Two area flag football teams punch tickets to Atlanta semifinals

Two area flag football teams punch tickets to Atlanta semifinals

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - With a 7-0 Saturday afternoon win at home, the Calvary Day flag football team made sure their names would be in the GHSA history books: they punched a ticket to the first GHSA flag football semifinals.

“It feels amazing. I mean, we’ve never really made a final four run before, obviously, because it’s the first year, so we’re just super excited and ready to play,” said Hannah Cail, the team’s sophomore quarterback who threw the only touchdown pass of the game.

GHSA Class A-5A State Flag football semifinal match-ups
GHSA Class A-5A State Flag football semifinal match-ups (Source: WTOC-TV)

Calvary will face Northside-Columbus in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium HD Backyard at 1:30 P.M. EST on December 23.

“We didn’t know if we were going to have a season in like any sport really, but it’s just really cool to be able to play, and just go this far, so we’re really blessed,” Cail added.

The Portal Lady Panthers have also advanced- they play Greenbriar that same day, same place at 4:30 P.M. EST.

As they etch their name into Georgia high school football history, they’re trying to take it all in.

Portal Lady Panthers flag football team 2020
Portal Lady Panthers flag football team 2020 (Source: Jay Reddick)

“I don’t know that it’s really sunk in yet with everybody, or myself even yet, that you know, we’re in the final four of, you know, the high school girls flag football championship,” said Portal’s head coach Jay Reddick. “That’s a big deal. It’s just really exciting, especially for our school.”

Reddick believes we’ll continue to see the number of girls on the gridiron grow.

“We’ve got a great group of girls that are good athletes. We don’t have many of them, but the ones we do have are good athletes. They’re competitors. They want to win, and you know, it is a big deal for them, and not only in high school, but this sport is taking off at the collegiate level as well,” Reddick said. “Most- a lot of NAIA colleges are starting the sport, you know, and matter fact, I had a coach already email me from one of the universities in Florida- they’re coming to watch the final four to see these girls, to talk with these girls about playing at the next level.”

The championship game will be played on Dec. 28 at Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta. If both teams win, they’ll face each other for a championship.

The two played in Portal’s first game of the year, which ended in a tie.

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