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 Sophie smiles as she rests on the ground after a hitting drill during practice on Sept. 29 in Midland, Mich. Hitting days are Sophie's favorite practice days.

Sophie smiles as she rests on the ground after a hitting drill during practice on Sept. 29 in Midland, Mich. Hitting days are Sophie's favorite practice days.

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 Sophie works on an assignment despite a football-related injury during Mr. Dale Laughner's math class on Oct. 16 at Bullock Creek Middle School in Midland, Mich. Math is one of her favorite subjects. Sophie jammed her fingers during practice that week.

Sophie works on an assignment despite a football-related injury during Mr. Dale Laughner's math class on Oct. 16 at Bullock Creek Middle School in Midland, Mich. Math is one of her favorite subjects. Sophie jammed her fingers during practice that week.

 Sophie runs a play during the game against Saginaw Township on Oct. 3 in Saginaw, Mich. The Bullock Creek Sixth-Grade Team beat the Saginaw Township Sixth-Grade Team 42-0.

Sophie runs a play during the game against Saginaw Township on Oct. 3 in Saginaw, Mich. The Bullock Creek Sixth-Grade Team beat the Saginaw Township Sixth-Grade Team 42-0.

 From left, Bullock Creek middle schoolers Ella Dufort, Hillary Anderson, Sophie, Rita Grouch, Alana Chadwick, Neveah Moore and Ashley Fleming, give each other piggyback rides during recess on Oct. 16 Midland, Mich. Football players wear their jerseys to school each Friday before a game.

From left, Bullock Creek middle schoolers Ella Dufort, Hillary Anderson, Sophie, Rita Grouch, Alana Chadwick, Neveah Moore and Ashley Fleming, give each other piggyback rides during recess on Oct. 16 Midland, Mich. Football players wear their jerseys to school each Friday before a game.

 From left, members of the Bullock Creek Youth Football Program Sixth-Grade Team Drew Nestle, Parker Grzegorczyk, Dominik Gohl, Austin Chapin and Sophie take a water break halfway through practice on Sept. 29 in Midland, Mich.

From left, members of the Bullock Creek Youth Football Program Sixth-Grade Team Drew Nestle, Parker Grzegorczyk, Dominik Gohl, Austin Chapin and Sophie take a water break halfway through practice on Sept. 29 in Midland, Mich.

 Sophie reviews her math homework with mother Heidi Sherwood on Nov. 18 in Midland, Mich.

Sophie reviews her math homework with mother Heidi Sherwood on Nov. 18 in Midland, Mich.

 Bullock Creek sixth-grader Dominik Gohl runs alongside Bullock Creek sixth-grader Sophie Sherwood during a drill exercise ending practice at Bullock Creek High School on Sept. 29 in Midland, Mich. Sophie, who is in her second season, plays wide receiver and safety and is the only girl on her team.

Bullock Creek sixth-grader Dominik Gohl runs alongside Bullock Creek sixth-grader Sophie Sherwood during a drill exercise ending practice at Bullock Creek High School on Sept. 29 in Midland, Mich. Sophie, who is in her second season, plays wide receiver and safety and is the only girl on her team.

 Sophie brushes back her hair during the Bullock Creek Middle School Halloween Dance on Oct. 29 in Midland, Mich.

Sophie brushes back her hair during the Bullock Creek Middle School Halloween Dance on Oct. 29 in Midland, Mich.

 Head coach Pete Kirk motions to Sophie as she and her teammates review tape from their 14-0 victory over Chesaning at practice on Sept. 28 in Midland, Mich.

Head coach Pete Kirk motions to Sophie as she and her teammates review tape from their 14-0 victory over Chesaning at practice on Sept. 28 in Midland, Mich.

 Sophie holds her helmet as she walks behind her teammates to a scrimmage against the Bullock Creek Youth League Program Fifth-Grade Team on Oct. 14 in Midland, Mich.

Sophie holds her helmet as she walks behind her teammates to a scrimmage against the Bullock Creek Youth League Program Fifth-Grade Team on Oct. 14 in Midland, Mich.

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Sophie smiles as she rests on the ground after a hitting drill during practice on Sept. 29 in Midland, Mich. Hitting days are Sophie's favorite practice days.

Sophie works on an assignment despite a football-related injury during Mr. Dale Laughner's math class on Oct. 16 at Bullock Creek Middle School in Midland, Mich. Math is one of her favorite subjects. Sophie jammed her fingers during practice that week.

Sophie runs a play during the game against Saginaw Township on Oct. 3 in Saginaw, Mich. The Bullock Creek Sixth-Grade Team beat the Saginaw Township Sixth-Grade Team 42-0.

From left, Bullock Creek middle schoolers Ella Dufort, Hillary Anderson, Sophie, Rita Grouch, Alana Chadwick, Neveah Moore and Ashley Fleming, give each other piggyback rides during recess on Oct. 16 Midland, Mich. Football players wear their jerseys to school each Friday before a game.

From left, members of the Bullock Creek Youth Football Program Sixth-Grade Team Drew Nestle, Parker Grzegorczyk, Dominik Gohl, Austin Chapin and Sophie take a water break halfway through practice on Sept. 29 in Midland, Mich.

Sophie reviews her math homework with mother Heidi Sherwood on Nov. 18 in Midland, Mich.

Bullock Creek sixth-grader Dominik Gohl runs alongside Bullock Creek sixth-grader Sophie Sherwood during a drill exercise ending practice at Bullock Creek High School on Sept. 29 in Midland, Mich. Sophie, who is in her second season, plays wide receiver and safety and is the only girl on her team.

Sophie brushes back her hair during the Bullock Creek Middle School Halloween Dance on Oct. 29 in Midland, Mich.

Head coach Pete Kirk motions to Sophie as she and her teammates review tape from their 14-0 victory over Chesaning at practice on Sept. 28 in Midland, Mich.

Sophie holds her helmet as she walks behind her teammates to a scrimmage against the Bullock Creek Youth League Program Fifth-Grade Team on Oct. 14 in Midland, Mich.

 Sophie smiles as she rests on the ground after a hitting drill during practice on Sept. 29 in Midland, Mich. Hitting days are Sophie's favorite practice days.
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 Sophie works on an assignment despite a football-related injury during Mr. Dale Laughner's math class on Oct. 16 at Bullock Creek Middle School in Midland, Mich. Math is one of her favorite subjects. Sophie jammed her fingers during practice that week.
 Sophie runs a play during the game against Saginaw Township on Oct. 3 in Saginaw, Mich. The Bullock Creek Sixth-Grade Team beat the Saginaw Township Sixth-Grade Team 42-0.
 From left, Bullock Creek middle schoolers Ella Dufort, Hillary Anderson, Sophie, Rita Grouch, Alana Chadwick, Neveah Moore and Ashley Fleming, give each other piggyback rides during recess on Oct. 16 Midland, Mich. Football players wear their jerseys to school each Friday before a game.
 From left, members of the Bullock Creek Youth Football Program Sixth-Grade Team Drew Nestle, Parker Grzegorczyk, Dominik Gohl, Austin Chapin and Sophie take a water break halfway through practice on Sept. 29 in Midland, Mich.
 Sophie reviews her math homework with mother Heidi Sherwood on Nov. 18 in Midland, Mich.
 Bullock Creek sixth-grader Dominik Gohl runs alongside Bullock Creek sixth-grader Sophie Sherwood during a drill exercise ending practice at Bullock Creek High School on Sept. 29 in Midland, Mich. Sophie, who is in her second season, plays wide receiver and safety and is the only girl on her team.
 Sophie brushes back her hair during the Bullock Creek Middle School Halloween Dance on Oct. 29 in Midland, Mich.
 Head coach Pete Kirk motions to Sophie as she and her teammates review tape from their 14-0 victory over Chesaning at practice on Sept. 28 in Midland, Mich.
 Sophie holds her helmet as she walks behind her teammates to a scrimmage against the Bullock Creek Youth League Program Fifth-Grade Team on Oct. 14 in Midland, Mich.
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