Teen To Be Florida’s First Female HS Quarterback

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Erin Dimeglio is thought to be the first female high school quarterback in the state of Florida. (CBS4)

Erin Dimeglio is thought to be the first female high school quarterback in the state of Florida. (CBS4)

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PLANTATION (CBSMiami) –A South Florida girl will go down in the Florida record books. She took the field as a high school football quarterback.

Her coach thinks she’s the first female varsity quarterback in the state.

Erin Dimeglio is a backup quarterback for South Plantation Sr. High School.

“I’ve always wanted to play football since i was a little kid,” she said. Coach Doug Gatewood says she doesn’t get any special treatment.

“I don’t make exceptions for her if she can’t do, I wouldn’t keep her, ” he said. “But she can do anything the boys can so she’s here.”

Girls have played other positions, but Dimeglio is the first quarterback. The coach put her in the game against Nova High School with just a few minutes left on the clock. South Plantation was well ahead at the time and won the game.

The crowd cheered and chanted her name as she ran onto the field.

“It’s a great feeling, “she said.”But I think it should be the whole team. It’s a team effort not just me.”

Her proud parents, sister, and a number of family members filled the stands to cheer her on. Although they said they were initially concerned about injuries, they’re thrilled to watch Erin fulfill her dream. She’s loved sports since she was young and hopes to go to college on a basketball scholarship.

Erin says her ultimate dream for this football season is to throw a touchdown, and her family and coaches think she’ll do it. Her advice to others: “Don’t giveup on your dreams just keep dreaming and work at it.”

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