Tackle football has always been a man's game. Not because women aren't capable of also playing it, but because by and large, most people believe it to be too physically demanding and violent for women to actually take part in it.
In recent years, women have been breaking down boundaries and crushing stereotypes when it comes to all levels and types of sports, and football is no different. K-Lani Nava is one such woman, and she recently kicked herself into the record books after University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 1A Six-Man Division II state championship game.
Nava became the first woman to scores points in a University Interscholastic League (UIL) state title game. She ended up kicking 9 extra points during her school's victory. Strawn ended up beating Balmorhea 78-42 at their game played on the Dallas Cowboy's field at AT&T Stadium.
Nava said she wasn't nervous at all.
"I had zero pressure," said Nava. "I did think about the first kick 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. I do my job. I know the snapper and my holder do their jobs. They do those jobs very well, and I trust them."
Nava ended up finishing the game going 9 for 10 on extra point kicks, for a grand total of 18 points. Extra points are worth two points apiece in six on six football.
Not only did Nava put her name in the record books for being the first female to score in a game, she also became the first female player to appear in a Texas high school State Championship football game.
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