As Seattle's Auburn High School football team prepared to take the field against Auburn Riverside after halftime Friday night, cheerleader Cali Kaltschmidt wanted to make sure their breakthrough banner was perfect.
She ended up with the biggest tackle in the game.
Some cheerleaders had noticed that the banner didn't have any holes in it, which would allow the boys to break through. Kaltschmidt took matters into her own hands.
"The banner is held with tape and sometimes the tape can hold the player back from breaking through it," Kaltschmidt said on "Good Morning America" today. "I went to go rip holes in the paper so it's easier to break through. They're yelling at me, 'There's no holes.' So, I ran over there — the lucky one who got to do it."
Just then, the team rushed through the banner, trampling her.
"I kind of like looked up," she said. "I was laying on the ground. I saw some of the guys laying on the ground. I was like, 'Dang, I knocked them over.'"
She was in the cross hairs of a 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker, but Kaltschmidt had the presence of mind to cover herself nanoseconds before impact.
When she was hit, the recently elected homecoming queen was wearing her tiara. "It got tangled up in my ponytail. My sister came over and got it out," Kaltschmidt said. "It survived."
The high school senior only suffered one minor injury. "My cheek swelled up, but that was down by Saturday," she said.
She sported a large bruise on her knee, the result of a car crash she was in the day before the accident.
She joked that it had been a difficult week.
Kaltschmidt added that the player who sacked her apologize during the game.
Thanks to YouTube, her post-halftime sack, replayed countless times online, is infamous. "I've definitely seen it way too many times," Kaltschmidt said. "My friend told me I was the No. 1 video on YouTube and in the Top 10 plays of the week on ESPN."
While Kaltschmidt joked that the linebacker who sacked her got his only hit in the game when they collided, her school won the game.
Now, she plans to prepare for graduation by applying to a two-year community college before transferring to a four-year university.
She's still not sure whether she'll join the cheerleading squad.