Pembroke Pines Charter Falls to Tampa Robinson in Class 1A Flag Football Final

Tampa Robinson won their eighth consecutive Class 1A state title, defeating Pembroke Pines Charter 27-6 in the championship game. Pembroke Pines Charter finished with an 18-4 record, despite playing without star wide receiver Madison Ojeda due to injury.

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Pembroke Pines Charter Falls to Tampa Robinson in Class 1A Flag Football Final

Pembroke Pines Charter Falls to Tampa Robinson in Class 1A Flag Football Final

The Pembroke Pines Charter Jaguars flag football team's historic season came to a disappointing end on Saturday, as they fell to the Tampa Robinson Knights 27-6 in the Class 1A state championship game at the AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa. The Jaguars, who were making their first-ever appearance in the state final, finished the season with an impressive 18-4 record despite playing without star wide receiver Madison Ojeda, who missed the game due to a leg injury.

For Tampa Robinson, the win marked their eighth consecutive state title and ninth overall. The Knights, led by senior Jasmyn Mitchner and junior quarterback Haidyn Spano, capped off a perfect 24-0 season with a dominant performance. Spano threw four touchdown passes to three different receivers, including two to freshman Izzy Harris, while Mitchner opened the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown catch and recorded a crucial third-down sack to thwart an early Jaguars threat.

"The teams before us, they were winning," said Mitchner after the game. "And we just feel like we need to keep that legacy up." Knights coach Josh Saunders echoed that sentiment, saying, "In reality, what has happened with these teams is, nobody wants to let down the next group."

Despite the loss, it was a groundbreaking season for Pembroke Pines Charter under coach Keidran Willis. The Jaguars won their first regional title and reached the state semifinals for the first time in school history. They defeated Choctawhatchee 25-19 on Friday to advance to the championship game.

"We have been knocking on the door, winning district championships and getting to regional finals, and we were finally able to get over the hump and get to the state championship," said Willis. "We have a team that has come together and we have a lot of veteran leadership. We have been very successful and it's been a magical year."

Junior quarterback Ava Rivera led the Jaguars' offense in the title game, throwing a second-half touchdown pass to Jasmyn Daniels. Willis praised Rivera's development throughout the season, saying, "Ava was able to get us here. She continued to get better and improved each game from the beginning of the season and was an explosive player."

In the Class 2A final, Miami Palmetto defeated Lennard 26-25 on a last-minute touchdown run by Serenity Simon with just four seconds remaining. The win capped a 20-1 season for the Panthers. Lennard coach Travis Combs praised his team's effort after the heartbreaking loss, saying, "We started this 348 days ago; it was May 28 (2023),... And the work they put in, they went for it, and there's no shame in that. Losing by one point, we're not ashamed of anything."

The 2024 FHSAA Girls Flag Football State Championships, held for the first time at an NFL training facility, set an attendance record for the 21-year-old event. While Pembroke Pines Charter fell short of their ultimate goal, their landmark season and the growth of the sport across the state point to a bright future for girls' flag football in Florida.

Key Takeaways

  • Tampa Robinson wins 8th consecutive 1A state title, defeating Pembroke Pines Charter 27-6.
  • Pembroke Pines Charter finishes historic season with 18-4 record despite losing star player.
  • Tampa Robinson's Haidyn Spano throws 4 TD passes, Jasmyn Mitchner scores and records crucial sack.
  • Miami Palmetto wins 2A title with last-minute TD run, defeating Lennard 26-25.
  • 2024 FHSAA Girls Flag Football State Championships set attendance record at AdventHealth Training Center.