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Female football player blazing a path in Maine's western mountains
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RUMFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While it may be seen as a novelty for a girl to play football, Brooke Dolloff is proving that skill and will can keep you in the game.

"I debated whether I was going to play," she admits.  "I was like, if I am going to play, I'm going to play all four years, I'm not quitting.  I'm not going to be that girl who played freshman year and she's not playing anymore."

Now in her junior year, Brooke starts for the Mountain Valley's J.V. team, playing on both the offensive and defensive lines.

"It is not really the size that really matters, it is if you have the skill," explained Dolloff.  "If you are quick enough and you can get to where you need to be, you are basically all set.  It doesn't matter if the guy is 300 pounds bigger than you or not."

Brooke started playing football in 3rd grade on a team her father coached.

"I was coaching 3rd and 4th grade and she was very interested in what I was doing.  I thought she'd come out for a couple days and get hit a couple times," recalls her father Gary Dolloff proudly.  "And she basically hasn't given up since."

"I've had girls show up for a day or two, Brooke Dolloff is the first girl who has stuck in and made a commitment to the program," stated Jim Aylward, head coach of the Mountain Valley Falcon's varsity football team.  "You know, some girls play football.  Brooke's a football player who happens to be a girl.  She's a football player."

She is the first female player to make the team in the 22 years Aylward has been coaching the Falcons.

"It is not easy for Brooke," he added.  "The fact that she has stuck with it shows you quite a bit about her character."

Brooke says she just wants to keep working on being a better player, and helping her school win another state championship.

"I hope we can get it again this year.  That would be cool," said Brooke, who was on the sidelines as a freshman the last time the school captured a gold ball.  "I might actually get to play in this game."

She knows what she does on and off the field sets an example for other girls interested in strapping on a helmet and hitting the gridiron.

"If it is something that you really like, stick with it, but don't feel like you have to play because you don't want to be that girl who quit or whatever," she says.  "It doesn't matter.  Do what you want to do."

Brooke Dolloff certainly has, and it has helped her make history.

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