JAMESTOWN, NY (WKBW) – Every member of a team is important.
But on the Jamestown High School football field, a lot of respect goes to the kicker.
âEvery time you see someone flourish on your team, you get excited,â said head coach Tom Lanworthy.
Especially when it’s rookie Ella Propheter who makes history as the first player to wear a Jamestown uniform.
âI am so thrilled to have the opportunity to play for them,â she said.
A soccer player for most of her life, Propheter wanted to try something new.
She played peewee football for a year in elementary school and together with her father, coach of the JV team, she thought she would give it another chance. The plan was to play for her dad on JV until college coach Tom Langworthy saw what she could do.
âWe had a few guys who tried,â he said of the kicking position. “It was pretty clear that she was the best person we had for the job.”
Propheter beat the others using the power of his leg. It was an adjustment to go from kicking a soccer ball to a soccer ball, but she got it right.
In his very first college game, Propheter made five out of six extra point attempts and every time that ball goes through the uprights history is being written.
âFootball is a sport where everyone can be included,â Langworthy said. “This is something where if you work hard and have the right attitude, this is for you.”
And that is why more and more young women are getting into this sport. Propheter is making his mark and hopes his journey and courage will inspire others to do the same.
âIt’s really hard sometimes to come forward and get your name known because you’re a woman,â she said. “It’s so amazing to see girls and women stepping into this field and showing what they can do.”
âWomen in sport are powerful,â Langworthy added. “I think she’s going to be an inspiration to our community.”