*When the whistle blew and the opening kickoff sailed through the air on a beautiful late-summer night, Natalie Randolph could finally take a deep breath and focus on the thing she wants to do most – coach football.

After months in the media spotlight, Randolph made her debut Friday night leading the Colts of Coolidge Senior High School. She is believed to be the nation’s only female head coach of a high school varsity team.

But there was no Hollywood ending on this night, as the Colts were thumped 28-0 by Carroll High, a rude awakening that Randolph shook off with her usual placidity.

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