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Girl quarterback starts Wisconsin high school’s homecoming game

<i>WISN</i><br/>Fans packed the stands for Pewaukee High School's homecoming and senior night game. One player changed the game. Senior Ava Matz took the first snap of the game as starting quarterback.
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Fans packed the stands for Pewaukee High School's homecoming and senior night game. One player changed the game. Senior Ava Matz took the first snap of the game as starting quarterback.

By Kendall Keys

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    PEWAUKEE, Wisconsin (WISN) — Fans packed the stands for Pewaukee High School’s homecoming and senior night game. One player changed the game.

Senior Ava Matz took the first snap of the game as starting quarterback.

“I’ve always called her my girl boss, since day one,” said Reva Matz, Ava Matz’s mother.

The Pewaukee Pirates dominated the Pius XI Popes, 66-6. Multiple scoring drives were by Ava.

Ava told WISN 12 News that she started playing football in eighth grade, and has been playing for Pewaukee High School since her freshman year.

“Our boys at first we’re kind of like, ‘you’re playing football?’ But now, I don’t think they could see me anywhere else,” Ava said.

“I just think it’s important to be able to give opportunities for every kid that wants one. In this case, it just happens to be a girl who wants to play football,” said head coach, Justin Friske.

Friske told WISN 12 News reporter Kendall Keys that Ava is a leader on the team.

“I think Ava’s just Ava, and I think people a lot of people are just like, ‘well, that’s what Ava does.’ It’s kind of a regular thing. To be honest, that might be the most powerful thing of it, is that it’s not a novelty and it’s not some kind of fad that she’s on the football team,” Friske said.

Ava is blazing her own trail, while inspiring others along the way. She told WISN 12 News she hopes her story influences other girls to follow their dreams.

“At first, it was a little hard to kind of be like, where is my place? Do I get to speak up? Where is my role? And now being a senior, I realize my role is to speak up and to be included and to help others find their place too,” Ava said.

“I can’t be prouder. I love her to death. She’ll remember this forever and I’ll remember this forever,” Reva Matz said.

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