It didn’t take long for potential stars to begin showing themselves at Monday night’s girls flag football jamboree at West Forsyth High School.
Playing North Forsyth for the first scrimmage the night, Denmark High School’s squad had two of them: Morgan Kilmer, also a catcher for the Danes’ softball team, made some nice plays as a quarterback and at linebacker.
But perhaps Denmark’s most dangerous weapon on Monday was sophomore Samantha Pixley, who flashed her speed by zipping and weaving past plenty of defenders. She passed for a touchdown and rushed down the sideline for another to propel the Danes to a 22-6 win over the Raiders.
“Adrenaline is all I feel,” Pixley said. “It was great. It's just a rush to be able to run on the field and score.”
And that game was just the beginning of an exciting night for one of the county’s newest sports offerings, with West, South, Lambert and Central all getting in on the action. Lambert shut out South 24-0 behind two touchdowns from quarterback Bella Tolone. Central earned a 14-6 win over West to cap off the night.
There was an informal, kind of intermural feel to all of it, but in a way, that just added to the charm.
“I'm just very appreciative of the opportunity to put another sport out there and give girls a chance to play,” Forsyth County regional athletic director Nathan Turner said. “They're having fun -- it's exciting, it's new, they've been doing it for a couple of weeks and now they get to play it for real.”
While Monday night’s win doesn’t officially count in the win-loss column, Pixey was excited to see the potential both the league and her team has.
“I think the atmosphere between the players and how we get along is a great atmosphere for us to be able to play the season. Most girls want to play football and be included in the sport, so I think it's very exciting that we all got to come out here and do this.”