Pre-Season Debut of Female High School Quarterback

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Via Marc Edelman (Andreas School of Law, Barry U.) this story from the South Florida Sun Sentinel of a female high school football quarterback in Florida:

South Plantation’s Erin Dimeglio came one step closer to realizing her dream as she saw action in the Paladins’ 35-20 loss to host Seminole Ridge in a preseason football game on Friday night.

Dimeglio, a 5-foot-6-inch 160-pound senior quarterback entered the game with 9:51 remaining in the game and her team trailing 35-20. She worked what proved to be the final series of the night for South Plantation that was halted with 2:43 left due to lightning.

“I don’t think she did that badly except she has to be a little louder on the field,” said South Plantation coach Doug Gatewood. “I want people to realize she is not a fluke. She’s a legitimate backup quarterback. You saw the energy she brought when she went in and the kids love her.”

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Dimeglio plays flag football and basketball at South Plantation for Gatewood and he asked her to tryout for the varsity football team. She’s the team’s third string quarterback.

“It’s great that the guys have my back and want to block for me,” said Dimeglio, who played with the team during the summer in their 7-on-7 tournaments. “I didn’t think it would be like that when I first came, but they have been great. I hope I will get in a game during that season. I can’t wait.”

Read the full news story here.


-Bridget Crawford

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