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Northwestern football makes history!

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On Thursday, while Miami Northwestern was beating Hialeah Miami Lakes 38-12 in a District 13-6A football game at Milander Stadium in Hialeah, the Bulls made history with this tradition-rich program.

With over 30 players suspended from the game for an altercation that took place the week before, the Bulls were left short-handed - to say the least.

While a number of offensive players, including University of Miami commits Eli Rogers and Teddy Bridgewater played on both sides of the ball, to make up for the loss of nearly the entire defensive unit, it was also a week off for the junior varsity program.

With the number of varsity players barely reaching 25, head coach Billy Rolle called upon some ninth and 10 graders from the junior varsity squad to come up for the game. One of those athletes called up for the game was Jaline DeJesus, a sophomore defensive back.

When DeJesus dressed and took part in the warmups, she was the first female in Northwestern High history ever to dress for a varsity football game. When she entered the contest with less than a minute left and played left cornerback, DeJesus accomplished another first - playing for the No. 1 rated 6A team in Florida!

"I told our players before the game, they had the chance to be part of history," said Rolle. "She works hard and deserved the opportunity to dress just like the other athletes we brought up for the game."

The Bulls remained unbeaten as Rogers, Bridgewater and the rest of the team rolled over the Trojans, and at least for one day, DeJesus had the chance to run with the Bulls!

- LARRY BLUSTEIN

PHOTO COURTESY OF BRUCE SUPANIK

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