Sometimes female football players can feel a bit insincere, as if they’re only on the squad to make up the numbers and prove a point. Not Caitlyn Cox of Lawton High in Oklahoma. She’s there because she’s the school’s most reliable kickers, and is likely one of the best in the state, too.
As noted by the Oklahoman, Cox connected on a booming 42-yard field goal in Lawton’s 72-27 rout of crosstown rival Eisenhower. The made kick was a career long for Cox, a junior who still has more than a full year of football ahead of her.
When combined with the 3o successful extra points that Cox has delivered, it’s understandable why her coach is so keen to use her regardless of the situation.
“It was a real big thrill for us because she’s such a great gal,” Lawton coach Randy Breeze told the Oklahoman. “The game was well in hand obviously, but we would have kicked a field goal there regardless of the situation. And she nailed it.
“We’ve got the world of confidence in her. This is not a gimmick. This is the fact that she is best kicker we’ve got. She’s turned herself into a pretty good kicker.”
With a 42-yarder to her name, Cox is one of the better female kickers on record, too. In 2004, Heidi Garrett successfully kicked a field goal from 48 yards while competing for King High in Riverside, Calif.
Now Cox belongs on that list, albeit a bit farther down.