Female high school quarterback throws touchdown on her first pass in a varsity game

A 16-year-old high school junior threw a 42-yard touchdown pass in a game this week to become one of the first female quarterbacks in the state of Florida – on record – to throw for a score.

Holly Neher, the only girl on Hollywood Hills High School's 50-member varsity team, threw the TD strike on her first pass attempt in the fourth quarter of her team's 21-7 loss to Hallandale High School. It was her first action at the varsity level. 

“I started jumping up and down. My teammates started jumping on me,” Neher told ABC News. “Coaches were screaming from the sidelines. Everyone started hitting me on the helmet.”

#14 QB Holly Neher connects to #1 Alex Shelton for the 45yd TD!! #[email protected]@[email protected]@RISEtoWIN#SCtop10pic.twitter.com/VEQcN7ILeB

The Florida High School Athletic Associate (FHSAA) told ABC News it was uncertain Neher was the first female high school player in the state to throw a touchdown pass but noted "it could be” a first.

The 5-foot-2 signal caller played on Hollywood Hills’ girls’ flag football team for two years before trying out for tackle football this season. She became only the second girl in the 51-year history of the school to play on the team. 

“No matter what mindset or color, race, size, gender, you can do anything you want,” she said.

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