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Thomas County Central to introduce flag football program

Mar. 25—THOMASVILLE — Thomas County Central has decided to add another sport to their girls athletic programs. The rise of flag football has made its way to Thomas County as Thomas County Central is set to compete in girls flag football.

Flag football is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. The rise of collegiate women's flag football has helped spur the sport's popularity to the point that it will make its Olympic debut in the 2028 Olympics, which will be held in Los Angeles.

Thomas County is familiar with flag football through Thomas University. The Night Hawks women's flag football team is currently in their third season and, at time of writing, are 5-2 in 2024.

The Night Hawks flag football program has been extremely successful in its short lifetime.

In just two full seasons TU women's flag football has played for two NAIA national championships and finished with an overall record of 38-5 in those two years. The Night Hawks have also played 15 games in Thomasville and have won all 15.

Undoubtedly, Thomas University's flag football program will have a vested interest in the Thomas County Central program as it will allow them to recruit local. As of now, most of TU's flag football roster is made up of Floridians, with only four players from Georgia. Now, the girls of Thomas County Central will have their chance on the gridiron.

Georgia is one of 12 states in the nation to offer girls flag football. According to MaxPreps, there are currently 242 GHSA schools who compete in flag football. Georgia programs have made a name for themselves in the sport as Georgia teams currently occupy five spots in the nationally-ranked top 10.

The GHSA combines 5A and 6A allowing Thomas County Central plenty of schools to compete against. Schools that have flag football programs include many familiar faces for Central fans. Programs like Houston County, Mary Persons, Perry and Warner Robins. Last year's 5A-6A champions were the Greenbrier Wolfpack out of Evans.

Other participating schools outside of the 5A-6A classification include Lowndes, Valdosta, Columbus, Colquitt County and Veterans, allowing the Lady Jackets to compete closer to home and outside of their classification if allowed.