At first site, it seemed a bit unusual.
"When I first saw her, I was like, 'is that a girl? Then I was like, yeah, yeah that's a girl.'"
Cushing senior Jessie Williamson is talking about Jessica Ferguson.
That's right, a girl, on the football field.
Ferguson, who watched Cushing on Friday nights as a little girl, has always dreamed of playing the sport she loves.
First year head coach Bill Jehling made it a reality.
"We got new coaches and heard that we could and that he was still letting people join," said Ferguson. "So I came and asked and he said I start Monday."
"If we are going to have our motto has a family that means we are open to everybody playing football, boys, girls, anything," said Jehling.
Getting hurt, its possible, but the sophomore lineman isn't worried about that.
She's focused on improving and competing on the gridiron.
"This sport might be made for guys to play, but it don't mean nothing," said Ferguson. "It all depends how much you are willing to put out there."
"She pursued me out every single day to make sure I knew she was coming out to play," said Jehling.
She is giving it her all and you can't fault her for that," said senior Trey Davis. "She is coming out here trying, playing the sport she really likes.
Once Jennifer steps between the lines she becomes more than a girl with a helmet on.
The players treat her just like any other teammate.
"Don't treat her no less or no more," said Davis. "Once she steps out here with those pads and helmet on, it's the same for everybody."
"Not all of them put all their effort," said Ferguson. "But I will get on to them and tell them to put more because when I go up against another team, they don't know me."
As much as the Bearkats are family, there is one time where they're down a member.
"I think she has her own dressing room, I haven't seen her in there, but I know she does," laughed Davis.
"Yes," said Ferguson. "I have my own locker room."
Other than that, she's just like the others.
She's a football player.
Ferguson is set to play in her first game on Thursday with the Cushing JV team.
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