Flag Football is in its first official CIF season, and the Lady Tigers are having a season to be proud of. The SFHS program is ranked No. 2 in the Valley Mission league and No. 9 in the Los Angeles City Section.
The game is similar to the tackle version but with a few key differences. The first and most obvious difference is that there is no tackling. A player is down when the opposing team manages to snatch away a flag hanging from the offensive player’s belt.
The number of players on the field is fewer than the tackle version. Offensive players carrying the ball are not allowed to spin to avoid defensive players in an effort to minimize collisions.
What isn’t different is the excitement and talent displayed by the student athletes.
“I knew it was going to be fun but had no idea it would be this fun,” said head coach Ted Painchaud. “The way we came together as a family to be a part of history is just so rewarding. To be top 10 ranked in Los Angeles is a blessing.”
The Lady Tigers are led by a pair of senior running backs, Natalie Avila and Marlene Chavez.
Tonight, October 19, the team hosts sixth ranked Cleveland and third ranked Verdugo Hills in a double header Senior night starting at 3:00 pm at the San Fernando High Kevin Williams stadium.