Havenner, 15, has been kicking for seven years as a soccer player, playing for Scoggins Middle School and the Villa Rica Chargers youth soccer team. She played as a freshman for South Paulding last year as a captain of the girls’ junior varsity soccer team.
She recently began using her strong legs on a different type of football field — kicking extra points after touchdowns.
“I do all the goal kicks and free kicks for our team so I have always enjoyed taking kicks that you send downfield, and thought it would be cool to do the same with a football,” she said.
While Havenner thought it would be cool to try her skills on the gridiron, she still had to get approval from head football coach Tim Glanton.
Glanton said that, “One of my players asked me back in the summer if we allowed girls to play and I said, ‘Sure.’
“So, Brittany came out one summer practice and kicked field goals and we were impressed,” Glanton said.
While the coaching staff was impressed, Havenner was still shocked when she found out she made the team.
“I thought if anything I might make the JV team, but I never thought that I would get a starting position on varsity. I was happy. I thought to myself, ‘This is crazy, you really made it on an all-guys football team,’” Havenner said.
As if being the only female on a high school football team was not enough, Havenner also was crowned as South Paulding’s sophomore Homecoming princess by her peers recently.
“I was surprised, I never thought that I would be on the court and then winning was so overwhelming. It definitely felt different. All the girls were in these gorgeous dresses and then I’m in the bulky football pads and my hair is thrown up in a ponytail,” Havenner said.
Havenner, daughter of Joe and Lisa Havenner, is a native of Augusta. The Havenners lived in Newnan prior to moving to Paulding County in 2004. They now reside in the Paulding part of Douglasville.
She has certainly started her sophomore year differently than most girls her age, but she said through the experience she has learned what it really means to be part of a team.
“Your teammates are like family. The way the guys treat each other is like having 100 different brothers by your side at all times,” Havenner said.