Flag football ends big streak, falls to Alonso 18-12


Photo M. McClintock

Quarterback Lauren King (’18) shuffles around before finding an open Emily Kemp (’20).

Ending their 84-game winning streak against Hillsborough County teams, the Knights fell short 18-12 in double overtime on Monday, April 16.

“[Alonso has] a really great team, the best I’ve ever seen in terms of competition,” co-captain and quarterback Lauren King (’18) said. “And we knew that going in.”

Alonso got a quick head start when they scored in the first minute of the game, taking an early 6-0 lead until the Knights were finally able to tie the game late in the second quarter.

The two teams went back-and-forth the entire game, with the Knights constantly playing catch-up.

The lack of extra points was the fatal flaw for the Knights as both teams were settling for six points each time down the field.

At the start of the second half, the Ravens came out hot again, scoring in the first two minutes of the third quarter. Down by six points, Emily Kemp (’20) caught the game-tying touchdown pass with less than to minutes left in regulation. But again, neither team was able to score an extra point.

After neither team could get in the end zone during the first overtime, the Ravens added another six points in the second overtime, again falling short of the extra point.

This time, the Knights couldn’t answer.

“We did what we could,”  King said. “Both teams played fairly well as we went into double overtime but we just couldn’t pull it out in the end.”

The Knights left the field with a bitter 18-12 loss, breaking yet another streak. Meanwhile, the Ravens made school history with their first undefeated flag football season in school history.

Robinson had previously been the team to keep them from doing so.

“Considering Alonso is really good and was the only real competition within Hillsborough County… it was kind of exciting to have a good game,” wide receiver Alexis Smith (’19), who had key runs that made the two touchdowns possible, said. “[It’s] a good way to prepare for what we will face at states.”

The Knights head into the playoff season, facing Chamberlain in the district semifinals on Wednesday, April 25, at Robinson High School (6311 S Lois Ave, 33616).