Female football player takes the field at Elkton High School

While fans at the Elkton High School football game were hoping to pull out a win Friday, there was also a lot of focus on a freshman lineman who is one of three girls playing varsity football in Douglas County.

Posted: Oct 29, 2017 6:06 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2017 6:06 PM

ELKTON, Ore. – While fans at the Elkton High School football game were hoping to pull out a win Friday, there was also a lot of focus on a freshman lineman who is one of three girls playing varsity football in Douglas County.

The Elkton High School football team defeated Chiloquin 60 to 0 Friday night. But the spotlight wasn't just on the final score.

Tayla Swearingen is a fourth generation Elkton football player. Her grandfather, father and uncle played before her.

She has been playing the game since she was a fifth grader.

 

Tayla said she loves how physical football is and will not back down from anyone.

"I’m just as good as any of the boys out there,” said Tayla. “Just because I’m a girl doesn't mean I’m not as strong as any of the boys. I do all the running, I do the workouts, and I do everything I can just like the boys do."

Swearingen played in the first offensive possession of the second half during Friday evenings game.   

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