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Paschal’s Fox kicks her way into history books

Reilly Fox (89), female kicker for Paschal High, kicks a extra point Saturday in the first quarter against Dallas Molina.
Reilly Fox (89), female kicker for Paschal High, kicks a extra point Saturday in the first quarter against Dallas Molina. Special to the Star-Telegram

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.

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