Carly Gregory drove home the point(s) on Friday.
In a year in which girls left their marks on high school football fields across the country, the Shawnee (Springfield, Ohio) kicker became the first girl in Ohio history to score in a state championship football game.
Gregory went 2-for-2 on extra points, but her team fell to Cardinal Mooney (Youngstown, Ohio) 21-14 in the Division III final.
“I just can’t even believe I got the opportunity,” Gregory told the Springfield News-Sun. “The team was so amazing. It’s ridiculous that we got this far, and so much hard work went into it. I got rewarded for it.”
Gregory joined the team midway through the season in 2009, and the senior said her teammates welcomed her from Day One.
"Most people would say ‘Eww, not a girl kicker on the football team,’ " she said. "But they really took me with open arms. I felt a part of the team the whole time.”