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Anna Sanders becomes first female to score in OHSAA football championships

Published in The Plain Dealer
December 1, 2018
Matt Goul

CANTON, Ohio — Kenston senior Anna Sanders made history Friday by becoming the first female to score a point in the OHSAA Division III state football championship.

She kicked an extra point with 1:55 left in the first quarter of the Bombers’ 42-6 win against Kettering Archbishop Alter. Her historic kick also turned out to be the winning point at Tom Benson Hall of Fame in Canton, giving Kenston (14-1) a 7-6 lead.

She added five more extra points.

Sanders emerged last year in Week 2 as a junior after Kenston’s starting and backup kicker were lost because of injuries.

“Our kicking coach said she’s going to do it, and he’s done a great job getting her ready to go,” Kenston coach Jeff Grubich said Friday. “I’m just proud.”

Catch three of Sanders’ extra points in the video above and hear more from Grubich.

Contact sports reporter Matt Goul on Twitter (@mgoul) or email (mgoul@cleveland.com).