Savannah's two local Elite Eight teams played in the flag football Georgia High School Association state playoffs on December 1, 2022. They lost close games in the quarterfinals, ending their seasons on a down note but a proud season for both schools.
With St. Vincent's hosting Harris County, the Saints led until the Tigers scored with 10 seconds left, then converted a controversial extra point and won 7-6.
Late in the first half Saints, Hayden Aliotta threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Porter Rominger, giving St. Vincent's a 6-0 lead. St. Vincent's would hold on until the last 10 seconds of the game.
"This is a tough loss, but I'm really proud of how the girls played all season and they gave their best in every game and had an excellent year," Head Coach Mike St. Louis said. "For only the second year of play it's been unbelievablle. We are very proud of the team and will miss our twelve seniors."
Calvary Day (10-9) went to Pace Academy (18-1) on the road and lost 6-0 because the Knights scored on one big play.
After Calvary received the ball to start the game and went three and out, Pace Academy scored on the very next play. The Cavaliers thought they had sacked the Knights quarterback in the backfield, but the flag stayed on for a 35-yard touchdown, according to Calvary coach Nick Grassi.
Grassi recapped the season and stated, "We played a demanding schedule and improved every game. So many games we let slip through our hands on our account. I can't say enough about these girls and the schedule they played. They were very resilient and kept fighting. We lose one very talented senior but returning next year with a very talented group of girls. We have four juniors and eight starting sophomores coming back. Next year looks bright."
GHSA Class 1-4 Quarterfinals
Harris Co. 7, St. Vincent's 6
Pace Academy 6, Calvary 0
Photo Credit – Calvary Day School
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