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Calvary Day plays Portal for GHSA state girls flag football title

The Calvary Day School girls flag football team poses for a photo after defeating Portal 6-0 in the first-ever GHSA Class 1A-5A state championship game on Monday at Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta.

ATLANTA — Last-minute dramatics are nothing new for the Calvary Day girls flag football team, and the Cavaliers survived another high-pressure finish on Monday to bring home a championship in the state’s newest official sport.

Calvary Day, which scored on the game’s final play to win its semifinal game against Northside Columbus, came up with a crucial interception from Nevaeh Hamilton with 1:24 left to secure a 6-0 victory over Portal and win the GHSA Class 1A-5A championship at Georgia State University’s Center Parc Stadium.

The Cavaliers scored their only touchdown on the previous possession when Hannah Cail threw an 11-yard pass to Katie Ellenwood with 9:00 left.

“I just told myself not to drop it like I did the last time,” Ellenwood said.

Portal came close to tying the game on its final possession. Quarterback Emma Yates’ pass down the sideline was well-defended but tipped in the air and caught by Brianna Milton, who raced 40 yards for what appeared to be the tying score. But the touchdown was negated by an illegal contact penalty. Calvary Day ended the comeback with Hamilton’s interception.

Portal was able to move the ball effectively for most of the first half but never got in the end zone. The Panthers pushed as far as the 8 before turning it over on downs.

“We had that bend-but-don’t-break defense,” Calvary Day coach Chad Griffin said. “That’s the way we’ve been all year.”

Calvary Day finished the season 6-0-2, while Portal was 6-2-1. The two teams tied 6-6 during the regular season.

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Travis Burnett

Travis Burnett

A pioneer in the flag football community, Travis helped co-found the Flag Football World Championship Tour, FlagSpin and USA Flag. Featuring 15+ years of content creation for the sport of flag football, creating and managing the largest flag football tournaments on the planet, coaching experience at the youth and adult level as well as an active player with National and World Championship level experience.

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