LR: Kimberly Alston, FCS Board President Linda Bryant, and Kendyle Alston.
Kicker becomes first female to score in school’s varsity football game
When Kendyle Alston kicked an extra point in August against Alabama’s Lanier High School, she became the first Westlake High School female to score in a varsity football game. Alston topped her historic kick with a second score in October, when she kicked an extra point in Westlake High’s defeat of Marietta’s Wheeler High School.
While she was not trying to make history, Alston knew playing football on a high school varsity team would not be easy.
“I just wanted to play football and to be a part of the team,” Alston said. “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Alston credits Westlake High’s football coach Kareem Reid for giving her a chance to play the sport.
“My parents and I are grateful to Coach Reid for allowing me this opportunity,” she said. “He and my teammates have welcomed me on the team and I appreciate that.”
Alston was inspired and motivated to play football after having spent time on the soccer field, where she learned to kick and punt.
She joined the Westlake junior varsity squad after seeing her former club soccer teammate become the kicker for the Mays High School varsity football team. She trained diligently alongside the varsity kickers last season.
For other young women who have desires to play football she has this advice. “If you believe in something, you should make it happen. You should be able to do anything.”
After graduating this year, Alston plans to go on to college and major in Sports Medicine. “I don’t know if football is in my future,” she says. “If not, I’ll be satisfied with the year I’ve had playing football at Westlake High.”