A team of 14 girls from Morgan County made school history in mid-November as they took the field for the first game of their season as the school’s first official flag football team.
“The GHSA sanctioned girls flag football this year,” said Morgan County High School Flag Football Coach James Ignoffo. “We usually have girls flag football during homecoming week and it is a big hit so Coach [Doug] Connelly entered MCHS.”
The first MCHS girls flag football team played six games in its season. The season kicked off Nov. 7 against Walnut Grove. MCHS lost the first game 0-33. They then took on Newton on Nov. 14, the game ended in a tie 6-6.
Also on Nov. 14, MCHS took on Winder-Barrow, which resulted in a 0-0 tie. Morgan County took home its one and only win of the inaugural season against Salem on Nov. 18, 12-6. Also on Nov. 18 the Lady Dogs took on Heritage, losing 0-33.
The MCHS girls flag football team wrapped up its season on Nov. 24 against Rockdale. The Lady Dogs suffered a loss 0-40. The team just missed the playoffs with a 1-3-2 record.
“I think we started it as an activity that we could go out and have fun not realizing the importance of what we were doing,” Ignoffo said. “This is the one sport that brought many athletes together that do not normally play together. The flag football team has athletes from softball, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, drama, track and soccer. It is truly a One Morgan sport.”
Ignoffo said the staff, students and community supported the new team all season.
“Morgan County High School is second to none,” Ignoffo said. “Our home series had a great turnout. It motivated us to two ties to two tough opponents.”
Ignoffo said that after that first game it was evident the girls found a new love. He said he hopes the girls learned “not to be afraid of being out of their element.”
When asked what his hopes for the future of the flag football program are, Ignoffo said he and other supporters of the team would like to create an interest in the younger girls to learn the sport and try it out.
“This [past] weekend seeing Sarah Fuller out there for Vanderbilt showed the world that ‘playing like a girl’ is a great thing,” Ignoffo said. “This may be another avenue for a student-athlete to go to college as they are beginning to have teams and offer scholarships. There are also many great female referees that started in this sport and can create another avenue to continue to enjoy the sport.”
Ignoffo went on to say the school was not sure of the interest in the new athletic offering so they only played a conference schedule with Heritage, Walnut Grove and Rockdale, who he said are among the top teams in the state.
Ignoffo said that competing against the teams helped the school realize they need to “fully commit to creating a solid program if they are going to compete at the state level.”
Ignoffo’s hope is to see the team compete in a full schedule of games and tournaments and to be a contender in the state tournament every year. He also hopes members of the MCHS flag football team will get an opportunity for a college education through football they may not otherwise have.
“Flag football at MCHS is here to stay,” Ignoffo said.
MCHS Girls Flag Football Roster
No.1 Moe Colbert
No. 2 Peyton Spain
No. 4 Sommor Richard
No. 5 Marianna Victoria
No. 6 Aamiyah Jordan
No. 7 Teeonna Wade
No. 10 Parker Spain
No. 12 Amelia Anderson
No. 14 Briana Worley
No. 17 Emilee Smith
No. 20 Hayley Smith
No. 21 Christine Watkins
No. 23 Destiny Hunter
No. 22 Jada Cooper