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Jacksonville hosts FHSAA finals with Fleming Island

A Fleming Island player prepares to juke during a run at the pre-season girls flag football showcase hosted by the Jaguars. The Golden Eagles are back in Jacksonville Friday night for the FHSAA state semifinals at Mandarin High School.

In one sense, Fleming Island is entering uncharted territory.

In another, they’re playing for a championship just a few miles from home.

Motivated by a not-quite-home-field advantage, the Golden Eagles are soaring into their first-ever Florida High School Athletic Association flag football semifinal at Mandarin, where they’ll play Davie Western at 7 p.m.

The goal: becoming Northeast Florida’s first-ever state champion in a sport traditionally dominated by schools from the Tampa and Miami areas. It might not be out of reach for Fleming Island (16-1), cruising into the final four as winner of its last 13 games.

For head coach Clint Lyons, the Golden Eagles have always had that kind of championship ability this year. They just needed to chance to work their way into a rhythm after a March packed with rainouts.

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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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