GHSA Flag Football Awards Being pulled by Local Players

By Prep Sports Report Staff | January 20, 2022

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In high schools across Georgia, girls are playing flag football more and more, including high schools in the Savannah Area. The interest also can be related to Calvary Day School winning the Class A-5A state championship in the inaugural year of 2020. Other local schools noticed and started their programs this season with dreams of doing the same. Win a state championship in this new sport.

Even though girls flag football has only been around for a short time in Georgia, it's a fast-growing and fascinating story. There has been a lot of growth in the sport in a few years. Nearly 200 schools now play in leagues sanctioned by the Georgia High School Association. 

The flags and footballs have been packed away since early December. But the players were noticed and named to the two local GHSA Coaches All-Area Flag Football Teams. Two Savannah flag football players were named Players of the Year for their respective areas. 

Mahkayla Premo won the GHSA  Division 1 Area 1A  Player of the Year award as a Calvary Day School senior running back. In 2021, Premo maintained her dominance. Premo rushed for 670 yards and 19 touchdowns while catching 19 passes for 183 yards and three additional scores. Mahkayla had the option of passing in the Cavalier's offense, and she didn't miss. She completed 17 of her 17 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.


Hayden Aliotta, a junior quarterback from St. Vincent's Academy, was named the GHSA  Division 1 Area 2 Player of the Year. Hayden had Madden Game numbers as she threw for 2,725 yards in 13 games on 179 of 252 passes, of which 46 were touchdown tosses. Aliotta also carried the ball for 618 yards scoring eight rushing touchdowns.

Each area had its criteria for choosing All-Area teams. So, listed below is the rest of the All-Area flag football players recognized by their coaches and opposing coaches.

GHSA All-Area 1 Flag Football Teams

Player of the Year 

Mahkayla Premo, Calvary Day School 

Coach of the Year 

Calvary Day School Coaching Staff 

First Team Offense & Defense

Hannah Cail, Calvary Day School  

Mahkayla Premo, Calvary Day School  

Morgan Soukhamneut, Calvary Day School  

Scarlett Jackson, Calvary Day School

Ke'Osha Mckeever, Long County

Kyleigh Sizemore, Long County  

Amiyah Simpkins, Long County

Collins, Aryanna, Beach High School 

Pretty, Amiya, Beach High School 

Kaiya Bryant, Jenkins High School 

Amaya Pounds, Jenkins High School

Talayna Holmes, Johnson High School

Hannah Summerall, Islands High School

Miracle Turner, Brunswick High School

Second Team Offense & Defense

Abigail Walsh, Calvary Day School 

Sierra Lowery, Calvary Day School  

Carlee Hurst, Calvary Day School  

Breanna Jones, Calvary Day School

Makayla Raimer, Long County 

Jada Young, Long County 

Jada Freeman, Long County

Palmer, Aliza, Beach High School  

Bivins, Kayla, Beach High School

Karena Hamilton, Jenkins High School  

Katelyn McCord, Jenkins High School

Diamond Hamilton, Johnson High School

Devin Long, Islands High School

Kailah Partridge, Brunswick High School  

Honorable Mention 

Ansley Faircloth, Calvary Day School  

Maddie Sheldon, Calvary Day School  

Claire Thomas, Calvary Day School  

Lily Frye, Calvary Day School  

Melissa Vazquez, Long County 

Samaria Harris, Long County  

Justiz Williams, Long County

Dantzler, Ameyah¸ Beach High School  

Quarterman, Hasheemah, Beach High School

Emily Keyes, Jenkins High School  

TaNiyah Smith, Jenkins High School

Za'Khia Hall, Johnson High School  

Taniya Forest, Johnson High School  

Treasure Loman, Johnson High School    

Ava Foster, Johnson High School  

Knaci Johnson, Johnson High School

Syndi Polite, Islands High School 

Addy Bowen, Islands High School

Amelia Sullivan, Brunswick High School 


GHSA All-Area 2 Flag Football Teams

Player of the Year

Hayden Aliotta, Saint Vincent's Academy

Offensive Player of the Year

Reagan Aliotta, Saint Vincent's Academy

Defensive Player of the Year

Belle Jackson, Saint Vincent's Academy


Coach of the Year

Trey Lanier, New Hampstead High School

First Team Offense

Lucy Tuttle, Richmond Hill High School

KK Bradshaw, New Hampstead High School

Makayla Grey, New Hampstead High School

Thailya Wells, New Hampstead High School

Arianna Porter, Savannah Christian Prep

Abby McDonald, Effingham County High School

First Team Defense

Akira Webb, Richmond Hill High School

Shannon Lacey, Richmond Hill High School

Taylor Anderson, New Hampstead High School

Anna Smith, Saint Vincent's Academy

Kalyce Watson, Effingham County High School

Machaela Sampson, Effingham County High School

Megan Mattocks, Saint Vincent's Academy

Second Team Offense

Allie Washington, Richmond Hill High School

Anna Elliot, South Effingham County High School

Parker Hall, Savannah Country Day

Sofia Moorehead, Saint Vincent's Academy

Annie Torres, Savannah Arts Academy

Kyrin Fox, Saint Vincent's Academy

Valencia Collins, South Effingham High School

Second Team Defense

Adiah Grey, New Hampstead High School

A'Kera Jackson, New Hampstead High School

Anna Shelton, Savannah Country Day

Isabella Rodriques, South Effingham High School

Emily Galan, South Effingham High School

Rose Williams, Saint Vincent's Academy

Rowan Carter, Saint Vincent's Academy

Photo - Calvary Day School & St. Vincent's Academy Soical Media

Optim Orthopedics supports Benedictine Military School, Calvary Day School, Richmond Hill High School, Savannah Country Day, South Effingham High School, and St. Vincent's athletics. Benedictine Military School's team doctor is Dr. David Sedory. The team doctor for Calvary Day School, South Effingham, and Richmond Hill is Dr. David Palmer. Savannah Country Day and St. Vincent's team doctor is Dr. Thomas Alexander

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