Chenoa Johnston has gone from cheering for the Saint Francis Football Team to being the who fans are rooting for on Friday Nights. "I was a cheerleader and we were cheering for the game I was like, 'I want to play football.' And everyone was like, 'that will be so cool, but everyone was like, I don't know if she is actually going to do it," said Johnston.
Well, she did, joining the Saints as a placekicker last year, but kicking isn't completely new for the Keaau native, she also plays soccer. "I play center back so I pretty much wait for the ball to come and towards the goal and I just kick it really far up. I think football really helped my soccer kick."
Transitioning from one sport to another has been smooth, so has fitting in with her teammates. "To us, it's not really different. she is one of the boys kind of to us. She is like our family," said sophomore wide receiver Zach Alcos.
Just over 20 years after the first female kicked her extra point in a high school game, Johnston is making history of her own becoming the first female prep star in Hawai'i to make six extra points in a game. "I didn't know I was doing anything great! I just thought I was kicking the ball and then a couple of days later someone was like, I think you made a record...and I was like. 'OK!" said Johnston.
Last season Johnston got a chance to meet the first two girls to kick extra points in Hawaii High School football. Tui Moe Stephenson of Punahou and Heather Holbron of Moanalua. "They didn't have like a 'oh girls play, it's not uncommon, it wasn't like that. It was like, they had to start it and I think it's amazing that they did."
It's a new role model position the senior hopes continues. "If I am doing something positive and helping them realize they can play, that's great!"
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