Note: This story was updated at 5:15 p.m.
A sixth-grade girl played wide receiver and cornerback for the Robertsville Middle School Rams this season.
It’s unusual but not unprecedented for a girl to play football, although it’s not clear if one has played wide receiver and cornerback before. Other girls have played for Robertsville before, but Steade might be the first one who wasn’t a kicker, Rams Coach James Branson said. He said RMS had a female kicker, Reagan Madden, a few years ago.
Oak Ridge Wildcats broadcaster David Clary said there wereÂ two females who played in the early 2000s, and one, Lori Niemeyer, kicked an extra point in a game against Sevier County in 2002. Niemeyer is the only female Wildcat to score in a football game, Clary said.
“There have been a couple of others that have played middle school though,” he said.
Other schools have also had female kickers. This year, Lenoir City High School senior Hailey Abston is the goalkeeper on the school’s soccer team and also the kicker on the football team. [Read more…]