Spain Park defeats Helena for second flag football win – Shelby County Reporter

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Editor-in-chief

VACUUM CLEANER – In the first season of women’s flag football, the Spain Park Jaguars continued to make school history with their second victory of the season against a county foe on Tuesday, October 12.

Facing the Helena Huskies, the Jaguars used three interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, to pull away for a 53-7 victory.

With the win, Spain Park improved to 2-1 after sharing a double opener against Vestavia Hills and Oak Mountain on September 28, while the Huskies fell to 0-2 with a 53-6 loss. against Fultondale also on the program.

The Jaguars retired with a solid 19-0 advantage in the first quarter. It all started with an opening touchdown from Emily Stricklin, who ran from 8 yards for the score.

This was followed by interceptions returned for touchdowns from Kaylynn Nutter and Zyian Heyligar, which gave the Jags a three-goal lead at the end of the quarter.

Spain Park continued to play well on both sides of the ball in the second quarter and extended the lead on a touchdown pass to Jenna Kate Hutchison.

This was followed by the Spain Park defense’s third interception, which ultimately led to a touchdown pass for Olivia Williams. After a 2-point conversion, the Jags took a 33-0 halftime advantage.

Spain Park scored 40 unanswered early in the third quarter on a Rory Payton touchdown, while Kaitlyn Bellanca ran into the game by 1 point.

Helena, however, did not show any dropouts in the team’s second game as a schedule.

The Huskies scored their first touchdown of the game as their running back sprinted around the left end and slid into the end zone. This was followed by play at 1 point to bring the score to 40-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Spain Park, however, ended the game with two more TDs in the final quarter. One came on a field in Heyligar, while the other came on a run from Rory Payton.