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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Tampa Semi Final Recap

National Combine Series Super Semi Finals in Tampa Florida August 1st 2009
The National Combine Series takes place in 23 cities over the entire United States. Starting with “Regionals”, thousands of athletes compete in a set format in the football skills of kicking, punting and long snapping. Those who qualify are advanced to a “Super Semi-Finals”. The Semi-Finals held in Tampa on August 1st 2009 at Jesuit High School drew top regional qualifiers from as far away as Virginia and Puerto Rico. Those who place high in the Semi-finals will be invited to compete in the Finals, which will take place in January of 2010 here in Florida. More information can be attained at

“Hot Tampa” Produces Super Hot Performances

· College Division (includes College, Community College and rising 12th grade (class of 2010):

The big surprise of the entire combine was provided by Johnny Simone, Manatee Community College, who captured 1st place in this division in field goals by pounding 9 out of 10 field goals through the uprights. Connor Goulding of Gulf Coast High School, Naples Florida and Matt Cass, from Hampton High School, Hampton, Virginia, also hit 90% to tie for 1st with Johnny Simone.

Tyler Feely (Jesuit High School of Tampa Fl. took 2nd place honors hitting 80 % of his field goals.

Tyler Feely dominated the College Division Punting Competition amassing 813.5 points with an average of 41.6 yards per punt and 3.97 hang time average. Austin Cannon of Creek Side High School, Fruit Cove, Florida took 2nd place (punt) with 729 points, on a 35 yard average and 3.5 hang time average. 3rd place was earned by Connor Goulding of Gulf Coach High School.

Kick off honors went to Matthew Cappleman (1st Place) of West Orange High School of Orlando with 583.1 points and a 60.17 average distance; 2nd Place was won by Connor Goulding, and 3rd by Johnny Simone. Danny Adams, St. Thomas Aquinas, won the title for long snapping and field goal snapping.

· Varsity Division ( rising 11th graders):

Out of nowhere came an unknown from Jesuit High School of Tampa, Fl. named Kyle Bellini who captured three places in the Varsity Division. Kyle, who is Tyler Feely’s team mate at Jesuit High School in Tampa, earned a 1st place in Kick Offs and Punts and also a 2nd place in Field Goals. 1st place for field goals was earned with a stellar performance by Kaden Kerns, of Braden River High School in Florida. Kaden Kerns had 9 out of 10 field goals for 310 points, Tyler Gilbert out of Orlando Florida, tied for first with 90% on his field goal production and also had 3rd place in punting. Bellini had 80 % on field goals, for 3rd place. Robbie Amor, Jesuit High School of Tampa, took 1st place in long snapping and field goal snapping.

· JV Division (rising 10th graders):

Brooks Abbott, Episcopal High School of Jacksonville Fl. earned two 1st place honors and a 2nd place to stand out as the best JV Division kicker/punter. With 531 points in Kick offs and 702 points in punting both good enough for first place honors. In field goal he connected on 80 % good for runner up. Jake Englishbee hit 90% of his field goals for the JV Division 1st place title. Kyle Federico from Pointe Vedre, Florida collected two 2nd places and a 3rd place honors.

· Two first place honors went to Nick Feely in the Freshman Division. Nick Feely, who will be attending Jesuit High School this fall went 90% on his field goals, earned 486 points on kick offs and 578 points in punts, good for a 2nd place finish. Also hitting 90 % on field goals was Rhett Waldron of Brandon Florida. Rhett was the runner up for kick offs and took third place in punts. Sean Young was the freshman runner up in field goals and took first place in punting. Brandon Buck took 3rd in both field goals and kick offs.