Girls Flag Football Team Storms the Field to Win State Championship

In an astounding inaugural season, the Passaic County Technical-Vocational Schools (PCTVS) Bulldogs rightfully earned the title of ‘State Champions’, asserting their early dominance in the new high school sport of Flag Football.

In back-to-back games at MetLife Stadium, the fierce team reigned victorious, displaying their skill, athleticism, and determination. In the nail-biting first bout, the Bulldogs narrowly defeated Indian Hills by a score of 13-12 in the last 53 seconds of play. The pumped-up team was clearly energized by the first win and went on to crush Irvington in a shut-out game of 18-0, before being awarded the State Championship trophy.

Excitement surrounding the new athletic offering, sponsored by the New York Jets, was evident in the early spring when a whopping 95 student-athletes tried out for the fledgling squad. With 25 Varsity and 20 Junior Varsity student-athletes eventually selected for the team, the first-ever sanctioned New Jersey Girls High School Flag Football game featured the Lady Bulldogs against the Lady Raiders of Ramapo on April 20. PCTVS dominated in a 31-18 victory. The momentum continued when PCTVS beat Shabazz High School in the team’s first home game, and it never let up.

Ending the incredible season with an impressive 8-1 record, Senior Quarterback Jade Ramos-Henkel skillfully led the team in scoring, demonstrating her mastery of Coach Anthony Muir’s offensive playbook. Further advancing the offensive effort were standouts Delanie Morrissey, Vivian Enciso, Lakshmi Calo, and Alana Anton. On defense, Melanie Herrera, Zoe Nelson, CiCi Martino, Holy Nitro, and Pauline Kung all fought hard to hold back the competition and keep them from scoring.

The entire school community is bursting with pride. Coach Muir said, “The team worked hard, and it paid off. We are extremely proud of them for taking on this new challenge, and we are excited about the possibilities for the future of this sport.”