Flag football recap

Jimmy Skaaland, Staff Writer

The girls’ flag football team got off to a promising start.  They had already won the first two games of their season beating Dixie Hollins and Palm Harbor going into their game against Tarpon.  This year’s team has come ready to play, sporting new game day shirts that express their attitude  for the year; strength.  These shirts are camouflage, modeled after the University of Miami football team who wore fatigues before the 1987 Fiesta Bowl which they came out of as National Champions over Penn State.    The front of the shirts read “ELHS Flag Football” and the backs read “There’s strong and then there’s Eagle Strong.”  Though this is the motto no player could give an exact definition of “Eagle Strong.” 

The team is supported by several veteran players including junior Amanda Byrne and senior Jill Ferro.    “I feel great about this year’s team; we have a lot of girls who have started in the past returning.  Our defense leads the way by setting the tone for playing strong in each game by creating turnovers whenever we get the chance,” said junior corner back Amanda Byrne.

Unfortunately the girls suffered a disappointing loss to rival Tarpon Springs.  After being tied at 6 for almost the entire game, the Spongers were able to find a hole in the Eagles defense and exploited it for a long pass play that ended in a touchdown to get the win. 

                Unable to keep up with their quick 2-0 start for the season the girls are now 5-5. Their wins have come against Dixie Hollins, Palm Harbor, Largo, Gibbs and Countryside while their losses are to Tarpon, Dunedin, Boca Ciega, and Northeast.  “Even though our record doesn’t show what we are capable of it was a really fun season and we still have a chance to win districts!” says senior wide receiver Jill Ferro.