Destin flag football team pulls off win over Davidson, falls to Pryor
The Destin Lady Marlins wrapped up their middle school flag football season Friday night with a record of 4-4.
“It’s been a great year,” said Destin coach Ron Griffiths. “We had two shutouts to start the season.”
And then the next night they went one-and-one.
“Our defense has stepped up this year and kept us in every game. We were so competitive all season long,” he said.
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And Friday night was no different.
The Lady Marlins beat Davidson Middle of Crestview 24-6, but then lost to the undefeated Pryor Pirates of Fort Walton Beach 35-0.
In their first game, it took the Marlins a little bit to settle in. With 4 minutes to go in the first half, Avery Cowles picked off a Davidson pass. A few plays later, the Marlins scored on a 15-yard pass play from Ashley Bouck to Gabby Ianni.
Right before the half, Davidson tied the score on a 4-yard run up the middle.
In the second half Destin got off to a good start, with Kate Black breaking away for a 45-yard run for the TD.
About three minutes later, Cowles, a fifth-grader and the smallest player on the team, picked off her second pass of the game. A minute later, Destin was in the end zone on an 18-yard run by Keelie Kleppinger.
On Davidson’s next possession, Destin’s Avery Emmick picked off a pass. Black rushed for 19 yards before Bouck scored on a 1-yard run up the middle. Destin led 24-6 with 6:18 to play.
In the last four minutes, Cowles pulled down her third interception of the game.
Destin walked away with the win, holding an 18-point lead.
“Little Avery … everybody rallies around her,” Griffiths said. “You can’t get her to say two words, but she’s such a competitor.”
In the second game, Destin was dominated by the Pryor Pirates, taking a 35-0 loss.
Even in the loss, Cowles pulled down her fourth interception of the night.