One of the 2009 Combine Series Semi-Finals took place over the weekend in Detroit, Michigan. The morning and day prior to the competition was filled with some pretty bad storms and high winds but as soon as it was time for the competition, the clouds parted, the sun came out, and the competition was fierce!
Mitchell Bredberg from Ada, Michigan (Forest Hills Central High School) started the semi-finals off with a bang going 10 for 10 on field goals. Michael McGowan from Sylvania, Ohio (St. Francis de Sales High School) followed and made his first 9 field goals before pushing his final 35 yard field goal wide right. All in all, the field goal portion of the combine was very successful for the 7 participants making 79% of their kicks (55 for 70).
The kickoff portion of the competition was led by 2 guys from Loveland, Ohio. Matt Eltringham (Loveland High School) averaged almost 65 yards per kickoff and Joe Reifenberg (Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) averaged almost 63 yards per kickoff.
In punting, Kyle Pignatiello, from Tipp City, Ohio (Tippecanoe High School) was at the top of the leaderboard averaging 42.5 yards per punt, followed by Joe Reifenberg's 41.5 yard average and Adam Schaffer from West Chester, Ohio (Moeller High School) averaged 40.7 yards per punt.