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Sports Notebook: Kickers and punters

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Watching the routines of place-kickers and punters during the course of a high-school football game is kind of a separate entity from the rest of the team.

Those specialists are kind of off by themselves warming up and keeping their talents sharp for the moments they are needed during a game. Often they kick or punt into nets on the sideline behind the line of players when their team’s offensive possesses the ball.

If the offense has the ball in its own territory, the player is punting into the net. Once the offense crosses midfield or nears the other team’s 30-yard line, they begin kicking into that same net to prepare for possible field goal or extra point attempts or kicking off following any of those scores.

At halftime, while the majority of the teams meet inside or huddled together outside somewhere near the field, the punters and kickers, whether one or multiple players, often remain on the football field practicing their trades and staying warmed up.

Basically, the kickers and punters do one thing during the course of a game while the rest of the team is doing something else. All for the good of the team, of course.

– Dave Facinoli


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