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Girl Power


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  • Dec. 02, 2020 - 7:55 AM

Girl Power

The Newnan Times-Herald

By Rob Grubbs

This past week, history was made when Sarah Fuller took the field and kicked for the Vanderbilt Commodores in their game against Missouri.

It was the first time a female had played in a Power-5 conference college football game.

But the East Coweta Indians were way ahead of their time, as they employed a female kicker, Ashley Martin, back in the 1997 season.

Martin was a star on the Lady Indians soccer team, and on a dare by friends, made 15 consecutive extra-points after football practice one day. That caught the attention of the East Coweta coaches. Head Coach Danny Cronic said, “Our kicking game has been struggling lately and there is a skill at kicking that Ashley does possess.”

On Sept. 19, 1997, Martin suited up and was a perfect 8-for-8 in extra points in the Indians 56-28 victory over McIntosh High School at Garland Shoemake Stadium. After the game, she said, “I went into the field house because Coach Cronic said I earned the right. It was a special moment.”

Four years later, Martin made history once again. This time, she became the first female to score a point in a NCAA college football game. She completed a successful extra point for Jacksonville State in their 72-10 win against Cumberland College.

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Ashley Martin takes a swig of water in between plays during East Coweta’s game against McIntosh High School.Ashley-Martin-1997-2.jpg?mtime=20201201161725#asset:55314Ashley Martin puts another extra point on the board. Martin was a perfect 8-for-8 in extra points in the Indians’ 56-28 victory over McIntosh High School at Garland Shoemake Stadium.

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Holder and East Coweta quarterback Dantra Clements celebrates with kicker Ashley Martin. Ashley-Martin-1997-3.jpg?mtime=20201201161726#asset:55315

Ashley Martin and East Coweta Head Coach Danny Cronic.