Kicking Down Barriers

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 10:10am

Rachel Evans, the first girl on her Texas high school's football team, scores winning extra point.

Rachael Evans is kicking down barriers.

The first girl to play for Godley, Texas' football team, Rachel kicked the winning extra point in her debut game.

The highlight of Friday night's game between Godley and Ferris came in the third quarter.

"I took my step, I backed up, and I said, 'I can do anything,'" Evans said. "Then I went for it, and I made it. It was just awesome."

Her father, Sam, recorded it on his cellphone.

"The snap was on, the holder was perfect, the kick -- you couldn't have asked for anything better than that," he said.

"I know that sometimes it can come down to that extra point, and I don't to let my boys down because I can't do my job," Rachael said.

Evans, a junior, is an active athlete, also playing basketball, soccer and running track.

The team's head coach, Randy Brawner, realizes her talent.

"She gives us the best chance to kick extra points," he said. "Right now, she's the best one we've got on the team."

Evans said she wants to make a difference and inspire other girls.

"I can show these people who never thought girls could play football that I'm playing football," she said. "All these little girls who boys tell them, 'Hey, you can't play football,' they can be, 'Hey, look at that girl. I can do anything.'"

Evans plans to continue kicking goals in the future as a soccer player in college.

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