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Virginia punter becomes first female to throw TD pass in state history

All thanks to a jaw-dropping trick play.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Sep 18, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 11:06 pm CDT

Cynthia Brown, a punter for the Wilson High School football team in Portsmouth, Virginia, will end her football career at the end of this season.

But first, she made a little history, tossing a 52-yard touchdown pass last week that made her what appears to be the first female to throw for a touchdown in state history.

Clearly, this was a trick play the opponents weren’t expecting, especially since the play was invented during halftime of that game. Huge credit also must go to receiver Kevin Whitfield, who made a nice catch off his shoetops and then evaded several would-be-tacklers to get into the end zone.

“[Special teams] coach Glenn Jenkins, he made it up with us,” Brown told WNCN. “He was like, ‘Are you comfortable throwing the ball?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m OK. I’ll throw it to Kevin.’ And he’s like, ‘We can do it.'”

And do it they did.

What makes the play more impressive was that Brown—who’s accepted a soccer scholarship to Radford University—had to face defenders who were trying to block her punt before realizing she was instead looking to pass.

“The guy coming in was really tall, and I knew I couldn’t throw over his head because I’m too short,” Brown said, via “And I couldn’t lob it, so I threw it sideways to get it around him. I knew it was going to be short. But Kevin came back for the ball and made the play happen.”

Said head coach Ronnie Ratliff: “The defender was blocking her view and she adjusted. And without having any training at quarterback, she did pretty good.”

Here’s a further explanation from Brown and Whitfield.

Screengrab via The Virginian-Pilot/YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 18, 2015, 2:17 pm CDT