Female kicker makes game-saving tackle, and hopes to walk on at Virginia Tech

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CHESAPEAKE, VA (WAVY) – Amanda Shepps isn’t on the team to just wear a jersey and helmet. And she’s proven to be much more than a field goal kicker for Grassfield High School.

Head coach Martin Asprey calls Shepps, “an impact player for the Grassfield Grizzlies.”

Maybe no player had a bigger impact than Shepps in Grassfield’s 24-20 win over Lakeland on Friday night. The Grizzlies’ senior starting place-kicker went three-for-three on extra points, drilled a 26-yard field goal, and made a touchdown-saving tackle on kick return coverage in the third quarter. 

“I wasn’t going to let him score. I wasn’t going to do that,” said Shepps, who doesn’t want her football career to end at the end of this season.

She attended a one-day specialist camp at Virginia Tech this past offseason, and got to spend considerable time with defensive coordinator Bud Foster, and head coach Justin Fuente.

“He was amazing,” Shepps said of Fuente, “I’ve never met someone so charismatic, and out-going. And he was so welcoming.”

Shepps has already sent her application to Tech, and one day hopes she can walk on to the Hokies football team.

“It’s a dream of mine, and I think it would be amazing if it could come true,” she said. 

A reliable kicker, who can also tackle? Sounds like a Hokie through and through. 

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