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Girl’s 45-yard kick earns a spot on the school’s football team La

RACELAND, La. (AP) — A 13-year-old girl made the Raceland Middle School football team after wowing the coach with a 45-yard kick.

Harmony Shae Fitch, 13, made an impression during practice for a powder football game in which the boys were to perform as cheerleaders and the girls as football players. She asked coach Allen Wiltz to let her be the kicker, and her kick was better than he had seen in years.

“I looked at the other coach and I was like, ‘Holy ****,'” Wiltz said. “I don’t know if you want to quote me on that, but that’s the feeling I have had. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, she’s been one of the best kickers in college… since I’ve been here.’

The Powderpuff match had to be postponed due to storms, but his performance during practice earned Harmony a kicker spot. She made her debut last week as Raceland played Sixth Ward Middle in a jamboree match at Thibodaux High Stadium. And it will start on September 1 against Golden Meadow.

Wiltz said during practice most of the girls didn’t know the rules of the sport and Harmony wanted to show off her kick. She asked to tee off, and he let her, “and the next thing I know, it’s taking off like a rocket.”

“The only reason I found out she could kick was pure luck,” the coach said. “If we hadn’t had these little powder keg games, I wouldn’t even have entertained them. Because she signed up and showed me, I was all in.

Wiltz said he’s only seen one other kicker like Harmony in seven years as the school’s coach, and she’s been the only girl on the team for at least 25 years.

“Have you ever seen Happy Gilmore?” It was kind of like one where I ran into her and she kicked it, and I was like, ‘Double or nothing. There’s no way you’re going to do this again. And sure enough, she lined it up and threw another one about 45-50 yards,” he said.

Harmony has been playing football with her neighbors for about five years.

“I know some girls want to play football, but they feel like it’s a boy’s game, so I wanted to be the only one at Raceland and show the other girls that they can do what they can do. they want to do,” says Harmony.

She added that it was not a confrontation between boys and girls. She just likes the game and thinks other girls should try it.

“I have a really good coach. … He makes sure I’m really good, he believes in me,” Harmony said. had a chance, and all the boys in the team are the best and like big brothers.”

Her father, professional boxer Morgan “Big Chief” Fitch, said his daughter told him she wanted to play football and that he supported her – on one condition.

“I said, ‘Wait, you want to play football, you have to have a tough body,’ do you know what I mean?” he said. “’I’m not going to send you there just because that’s what you want to do. You have to show me that you want to do this.

He assigned her home workouts like push-ups each day to get her ready for the sport, and Harmony took it on enthusiastically.

“She’s just amazing,” her father said.

A good kicker, especially in college, is invaluable in opening doors for team strategies, Wiltz said. A deep kickoff, for example, forces the opposing team to work much harder to drive down the pitch and score.

“Last year I only tried side kicks, which are less than 15 yards, and I tried to get them back because we didn’t have anyone who could hit it deep,” he said. he declared. “We didn’t even try to hit him deep. Strategically, it made no sense.

Wiltz said Harmony is a star athlete and excels in every sport she plays. She also plays volleyball and basketball.

An eighth year is Harmony’s final year at Raceland Middle. She is moving next year to Central Lafourche High School, where she plans to focus on soccer. But she said while she could fit football into her schedule, she had no intention of giving it up.