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By Megan McCluskey
October 21, 2015

A senior at West Blocton High School was named homecoming queen during halftime of the school’s football game on Friday. She then took the field and kicked an extra point to help her team get the victory.

When Jodie Farnetti was a freshman, she told her dad she wanted to kick for the West Blocton Tigers football team by her senior year, family friend Robin Simmons told Fox Sports. Luckily, her dad, Gregg Farnetti, also happens to be the football team’s longtime head coach. Jodie, who is also a varsity cheerleader for her school, had been honing her kicking skills since she was 10 years old going to work with her dad. “Everyday I had to stay for football practice and I just kicked and I just kicked because I loved it, it was awesome to do something different,” she told WIAT.

Jodie suited up for the homecoming game, making a special appearance for Coach Farnetti’s final home game before he retires. The teen wore her full football uniform to the homecoming court ceremony at halftime, and her dad stood up with her as she was crowned queen. “[I said] Dad, this will be your first year escorting a football player for homecoming court, [and] he said that’s right. I had to walk out there in my pads and everything which made it special,” she said.

Then it was time for her moment of truth. Jodie subbed into the game after a Tigers touchdown and sent a kick through the to score an extra point. She spoke about how special the moment was for both her and her father.

“He’ll never have a son, every day I’m sure he dreams of having a son that will be able to play football,” she said. “Now he can say that, my daughter kicked in a game that we won in. It’s just very special.”

 

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