There aren’t many firsts in Texas high school football, a state that appears to have seen it all when it comes to all things gridiron.
Until Wednesday, that is.
The stage was set at the Class 1A Division II Six-Man championship game between 15-0 Strawn and 13-0 Balmorhea.
Already believed to be the first female to play in a UIL championship football game, Strawn kicker K-Lani Nava made more history when she booted this extra point Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.
With that extra point (which actually counts as two points in six-man football) it tied the score with Balmorhea at 8-8 in the first quarter.
Just like that, Nava became the first female football player to score in a Texas high school state title game. She made nine of 10 PAT kicks in Strawn’s 78-42 victory, accounting for 18 points.
“It feels pretty great,” Nava told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I didn’t really think about it much today because I didn’t want to get too much in my head and freak out, so I just acted like every other girl has played on this field just like me.”
According to Evan Ren of the Abilene Reporter News, Nava’s prowess in the classroom may eventually trump everything else. Already taking college-level courses, the honor student will enter Texas A&M Galveston as a sophomore and could potentially earn her college degree in marine biology by the time she’s 20.
Wherever her career takes her, Nava will always be able to say she made high school football history on a day her team won a state title.