The Paschal High School Panthers, from Fort Worth’s oldest high school and the heroes of writer Dan Jenkins’ football novels, have a player this year like none other in the school’s 130-year history.
Reilly Fox kicked three extra points Saturday, becoming the first girl to score points for the Panthers and one of the few ever in Texas.
Fox, a junior and a soccer player, tried out and is sharing the role with the Panthers’ other kicker, senior Trent Anderson, who is on the boys soccer team. Each kicked three extra points in a 76-8 victory over Molina, a Dallas school.
Girls have played football in Texas since 1993. But only a few have played for local schools, including a kicker for Southwest in 1999.
So far, Paschal has already scored 28 touchdowns in only three games. So Fox may have many more chances.