Mainland and Seabreeze flag football teams headed into District 10-1A playoffs Monday, April 25, at Atlantic High School. After both teams came out victorious, they played each other Tuesday, April 26, where the Buccaneers (11-4) held the Sandcrabs (11-6) to zero points until the fourth quarter. Mainland dominated for the win, 31-7.
Buccaneers faced Trinity Christian Academy (1-6) of Deltona in their first playoff game. Trinity is new to the flag football program and did not stand a chance against the Mainland veterans, led by senior Alexa Wilson.
Mainland coach Ethan Simpson used the opportunity to give his younger players a feel for the playoff atmosphere. Freshman Kiera Williams rose to the occasion with a 60-yard touchdown run. The Bucs wrapped it up with a 47-6 win.
“The overall heart of this group is very special,” Simpson said. “The leadership and experience is really helping to guide this team. Going into these games, it’s going to be tough, but we’re excited.”
The Sandcrabs played Bishop Moore (3-11) in their district opener. Experienced quarterback Chelsea McQuarrie sat out the first part of the game as JV quarterback, freshman Brielle Jackson, started. Seabreeze won 27-0.
“I think our team has to work on our focus,” player Billie Best-Abramowitz said. “I think we’ve made a lot of mistakes this season that we can fix and come out stronger tomorrow.”
Mainland was scheduled to face Jones High School of Orlando (12-1) Wednesday, April 27, in the District championship game.
“We are going to come in, focus on offense playing consistent and take what they give us,” quarterback Wilson said. “On defense, we are going to play our game and do what we do best. We are going to have fun and celebrate with the district championship afterward.”