- Associated Press - Saturday, September 1, 2012

PLANTATION, FLA. (AP) - The third-string quarterback for South Plantation High School wears No. 13 as a tribute to Dan Marino, and her parents met at a Miami Dolphins game. She has been known to play football in parking lots.

She also has a ponytail sticking out of her helmet.

Here are Erin Dimeglio’s stats from Friday night: No passes, no yards, no touchdowns, and that’s all irrelevant. The senior is believed to be the first female to play quarterback for a Florida high school team, after taking two snaps _ handing the ball off both times _ in a 31-14 win over Nova High.

“To us, she’s a pretty humble, regular kid,” said Kathleen Dimeglio, Erin’s mother.

Humble, maybe. Regular, that’s debatable.

Dimeglio’s typical day goes like this: Awake at 6 a.m., out by 7:15 for high school, over to nearby Broward College _ she’s taking 12 credits this fall, after earning 15 last year, meaning she’ll be a college sophomore before long _ around midday, back to high school for football practice, and home at 8:30 p.m. Homework until 10:30. Then sleep.

After the family dinner, dishes await her. No special treatment for the quarterback when it comes to family chores.

Frankly, she doesn’t want special treatment, anywhere.

“I’m just out here to prove myself,” said Erin Dimeglio, a babysitter when she’s not studying or playing quarterback. “I’m going to prove it by doing it on the field.”

Camera crews surrounded her after Friday’s game, and Dimeglio was clearly uncomfortable. The team’s star running back, Miami commitment Alex Collins, rushed for 221 yards and scored three second-half touchdowns as South Plantation _ located near Fort Lauderdale _ rallied from a 14-10 deficit.

Dimeglio would have preferred more questions about the victory.

“I will say this past week has been a little bit overwhelming, trying to keep her humble in it,” Kathleen Dimeglio said. “She’s got a pretty good grasp of it. She’s concerned about the attention on her, when she wants the attention on her whole team.”

At 5-foot-5, she’s a standout guard for South Plantation’s basketball team, getting interest from Division III schools. But football is in her blood _ her father, Tom Dimeglio, was a high school teammate of Michael Irvin, Bennie Blades and Brian Blades. Tom Dimeglio went to a Dolphins game with a friend once, saw the friend’s sister there and soon married her.

Their daughters, Erin and Amy, have a deep bond, with Amy making the three-hour drive home from Orlando each of the past two weekends to see her sister play. (Erin Dimeglio got a full series last week in South Plantation’s preseason game.)

“A long drive, but it’s worth it,” Amy Dimeglio said.

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