ARLINGTON — The Arlington Eagle Hot Mammas and the Lake Stevens Valkyerie Moms powder puff football teams played June 14.
It was the fifth annual powder puff game, but this year's served as a special occasion in honoring Joniell Spillers' son, JoJo Mangual, who died in the Oso mudslide March 22.
"It's a really an incredible community that comes together to support those in need," Arlington powder puff head coach Stone Coulter said.
Spillers took the field playing nose tackle for Arlington, wearing No. 10 on her jersey, the same number JoJo wore when he played flash football for Arlington.
After the game, both teams took a knee in the center of the field, with a closing speech from Coulter, as Spillers was presented a football jersey with No. 10 on it.
"I'm sorry for the losses that happened," Coulter said. "We hope this jersey will provide fond memories for the years to come."
The powder puff game serves as a fund raiser for Arlington's youth football association to raise money for scholarships for kids to keep playing football.
"It's specifically earmarked for scholarships and new equipment," Coulter said. "This year we added a donation for Spillers."
Coulter said there is no better way to bring together a community after a time of tragedy.
"I think football is something that creates bonds through the community that is affected," Coulter said. "You learn life lessons through football, and I think we see that through the community as well."
The Arlington and Lake Stevens moms put on an entertaining show. Though it was a lopsided victory for Lake Stevens, the game still displayed hard hits, touchdowns, receptions and interceptions. Lake Stevens won 27-0.
"We normally have three months to practice, but this year we only had five weeks," Coulter said. "Lake Stevens has been conditioning since January."
"I was incredibly proud of what these women were able to accomplish on the field," Coulter said.