(11-17-19) Special teams can win special games in high school football. On Saturday night in the round two match-up between Ft. Loramie and Marion Local that is exactly happened.
In overtime Marion Local had the ball on the first possession and was facing a fourth down and long with the ball on the Redskins 18 yard line. That is when Flyers’ coach Tim Goodwin decided to kick a field goal. Senior Alex Klosterman was called to attempt a 35-yard field goal. It was a perfect snap from (#85) Austin Wendel and a perfect hold by (#27) Reece Hess and Klosterman’s kick was right down the middle to give Marion Local a 24-21 lead. It was a special play from the special team.
Klosterman told pressprosmagzine.com after the game –
“Biggest moment of my life. The snap, the spot, and the kick…it was all good. It was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for it any better and I just said to myself, ‘Put it through.’ I’ve been doing this for six years, and six years of practice helps.”
Goodwin’s choice paid off as Ft. Loramie was unable to score in their half of the overtime.
In the same article Marion Local Coach Tim Goodwin had high praise for his kicker –
“For a Marion Local kicker that WAS a big play. We’ve made some big kicks at Marion over the years, but we’ve never made a kick that big in a playoff game.”
It wasn’t the first time this season Klosterman’s foot had won a game for the Flyers, in late September he kicked a 21 yard FG against Anna (MAC Co-Champ and still in the playoffs) with 6:12 left in the game. It turned out to be the winning points. That winning FG came after he had an earlier attempt blocked by the Rockets.
This season Klosterman led Mercer County kickers in scoring during the regular season with 37 extra points, 4 field goals for 49 total points. He was recently named to the MAC’s second offensive team.