Elizabeth Mitchum ran onto the field to try her fifth extra-point kick before the referee noticed the thick blonde ponytail spilling over her shoulder from beneath her helmet.
"A girl kicker! That's a trip," he cracked, as Mitchum knocked the ball through the uprights at Wagener Salley on Friday.
It's not a novelty at Pelion, where Mitchum was one of two female kickers on the Panthers' squad in 2008. This season, she is the only girl and the only kicker on the Panthers' roster.
And everybody is pleased with that.
"I can't imagine it now, not playing football," Mitchum said.
But Friday nights did not used to be all about football for her.
"I probably went to one or two games before last year," she said.
Everything changed in the spring of 2008, when Panthers special teams coach Parrish Deans caught a glimpse of Mitchum at one of her soccer games.
"She had a really strong leg," Deans said.
He got her thinking she could kick a football pretty well, so she tried it.
"I grew up with all guys, and so I thought it would be pretty cool to be a girl on the football team," she said.
It was even cooler when she turned out to be good at it.
"She instantly picked it up and I knew that we had something to work with," said Deans, who then suggested Mitchum to head coach Ben Freeman.
"Once I saw how much potential she had kicking, I was excited about it," Freeman said.
Mitchum wasn't his first female player. Freeman said he recruited one of the female soccer players to kick for the Panthers in the 1990's. That arrangement worked out, and he was sure Mitchum also would work out as well.
Aside from dressing in a separate locker room - "that's all right, I'd rather not go in their locker room anyway," she said - Mitchum is part of all the team activities.
"I think she feels as much a part as anybody, because she does everything exactly the same as everybody else. She's treated exactly the same," Freeman said.
Only once did she try to beg off a task with the "But, I'm a girl," excuse.
"No, you're a football player," Deans answered. And that was that.
Her toughness and her dedication to the team have earned the boys' respect over the past two seasons.
"The summer before she started, she was working out here all summer. They saw her out there doing the work so it wasn't like this girl just showed up at the start of the season," Freeman said.
In her first season, she made 14 of 16 extra-point attempts and was voted onto The State's Class 2A all-area team.
Tammie Mitchum watched her daughter from the fence behind the sideline at Wagener-Salley and marveled at the girl's resolve.
After missing school on Thursday and being diagnosed with a severe sinus infection, Mitchum went to school on Friday just so she would be allowed to play against the War Eagles that night.
"She really did not want to miss the game," Tammie Mitchum said. "She decided to come out here and tough it out."
Which is no surprise to Tammie and Tony Mitchum.
Their daughter is petite with delicate features - but far from dainty.
With three male cousins as her cohorts, Mitchum grew up wrestling and playing sports with boys.
As a defender for the Panthers soccer team, Mitchum was nick-named "Terminator" and "The Wall."
Tammie Mitchum enjoys watching her daughter play soccer, and said she seems to enjoy the more physical contests the most.
So when their little girl decided she wanted to try football, the Mitchums were not surprised.
"My dad was all game for it, because he pretty much tried to raise me like a little boy anyway," Mitchum said.
Her mom took a little more coaxing.
"We put our foot in our mouths on that one. Raising our kids, we told them whatever they wanted to be would support them. Then she turns around and wants be a football player. I had to say yes," Tammie Mitchum said.
Since giving her approval, Tammie Mitchum has grown more comfortable watching her daughter play and interact with her male teammates.
"She actually sees more contact in soccer, and they don't wear pads," Tammie Mitchum said. "The way they talk to her and the way they protect her, I'm OK with it now."
On the sideline, Mitchum craned her neck to see around her hulking teammates as the Panthers offense set up with a first and goal inside the War Eagles' 10 yard line. After the touchdown, Mitchum bumped past the boys on the sidelines to get on the field and effortlessly made the kick to make the score 7-0 Pelion.
"It's not a lot of pressure to make it," Mitchum said. "I like it. The first game I ever played was against Swansea, and we won 7-6. That felt great because my kick was what made us win."
At Wagener-Salley, Mitchum has a perfect game. She is 5-for-5 on point-after kicks.
Things usually go smoothly for the Panthers when the kicking team is on the field.
If the worst-case scenario comes about, be it a bad snap or blocked kick, Panthers coaches have Mitchum's safety as their top priority.
"She's not a big girl to begin with, so I think she, if anything ever broke down where they are running around, she should just get out of the way," Freeman said.
Deans has instructed special teams to players to protect Mitchum in that instance, but he, Freeman and Tammie Mitchum all believe she might like to get in on the action.
"The way she plays soccer, she seems like she might want to hit to somebody out there, and she can probably defend herself pretty well," Tammie Mitchum said.
Elizabeth Mitchum is not crazy though.
"It depends how big the boy is. If I've got a 200-pound boy coming at me, I'm going to lay down in the fetal position or something," she said.
With 6:41 left in the game, Mitchum hit the field for the last time. She nailed a 21-yard field goal, the first of her career, to give the Panthers a 38-12 lead.
"On that last kick I heard one of those big boys say 'get that girl' and I was like 'no, leave the girl alone,' " Mitchum joked on the sideline after posting eight points in the game, becoming the team's second leading scorer.
Chris Dillow, Pelion's senior holder, did not find it funny.
"I'm always scared somebody's going to get back there to her, that's why I try to hurry up and get it down so she can kick and get out of there," Dillow said as they headed off the field.
Mitchum, however, would like to see her playing time increase.
"I wish we scored more."