Miami Edison’s girls flag football team is on a mission this year.
A mission to get back to the Class 1A state final, where they fell just short this past season.
Edison’s road to Boca Raton – the host school of this year’s flag football state championships – included a dominant run through the GMAC tournament, which the Lady Red Raiders punctuated with a 19-0 win over Miami Jackson Thursday afternoon at Traz Powell Stadium.
In just its third season of existence, Edison has quickly become one of South Florida’s top flag football programs – romping its way through the tourney (winning the semifinal and final by a combined score of 59-6) to take home its second straight GMAC title.
Thanks to Tatyana Fremont’s three touchdown passes and 425 yards of total offense (327 passing & 98 rushing) and Serena Johnson’s two sacks, interception and four flag pulls – the Red Raiders stretched their six-point, first-half lead to 19-0 after halftime.
Irenna Hines, Charkeria Cooper, and Dynasty Gaines each caught touchdown passes for Edison while Shaquavia Warner finished with a game-high 4 receptions for 73 yards. Cooper helped on the defensive side, too – notching two sacks, an interception and three flag pulls.
Edison head coach Vince Hall Sr. said his team’s level of commitment and the work they put in has equaled the dominant results.
“Since day one, the girls in the program bought in,” Hall said. “These girls are great athletes, too. They are capable of doing things that maybe some other girls cannot. And I really like that they listen to what the coaches and I are teaching them and they give us max effort.”
Under the direction of Hall and his coaching staff, Edison has compiled a 42-2 record through the 2018 season. The Lady Red Raiders suffered only one loss in each of the previous two seasons – a 1A regional final loss to Coconut Creek in 2016 and a 2017 defeat in the state title game at the hands of two-time state champion Tampa Robinson High.
Most impressively, Edison has allowed just 66 points in three seasons.
The Lady Red Raiders were also invited to Orlando, Florida this past January to take part in the NFL’s Pro Bowl festivities – playing in an exhibition game against Tampa Robinson after one of the Pro Bowl team practices at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
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The girls showcased their skills on a big stage and got the chance to mingle and be coached by some of the NFL’s top stars, including former Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry.
But all the extra perks and dominant records won’t mean much to Hall or the Lady Red Raiders, who have been wearing Black Panther-inspired uniforms since the blockbuster movie debut in February, if they don’t capture Miami-Dade County’s first ever state flag football championship.
“We want it bad,” Hall said about a flag football crown, which only has been won by a pair of Broward County teams – Fort Lauderdale (2003) and Miramar (2006) – since the sport became sanctioned by the FHSAA 15 years ago.
“That’s why we thrive on out-scoring teams.”