By Gary Curreri, Special Correspondent, Sun-Sentinel
Indian Ridge Middle School coach Danny Gurtov said his girls’ flag football team was focused on one goal this season – winning the county championship.
“It was amazing,” said Gurtov, whose squad defeated Westglades Middle, 19-6, in the title game for the first girls’ county championship in the school’s history. “It was great. We had just about every girl returning, and they wanted the county championship. They got it done.”
Gurtov knew the Jaguars, who won all nine games, were talented from the first practice of the season.
“We knew (the team had potential) coming into the year,” Gurtov said. “One thing that stands out is how well they play together.”
The Wildcats were led by seventh grader Jenna Goodrich, a national punt, pass and kick finalist in 2009, and eighth grader Jenna Tolzmann. Gurtov said the team also received strong play from Ebony Brown and Julia Jaffe.
Indian Ridge, which previously had won a boys’ softball and boys’ track and field championship but never anything on the girls’ side, saw its Wildcat gridders jump ahead 7-0 on a drive. Goodrich ran in the extra point.
Westglades (8-2) pulled to within 7-6 just before the half when Alexis Denton grabbed a 20-yard pass from Lauren Morando.
Indian Ridge took the lead for good when Brown returned a punt 60 yards for a 13-6 lead. She had taken a handoff from Jenna Tolzmann and scored on a reverse at the beginning of the third quarter.
The Jaguars completed the scoring when Julia Jaffe caught a 22-yard scoring pass from Goodrich with 5:45 remaining in the game. It was Goodrich’s 20th TD pass of the season.
Westglades Middle girls’ coach Brent Maratta said he was pleased with his team’s season.
“It was a team that epitomized middle school sports where the players became good friends and had a good time playing together,” Maratta said.