Applause rippled down from the stands as the four officials crossed the running track and onto the turf field at Dover-Sherborn Regional High School Sunday morning. They would work two American Youth Football League games between Milton and Dover-Sherborn.
Why the applause for the zebras? And why did a fan yell “History being made!” Well, because it was. John Amicone has been assigning officials for 22 years. This was the first time all four were women.
The women —Janet Cramer, 55, of Wayland; Kim Gregory, 44, of Lynn; Jenn O’Neill-Reale, 35, of Newton; and Julie Howell, 23, of Abington worked back-to-back games, the sixth-grade and seventh-grade contests.
“I think this is great for youth football and great for women,” said Scott Robbins, president of Milton Youth Football. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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