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Richmond Hill girls flag football team learning the keys to victory

Richmond Hill head flag football coach Tony Dragon talks to the team during halftime of a game this season.

One thing Richmond Hill girls flag football coach Tony Dragon learned in his first year of coaching the inaugural season of the varsity sport in Georgia  — actually one of several things — is the importance of scoring first.

“I told the girls whoever scored first would win,” Dragon said following the Wildcats’ 12-0 win over Union Grove in the opening round of the GHSA Class 1A-5A tate playoffs. “We were able to do that, and when we did, it gave us a big lift.”

In a game that was 0-0 at the half, the Wildcats got what they needed when Madeline Ward picked off a pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown.

While quarterback Lucy Tuttle and running back Kayla Jackson later teamed up on a 5-yard scoring pass for a touchdown, Ward’s pick-six proved to be all the Wildcats needed.

Richmond Hill's Kayla Jackson.

Richmond Hill (5-3) advanced to play Kendrick High School (5-3) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Columbus. Kendrick advanced with a 30-0 win over Ola.

The Wolverines were ranked seventh in the state in the Maxwell Rankings. Richmond Hill was unranked in its class, although Maxwell has it ranked 19th in 6A-7A.

The Wildcats’ win was one of four opening-round wins for Division I Area 2 teams. Top-seeded Calvary Day School (ranked fifth in the state), No. 6 Portal and No. 11 Dodge County all posted victories.

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Travis Burnett

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