In Milwaukee (Wisconsin) St. Thomas More High School’s homecoming loss to Pewaukee (Wisconsin) High School on October 7, senior running back Nicole Upright did what very few female high school football players have ever done.
She scored a touchdown.
While the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) doesn’t track such performances, anecdotally such an occurrence is considered a rarity. According to the 2010-11 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the NFHS, 1,561 high school girls across the nation play 11-, eight- or six-player football.
On a fourth-and-goal with the fourth quarter just underway, 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback Alex Gerschke handed off the ball to the 5-5, 135-pound Upright, who wears No. 1 on her jersey. The offensive line opened a hole for Upright, she followed her blocks and ran right up the middle for the score. According to St. Thomas More head football coach Jason Wilson, Upright possesses numerous positive traits, both on and off the field.
“Nicole’s just an amazing kid,” Wilson said. “She made the boys on the team act like gentlemen and demanded their respect.”
Upright, who also plays linebacker on defense, is an outstanding student with a 3.8 grade-point average. She aspires to be an officer in the military, and is currently in the process of applying for admission to West Point and The Citadel.
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