In 2018, the Atlanta Falcons had a goal to make an impact on female high school sports and decided to completely fund the state’s first-ever girls flag football pilot program in all 19 high schools in Gwinnett County Public Schools. In 2020, the Georgia High School Association officially sanctioned girls flag football, and in the fall of 2021, flag football got its first start at Mount Vernon as a varsity sport.
Led by Head Coach Terrance “TK” Kelly and Assistant Coach Katie Trenney, the team held tryouts at the beginning of the season after more than 60 girls expressed interest in joining the team. Currently, the roster holds at 19 players, many as multi-sport athletes.
Class of 2024 Emi Lutz shares, “I’ve always wanted to play flag football, or a stereotyped ‘boy sport’ and I’m so happy I’ve been given the opportunity to do that at Mount Vernon. It’s been such a cool experience putting a team together this year and competing against other schools.”
Just one week into competitive play, the Mustangs are 1-0 in their region, 2-2-1 overall.
“If I want my players to remember anything from this season, it would be, ‘Believe in your future and build a culture everyone wants to be part of.’” Coach TK shares. “This year, being Mount Vernon’s first Flag Football Head Coach has been nothing short of amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better group of athletes. They have been excited and ready to be more than just teammates, but a family, on and off the field.
“Their willingness to learn and compete has been unmatched. This first season’s experience has been fun and I expect amazing things from this group on and off the field.”
At their first game, Mount Vernon parent and well-known photographer and author Kate Parker was in attendance to watch her oldest daughter, Ella. She shared her gift of photography with the School by taking photos throughout the game.
Kate shared on social media, “Thank you to The Mount Vernon School for believing in these girls, and to their coaches for pushing them, and the parents and students who filled the stands in support.”
Across the board, Mount Vernon athletes are having a successful fall season. Last week, the Mount Vernon Varsity Softball team played in the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. This week, the Varsity Cross Country girls team will compete in the State Meet, with Class of 2025 Kennedy Reynolds finishing 6th in the qualifying meet and the team finishing fourth overall.
In October, the Varsity Competition Cheer team finished in second place at the Creekview Classic Cheer Competition in just their third season. This week, they will cheer on the Varsity Football team in their last home game of the season. The Mustangs, currently 6-3 overall, will host Wesleyan at 3:00 pm on Senior Night.