South Florida high school QB throws TD pass in first game, and she's a girl

Hollywood Hills QB Holly Neher connects on first pass of game

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – A South Florida high school quarterback threw a touchdown pass in her -- that's right, her -- first varsity football game.

Junior quarterback Holly Neher entered Thursday night's game for Hollywood Hills High School with her team trailing 21-0 in the fourth quarter and connected with wide receiver Alex Shelton for a 45-yard touchdown. It was her first pass of the game.

"It felt amazing," Neher told the SunSentinel. "I was so happy."

Neher spoke to Local 10 News sports reporter Clay Ferraro on Friday following the big win.

"Everyone was screaming -- administration, the fans, my family, everybody was happy," she said.  

The historic pass was the lone score for the Spartans, who lost to Hallandale High School 21-7.

"They should've put her in sooner," Neher's mother told the SunSentinel.

It was the first time a girl has thrown a touchdown pass in a tackle football game in state history.

Neher is in her first season after playing quarterback for the school's flag football team last spring.

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