A head to head battle of flag football between Thomasville High School students and faculty on Friday, October 21 at Veterans Memorial Stadium was organized and carried out by the Scholars Academy Peer Leadership class.
The game consisted of two, twenty minute halves with a continuous clock that never stopped except for touchdowns and the two minute warnings. A fifteen minute halftime was allowed to help the players regroup and refocus. The halftime show also housed a competition between teachers and students as they participated in a relay race.
In order to allow equal and fair playing time for both genders, 5 girls and 4 boys had to take a stand on the field. As expected, the game was full of laughs and friendly trash talk between the opposing players. Having girls participate was a game changer since there had to be more girls on the field than boys.
“To be completely honest, I’m a girl and don't know much about football, but, I just love to watch it, so now that I’ve played flag football I now have a better understanding of the individual roles of each player,” said senior Hallie Turner.
The girls were given the opportunity to play a game that is better known as a “man’s sport” and showed them something new. Although adding girls changed the perspective, having teachers relive their glory days also had a major role in this game.
“At the end of the day, win or lose, I just hope to hear my ball players tell me that I still have it,” laughed THS Baseball Head Coach Erik McDougald.
The teachers took the W home, crushing their students’ egos, with the final score of 14-6. Both of the faculty touchdowns were scored by PE teacher and Assistant Baseball Coach Brice Warner and a two point conversion was scored by social studies and Peer Leadership teacher, Farran Burnette.
“I had a lot of fun! Even though we lost, it was still fun to be out there with my teachers and to watch them play,” said junior Jared Smith.
Spectators paid $5 to get into the game helping to raise over $800 to help a greater cause: Christmas toys for kids at Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Toys bought will depend on the age group of the kids and will be hand-delivered by a few members of the Peer Leadership class during the Christmas season.
The student/faculty game was just a preview to the student-only Powder Puff game, coming later this school year. The Powder Puff game is a roles-reversed football game where the girls get to show off their athletic talent while the boys are on the sidelines cheering them on.