The changing colors of fall signal a lot of things to Grosse Pointers, but to a select group it heralds the arrival of the annual eighth-grade flag football matchup between the Sailors of and the Lakers of .
Star of the Sea came back after last year's loss with a resounding victory over St Paul, closing out the fourth quarter 72-27.
This year's football rosters for both teams were unique due to the small number of boys. Star of the Sea's eighth grade boasts a mere seven, and St. Paul's has only a few more.
The other unique twist to this year's game was the huge cheerleading squad. The number of cheerleaders may have outnumbered the football players.
The weather cooperated to make it a good day for football. The rain held off until roughly 10 minutes after the final buzzer, when it began to sprinkle. Within minutes, it was pouring rain.
This school tradition of a flag football game has been going on for the last six years, chaired every year by Sheila Roarty, who stepped down after this year's event. Her youngest child graduates this spring from Star of the Sea, so the torch (which is the manila file folder with all of her notes) was passed on to another parent after last week's victory.
The school event also included a half-time raffle. Winners walked away with an autographed Lions helmet, Red Wings tickets, and a U of M football jersey.