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Flag football team falls in first round

Swainsboro High School’s flag football team competed in the 2021-2022 GHSA Class A-4A State Flag Football Championship last week, traveling to Hebron Christian Academy on Tuesday.

Swainsboro entered the single-elimination playoff tournament matched up with Long County. The Blue Tide trumped the Lady Tigers in a close game 6–0 to advance, stamping out Swainsboro’s hopes at a deep run.

With the loss, SHS ended its inaugural flag football season with a 5–3 record. Key wins this season were against Northside, ECI, and Statesboro.

Coach Alex Walden should be in good shape next year as a majority of the roster returns. Playing for the Black and Gold this year were freshman Tonia Ricks; sophomores Tanyia Williams, Jayden Wynn, Tim’Yielah Worthen, Jocie Hendrix, and Hannah Howard; juniors JaMia Smith, Evelyn Lopez, Hannah Howard, Tamyshia Johnson, and Chloe Mulrooney; as well as graduating seniors Meyah Rawls and Jada Murphy.

The Class A-4A flag football state title action continues this week. A rematch of the 2020 state championship could be possible as Calvary Day, last year’s champ, is on one side of the bracket against Southeast Bulloch while Portal, last year’s runner-up, is on the other against Pacelli.

The winners of those two games on Monday, December 6, will advance to the finals on Thursday, December 9.

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