LAWTON, Okla (KSWO) - Caitlyn Cox became the first female football player ever at Lawton High by earning the starting place kicker job her junior year. That same year she hit the longest field goal by a girl in Oklahoma history at 42-yards. Now, following her senior season, she can add one more accolade to her history making career, becoming the first female to be named to the Southwest Senior Bowl.
"I'm very happy just to be out here and to be able to kick and to be able to play with all of the best of the north side," Cox said. "My goal is just to enjoy it and take it all in, live it up and do my best."
Lawton High head coach Randy Breeze watched Cox develop from simply a kicker, to becoming a true football player. He feels that is the reason she is so deserving of a trip to the Senior Bowl.
"The reason she kicked field goals for Lawton High School was she was the best kicker we had," Breeze said. "She's a very special person. She's a very good kicker. And she turned out to be an offensive weapon for our football team. We're real proud of her."
In her senior campaign, Cox hit 39-44 extra points as well as four field goals with a long of 41-yards. The Wolverines' season came to an abrupt end in the first round of the playoffs. But for Cox, being able to play one more game makes the Senior Bowl that much more special.
"I was just glad to be able to have one more shot at getting to play because I felt like our season ended up a little short. So I was excited to get to play one more time," Cox said.
The Senior Bowl will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night in Cache.