Flag football season

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Charlee Dunn, Staff Writer

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Get ready to cheer on your Lady Eagles this year because flag football season is here! Although last year the varsity team did not score the district title, we girls are still optimistic that things will turn around this year. “I think this year is going to go really well. We have a lot of new girls to up what we’ve been doing these past couple years. I hope the district championship will be ours again,” said Tegan Showers, a defensive lineman.  Our team of 25 was thrown a curveball this year when Coach P, the former flag coach, left East Lake. It definitely made many of the girls question whether there would even be a team! Paige Bridges, a senior, said, “When I found out Coach P was leaving, I didn’t even know if I wanted to play anymore! I thought our team would fall apart for sure.” Lucky for us, Coach Gleason decided to step up to the plate and take on the challenge. He’s doing a great job getting us into shape and creating an environment where we can both work hard to win and also have fun.

Flag football runs a lot like regular football but has its obvious differences. It’s only 7 on 7 versus football’s 11 on 11 set-up. Also, instead of tackling, players pull off belts with flags attached to them (hence the name “flag” football). Don’t be fooled though- the injury rate is high. From simple things like jammed fingers or sprained wrists all the way to broken collar bones, I’ve seen it all happen on the field. Despite its reputation, it’s not a sport for the unaggressive. Some key games that you don’t want to miss include Palm Harbor at East Lake on April 11th and Tarpon Springs at East Lake on April 13th. If you ever find that you’re not busy and have a couple bucks to spare, come support your East Lake flag football team and our journey to districts!

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