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Podcast: Atlanta Falcons Build Girls High School Flag Football Programs in Montana

The Atlanta Falcons are one of the leaders in supporting girls high school flag football. 

In addition to their home state of Georgia, the team and the Arthur Blank Foundation have extended their support to programs in Alabama and Montana. And last week, the Falcons honored Mark Kessler of Glacier High School in Kalispell, Montana as their Week 6 High School Coach of the Week.

Kessler led the school to a 20-19 overtime win over Flathead High School in the state championship game in the inaugural season of the sport. 

Lisa Koehler of Flathead and Eric Zahler of Butte High finished second and third behind Kessler in the voting by fans. The three coaches were integral in the debut of the pilot program in Montana this fall. 

Below you can listen to Kessler talk with High School Football America's Jeff Fisher about the future of the sport in his state and across America. Coach Kessler tells the story of a trip the Montana teams took in early September to meet the Falcons before their game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Here are last week’s High School Coaches of the Week from around the NFL. 





Baltimore Ravens

Eric Woodson

Atholton HS

Buffalo Bills - Rochester Region

Steve Donlon

Canisiteo-Greenwood HS

Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Region

Steve McDuffie

Bennett HS

Cleveland Browns

Tiger LaVerde

Kirtland HS

Denver Broncos

Mike Armentrout

Palmer Ridge HS

Houston Texans

James Shewmake

Alvin HS

Indianapolis Colts

Jake Meiners

East Central HS

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan Wolfe

Middleburg HS

Kansas City Chiefs - Kansas

Chris McCartney

Olathe North HS

Kansas City Chiefs - Missouri

Regi Trotter

St. Joseph Central

Las Vegas Raiders

Erick Capetillo

Las Vegas HS

Los Angeles Chargers - LA County

Randy Luna

Fulton HS

Los Angeles Chargers - Orange County

Zack LaMonda

El Dorado HS

Los Angeles Chargers - San Diego County

Thadd MacNeal

Carlsbad HS

New England Patriots

Brandon Bendez

Old Colony R.V.T HS

New York Jets

Frank Robinson

William H. Hall HS

Pittsburgh Steelers

Marvin Mills

Sto-Rox HS

Tennessee Titans

Paul Derrick

Nolensville HS





Arizona Cardinals

George Prelock

Notre Dame Prep

Atlanta Falcons

Mark Kessler

Glacier HS

Atlanta Falcons

Kendra Pleasants

Lithia Springs HS

Chicago Bears

Josh Jostes

Mora-Forsyth HS

Dallas Cowboys

Kyle Geller

Burleson Centennial HS

Detroit Lions

Tim Rogers

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central HS

Green Bay Packers

Bob Hyland

St. Mary's Springs Academy

Los Angeles Rams

Travis Clark

Lawndale HS

Minnesota Vikings

Mark Heiser

Minneapolis Patrick Henry HS

New Orleans Saints

James Willis

Northlake Christian School

New York Giants

Jay Ciraco

Harrison HS

Philadelphia Eagles

Robert Hinson

Camden HS

Seattle Seahawks - 3A/4A

Terry Cloer

Mt. Spokane HS

Seattle Seahawks - 2B/B/A/2A

Justin Portz

Anacortes HS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chris Harvey

Clearwater Central Catholic HS

Photo via Atlanta Falcons. 


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