Two young girls in Dallas are making a name for themselves – on the football field.
“I wanted to play because I think it would be a great opportunity to have all the young ladies grow out and play with other kids,” said 13 year old Mackenzie Holiness, who plays for the Dallas ISD’s Kennedy Curry Eagles.
The two 7th graders played their first game Monday night.
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“I’m excited, I’m happy," said Mackenzie’s teammate, Jaliyah Webster, “it’s fun, its real fun, and I thought we were going to be nervous, but it’s so fun.”
“I was a little shocked when it was first reported to me,” said Kennedy Curry Principal David Welsh.
“but they are good student athletes and they’re pretty big girls too so I think they can hold their own.”
“It lets all our kids know that we’re open to accept them in any organizations that they chose to belong to,” said Welsh.
“She’s pretty tough, she’s pretty tough,” said Mackenzie’s father, James Holiness, “she’s pretty strong, I believe she can handle it, so I’m going to let her do it.”
“If she can do it, any other little old girl can do it too,” said Holiness.
Their first game left a lasting impression – Mackenzie even made a tackle.
“It’s awesome,” said Mackenzie, “it’s very tiring but it’s very awesome.”
But the Eagles came up short, losing to Seagoville 19-0.