Girls on the Gridiron

Chelsie Brown
Created: September 03, 2019 11:43 PM

Although she's just a freshman, Duluth Denfeld's Gracie Curtis has already had success playing football.


"What I've seen so far is that she can hole her own," said Duluth Denfeld head coach Erik Lofald.

In the two years she played for the Denfeld Junior League, her team rarely lost. In fact, they won back-to-back championships; which is why Curtis is suited up to play at the high school level for the Hunters.

"If I love it so much, why wouldn't I keep going," said Curtis. "Why would I go up, I've worked so hard," she added.

With her stature, being low to the ground with a great base, she's able to get leverage on boys that might be a little bigger than her. That's why the coaches have placed her on the line.

"That's where she's played. that's where she fits in, that's where her skill set is. Then, she also worked to hone her craft," added Lofald.

Playing on the line is where Curtis is comfortable. It's a position where she can do her two favorite things.

"It's just way better on the line, just blocking and tackling people, Curtis explained is her favorite par.

Curtis isn't the only girl in the Northland going out for the football team. Over at Carlton-Wrenshall, Alaina Kiehl is a sophomore for the Raptors.

"My favorite part is making tackles and being in there," explained Kiehl.

Kiehl enters her third year playing football and acts as a versatile player, playing either tight end, defensive end or at linebacker. Her football interest sparked when she attended a Vikings' game years ago. Although she is the only girl on the Raptors team, she likes to be looked at as just one of the guys.

"My thing is they always try to say 'and girl,'" she explained about her teammates and coaches. "I just kind of want to blend in. I don't want to stick out."

Both players say their teammates and coaches have been more than accepting of their decision to play football. Their advice for any girls teetering the line of whether or not to play; is to just do it.


Chelsie Brown

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