Football mom cheers on her girl (Video)
Aug. 30, 2013 at 3:30 a.m.
Tracey Davis never imagined herself a football fan - certainly not a football mother.
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During the first three years her daughter attended Victoria East High School, the mother of three probably attended a handful of games, but that's all going to change this season, she said.
From showing up to games early to help decorate the field to waving a big ol' air horn in her hands, Davis is ready to scream and shout as her daughter, Kelsey Ferry, takes the field as the Titans' first female player.
Ferry is the team's extra-point kicker.
Davis isn't the only one who is excited about Ferry playing for the team.
Ferry's entire family, from her grandparents to her aunt and uncle, are now season ticket holders for the games.
"I have begun to ask questions about how the game is played," her grandmother joked. "People told her, 'You can't play. You're a girl.' I think that was what motivated her."
Davis said she wasn't shocked when Ferry approached her about trying out for the all-male team.
"I was proud of her," she said. "But I wasn't going to do it for her. I told her, 'You have to beg. You have to go to the coaches. You have to do it on your own.'"
Ferry, 17, already had a lot on her plate, from playing as the varsity keeper for the school's soccer team to being on the Victoria Heat, a Victoria Youth Soccer Organization team; her mother didn't make it easy for her because she wanted to make sure this was something her daughter would dedicate her time to.
"I told her that it's going to get ugly," Davis said. "But I also told her she could handle it. She's not a girly-girl. She can be rough and tough."
When her soccer coach, Misty Boenig, found out Ferry was trying out for the football team, she wasn't surprised. "I thought, 'All right, whatever, Kelsey - try out.'"
Boenig is an advocate for students playing multiple sports and knew that if football was something Ferry wanted to do, she was going to do it.
"Once she sets her mind on something, she'll keep at it," Boenig said. "If anyone can do it, she can."
Titans cheerleading captain Sydney Warner, 17, said Ferry is famous around school for breaking barriers of what a football player should be.
"I haven't seen anything like her," Sydney said. "It's cool. There are a lot of guys who don't make the team."
Friday night, Ferry's two bothers, her stepdad, her grandparents, her aunt and her mother all rooted for her from the stands.
"She's doing what I was always too chicken to do," Davis said. "She is very independent. She doesn't care what anyone else thinks. I'm just so proud of her."