16-Year-Old Female Quarterback Makes History With Touchdown Pass in Her Debut Game
It was her second pass of the game.
A female high school quarterback threw a touchdown pass in her debut game to become first to do so in Florida history.
Holly Neher, 16, is a junior at Hollywood Hill High School and joined the tackle football team this year.
She previously was on the girls’ flag football team, but when the football season started approaching for the school, she realized she didn’t want to stop playing.
"She loves the sport so much that she came to at the end of last year and said ‘what do you think about me playing tackle football?’” Kevin Perry, the school’s athletic director, told InsideEdition.com “I said “absolutely.”
Perry said he let Neher know from the beginning that she wouldn’t get any special treatment because she was a female, but that didn’t deter the teen.
“She came to all the workouts and she earned it and earned the respect of every player on the team,” Perry said. “The entire team treated her like a little sister."
The high school junior is now the number two quarterback on the varsity squad.
In the second game of the season on Thursday, the school was losing against Hallandale 21-0 and the coach put Neher in the game. She threw a touchdown pass on her second play. Her teammates went wild in a moment captured on video.
The play marked the first touchdown pass a girl has thrown in a tackle football game in state history, according to Florida HS Football.
"I was so happy and amazed. It was huge accomplishment," Neher told InsideEdition.com.
The teen said she hopes the moment inspires younger women.
“Now younger females who want to play a male dominated sport, maybe seeing me and how small I am and how my teammates support me, they can see there would be people that would support them," Neher said.
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