- 16-year-old is the only girl on 50-member high school team
- She threw a TD on her first ever pass as a varsity QB
- Coach says she has the ‘it’ factor as a quarterback
Holly Neher has got one helluva throw!
The 16-year-old may be the only girl on her school’s 50-member varsity team – but she knows how to find the end zone.
Holly just became became the first female quarterback from her school, and possibly in the state of Florida, to throw a touchdown pass in a game.
The 5 ft 2 ins teen from Hollywood Hills High School, South Florida, threw a 42-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of her team’s 21-7 loss to Hallandale High School.
“I started jumping up and down. My teammates started jumping on me,” Holly told ABC News. “Coaches were screaming from the sidelines. Everyone started hitting me on the helmet.”
She was playing in her first-ever varsity game and threw the touchdown on the first pass attempt, a feat that was noticed by Florida’s former presidential candidate Marco Rubio.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 1, 2017
“When she made that pass the whole crowd went wild and you could see the support from her teammates,” Brown told ABC News. “We couldn’t be more proud of our students.”
The 5-foot-2 quarterback played on Hollywood Hills’ girls’ flag football team for two years before making the jump to tackle football this season.
“I wanted to continue playing the sport so I tried out for the team,” Holly said. “I knew that I was capable.”
Hollywood Hills Varsity Football coach Brandon Graham described Holly as having the “it” factor he looks for in successful quarterbacks.