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September 19, 2013

Lincoln’s Emily Knight proves she can kick it with the boys

SHINNSTON — The quarterback gets the girl.

It’s the classic high school love story, played out thousands of times in Hollywood films and small towns across the country. And at Lincoln High School, where the East Fairmont Bees play Friday at 7:30 p.m., the story is the same except for one major difference.

Quarterback Jarrod Kellar surely fits the mold with his 6-foot-2 frame and understated confidence. Last season he passed for a Big 10 best 2,300 yards and 17 touchdowns.

The only thing is after the Cougars put the ball in the end zone, he won’t be turning to the sideline to blow kisses to a pom-pom toting cheerleader.

Instead, he’ll take a knee, receive the snap and place it carefully on the turf as Emily Knight, the Cougars’ place-kicker — and Kellar’s girlfriend— dressed in shoulder pads, a football helmet and lipstick, tries to knock the ball through the uprights.

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