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The 2021 Girls Flag Football season kicked off on Tuesday night, September 21 with the Central High Falcons playing host to Greensboro High. The AHSAA sanctioned sport came to fruition this summer, with competition slated to start this fall. Forty-four Alabama high schools have girls’ flag football teams, including TCS teams Northridge High, Central High and Paul W. Bryant High. 

In Tuesday’s gridiron action, the Falcons scored first on a beautiful end around run down the sideline. The extra point was good as the Falcon running back took the handoff and dashed into the end zone untouched to make it 7-0. The offense sputtered as it failed to score on the next few possessions. The Greensboro Raiders played stout defense, limiting the Falcons to zero points the rest of the game to record the 20-7 victory. 

TCS District Coordinator of Athletics Maurice Heard was at the first flag football game. 

“Central lost 20-7 but what I saw is that once these young ladies really learn this game and with the skill set that they bring, this is going to be an exciting sport at Central.  There are a lot of good athletes there,” he said. 

Heard says the establishment of flag football is great for our schools.

“It’s another opportunity for young ladies to play fall sports and it is also a chance to earn scholarships because some colleges are starting flag football programs”. 

According to Heard all three city high schools have had a lot of interest from girls for this new sport.

“We wondered how the support would be, but the young ladies have been excited about coming out and playing," he said. 

Central takes on cross-town rival Paul W. Bryant High School in their next contest slated for Thursday, October 7 at 6 p.m.