A high schooler from the tiny town of Strawn has made Texas high school football history on Wednesday by becoming the first female to play and score in a University Interscholastic League game, marking an impressive victory for girls in sports and girl power in general.
Strawn High School kicker K-Lani Nava is the talk of the town (and the state) after she converted 9 of 10 extra point attempts for the Greyhounds and contributed to her school’s Class 1A Six-Man Division II state championship, the Star-Telegram reported. Those kicks were worth a whopping 18 points due to the rules of six-man games.
“It’s amazing,” Nava told the newspaper. “It’s the best way to end my career, my senior year, everything … it’s the best feeling ever.”
Despite her impressive performance and her entrance into the Texas high school football history books, Nava remained humble.
“It feels pretty great. I didn’t really think about it too much today because I didn’t want it too much in my head and freak out,” she said. “I just acted like every other girl played on this field like me.”
Head Coach Dewaine Lee warned Nava that if she botched her first kick, she would be benched for the rest of the game. Needless to say, she rose to the occasion.
“I had zero pressure. I did think about it this morning, but when I got on the field and ready to kick, it didn’t cross my mind. All I worried about was the ball getting on the tee, and me making the right contact with it,” she told TexasFootball.com. “I do my job. I know the snapper and my holder do their jobs. They do those jobs very well, and I trust them.”
While Nava does not plan to play football in college, her family is optimistic that the experience will lead her to excel throughout the rest of her life.
“There’s no limits,” her mother, Christie Nava, told NBC 5 News. “Whatever she wants to do, she can pretty much accomplish anything. All she’s got to do is go out there and try. Just try.”