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Meet Erin DiMeglio, who may be the first girl quarterback in Florida prep history

Aug 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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Morning Mail for Thursday … they don’t keep exact records on such things, but Florida sports historians believe that South Plantation High’s Erin DiMeglio is the first girl quarterback in the history of high school football in the state.

The 17-year-old senior is just the backup, but got into the team’s first game on Friday for several plays, completing two passes. According to the Sun Sentinel, 523 girls have played high school football in Florida since 1973 — 36 last year. But no one can remember one of those being a quarterback.

The reaction from the boys after her first game?

“I couldn’t take the smile off my face,” Erin DiMeglio said. “You’d think the other team would want to know why I’m there, but other players have been great. After the game, they shook my hand and said it was great I was playing football.”

Her own teammates say that being a girl gives them extra motivation to keep her safe.

“I see her as like my sister, and you don’t want anyone to hurt your little sister. During the game we were yelling to the other team ‘Stay away from my girlfriend.’ “

More photos, video here.

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  1. thraiderskin - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    ummm… testosterone re(in)placement therapy?