PACE — The Pace High School girls’ flag football team came out fighting for their first preseason games. The Patriots topped the Gulf Breeze Dolphins, then disposed of the Navarre Raiders.

Pace beat Gulf Breeze 32-0 in the first game, followed by a 28-7 victory against Navarre. Both games ended in an officiated mercy rule that came with two minutes left on the game clock.

"Overall, we saw a lot of good things on both sides of the ball," Coach Chris Raggard said. "Offensively, we still have some things we need to work on, but with more practice and game time, that will come."

The defense was stifling, allowing only one score in the two games.

"Defensively, I am so proud how hard the girls played in both games. The defensive coaches have done a great job putting them in places where they can succeed," Raggard said.

One of his standout defensive players was Grace Hadder. Against Navarre, she had 3 sacks and 3 flag pulls. During the Gulf Breeze game, she had an additional sack and flag pull. Offensive standouts were Emily Seibel with two touchdowns and Shay Cooks with five touchdowns in the combined games.

The Patriots were to host Tate, Gulf Breeze and Navarre in a jamboree. Tate had last-minute issues with transportation and did not make the trip.

This is the first year of flag football at Pace.