Homecoming Queen Kicks Team's Winning Field Goal
The high school senior not only wore her football uniform as queen of the homecoming parade, but she kicked the field goal that boosted her school, Pinckney Community High School, over rival team Grand Blanc. They won 9-7.
"I don't think it's hit me yet," she told the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus.
Amat's original sport was soccer, which she's played since the age of 3, but her coach bragged to the school's football coach that the teen had "the best foot in the school."
"In January, he asked me if I wanted to try it," Amat said. "In the beginning, I thought it was kind of a joke. I didn't think they were actually going to let me do it."
But try it she did, once the girls soccer season was over in the spring. Amat went out to the new Pinckney football field with Burkholder to attempt kicking for real.
She was a natural – but hesitates to accept all the glory, instead crediting her teammates.
"They do so well," she said, adding that she knows players on the opposing team are running at her but she hasn't gotten hit yet. "My line is there for me. Without them, I would never be able to do what I do."
"She does a lot of extra stuff," teammate Mike Haney added. "She stays through practices. She kicks 100 kicks. She's dedicated. She's not just there to kick field goals."