SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Flag football comes to Crestview

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 01:24 AM.

I attended my first flag football game Thursday night when Crestview High School hosted Fort Walton Beach.

I hoped to make it to a game earlier in the season, but things kept popping up. I even showed up for the April 3 game with Choctawhatchee — only to find out it had been postponed.

Before Thursday's game, won by Crestview 7-6, I asked officials in the parking lot to briefly explain the rules.

Being an old lineman, my idea of flag football is flagging the opponent with a hard hit.

I quickly learned — much to my dismay — my kind of flagging would draw a penalty.

Guess that means I better stick with writing sports.

Flag football has been played across the state for several years, but only this year was it introduced as a sport in Okaloosa County.

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