TECUMSEH, Okla. (KFOR) – A struggling high school football team in Oklahoma has found a new player that helped them win last week's game.
The Tecumseh Savages were missing one key component to real success, a kicker.
Coach Greg George began courting Ernie Goethe’s 15-year-old daughter, Jenni, since she was as a stand out soccer player.
However, one day when Jenni’s mom was running laps around the Tecumesh High School track, the teen decided to pass the time by kicked field goals. That's when several football players spotter her, grabbed their cell phones and quickly called the coach.
“We started out here in front of 45 kids," said George. "She nailed it, so we moved it back five yards and she hit it so we moved it back five more. Everybody was got excited.”
Only two days after joining the squad, Jennifer was called to duty.
A missed 40 yard field goal and a blocked PAT didn’t rattle her confidence last Friday night.
“He was up in the air and fell into her. He pasted her to the ground," said the teen's father. "She got up and she was mad. She wanted to get back on the field to get a piece back.”
Jenni would get a chance at redemption when regulation play ended with a 13-13 tie.
Noble missed an overtime field goal and the Savages’ offense stalled on the five yard line.
“Twice we threw it into the end zone. The ref said we were out of bounds. Whatever. And then it’s fourth down. I’m jogging out there, super excited,” said Jenni. “Next thing I know I’m turning around and running because I was so excited it went through the uprights.”