Friday, October 27, 2006

Panthers try something unheard of

Kick three of five extra point attempts

Express Staff Writer

James Carlson breaks away in a Sept. 29 Carey High School victory over Mackay. Carlson scored two touchdowns Wednesday night against Richfield, the first on a 40-yard punt return. Photo by David N. Seelig

In Wednesday's Carey High School football game against the Richfield Tigers, the Panthers did something pretty much unheard of—they kicked extra points.

"It's the first time we've ever kicked extra points, maybe in our history," said Panther coach Lane Kirkland.

Known for running or passing for two on extra point conversions, the Panthers kicked three of five attempts through the crossbars in their 51-6 victory over the Tigers. And they used three different kickers to do it.

Brad Hunt notched one, followed by Nathan Lichuk, and James Carlson completed a third. Two later attempts failed.

"The kids wanted to do it, so we picked the ones who could do it and they kicked it in," said Kirkland.

With a 60 percent kicking conversion rate, the Panthers actually surpassed their running and passing ratios for successful extra points. This year they've completed 32 of 56 attempts for a 57 percent conversion rate.

Kirkland said he can remember a successful 35-yard field goal attempt by the Panthers in the late 90s, but doesn't know of any other kicking attempts.

Against Richfield, "the ones we made were right down the middle," he said. "They probably would have been good from 35 yards out."

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