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Girl’s flag football creating their own version of Friday night lights

CICERO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Friday night lights look a little different this time of year and not just because it’s spring. Girls flag football has created a version of the gridiron game for seven local high school teams.

“I think it’s great that they added another varsity girl’s sport, and it’s fun. It’s a lot of fun to watch the girls play football, and I mean, they played in their backyard. Why can’t they play for the school?” Melanie Randolph, whose daughter plays for Baldwinsville, said.

While the rules might not be the same as what most are used to, the goal of the game is.

“Well, it was a little different at first because I wasn’t sure how flag football worked, and so my son explained to me that they have to pull the flag and raise it up, and that means it’s over. It’s like a tackle in real football I guess,” Mary Beckelhimer, whose granddaughter plays for C-NS, said.

“The field is a little bit smaller. There are no field goals, so it’s a bit different. You can get extra points in different ways than you can in regular men’s football games, and the punting is different. The kickoff is a little bit different, but it’s just as exciting to watch them run down the field,” Becky Nadzadi, whose daughter plays for Baldwinsville, explained.

All while improving their game and growing the sport.

“The most important thing is obviously the girls, you know, they’re competitive, and they have fun while doing so, and they develop each day, and each week, and each game. And I always stress the most important thing is that when you go to bed every night, you’re better than when you woke up that morning. You know we’re always progressing each and every day,” Stephen Mirizio, head coach of the CNS flag football team, said.

The Bees ended up beating the North Stars on Friday night, April 12, 13 to 2. The other five teams playing this season are Liverpool, Oneida, SAS, Syracuse East, made up of kids from Henninger and Nottingham, and Syracuse West, which are girls from Corcoran, PSLA at Fowler, and ITC.

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