VISALIA, Calif. — In Golden West’s second game of the season, the Trailblazers were up 29-0 over El Capitan.
“The pressure was on, but I knew all of us were gonna perform and just push a little bit harder,” according to Golden West senior offensive lineman Jace Williams.
In the second quarter, Golden West had the ball inside of the ten, and that’s when Angel Celaya heard her name called from the sideline.
“All I hear is Angel, Angel! You just see Kanawyer with his clipboard and like looking around, he’s like where is she? And they’re like Angel, get over there,” says Celaya, a senior fullback/linebacker at Golden West.
Jordan Garcia, Golden West’s senior center, said they just needed to stick to their assignment. “Just block harder because she’s smaller, but she deserved it, she always comes to practice.”
Golden West put Celaya in at fullback on 1st and 7.
“She’s 5 foot nothing and weighs a hundred and nothing,” Golden West head coach Paul Preheim said.
Celaya carried the ball three straight times and was stopped three straight times, but that didn’t stop her from trying one more time.
“I’ve seen her work and I know how much this means to her, so it would’ve taken an ambulance to cart her off and get her off the field,” said Preheim.
On 4th and goal, she finally gets into the endzone, after diving headfirst, and extending over the goal line.
“I knew it would probably take a few tries to get her in. I was just really excited for her when she got the touchdown,” says senior offensive lineman Michael Peguero.
On August 30th, 2019, Angel Celaya made Central Section history, becoming the first female to score a touchdown at the varsity level. Something she’s been dreaming about for a long time.
“I worked really hard. People always have told me that I can’t, but I can and I told them I could, but now I proved to myself that I can,” Celaya said.
Of course, Celaya couldn’t have done it without her offensive line, a group of seniors that have played together since they were young. They too, will go down in the books as the o-line that blocked for the first girl in section history to score a touchdown.
“It’s just another one of the amazing things this team has done in the past three years. We set so many records, just another one to add to the books. It’s just an honor, I wouldn’t trade the team for anybody and it’s awesome that she had that privilege, because she deserves it,” Williams said.
“It’s kinda special in its own way, because some of the team’s coaches won’t play girls, because they don’t think they can do it. But here, our coaches worked Angel and she earned her chance to score, and she scored. So that’s all her,” says senior offensive lineman Cyrus Carter.
Angel Celaya goes into each day with one goal in mind: be a good teammate.
“Give them my best, show up every day, on time, be there for them on and off the field,” Celaya said.