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#pounditMonday, June 17, 2024

Homecoming queen kicks game-winning field goal in Texas high school game

Claire Jeffress field goal

Last week she was named homecoming queen. This week she kicked the game-winning field goal for her high school’s football team. Claire Jeffress is definitely winning.

Jeffress is a senior at Glenda Dawson High School in Pearland, Texas, and she is the kicker on the school’s football team. Dawson was playing their rival, Pearland, on Friday night, and involved in a tie game late in the fourth quarter. They started their drive at their 28-yard line with just over four minutes left in the game and drove far enough to set up a 30-yard attempt for Jeffress with 1:08 remaining.

Jeffress, who has a range of 33 yards on her field goals, lined up for her attempt and barely squeaked her kick over the crossbar to give Dawson a 38-35 lead over Pearland.

Dawson hung on for the 38-35 win and improved to 5-1 on the season.

“Claire is something – she just doesn’t get rattled,” Dawson head coach Eric Wells told the Houston Chronicle. “There wasn’t even a question that she was going to kick it.

“Homecoming queen knocks it through, Dawson wins. You have to love that.”

Jeffress accounted for eight points in the game, as she also booted through all five extra points. She seemed pretty nonchalant about her accomplishment.

“My team had faith in me, and they were going to block for me, and the snap and the hold were going to be good, so I just had to do my job.”

This story is awesome and actually not as rare as you might think. Six years ago, a high schooler in Michigan kicked a game-winning field goal the same night she was named homecoming queen. There was also a female quarterback in Florida who was named homecoming queen in 2012. Jeffress happily is joining the group.

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