the Seniors from reaching the end zone and sealing the win.
Pandemonium ensued, with Junior students rushing the field to celebrate with their classmates. The team waved a Hillers 2025 flag as onlookers cheered.
Watch the full replay, courtesy of HCAM. The stream contains the play-by-play announcements, which were difficult to hear in the stadium.