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COOPER CITY (CBSMiami) — When Holly Neher dropped back at quarterback Thursday night she had no idea she was about to make history.
The staff at Hollywood Hills High School says the touchdown pass that Holly threw to Alexander Shelton marks the first time a female has thrown a TD pass in a Florida high school football game.
“They put me in and my brothers – I call them my brothers – they were like, ‘I got you, I got you,’” Neher recalled.
And she got them a touchdown.
“I know where the ball’s supposed to be so I just threw it right there and all I hear is ‘go, go, go’ and then touchdown! It was joyful, really,” she said.
The touchdown brought joy to the team and its fans. It was especially rewarding for coach Brandon Graham, who coached Holly in flag football the past two years.
“The whole team just erupted and they’ve all embraced her and she’s become the little sister to all 55 guys on that team,” said Brandon Graham.
The touchdown brought Holly lots of attention, interviews, national recognition and a tweet from Sen. Marco Rubio.
Despite Holly’s heroics, Hollywood Hills lost the game but they won a big victory for gender equity and inclusiveness.
“Sometimes these moments happen to remind that these are things that sports should be about,” she said.
Holly hopes her big moment inspires other girls who want to tackle the world of male sports.
“For little girls just to hear and see that what I’m doing. Maybe they have a love for baseball and other things sport they want to play,” Holly said. “No matter the gender, size, shape color, whatever they want to do, I want them to know they can do it.”
So will Holly see more playing time ? She would love it.
She told CBS4’s Carey Codd she’ll work as hard as she can to make that happen.
Her coach said he’s open to it, and with last night’s performance, she’s probably earned it.
Holly is not the first female to play quarterback in Broward County. In 2012, South Plantation’s Erin Dimeglio played quarterback.