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Citing injuries, gender politics, Newton South High School cancels ‘powderpuff’ game

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NEWTON — It’s a time-honored tradition across Massachusetts: the annual high school girls’ football game known as powderpuff.

But this week, the principal of Newton South High School canceled the popular fall event, citing a spate of injuries, concerns over sexism, and a class rivalry taken too far.

In a show of solidarity against the cancellation, many students wore the school colors Thursday, some wearing their jerseys from last year’s game.

“It’s a rite of passage for juniors and seniors,” said Lucy Holmes, a senior. She called the cancellation “very disheartening.”

Played the day before Thanksgiving, fresh off the pep rally, the girls’ flag football game typically precedes the boys’ Thanksgiving football game.

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