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Nation's last tackle powderpuff football game gets saved

FILE - In this May 2, 2016, file photo, Jupiter High School powderpuff football players, from left, Caitlin Walsh, Megan Mendoza, Haley Osborne and Savannah Tardonia (in front with ball) pose for a group photo in Jupiter, Fla. Almost sacked for safety concerns after 50 years, the nation's last tackle powderpuff football game will now be played.  Students and parents from Florida's Jupiter High School persuaded the town to sponsor the all-girl game after the principal cancelled, fearing girls would be injured. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer, File)

FILE - In this May 2, 2016, file photo, Jupiter High School powderpuff football players, from left, Caitlin Walsh, Megan Mendoza, Haley Osborne and Savannah Tardonia (in front with ball) pose for a group photo in Jupiter, Fla. Almost sacked for safety concerns after 50 years, the nation's last tackle powderpuff football game will now be played. Students and parents from Florida's Jupiter High School persuaded the town to sponsor the all-girl game after the principal cancelled, fearing girls would be injured. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer, File)  (The Associated Press)

Almost sacked for safety concerns after 50 years, the nation's last tackle powderpuff football game will now be played.

Students and parents from Florida's Jupiter High School persuaded the town to sponsor the all-girl game after the principal cancelled, fearing girls would be injured.

Parent organizer Lori Walsh said Friday that the game will be played May 27 between teams representing the school's senior and junior classes.

The only rule modifications from boys' tackle football will be no kickoffs or punts. Hundreds of other schools around the country play flag football in these powderpuff games.

The cancellation had blindsided the coastal Palm Beach County town, where people have packed the school's football stadium for the annual game.