Ally Ellis and Gabbi Tomaselli – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The 2018 LRHS girls varsity flag football team season has come to an end. Thursday, May 3, the Mustangs lost against the Alonso Ravens in the regional semi-finals 41-12.
Seniors Emma and Sarah Fazio and juniors Spencer Mauk and Allison Maulfair all had strong games that led to the Mustangs’ two scores.
By the end of the season, the girls varsity flag football team won 10 games, defeated two of the top 25 state ranked teams (East Bay and Harmony) and won the 2A-District 8 Championship.
“Our biggest challenge this season, was overcoming schedules (both personal and school-related),” said head coach Elijah Weaver. “We encourage girls to come out to flag football regardless of what other sport or after school activity you have. If you have a job, we will work around your schedule. You are in JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps), we will work around your JROTC schedule, club sport or AAU after school, we will work around it. It got to a point where we were second fiddle and I think it led to us losing a couple of game because of the scheduling conflicts. Nonetheless, everyone did an amazing job with rallying the varsity team.”
In the pre-season rankings, the Mustangs were #107 out of 123 schools. Now the Mustangs finished the season ranked #19 in class 2A.
“It was a great year filled with accomplishments both team and individual. I am very pleased with where we are headed as a program. I want the school to know we want the best female athletes to compete and help us next season towards our goal of a state championship,” said Weaver.