Lady Tigers flag football takes down Northside Patriots

Swainsboro High’s inaugural flag football team has come out guns blazing, impressively winning all four of its games so far. Last week, the Lady Tigers took on Class AAAAAA Northside at home at Tiger Field and came away with two close wins to advance to an undefeated (albeit early in the season) record.

Coach Alex Walden’s varsity squad got things started on Wednesday. Senior Jada Murphy kicked off the game with an early interception in the first two plays of the match-up, running it back for about 20 yards.

Junior Jamie Smith, senior Meyah Rawls, and sophomore Jayden Wynn scored touchdowns, and junior Tamayshia Johnson scored the 1-point conversion on a straight line run to the right.

Swainsboro had to duke it out on defense and got the job done. Sophomore Jodie Hendrix had an interception late in the second half that helped secure the win and gave the offense the ball.

Sophomores Hannah Howard and Timeyalah Worthen had 2 sacks on Northside’s quarterback throughout the game.

Swainsboro varsity came out on top 19–12.

Walden says this match-up in particular tested her group’s offense and defense, but through it all, the team got better.

“Our defense was strong, and it kept the energy high on offense,” Walden commented. “Defense was definitely one of our positives for this game, and in the second half, our offense was able to gel, run smoothly, and gain some positive yards. It was a good night for the Lady Tigers. We plan to work on tightening up our D, getting our offense running more smoothly and quickly, and, most importantly, being able to communicate on the field.”

The junior varsity squad lived up to the tone set by their varsity counterparts. In what would be a nailbiter to the end, Swainsboro won 7–6.

Freshman Tonia Ricks scored the touchdown with the extra point being added by Howard.

Again, Walden says the defense was on lockdown the entire afternoon. Hendrix added 3 more interceptions during the JV game against Northside.

Howard also added to her stats on the day, particularly her sacks, taking down the Patriots’ JV quarterback once.

Worthen did the same; while she had two sacks during the first game, she added three more during the second for a total of five.

“Our JV had to play through a lot of adversity,” Walden continued. “They’re still understanding the roles and positions of flag football, on top of learning offenses and zone defense. They’re improving game to game.”

Walden, who coaches the Lady Tigers’ basketball program, lives by the mantra, “Offense wins games, but defense wins championships.” That, in a nutshell, is what Tiger nation can expect from the flag football program moving forward.

Swainsboro plays its first region game Thursday, October 28, at 4:30 p.m. While the Lady Tigers’ two opponents—Northside last week and Wheeler County in a jamboree on October 9–thus far have been no match, Swainsboro will need to bring their best to Tiger Field this week as the reigning state runner-up Portal Panthers will come to town. The junior varsity will play immediately after the conclusion of the big show.

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