Tuesday night's Powder Puff Football game was the first of the spirit week activities at Thomson High School, and the cheerleaders appeared to be trying for the best school spirit award.
"They're definitely a spirited bunch," said social studies teacher Jennifer McCall, who was the cheerleader coach for the event. "Unfortunately, they're a little more interested in themselves than the girls."
Not only did the boys - many of them football players - don girls' cheerleading outfits, but many of them wore wigs. Two even went so far as to shave their legs.
"We wanted to do it all out, we don't do anything halfway," said senior Sam Lemley. "But I think I cut myself seven times."
His cohort, Blake Hyatt, said he has learned to appreciate what girls go through, "because it is so time consuming."
When they weren't cheering, the cheerleaders were in the bleachers soliciting donations for the first senior scholarship to be given away this year, according to Amanda Green, the THS social studies teacher who helped the student council organize the event.
Science teacher Chris Harris and alumni Scott Crook served as coaches of the gold team, which consisted of sophomores and juniors.
"It's all fun and games, but some people get serious," sophomore Adrian Campbell said. Adrian, who was playing outside linebacker for the gold team, said she normally is a Bulldog cheerleader. She was having fun switching roles, because she said "I like to hit and run."
And it was the running that seemed to give the gold team the advantage. They passed the ball and ran their way to a 28-8 victory.
"They played hard. It was the girls, not me," Coach Harris said after the game. "We held three practices and organized them and everyone played their role."
Seniors Marcus Lockhart and Andrea Culpepper were the coaches for the black team, which consisted of freshmen and seniors.
"I love it, this is my third year to play," said senior Etoryia Anderson, who added that she liked running with the ball.
And the girls took their role even more serious than the cheerleaders did theirs. Even though it was flag football, they ran and jumped, dove and tackled as much as any other players have on the Brickyard field.
"It really was a rough, hard-nosed game with a lot of great passing, I thought," said Bill Beckum, the THS vocational apprenticeship director who was serving as a referee at the game.
Principal Rudy Falana, who watched the game from his usual post near the band stands, commented that both teams had some "really good athletes," but the gold team seemed to be passing more and doing so successfully. As the principal was analyzing the game, the cheerleaders danced past him.
"I guess it's all in good fun," he said as he shook his head and laughed. "As long as they leave it out on the field."