When you watch undefeated Timberview High School take on Frisco Heritage in the first round of the playoffs Friday night, pay close attention to the kicker. You’ll probably see a ponytail sticking out of the back of her helmet.
Sophomore Emma Young has been a soccer player her whole life, but this year, she decided to put on her cleats to try out for her high school football team. After playing on JV for several games, head football coach James Brown moved her up to varsity.
Young has kicked more than 15 extra points during the regular season. Friday night, she’ll be called on to kick extra points and field goals as the Wolves enter the playoffs. As far back as anyone at Timberview High School can remember, Young is the first young woman to do so.
Young grew up on Timberview High School’s practice field; her father, Jason Young, has been a defensive line coach there for 16 years. Young says she doesn’t expect or receive special treatment as a coach’s kid, but she does enjoy the time she gets to spend with her dad.
“I just don’t see doing it without him,” Young said.
The Wolves have been to the playoffs nine of Brown’s 11 years at Timberview.
Timberview (10-0, 8-0 5-5A DI) faces Frisco Heritage at 7 p.m. Friday at Vernon Newsom Stadium. The Wolves won their district and they are No. 2 in Texas Football’s state rankings.
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