Lawton (Lawton, Okla.)
kicker Caitlyn Cox
has been just waiting for her chance. Extra points are cool and important. But a field goal — from distance — that's the test of any kicker.
The junior made the most of her first try last week, drilling a 42-yarder during a 72-27 win over Eisenhower (Lawton). It was six yards short of the national female record of 48 yards held by Heidi Garrett of King (Riverside, Calif.)
"It was a real big thrill for us because she's such a great gal," Lawton coach Randy Breeze told newsok.com
. "She nailed it."
Breeze said he won't hesitate to use Cox in any game or situation. She's made 30 extra points this season.
"We've got the world of confidence in her," Breeze said. "This is not a gimmick."
Female kickers aren't terribly unusual in the prep world.
MaxPreps senior writer Kevin Askeland noted that in 2012 at least 50 female athletes scored at least one point in football games.
He then listed the top 10 female kickers
in high school history, starting with Garrett, who had 112 career points, nine field goals and 58 straight extra points.
She went on to play soccer at UC Riverside and in the Women's Premier Soccer League.