The first female QB at her school threw a touchdown pass in her first game
You’d think being the first female quarterback at her school would be milestone enough. How about throwing a touchdown Pass in your first game. On your first throw?
16-year-old Holly Neher is the only female player on her high school’s 50-person varsity football team, but she wasn’t stopping there. She wasn’t content to merely make the team, she wanted to play. And play she did, throwing a touchdown pass on her first attempt, in her first game, Friday night.
Holly’s Hollywood Hills High School suffered a 21-7 loss to Hallandale High. That’s right. The touchdown Holly threw was the only one her squad scored that night.
Did we mention it was a 45-yard pass?
#14 QB Holly Neher connects to #1 Alex Shelton for the 45yd TD!! #SpartanPride @usatodayhss @Sentinel_Sports @espn @RISEtoWIN #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/VEQcN7ILeB
— HHSpartansAthletics (@HHSpartanSports) September 1, 2017
After playing on her school’s flag football team for two years, the 5’2″ Holly was confident she had the skills to compete in tackle football.
“I wanted to continue playing the sport so I tried out for the team,” Holly told ABC. “I knew that I was capable.”
She was right.
GO, HOLLY! @hnn1215 @HHHFootballTeam @HHSpartanSports @Coach_Perry24 pic.twitter.com/nQPvbqmcWe
— DebJohnPhoto (@debjohnphoto) September 1, 2017
She’s only the second girl in the 51-year history of her school to make the varsity team, and her teammates and the crowd all realized the significance of her accomplishment, cheering like crazy when she completed the pass.
Others recognized it too, like the local media:
This didn't happen at a small school, weak level of competition. This is Florida & a Class 7A (2nd largest class) school. Remarkable moment— Matt Rodewald FOX 10 (@Matt_Fox10) September 2, 2017
Check it out QB Holly Neher make history. 1st female to throw a TD pass in Broward Co, FL HS football. #GirlPower https://t.co/afV7EXnfBT— Ron Childers (@RonChilders) September 2, 2017
Congratulations to Holly Neher on her first career TD pass! #Sayfie https://t.co/lljHNSez9a— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 1, 2017
And even the not-so-local, like the Kentucky State Police, who were so impressed they just about offered Holly a job when she graduates.
Congrats Holly for breaking the gender gap! After high school, Come see us! #OurColorIsGray #OurGenderIsTrooper https://t.co/8pc7XJaGpo— KY State Police (@kystatepolice) September 2, 2017
If she doesn’t want to continue her football career, of course.
A fellow female football pioneer is in her corner. Katie Hnida is the first woman to play Division One college football, and she was watching Holly throw a football right through her high school’s glass ceiling.
Ahhh…I can't tell you this feeling I get when I see young girls following their dreams on the football field. Go get it Holly… https://t.co/3o4GBydQ6u
— Katie Hnida (@KatieHnida) September 1, 2017
To her credit, Holly is hoping her success story is a beacon to other young girls pursuing unconventional dreams.
“I hope that they all see how small how I am and no matter what mindset or color, race, size, gender, you can do anything you want,” she said.