Friday Night Lights in the Spring?  Girls Flag Football makes its case on the Shore

The second week of the Shore Conference’s debut season of girls flag football saw great grabs and competition at Holmdel High School. JSZ goes beyond the score to see the potential of girls football becoming an NJSIAA varsity sport


With the backing of the New York Giants and Nike, the Shore Conference launched an eight team girls flag football league that plays doubleheaders twice a week rotated around six schools. At Holmdel High, the home team Hornets scored a 30-14 win over Middletown North while on the other side of the field Shore Regional scored a 42-7 victory against the Middletown combined team. While currently listed as a club sport, the early success and interest around the Shore and the North Jersey League backed by the New York Jets has caught the attention of the NJSIAA. Executive Director Colleen Maguire was on hand to watch the action at Holmdel in person and while there have only been two weeks of play, the quality of play and the crowds in the stands suggest that girls flag football as a varsity sport could definitely work in New Jersey and beyond. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis goes Beyond the Score to tell the story of trailblazers in Monmouth County that are having fun and looking to make girls football a permanent part of the high school sports landscape.