This Girl Can Play ... Football


Payson High School girls took over Longhorn Field during a recent Powder Puff football game.

Payson High School girls took over Longhorn Field during a recent Powder Puff football game. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Payson High School student Summer Kelley has at least one fan who, oddly enough, believes her sports future lies with football.

It’s her mother, Kim, who presented the argument after watching her daughter quarterback the Payson High School junior-sophomore team to a pulsating, last-second 12-7 win over the freshmen-senior squad in the annual Powder Puff game played Aug. 5 on Longhorn Field.

Even Payson Roundup photographer Andy Towle admired Kelley’s gridiron ability saying, “She’s a very good player.”

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Natalie Black (4) showed her gridiron abilities during a recent Powder Puff football game at Payson High School.

All evening long, Kelley engineered her team on the field with her running and passing to teammate Alix Parker.

In the waning moments with the game on the line, the two hooked up on a last-gasp scoring aerial to preserve the junior-sophomore win.

Rendering Kelley’s gridiron ability even more unique is that she comes from a family of diehard golfers.

Both her parents are standouts on the links; her oldest brother Brandan earned a golf scholarship to Point Loma University after starring at Payson High. He is now a golf pro.

Her other brother, Jeffrey, is now a standout on the Longhorn golf team and last spring, as a sophomore, finished ninth among 80 state tournament qualifiers.

In addition to Kelley’s expertise on the gridiron, she’s also a promising softball player who once starred for the Payson Little League all-star team and last spring saw Lady Longhorn varsity action as a pitcher.

A last-second touchdown pass earned the junior-sophomore Payson High School Powder Puff football team a 12-7 win over the freshmen-senior squad.

For the game, members of the PHS varsity football program coached the two Powder Puff teams.

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