Charger Spotlight: Jasmin Carrillo, Female Football Player

By Aiyah Wahab

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Female football player Jasmin Carrillo (photo / Aiyah Wahab)

Female football player Jasmin Carrillo (photo / Aiyah Wahab)

If you walk onto Dos Pueblos’ football field after school, you wouldn’t really see anything out of the ordinary: off-season track practice, kids hanging out under the bleachers, and the junior varsity football team charging across the field.

Nothing seems amiss until the person wearing jersey 66 takes off her helmet, revealing herself as sophomore Jasmin Carrillo, DP’s female football player.

Carrillo is DP’s third female football player in the history of the school after Brianna Wayco in the late 1990s, and Jesse Schultz, who was a defensive lineman on JV in 2008. Carrillo also plays defensive lineman, and said she likes this position best because she “just likes to tackle.”

Carrillo said that although she does get a lot of surprised looks in-game when she tackles people, she hasn’t faced any put-downs or discrimination of any kind because of her gender.

“It feels good; I’m treated just like one of them,” Carrillo said.

JV football coach Nate Mendoza also said that the team is very respectful of Carrillo.

“They know there are lines that should never be crossed, whether she was a girl or not,” Mendoza said. “They treat her like they’d treat one of them.”

Carrillo isn’t bugged by the fact that she has to change separately from the rest of the team before games.

“It doesn’t feel lonely at all,” Carrillo said.

Carrillo first got interested in football at about 10 years old, when she was inspired by watching her brother play. However, since her brother was in an older division than her, Carrillo had to make her own friends in her division once she started playing.

By the end of the season, Carrillo says she hopes to make lots of tackles, sacks, and try to force fumbles.

However, Carrillo isn’t sure she wants to continue on with football beyond high school, citing that she felt she still was too young to decide.

“I probably want to run my own tattoo business,” she says. “I love to draw.”

Carrillo has one piece of advice for girls everywhere interested in male-dominated fields such as math, science and football: “Just do you, be yourself, and do what you want to do.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Carillo was the second female football player after Jesse Schultz. The Charger Account regrets the error.

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