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November 8, 2012

These Falcons are flying high as all-girl flag football team in Beverly

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The Falcons report faithfully to practice each Saturday at Centerville School and love playing their games on the new turf field at Beverly High.

“Last spring, we were invited to go to an all-star tournament at the University of Connecticut, where there were teams from all over the country and even a couple from Mexico,” Otterbein said. “They came from many different states, and we were able to keep up with all of them even though we didn’t win all the games.

In Beverly, there are A, B and C brackets for playoffs in flag football, and Otterbein proudly says the Falcons earned a spot in the top bracket in each of their first two seasons.

“Our girls have 12 different plays, and they know the terminology,” Otterbein said. “I think flag football is a wonderful experience for them, and it’s the only way they could have the opportunity to play.”

If the Falcons can go all the way in the playoffs, they’ll finish right before Thanksgiving. North Shore Flag Football League founder Austin Bradshaw takes the Super Bowl winners from each town and matches them up with champs from other cities.

“We’d love to be one of those teams,” said Otterbein, who has four daughters active in sports.

“A couple of our girls will turn 13 in the spring, and there is no older bracket in Beverly, so we might have to go to another city to keep playing. Hamilton-Wenham has a new flag league and invited us to join this fall. We decided to stay where we are, but they’re one possibility for the future.

“Right now, we’re not thinking about that,” he added. “This is a fun team to coach, and we’re having a great time.”

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