(11-30-20) The past two weeks in the Stateline area four state champions were crowned thanks to the play of special teams, extra points made and missed and winning field goals.

2020 Championships thanks to Special teams…

Many factors come into play in a high school football game…especially in a Championship game.

The development of kickers and punters is a key to any special team program, a missed extra point kick early can develop into a key decision later in a game.

In Indiana…

In the Indiana Class 2A title game, Western Boone kicker Josiah Smith had missed an earlier extra point kick in the game, but he would redeem himself when he kicked a game winning 38 yard field goal from the right hash mark with just 7 seconds remaining.

South Adams found itself in this situation this past weekend in the Indiana Class A State Championship. The Starfires scored on the first play of the game on a 79 yard TD catch…the reception was made by the player who had to kick the extra point, he missed when it hit the upright. He might have been a little winded by his run and the emotions of the score.

After scoring a very late TD in the 4th quarter the Starfires decided to go for the win. Trailing by just one point the coach would decide to go for the two point conversion and the win. The result… on a pitch out to the back hewas stopped well short of the end zone.

In Ohio…

On his first varsity field goal attempt, sophomore Damon McCracken kicked a 25-yard field goal in the rain with nine seconds left to send Van Wert past Mentor Lake Catholic in the Ohio Division IV state championship.

Coldwater would win their 7th Ohio State Football title on a game ending 25-yard field goal by Brady Klingshirn.

Although the kicking game is a key part of special teams, there are many different parts that can also impact a game…on both sides of the ball. But this year the kicking game was the highlight of fourvery close state championship games.