For the first time in the history of local high school sports the East Gadsden Jaguars played a sanctioned girls’ flag football game at home.
It was their fourth game of the season.
The team of 15 young ladies has as its head coach Shannon Faison and assistant coach Artavian Johnson.
Few people realize that girls’ flag football has been around for awhile.
In 1998, Florida became the first state in the U.S. to recognize girls’ flag football as a high school varsity sport. Seventeen schools—with 860 female athletes—participated in the first year, and by 2010, the Florida program had grown to over 5,000 girls.
In their first home game the Jaguars were unable to pull out a win over Richards, but coach Faison said this was the team’s first year and they had some work still to do.
The Jag girls will be playing in a Big Bend area tournament next Friday and Saturday with the next home game on April 15 at 6 PM at the Jaguars Stadium against FAMU High.