“I’ve coached 21 years, and I’ve seen a lot of kids. She could’ve started in a lot of scenarios,” Gatewood said.

Erin’s mom, Kathleen, hopes what her daughter is doing will change the playing field. “It makes me feel good because it makes me feel good for girls and the future,” said Kathleen.

But for Erin, the media hype is much ado about nothing. The senior has a 4.2 GPA and is enrolled in three college courses, basketball, football, and plans to play lacrosse. She still feels she has a lot to prove. Those few minutes were not enough.

“I want to show everybody that I can do more than that. Throw a touchdown pass. I can do this. I can do this. Read defenses. I can be as good as the boys can,” Dimeglio said.

In the most detailed study of its kind, researchers at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania found that Title 9, which was put into effect 40 years ago, explained a 20-percent increase in a woman’s education and a 40-percent increase in the rise of employment for 25- to 34-year-old women. It also found that girls who play sports had a 7-percent lower risk of obesity later in life.