SECRET WEAPON Coach Says 12-Year-Old Girl Is One Of Best On Football Team
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Videographer: Jeremy Bias
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Oct. 22, 2012 8:09 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 22, 2012 10:51 AM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
It's football season and for the younger players it's already championship time, but one local team has a secret weapon -- a girl.
Karis Harriston is 12-years-old and decided to take up football after her father passed away of cancer. Her coach says she is one of the best players on the team, playing tight end and defensive end.
Karis and her other teammates on the Midwestern Big Blue Midget League team played in the championship game at Laidley Field on Sunday.
"[I want] to do this sport and show that girls can do it too, but better," said Karhis Harriston.
"I wanted to keep her in sports when she lost her dad," said Big Blues coach Michael Ferrell. "I have been trying to encourage her to play basketball to wrestle, she actually runs track and throws the shot-put for the Capital City Striders."
Karis says she is considering playing football in middle school, but hasn't made her mind up just yet.
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