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Girls’ Flag Football Preview: Millikan Rams

The562’s coverage of Millikan athletics in the 2023-24 school year is sponsored by Curtis Boyer.

Don’t be surprised if the girls’ football season goes the way the boys’ football season has the last few years, with Poly and Millikan squaring off for the Moore League title. The Rams had a huge, talented group come out to answer the call to start a new program, and they’ve got a quality coach leading them, since head football coach Romeo Pellum volunteered to take the program with Millikan AD Kacey Mendoza assisting.

Not surprisingly, Millikan won their first two games, and look like a talented team that could make a lot of noise this year and in the future.

“We’ve got a lot of two sport athletes, only a couple of them aren’t playing other sport,” said Pellum. “It’s no stress, no pressure, they’re having a lot of fun. They know the expectation is to win, no ifs ands or buts about it.”

The Rams have two quarterbacks, Grace Shary and Hailey Suttle, both of whom play “big arm” sports since Shary is a softball player and Suttle a water polo player. Their top receivers so far have been Maggie Guillen and Keira McFarland with basketball player Katelyn Torres as their running back. One of their “football exclusive” athletes is Sophia Sala, a safety who Pellum says is one of the team’s most athletic players on both sides of the ball.

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Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.