Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

September 20, 2013

KYLE HOBSTETTER: Area making pitch for kicks

ASHLAND — Last Friday night during the Russell-Ashland game, the Red Devils had a drive stall near the Tomcats’ 40-yard line.

Without hesitation, the Russell coaching staff called for the field goal unit and kicker Patrick Soucy.

The 50-yard field goal fell short — a bad snap, a hurried Soucy and Ashland getting a fingertip on the ball caused the miss.

But Soucy got something he’s been looking for since starting to kick for Russell three years ago: Trust from his team.

“I think they have confidence in me,” Soucy said. “They didn’t come up and say, ‘Can you hit this?’ They just said, ‘field goal team.’ We didn’t even try a field goal last year.”

Before the 50-yard try, Soucy hit two field goals from 40 and 30 yards out.

Russell and Soucy are a perfect example of the resurgence in the kicking game in the area this season.

Several teams are looking toward soccer players to handle their kicking duties.

Robert Wesley has been handling extra points in Ashland and Evan Huddle hit a 37-yard field goal for East Carter last weekend.

Johnson Central soccer/football player Tyler Pack hit a 58-yard field goal to tie a state record last week.

When asked why soccer players would want to try football, Soucy said why not.

“I think it’s pretty appealing if you ask me,” Soucy said. “I always thought it would be fun. The whole aspect of having a chance to help out another team, I think, is pretty cool.”

Soccer players aren’t the only ones getting in on the action. Zac Bruner in Boyd County has been a bright spot for the Lions this year.

In fact, the idea of kicking has swept the area, including camps (such as Prokicker) that focus on kicking, punting and longsnapping. The idea of more kickers learning to do things the right way excites Soucy.

“I personally hate toe-ball kickers,” said the senior. “This summer I went to Aaron Pettrey’s camp at KCU. He completely changed my form ... and ever since then I keep getting better and better.”  

Look for the football to fly from feet a little bit straighter than what most area fans are used to on Friday nights.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Kittens call on Ingram

    Somebody had to follow Dave Miller.
    Scott Ingram is pleased to be the coach to fill the vacancy for the man who built Ashland Blazer softball into a perennial state Top 25 program. The Kittens have won the 16th Region championship every year since 2009.

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729kypgaJr0034.jpg Golfers go out with an encore

    Evan Goble said he “wasn’t completely ready for a playoff” on Monday.
    That didn’t stop him from holing two pressure-packed playoff putts to win the 13-14-year-old division of the final event of the summer on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour at Bellefonte Country Club.

    July 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • EKC Grid-O-Rama set for Aug. 15-16

    The annual Eastern Kentucky Conference football scrimmage contests are set for Aug. 15-16 at Fleming County and Raceland.

    July 29, 2014

  • Holliday embraces high expectations

    As Marshall football prepares to return to the gridiron to begin fall practice Aug. 4, this season the program finds itself labeled something that it has not been in many years: a favorite.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mobley, Jude key for EKU

    Eastern Kentucky coach Dean Hood has revamped the Colonels’ defense in hopes of containing OVC opponents’ spread offenses.

    July 29, 2014

  • ZACK KLEMME: Punchless Reds wasting solid pitching

    The last nine days have been an exercise in understanding just how slim the margin for error is for baseball teams — even good ones — that can’t score.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726fbPrac0079.jpg Practice rolls on as kickoff approaches in less than 5 weeks

    As high school football teams strap on helmets and prepare for Friday nights next month, the theme of the first couple of weeks of practice for most is simple.
    You gotta work. Hard.
    And if you don’t, it’ll be exposed come Aug. 22.
    “Everybody looks good in helmets,” Ashland coach Tony Love said with a grin. “We’re all undefeated. There’s a lot of work to get done.
    “Our coaches and kids, we all know it, and that’s why they’re here and we’re here, and we’re gonna push hard every day.”

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • kenzie-breaststroke.jpg Pennington makes push for Nationals

    Swimmer Kenzie Pennington had one last chance to make the cut for this year’s YMCA Long Course National Championships.
    The 15-year-old from Ashland didn’t disappoint.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Salyers shoots 75 for title at Lakeside

    Baylee Salyers of Flatwoods shot a 3-over par 75 at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday to win the Girls Open division of the Walmart Kentucky PGA Junior Tour event.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014