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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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D-Man

That is a nice story after all the problems from last week. Billy Rolle gave her a chance to actually get on the field after the game was settled. Much respect to you Rolle. There are coaches, mostly in Broward that will play their starters and never give the reserves any game time no matter how much they are ahead. This sucks and it kills the moral of your team. Rolle demonstrated that he is fair and an up scale person. This is why his kids play for him and the compete for championships every year. Way to go Jaline DeJesus, you are problably at one of only a few schools that have a coach that would actually give you a chance.

AnnetteCummings

Congratulations Jaline!!!!! You are now apart of the Bulls and its rich traditions of "First"s! You will be remember forever...and don't worry about the haters because there will be some; hold your head up proudly.... Bull today, Bull tomorrow and a Bull forever!!! Wow!

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

WOW; THAT MADE ME SMILE. CONGRATULATIONS MISS DEJESUS. I'M MORE THAN HONORED TO HAVE YOU AS PART OF OUR GREAT NORTHWESTERN BODY. COACH ROLLE IS A CLASS ACT AND I'M SURE YOU WILL LEARN A LOT OF QUALITY THINGS FROM HIM AND THE TEAM. GOOD BLESS YOU. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. PS: THANKS ANDRE FOR THE INFO. I APPRECIATE YOUR WRITE UPS. PSALMS 100

baddos55

COME - ON - MAN!!!!!!!!!! CHIEF PRIDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

BYRON WOODSON

THAT IS GREAT .

ft hood soldier&bull4life

I am a Soldier Stationed at Ft Hood. If anyone has a picture of her in the game, please reply to my message and attach a picture on your facebook or any other social media. You can even email to me at aedwards63@yahoo.com. this is a great story for football period. You Go Young Lady!.. We bulls, as well as all fans of the sport are very proud of you and I agree with the comment above about coach Rolle..Very Special.

Carla Inzina

Way to go. I hope she makes a tackle in her next game. You are a hero to many.

kayla

congrats keep up the awesome work

White Dude

she is so hot.

J. Collins

I am so very proud that the coaching staff gave her a chance and the males treated her as an equal. This warms my heart to see her step up to the plate not as a girl but as a lover of the sport. Kudos to her and the team. BTW, I think the coach should let her finish out the season. GIRL POWER!!

annettecummings

Andre - how about a featured story? This needs more attention .... females in high school football. Come on Andre how about it? We would love to see the picture or footage of her minute of fame....

RLM

awesome Rolle and Jaline you have earned my respect AWESOME GIRL AND GOOD LUCK TO THE WHOLE TEAM

Texas Dad

My daughter consistently outkicked her school's varsity punter through 3 weeks of practice and was placed on the JV team. I'm talking yards, hang time, etc. She never got a fair chance.

SWIFT ,68

Im a bull from 68 and I MUST TAKE MY HAT OFF TO COACH ROLLE AND DEJESUS. IF U PRATICE U DESERVE TO GET ON THE FIELD

YJ

thanks be to God who gives us the "VICTORY"
I am not a "BULL" however, I love my inner-city schools. I hope and pray that God we continue to display His glory in all of his children...thanks to Coach Rolle and the entire Bull players and fans. Thanks Andre for making this 411 known!!!

Blanca

Awesome!!! Great story!!!

BambiB


2065. Posted by Myob Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:42 pm EDT Report Abuse
So, what did she actually do? Stand on the field for a minute (after the game was out of reach)? Maybe next week, if the team has a 50-point lead, they'll let the cheerleaders take the field and play "offense". As long as they don't fumble, or recover their fumbles, the coach can set another "first": Cheerleaders "beating" an opposing team!

But why stop there? Why not put babies on the field? Okay, you put them on defense, and well out of the way of the other team's offense, and just give up the score. But think of the "first". BABIES "beating" another football team!!

Putting a female into a football game for a few plays is more about a publicity stunt or "affirmative action" than it is about playing football. You could put a scarecrow in at most positions for a minute of playing time and not suffer a loss when you have a 24-point lead.

Will Jaline make the varsity team?

Nope.

Not a chance.

It's in the JV to Varsity transition period that the boys start to become men. And no woman, anywhere in the world, can play football with the men...

... though they may occupy space on the field for scant moments at a time.

The fact is (and please check this yourself), if you compare women's all-time WORLD RECORDS to high school boys state records, the best boys in any given state are on par with the very best women in the world.

Then you get to college, and the only sport where women are competitive is shooting. For every other sport, they need a "protected" class. It's sort of like "The Special Olympics". Everyone would object if Michael Phelps showed up and signed up for all the swimming events because we know he would win every event. But comparing male athletes to females is just as lop-sided. I once knew a swimmer at University of Florida who wasn't good enough to earn a scholarship, or even good enough to make the team. But his practice times were better than the female gold medal winners in SIX different events. Let that sink in. A guy not good enough to make the male swim team was fast enough to beat 6 of the best female athletes in the world. How's that different from Phelps at the Special Olympics?

Actually, only the margin of victory would differ.

Our country is due for a great big dose of reality. I propose that since women are "equal" that they compete as equals. Get rid of women's sports and men's sports and let them all compete in the same class. No more men's basketball and women's basketball - just basketball without the sexism. The best players play. The rest become cheerleaders. Same thing for tennis, swimming, football, field hockey, track and field, softball, baseball,

One year into such an experiment, we'd get to see how "equal" female athletes really are.

As for Jaline... she looks cute, even in a football helmet. I bet she'd be a pretty good cheerleader.

Truth Teller

Just another way to try and humiliate the other team. Truth be told, most other teams are having to play their players both ways, because they only have 15-17 adequate football players. So let's see what happens when NW gets all their studs back and play another team with equal talent (Central) we'll see how many girls they play that game, or better yet how many of their boys play like girls that game.

KENZIE HOLMES

I THINK THATS AWSOME AND IM 13 YEARS OLD AND A GIRL WHEN I GO TO HIGH SCHOOL I MIGHT TRY OUT WAS GOING TO TRY OUT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL BUT THEY WOULDNT LET ME SO I WONT GIVE UP. I LOOK UP TO U NOW

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

LET'S SEE. WHICH TEAM SEEMS MORE SUSPECT.MIAMI NORTHWESTERN USING A FEMALE PLAYER BEC AUSE MORE THAN THIRTY PLAYERS WERE OUT OR CENTRAL KICKING AN ONSIDE KICK WHEN THEY WERE UP BY 41 POINTS. YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO SEE THE TRUTH. WHAT DON'T COME OUT IN THE WASH, WILL CERTAINLY COME OUT IN THE RINSE. PROVERBS 15:3

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

MISS HOLMES. KEEP THE FAITH. WOMEN ARE MOVING UP IN THE WORLD. ANY TRUE MAN WILL EMBRACE THAT MOVEMENT. I EMBRACE IT. MAY GOD BLESS YOU TO BECOME ALL THAT YOU WANT TO BECOME AND MORE. JEREMIAH 32:27 JEREMIAH 33:3 ZECHARIAH 4:6 REMEMBER, JALINE HAS SET THE EXAMPLE FOR YOU. WHO WILL YOU SET THE EXAMPLE FOR. JEREMIAH 29:11

jeri thompson perry

I am very proud of you. I know first hand the guts,sweat and loyality to ones self it takes to step onto the field. I played for Titusville High school in 1976. Be true to who you are and turn a deaf ear on those with a negitive tonge. This is a time that you will never forget and only a few of us have shared. Best of luck to you.
Jeri Thompson Perry

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