Four McLean County High School girls are proving themselves on the roster, and on the gridiron. The team's first home game kicked off tonight. Coaches headed into this season with a thin roster, so they decided to try something new. They headed to the soccer field for reinforcements, the girls soccer field. It seems to be paying off.
"Being able to play football, and you're a girl, that's just exciting in itself," says Emily Burden. From the soccer field to the football field, that's the daily routine for these four McLean County High School girls after they landed a spot on the football team. "The school is excited, the community is excited, it's been awesome," says Head Coach Zach Wagner. This is Zach Wagner's first year as head coach of the team. He says it took a little while, but both he and the girls are now part of the pack. "At first they were a little apprehensive saying, we have girls coach. Once they kicked, they saw, hey they can do it, and they are going to score for us. They became very welcoming, and very protective might I add," says Wagner.
So far the four have proven that they can hang with the boys. Senior Morgan Scott landed a field goal for the team last week. "I did my best. I did what the coaches taught me and scored," says Scott. But, the season has not come without it's obstacles. "When you go to kick a foot ball, you are supposed to keep your head down. In soccer we are taught to keep our head up when you go to kick, so getting used to that was kind of tricky," says Juanita Johnson.
There is something else becoming a challenge for these girls that soccer never brought them. "Pads. We don't wear any pads except for shin guards," says Johnson. "We wear a lot more pads in football," says Burden. "The pads, because they are weighing us down, and we are not used to that," adds Kirstin Ayer.
Under the Friday night lights, the girls are earning their spot. "I think it's awesome," says cheerleaders Taylor Logsdon and Morgan Logsdon. "It's awesome," says Elli Crabtree. Not everyone sees the hype. "It's just four girls getting to join the football team," says student Kody Edomes. One thing is certain coaches, fans, boys, or girls, this team is ready for a winning season.
Morgan Scott is the only senior of the group. The remaining three say they are planning to try out again next year.