Meet Burros’ new kicker

Meet Burros’ new kickerBy CHASE CRACRAFT

News Review Correspondent

With more than 20 returning seniors taking the field again, Burroughs High School varsity football fans can expect to hear many familiar names echoing over the loudspeaker.

One name that’s new? That of Senior Mya Morales, the school’s first female kicker.

Morales, a three-year varsity girls soccer player, said she decided to play football so she could be a replacement for last year’s kicker, Alex Fisher.

“I realized I could kick a football pretty well, so why not?”

Replacing the now-graduated Fisher is going to be a challenge. Fans may remember his 45-yard game-winning field goal during last year’s Homecoming victory over the Serrano Diamondbacks.

This year Morales is competing with seniors Ryan Arlow and Luis Ramirez for the official PAT kicker starting spot.

“It’s definitely a lot different from anything I’m used to,” said Morales, who does not expect her gender to impact her performance. Her teammates and coach aren’t treating her any differently either.

“She is another player on the field,” said Senior Jack Sherritt. “It’s our job to protect our teammates, female or male.”

“There is no difference in my eyes having Mya on the team. She has to do her job same as everyone else,” said Head Coach Todd Mather. “All of our kickers need work. I know there have been a lot of nerves, but we are looking better and better as we go.”

Varsity Girls Soccer Head Coach Kelly Blake said she expects Morales’ toughness, confidence, technique and work ethic to all translate from the soccer field to the football field.

“It takes a strong person [or] girl to step on the field with those boys as confidently as she does,” said Blake.

So far, Morales — voted “most inspirational” member of last year’s girls soccer team —?is living up to Blake’s assessment.

“She makes her kicks and she’s not afraid to be hit or kick against people trying to hit her,” said Sherritt. That mental and physical toughness will be essential as she continues her efforts to add to the scoreboard.

Heading into the season, Morales initially said she hoped to make every PAT that she kicked. With two games behind her, Morales has not quite met that goal, but she did make two PATs last Friday in the Burros’ 36-0 victory over the Tehachapi Warriors.

Morales and the rest of the Burros will return home tonight as they take on Rancho Verde High School. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Sherman E. Burroughs Stadium.

Pictured: Burro No. 26 Mya Morales –- Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2017-09-08