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Cheyann Easterling shows off her speed in the "Powder Puff" game last fall.
Photos by Kyle Thornton

Flag football to start in fall at THS

By Michael Butler

One of the fastest growing sports in the AHSAA is flag football. It has been sanctioned by the association since 2021.

Tallassee will be fielding its first team in 2024. The Lady Tigers will compete in the 1A-5A classification.

Pat Love will head up the new program. The coach has eight years under his belt with THS softball and was quite familiar with the 21 players who turned out for tryouts last week.

"We've got speed. Several can catch and throw," he said. "You can play seven at a time. You can get a lot of girls in. It's fast."

There has been a push by the NFL with funding for programs. It helped with the purchase of uniforms for Tallassee's new team.

"We got a grant from the Atlanta Falcons," Love said. "It buys your jerseys, some flags and footballs."

The interest for flag football locally was evident last fall when many of the THS girls who will play in the upcoming season showed off their skills in a "Powder Puff" game at J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium.

"There was some interest," Love added. "After that Powder Puff game, there was a lot."

Games will be once a week rotating from Mondays to Wednesdays, as Love balances schedules with girls involved in multiple extracurricular activities.

"We're sharing kids with volleyball. They're dancing. They're in the band."

Jump ball at the "Powder Puff" game

Ten games are already scheduled, but the full slate is not yet finalized. The first game will be at home against Valley on Aug. 28.

"We've got room to throw a couple more in there. The season kind of goes the same as boys football. The playoffs start about the same time as they do. We've got the makings of having a good team. The girls get after it. It's going to be fun."

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