Game 11

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Saturday, April 8th, 2023              

Junior Varsity Game #11

Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex - Land O' Lakes 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT1 OT2 / Final
Riverview Lady Sharks 0 0 0 0 7 14
Sebring Blue Streaks 0 0 0 0 7 7


After finishing their first game of the day, Jayden and her Riverview Lady Sharks flag football teammates walked to the neighboring field to take on the Sebring Blue Streaks in their final game of the day, and of their season.

As you can see by looking at the score over the course of the game's four quarters, not a lot happened for either team. Over the course of the first half, the two teams combined to end drives with four punts, three interceptions, and twice with unsuccessful fourth down attempts. Riverview probably had the better offensive plays overall, but that wasn't saying much...

The second half wasn't much better, as they once again combined for four punts, three more interceptions, and another two failed fourth down tries. With that kind of performances, it makes perfect sense that the game would come to an end with a zero-zero tie.

Overtime would start with the Blue Streaks with the ball at their ten yard line. A positive running play on first down was followed up by an incomplete pass. They would once again run the ball on third down, this time successfully for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. They would convert on their extra point attempt as well, making it a 7-0 lead. The Sharks would get their turn on offense, and it looked rough as it started. Two straight incomplete passes were followed up by a short pass, leaving a fourth down attempt to keep their chances alive. Thankfully they completed their fourth down attempt tor a touchdown, and followed that up with a successful extra point attempt to tie the game at 7-7.

The two teams would head to a second overtime, with the Sharks getting the ball first this time. They scored a touchdown on their first play from scrimmage, making it a 13-7 lead, before adding the extra point to make it a 14-7 game. The Sebring team threw two incomplete passes to start their drive, before picking up a few yards on a third down running play. The Riverview defense would stand tall on their fourth down play, keeping the Blue Streaks out of the end zone, and giving the Sharks their first victory of the season!

Despite the win, today wasn't all positive. These games were the first time I was seated close enough to the field (much like a club soccer game, we were seated right along the sideline, though behind one of the teams). The negative behavior displayed by the coach was a total shock. No matter how positive of a play the team made, it wasn't good enough. Every player on the field heard about what they did wrong throughout the game. I can almost guarantee that if the girls on the team expressed this kind of negativity they would either be kicked off the team or they would be forced to run laps. It is also almost a certainty that this negativity is why Jayden will not be returning to the sport next season...


Junior Varsity Flag Football Game #11 - Riverview Lady Sharks vs. Sebring Blue Streaks


Jayden at the cornerback position waiting for the play to get underway.


Jay jogging back to her position after the end of a play.


Jay keeping an eye on the ball during the action.


Jay lined up for a play.


Jay tumbling down...


...and hitting the ground hard...


...and bouncing off the ground. Despite taking the hard fall, Jay managed to get back up and nearly came away with an interception on the play, even if we missed getting that part on camera!



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