Tempe Marcos de Niza’s football season continues Friday with a Division II state semifinal game against top-seeded Mesa Skyline.
The pressure mounts, and right in the middle of it is a girl, holding her own.
Junior Krysten Muir was good on all five points after touchdown last week in a 35-15 victory at Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge. She is second on the team in scoring with 61 points, making 3 of 5 field-goal tries and 52 of 56 PATs.
She likely already has her name etched in the state record book for most points scored by a girl during a varsity football season.
“I’m stressed, but it’s not like a negative stress,” she said. “It’s more like a good stress, giving me extra fuel that I need, knowing every single point counts.
“I’ve never been in the position I’m in now as a girl heading into the playoffs for a shot at getting to the state championship with my team.”
Her father, Jeremy Muir, is an assistant coach who is also the school’s head wrestling coach. She won the kicking job against other boys in the summer. This was never a gimmick in her mind.
“I was told yesterday that I might be the first girl in Arizona history that has made it this far in football,” she said. “Not sure how true that statement may be, but I’m an athlete who takes sports very seriously.”
She said her male teammates have been behind her, and her dad and other coaches keep her confident.
“Having the guys behind me and knowing I have their support means a great deal,” Muir said. “My dad and coaches just tell me, ‘Let’s do this. We believe in you. We don’t have a doubt in our minds that you will succeed.’
“Remember, there’s always the possibility the game could come down to just one point.”