Flag football practice at Madonna School in Omaha is just like any other sport. It starts with a lap around the field, a few stretches and then the team gets down to business. They run plays and practice fundamentals. It’s a rare opportunity for the players, they get to compete and learn about teamwork, hard work and dedication.
Blake Hodgen has been playing for a year now. He takes a lot of pride in his team.
“It can be a bit of a rush. It's pretty fun to pull the flags and chase down the wide receivers,” said Hodgen.
The same goes for teammate Tyayre Ross.
“It’s like a rush, you feel happy and ready and want to go out there and do your best for you and your school,” said Ross.
This weekend they'll represent Madonna School in the state tournament. It's the same tournament they won last year.
“Number one is having fun, make sure all the kids are having fun. Make sure everyone is getting the aspects of football,” said Coach Chris Miller.
“The best time I had on the football field was when I was running and I caught the ball and I made a touchdown,” said Ross.
The team will play two games on Saturday and if they win they’ll play for the state championship on Sunday.