Girls High School Flag Football to Kickoff Inaugural Season in Muscogee County
LEAGUE WINNER WILL ADVANCE TO PLAY IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AT MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM
The Muscogee County School District added girls flag football to high school sports thanks to a partnership with the Atlanta Falcons. The push to add this sport began in Gwinnett County. 19 high schools attended the Together We Rise Girls Flag Football Championship Summit hosted by the Falcons and then competed for the championship title.
The success of the season will open the door for other teams in the state for years to come once GHSA makes flag football an official high school sport in the 2020 season. In 2019, eight counties in Georgia are participating in flag football.
“I’ve been wanting to play football since middle school,” said Jordan senior Jalynn Jones. “I was really good at throwing the ball.”
The rules are simple. It’s 7-on-7 play, 20 yards for a first down, and the field is 100 yards long with a width half of the current field, so two games can play at once. There will be a 40 minute running clock with a halftime.
“Some of the football players (boys) in my class try to help us make plays,” said Carver Head Coach Markia Sellers. “They tell them all the time that they’ll be their to support them.”
The winner of the Muscogee County League will play another league champion in Atlanta at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday, December 11.
“We had 50 kids signup, so half of them have probably not played another sport,” said Jordan Head Coach Cherine Cobb. “Getting them active in something is a positive.”
Here is the full schedule for the 2019 season.