LUDOWICI -- The Long County Lady Blue Tide flag football team has had one heck of an inaugural season. They finished the regular season 10-2 and clinched a spot in the state playoffs, all while being led by a core group of young players, including sophomore quarterback Kyleigh Sizemore.
Sizemore has had a terrific season for the Lady Tide, and she was rewarded for her efforts. She was named the 912 Sports Magazine Female Athlete of the Week.
She was grateful for the honor, but overall gave credit to her teammates and coaches.
“I am honored to be chosen as athlete of the week,” Sizemore said. “None of this would be possible if I didn’t have these amazing teammates doing it with me. I also wouldn’t be able to do it without my coaches. They push me and motivate me to do things I never would’ve thought I’d be able to achieve.”
The sophomore has played very well in the 2021 season, throwing for over 1,400 yards, and leading the state with 33 touchdown passes. Sizemore has also helped lead the team to a top ten ranking and the number two seed in next week’s A-4A state playoffs.
Head flag football coach Paul Austin has been very impressed with Sizemore’s growth and athletic ability this year and he said Sizemore has everything a coach wants in a quarterback.
“I’ve coached quarterbacks on Friday nights for over 15 years. She is what you want in a quarterback,” Austin told 912 Sports magazine. “Her composure on the field is amazing. She is one of the most coachable kids I have ever been around. She handles corrective criticism well while maintaining her quiet confidence.”
Sizemore has not only proven herself a great asset to the flag football team, but in other sports as well. A four-sport athlete at Long County, Sizemore juggles playing forward on the basketball team, catcher on the softball team and defender on the soccer team.
She does all of this while maintaining a 4.0 GPA on a 97.125 average while taking honors classes. She credited the sport of flag football for pushing her to be her very best.
“Sometimes, it can be hard when juggling honors classes and playing four sports, but this sport has shown me that you can do anything you put your mind to,” Sizemore said. “My teammates and I went in knowing very little about this sport, so to look at how far we have all come together is incredible.”
Sizemore joins fellow sophomore Ahmari Douglas in being named 912 Sports Magazine Athlete of the Week. Douglas won the honor after his 200-plus yard performance in a playoff-berth clinching 28-19 win over Brantley County Oct. 15.
The Lady Tide flag football team will travel to Dacula on Tuesday, Nov. 30 to take on Swainsboro in the first round of the playoffs. A win would net them a meeting with either host school Hebron Christian Academy or Shaw on the same day.