What did you do this weekend? Watch some televison? Win your fantasy football match-up? Go on a date or get some digits at a bar? Knock out your laundry, go grocery shopping and clean the apartment? Hit up Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond on a nice, little Saturday?
All in all, any of that would constitute a successful weekend. But not if you’re Michigan high schooler Brianna Amat, the first female to play on Pinckney High School’s varsity football team.
She was already a soccer star at the school when she told her coach she wanted to kick field goals as well. Head football coach Dan Burholder was impressed, so he put her on the team. That decision paid off when Amat kicked a 31-yard game-winning field goal last Friday against Grand Blanc, who was ranked No. 7 in the state at the time.
According to My Fox Detroit: “With five minutes to play in the third quarter, facing a fourth and goal, Burkholder called Amat to attempt a 31-yard field goal — a career-best distance. Amat made the kick, sending Pinckney to a 9-7 win over Grand Blanc. The crowd went nuts, but Amat says she only heard silence because she was so focused on the game. Amat plans to attend Western Michigan University and major in business advertising.”
But, wait, there’s more: During halftime of the same game, Amat had to leave the locker room because she was crowned homecoming queen. There’s no truth to the rumors that before the game she saved a kitten from a tree, helped an elderly lady cross the street and brokered a peace treaty between warring factions of Pinckney’s rival street gangs. But we wouldn’t doubt it.
Not too shabby. That field goal looked like it would have been good from about 40 yards, and it highlights the shame of this never being a plot on Friday Night Lights.