LAUREL, Miss. — A Mississippi high school football player made history this past weekend.
Kendall Breland became the first female in state history to ever score a touchdown.
Laurel High School won its fifth game in a row Friday night, beating Wingfield 61-14.
But what occurred in the first quarter proved to be the play of the game.
Up 7-0, the Laurel senior carried the ball into the end zone from a yard out, marking what is believed to be the first varsity touchdown by a female in Mississippi history.
“It felt awesome,” Breland said. “I’ve been trying to make history ever since I came down here three years ago. Even though I’ve been playing for nine.”
And Breland’s natural position is at defensive tackle for the Golden Tornadoes, as she recorded one stop last season.
But once her number was called Friday, it was all about just executing the play coach Todd Breland drew up.
“I was supposed to go right behind the biggest lineman,” she said. “And I was scared out of my mind.”
In the history of Mississippi high school football, female players have kicked field goals and extra points.
But before Friday night, the MHSAA has never been notified of a female scoring a touchdown.
Surely even Breland couldn’t fully grasp the scope of that one play as her teammates swarmed her in the end zone.
“They were so happy, they jumped all over me,” she said. “One of them picked me up in the end zone, scared me.”