Warren Regina powder puff players celebrate Sept. 15 after beating rival Bloomfield Hills Marian 7-0.

Warren Regina powder puff players celebrate Sept. 15 after beating rival Bloomfield Hills Marian 7-0.

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In annual battle, Regina beats Marian for powder puff title

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published September 15, 2018

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 Bloomfield Hills Marian's Cailtyn "Mellow" Marsh finds some room against the Regina defense.

Bloomfield Hills Marian's Cailtyn "Mellow" Marsh finds some room against the Regina defense.

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 Regina's Micah “Yards Per Carry” Carey fights for more yards. Carey scored the game-winning touchdown.

Regina's Micah “Yards Per Carry” Carey fights for more yards. Carey scored the game-winning touchdown.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

STERLING HEIGHTS — Once a year, the seniors from Warren Regina and Bloomfield Hills Marian meet on the football field for bragging rights.

“It’s the Super Bowl for girls,” Regina coach Bill Madek said.

This year’s edition Sept. 15 at Sterling Heights Stevenson was another one to remember. Regina captured the championship 7-0 for its second straight victory in the series.

Scoreless through three quarters, Regina broke the tie with 2:46 left in the game when Micah “Yards Per Carry” Carey found the end zone on a 3-yard rush off the right side.

“When they called the play, I knew no one was going to stop me, and I was going to run into the end zone,” Carey said.

On the next possession, Regina’s defense again stood tall. On third and long, Sara “Smooth as Cylk” Cylkowski picked off the Marian throw to seal the victory with 1:05 remaining.

“I’m so excited right now,” Cylkowski said amongst a raucous celebration. “This is just the best thing ever.”

It was Regina’s third win in the last four years. Marian’s last victory came two years ago with a 14-11 win. The game is only seniors, meaning students from both sides wait their turn to represent their school.

“It feels amazing. I’ve been waiting for this. I was so nervous; I’m just over-filled with joy,” Carey said.

Both squads practice for two months leading up to the game, which takes place in front of standing-room-only crowds.

“You take a blank slate, and in eight weeks, you have to have something to put on that slate. It’s just amazing how these girls learn and what they do in eight weeks,” Madek said. “This just caps it off for all of their hard work.”

On the other sideline, Marian coach Mike Milczarski was proud of his team’s effort.

“I thought we dominated the second half. We just didn’t get the break we needed,” he said. “This senior class is a lot closer together now. It’s not fun losing, but I thought they did a great job putting everything they had on the field.”

Even in the loss, Milczarski said there’s nothing like this game and the atmosphere surrounding it.

“All the girls that play here, I ask them, ‘What was more important, your state championship or your win in powder puff football?’ They say powder puff football. by far,” Milczarski said. “Win or lose, they remember it the rest of their lives. It’s very incredible.”