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Jackson State’s Leilani Armenta makes history as first female HBCU kicker to score

Leilani Armenta made history when she became the first female kicker for an HBCU school to score in an FCS-level game.(Photo courtesy of JSU Athletics)

A few weeks after becoming the first female kicker at an HBCU school to play in a game, Jackson State’s Leilani Armenta made history once again on Saturday when she became the first female kicker for an HBCU school to score in an FCS-level game.

Armenta, a member of the Jackson State women’s soccer team brought over to the football team due to injuries at the position, knocked in three extra points during the Tigers’ 40-14 routing of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

The first of Armenta’s three PATs came in the second quarter before she added two more in the fourth. Overall, the California native went perfect on the day as Dylan Wasson, who originally got the start, went one for two on his extra-point attempts.

Jackson State (6-3, 4-2 SWAC) rolled over the Golden Lions (1-7, 0-5) as quarterback Jacobian Morgan threw for 373 yards on 26 of 36 passing with five touchdowns and an interception. The Syracuse transfer’s favorite targets on the day were Fabian McCray (136 yards, one touchdown) and D.J. Stevens (99 yards, three touchdowns) as the Tigers have now won four of their last five games.

Next up for Jackson State is a home game against Texas Southern on Saturday, Nov. 4. Kickoff at Veterans Memorial Stadium is set for 2 p.m.

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