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Friday, June 26, 2009

Northern Virginia/DC Regional Recap

Washington, D.C. Regional Event

Centreville High School

June 26, 2009

Partly Cloudy / 90 Degrees / 10 mph Wind

Field Surface: Grass

The nation’s capital proved to be the perfect backdrop for a high pressure situation as more than twenty kickers gathered for the Washington, D.C. National Kicking Combine Regional Event. Special Teams Solutions, with the assistance of former VA Tech kicker Matt Felber and Salisbury State University all conference kicker Tommy Kowalick, hosted the event at Centreville, VA High School.

Class of 2010 kicker James Devens from Vienna, VA (James Madison HS) proved to be the leading candidate after connecting on 10 of 10 on field goals off the ground with a long of 52 yards! Just short of the top 2010 field goal nomination were Ian Durham of Wilmington, NC (Hoggard HS) who hit 8 of 10 field goals (long of 44) off the ground and Matt Cass of Hampton, VA (Hampton HS) who also split the pipes 8 of 10 times (long of 47) off a 1” tee. On kickoffs, Eric Smith of Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Pinecrest School ‘10) got great lift on the ball by averaging 3.8 hang and 55 yards a kick from a 1” tee. Devins also showed he is a capable kickoff weapon by averaging nearly 3.5 hang and 58 yards a kick from a 1” tee. The top 2010 punters included Devins who posted 42 yards and 3.7 seconds hang time a punt and John Macomber of Vienna, VA (Georgetown Prep) who averaged 36 yards and 4.1 seconds hang time per punt.

The leading nominees among the underclassmen kickers were Jacob Gibson of Reisterstown, MD (Franklin HS ‘11) and Kyle Lawrence of Hampton, VA (Kecoughtan HS’11) who both went 9 of 10 with a long of 47 off the ground and a 1” block respectively. Michael Branthover of Dayton, MD (DeMatha HS ’11) confirmed he was the best punter of the day after posting a 40 yard and 3.9 seconds hang time punting average. He also showed good pop on kickoffs by hitting several into the end zone with more than 3.6 seconds of hang time. Among the class of 2012, Eric Enderson of Hampton, VA (Phoebus HS) and Jared Rondeau of Clifton, VA (Centreville HS) both connected on 9 of 10 field goals with a long of 42 yards. Colby Cooke of Sandy Hook, VA (Goochland HS) displayed the best leg overall on kickoffs with a long of 55 yards and 3.5 seconds hang time.

Lee McDonald, Special Teams Solutions


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