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K-Lani Nava Makes Texas High School Football History

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A Strawn School senior and member of her Texas high school football team, K-Lani Nava has made history. On Wednesday, December 20, she became the first girl ever to play in a state championship for Texas high school football. It was an added bonus that her team went on to win the game by a score of 78-42 over Balmorhea. They finished the season at 16-0 with their Class 1A Division II Six-Man championship win.

Nine out of 10 kicks were made by Nava, also putting herself on record as the first girl to score in a state title game. Six-man football is usually played to higher scores than a traditional football game (which is 11-on-11). Two points are awarded for extra-point kicks, making Nava’s nine kicks worth 18 points for her team. In an interview with TexasFootball.com, she said she didn’t feel any additional pressure notwithstanding the fact that their team was playing at AT&T Stadium nor a bizarre ultimatum which her head coach, Dwaine Lee, had given her: “One chance. Miss it, and you’re finished.”

“I had zero pressure,” she told TexasFootball.com. “I did think about it this morning, but when I got on the field and ready to kick, it didn’t cross my mind. All I worried about was the ball getting on the tee and me making the right contact with it.”