"We didn't make a big deal about it," said Reichwein. "Anyone who went head-to-head with her ended up on the ground. After a week, (her gender) was laid to lest."
Reichwein, who is also Caroline's basketball coach and her best friend's father, said she embodies the character and sportsmanship that football coaches so often strive to instill in their players.
"This whole fight is for other people more than it is for her," he said. "She's such a caring, kind, well-rounded young lady who's able to put a helmet on, throw a switch and knock you on your butt."
Caroline's father proudly stands with his daughter. He said the ruling is outdated.
"Girls playing football is not something new. They're not going through uncharted water or pioneering something that hasn't been addressed before," George Pla said. "The sport will determine where's she's best able to play, if she is at all."
All four Pla children are encouraged to pursue their passions, whether it's theater or football, George Pla said. Caroline's twin sister, Alexandra, uninterested in playing football, would prefer to remain on the sidelines as a cheerleader.
Tackling the boys-only rule is bigger than just letting her twin back on the gridiron, Alexandra said.
"She's trying really hard to let girls play football," she said. "I really like to watch her play, and the rule should be changed so anyone can play."
Rally 'round the girl
After calls and emails to the archdiocese were unsuccessful, Caroline, no longer welcome to play football for the CYO, decided to call an audible.