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Greenbrier hosts first Augusta-area GHSA girls’ flag football games

Lakeside's Brayden Sapp, right, tries to elude Greenbrier defender Brooklyn Oliver during flag football action at Greenbrier High School in Evans, Ga., Thursday evening November 5, 2020.

Football is no longer a boys-only sport in Georgia.

The Georgia High School Association adopted girls’ flag football as a varsity sport for the 2020-21 academic year, and Greenbrier hosted the area’s first games last Thursday night.

Greenbrier took the day with wins over Lakeside (18-6) and Evans (9-0). The Knights also earned a 14-7 win over Lakeside. While wins and losses are important, especially in region games, it was less about the outcome and more about the historic moment for Columbia County.

For Evans coach Ricky Beale, it’s good for the county to provide girls another option for varsity competition. A football coach at Evans for 20 years, taking a team with no football experience and practicing for just two weeks was an exciting new challenge for Beale.

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Travis Burnett

Travis Burnett

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