Flag football now a part of Crestview High athletics

Flag football

Crestview High School's Megan Martin tries to escape a Fort Walton Beach defender during last Thursday's game with the Vikings.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 03:21 PM.

CRESTVIEW — On an unseasonably cool mid-April Thursday evening, a group of Crestview High School girls hit the field at Jack Foster Stadium to face a Fort Walton Beach team.

Both teams' players are pioneers of sorts as they participate in Okaloosa County's first season of flag football.

The Bulldog players come from a variety of sports ranging from volleyball and basketball to soccer and track.

Learning to play football has been an ongoing process this year, and Coach Thomas Grant is pleased with the team's progress.

"It's been very fun to coach these girls," he said. "They've been really fun to teach the game of football and flag football. The challenge has been the little things like knowing down and distance, and just executing football plays.

"They've gotten so much better from week one to week two and from week two to where they are now."

Jensis Coleman has been a fixture as the basketball team's point guard, so transitioning to playing the football team's quarterback was natural.

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