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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pittsburgh Regional Recap

Pittsburgh, PA Regional Event

McKeesport High School

July 16, 2009

Overcast / 60 Degrees / 5 mph Wind

Surface: Field Turf

The weather as tough as steel at the National Kicking Combine Series Pittsburgh Regional. Special Teams Solutions, with the assistance former Rutgers punter Charlie Titus and former University of Buffalo kicker Gerry McGroarty, ran the event which was plagued by cool temperatures and rainy conditions. Despite a rain delay, severe thunder storms held up long enough for several local kickers to show they have what it takes to compete at the next level.

Among the class of 2010, Matt Maczura of Pittsburgh Central Catholic (PA) High School was almost perfect after hitting 9 of 10 field goals with a long of 52 yards from a one inch block! Anthony Chiappetta of North Hills (PA) High School, Patrick Donoughe of Forest Hills (PA) High School and Sean Zippie of Hickory (PA) High School each finished a respectable 7 of 10 on field goals off a one inch block. On kickoffs, Zach Christensen of Bishop Hoban (OH) HS lead the way after averaging 54 yards and 3.7 seconds hang time per kickoff from a one inch tee. Without a doubt the top punter was Levi Reihart of Tyrone Area (PA) High School who turned over numerous spirals and averaged 38 yards a punt with 3.5 seconds hang time. Reihart’s best punt was a 49 yard / 4.22 seconds hang time effort. Kevin Wood of Knoch (PA) High School was a close second after averaging nearly 35 yards and 3.5 seconds hang time per punt. Among the underclassmen, class of 2012 kicker of Beaver Falls (PA) High School stood out after connecting on 8 of 10 field goals with a long of 42 yards and averaging 51 yards and 3.6 hang time per kickoff with both skills off a 2 inch tee.

Lee McDonald, Special Teams Solutions


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