Two years ago, the CCHS flag football team made it to states in Gainesville, Florida. Ever since, the coaches have wanted to take another trip as a team, and were finally able to this month.
The girls’ flag football team went up to Orlando and played two games, one being on Monday, April 8 and the other being on Tuesday, April 9. The Lady Cowboys won both of their games and even had time to tour the University of Central Florida (UCF) and go to Islands of Adventure at Universal.
On Monday, the Cowboys got to Orlando and played East River High School. This game only lasted until the end of the first quarter due to weather conditions. In that time, center Sarah Megna scored and wide receiver Kylie Doherty completed the extra point. It was a 7-0 game and then the lighting alarms went off and the weather continued to get worse.
“This game wasn’t very long but it was [a] good warmup going into Tuesday’s game,” Megna said.
The next day, before their game, the Cowboys got to go on a tour all over UCF. After that, it was time to rest and get ready for their game against Jones High School.
“One of the main reasons we came up here was to play teams we have never seen before and to be more prepared for harder teams.”
The Lady Cowboys were unsure about Jones High School’s ability but knew they had to be prepared in order to win; it would not be a walk in the park. The girls came out strong— Kimberly Slinkosky scored two touchdowns, Annie Clark scored one touchdown, Sam Worley had an interception and completed two of the extra points on the touchdowns and Cailin Reto completed one extra point.
For the entire game, the Cowboys were up 21-0 and then, in the last few minutes, one of the Jones players was able to run the ball down to the endzone. This did not affect the Cowboys, with Jenna Jardine intercepting the ball for the final play of the game. The final score of the game was 21-6.
“One of the main reasons we came up here was to play teams we have never seen before and to be more prepared for harder teams,” Head Coach Al Diliello said.
On Wednesday, the Cowboys were able to go to Islands of Adventure and bond as a team before having to head back home.
“Coming onto this team as a freshman was nerve-wracking at first,” Doherty said. “But I have had a great time so far and this trip is something I will never forget.”
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