East kicker first girl to play varsity football in VISD

Julie Garcia By Julie Garcia

Oct. 10, 2013 at 5:10 a.m.
Updated Oct. 11, 2013 at 5:11 a.m.

Since Victoria East senior Kelsey Ferry started kicking for the varsity football team, her day-to-day routine has changed.

A regular week for Ferry is consumed by studying for tests, homework and hours of football practice - most of which she handles by herself on an adjoining field.

"It keeps me busy - I'm not really good at not doing anything," Ferry said, laughing.

Last spring, the varsity soccer goalie and all-around athlete knew she could kick.

After a series of tryouts, two-a-day practices during the summer and hours of kicking field goals, Ferry officially became the first girl to make the varsity football roster in Victoria history.

Not one to focus on anything but connecting her foot with the ball, Ferry shies away from any attention.

"After the first game, a few kids came up to me and shook my hand," Ferry said. "But I didn't really tell anybody at first."

Ferry said it was important for her to go out and prove herself.

"I wanted to show them that I earned the right to do this," she said. "I can do what it takes to make the team."

The Victoria East Titans will take Memorial Stadium on Friday against the Victoria West Warriors in The Battle for the Sword at 7:30 p.m.



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