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Female kicker makes history at Texas high school football championship

Female kicker makes history at Texas high school football championship

Kicker K-Lani Nava woke up Wednesday morning thinking about helping her team win a state title, not necessarily about the fact that she was about to become the first female to ever play in a Texas High School Football State Championship game.

In the Class 1A Division I championship game, Borden County won its second straight state championship with a 60-22 win over Jonesboro.

"Strawn is a really close community", teammate Ivan Ruiz told TexasFootball.com.

But the stage, and the significance of Nava's kicks, represented history in the making for the storied annals of Texas high school football. They have also dispatched state-ranked foes in Garden City and Valley High Schools during that span. "She's very reliable and works hard and is very focused".

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To young girls who may be looking at her story as inspiration, Nava said to believe that "anyone can do anything".

Nava recalled her journey in a video profile for the program and reflected how she missed her first kick attempt with the team in the first game and got clobbered. "I just acted like every other girl played on this field like me". "One-hundred percent, yes. She knows I was serious".

Nava admitted the locker room situation is "kind of difficult" but said otherwise she sees herself as just a football player, not a female football player. "I proved them wrong".


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