Multiple 1st Place, Jonathon Gruenke, The Daily Press, 01

Hampton Roads Academy’s Lauren Shohan, center, gives instructions on how to kick a football to fifth grade students Carlie Erwin, left, and Lana Browning during practice Tuesday October 17, 2017.

When Shohan joined the varsity team this season, she became not only the lone girl on the squad this season but the first girl in school history to play football.

Across the U.S., 1.09 million high school students played tackle football in 2016, according to a survey from the National Federation of State High School Associations; 0.2 percent of those (2,143) were girls.

“Society doesn’t really think that girls can do the same things as boys can, but there’s no reason for that,” Shohan said.

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