It's Good! South Burlington's McKenna Cooper Handling PAT, Field Goal Duties

By Erin Cofiell | ecofiell@nexstar.tv, Steve Manney | smanney@nexstar.tv

Published 09/29 2016 11:07PM

Updated 09/29 2016 11:07PM

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There's a new element in this year's South Burlington offense. Now touchdowns aren't the only way the Rebels can put up points.

Senior Manny Boardman recalls, "We didn't have a kicker last year exactly, so we had to go for two every touchdown.  So this is gonna add something new to our game."

One thing to mention.  The kicker is a girl!

McKenna Cooper explains, "One day I went to my Dad and said I wanted to kick, so he bought a ball and we went out!"

Simple as that for the South Burlington Junior.  At the end of last season, she approached South Burlington coach Joe MacDonald and asked to join the team

"I told her 'sure, if you want to put the time in,'" recalls coach MacDonald, "And she has and she's worked hard I worked with her all summer."

MacDonald says Cooper is getting stronger and better.  Of course life as the girl starting on the football team has been interesting.

"Some are surprised," says Cooper, "But most people are like, 'that's really cool.'"

The coolest part of this year. At Rutland, when Cooper tallied her first varsity field goal.  20 yards.  Right through the uprights.

Now at midseason, Cooper's not done kicking.  She'll join the boys in Rebel Blue each week on the gridiron.

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