Students Compete with Each Other and the Weather
For the first two weeks in February, AHS is holding its first ever flag football tournament to get people excited about the sport and the upcoming Powderpuff game.
The lunchtime competition held on the field at the front of the school kicked off on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 and continued until Thursday, February 13. After inquiries and interest from some AHS football players, leadership, headed by seniors Courtney Giles and Mayron Mulugeta, organized the entire event.
“[Planning] was just creating sign ups in the beginning, creating rules that would be practical for a lunchtime activity, and getting equipment from the P.E. Department,” Mulugeta said. “Because this was our first time doing a flag football tournament, it took more time to plan, but we are going with it and adjusting as we go.”
The bracket and roster sheets posted on SAC, show a style of tournament found in such events like the NFL Playoffs, and lists approximately forty students, distributed into six teams, who are ready to play.
“It is basic flag football rules, almost similar to what we used to play in P.E.,” Mulugeta said. “There have to be two girls on the field and they are equal in points. It is six versus six, but there can be any amount of players on a team.”
Though there were fears of the event being cancelled, this turned out to be untrue.
“We were only going to cancel the tournament if there were not enough teams that signed up,” Mulugeta said. “But more teams signed up.”
Those who are participating, noted how enjoyable the experience has been so far.
“I decided to participate because I played flag football when I was a kid and I wanted to relive childhood memories,” senior Abhijit Brahme said. “My team played today [Wednesday, February 5]. We did really well and we won three touchdowns to two touchdowns.”
Even though the activity is a competition, students had other reasons for signing up.
“It’s a rush, just like any other sport,” senior Keerat Bains said. “I hope to create stronger bonds with my fellow classmates. It’s a great way to have fun and get some exercise too. I think the event is a success and a wonderful idea!”
Nevertheless, the players and the rest of the school will have to wait to continue the excitement because as of Thursday, February 6, the tournament has been postponed until further notice due to rain.