#sisteract: Libbey Lloyd follows sister on Cadillac football team

Cadillac junior Libbey Lloyd boots a PAT during practice Tuesday.

CADILLAC — There's something to be said for following in an older sibling's footsteps.

There's a familiarity there and you've got an idea what to expect.

Libbey Lloyd has just taken that to another level.

The Cadillac High School junior is following her sister, Emma, as the placekicker for the Vikings' varsity football team.

Emma Lloyd did a solid job for Cadillac in 2017 and Libbey is off to a strong start, as well. She's 4 for 4 on PATs in two games but has yet to attempt a field goal outside of practice.

Libbey Lloyd spent some time thinking about it over the summer but, initially, decided against playing football.

"I was kind of intimidated by it," she said. "Emma is more outgoing than I am so I didn't know if I'd like the environment with football.

"I thought about it more and said why not? The team really needed a kicker."

Cadillac certainly did.

The Vikings' special teams struggled in a 27-26 loss to Bay City John Glenn in Week 2 where missed PATs were a factor.

It was following that game that Lloyd and Cadillac head coach Cody Mallory met and the rest is history.

"I was a sent a video by one of our players of them kicking at the practice field and they thought I should see it," Mallory said. "I met with her on a Sunday when I was in doing some game film and we asked to come to come out to the next day of practice.

"She stepped in and did a really nice job."

Lloyd has adjusted well to being around "the boys" and all that comes with high school football.

"My sister wasn't as close with (last year's) guys to start with where I am friends with a lot of them so I kind of fit right in," Lloyd said. "At the start, it was a little awkward because I joined late but now I love it. It's fun and they treat me like their sisters."

Libbey has taken advice from Emma, too.

"I talked to her about it at the beginning of the summer when I wasn't sure what I wanted to do," Libbey said. "Eventually, I knew I could do football and (fall) soccer at the same time so I talked to her about it a little more.

"Emma said she loved it but it's a different sport and you have to adapt to it. I told her I joined and she was kind of jealous. She was happy and excited that I get to carry it on."

There's one part of the game that Libbey still isn't so sure about, though, and that's the physicality of football.

While she's just place kicking PATs and field goals, there is a chance that Lloyd might have to tackle someone.

Emma Lloyd found herself in that spot last year against Manistee. While she stopped the Chippewas' ball carrier, she received the brunt of the contact.

"That was one reason I didn't really want to do it," Libbey said of Emma getting "trucked." I've been working on tackling a little bit just in case."

Each game has made Lloyd feel better but that wasn't the case to start with, she said.

"I was super nervous (against Petoskey)," she said. "I almost threw up before the game and halftime.

"I knew I could do it, though, and adrenaline took over after that. After I made it, I was super happy and excited."

Mallory said both sisters brought a confidence to their game.

"They have the confidence to step right in there and not be intimidated at all by being around the guys and being out there on Friday nights," he said. "There's no hesitation from (Libbey)."

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