Chips on the menu
Last year, many fans of MacArthur Highlander football got to see the big booming kickoffs from now Tulsa Golden Hurricane Daniel Schwarz.
This year, Chris Pauley has taken over the duties and though he doesn't have quite the leg that Schwarz does, his kicks are just as affective for the Highlanders.
Pauley will kick the ball high in the air and try to make someone from the opposing team field the ball.
"Our philosophy is that we aren't going to kick it through the endzone we are going to put all our athletes on one side of the field and chip it up really high and try to get there and hit them and not let them get going as opposed to kicking it to the 5 and letting them get a running start," Mac head coach Brett Manning said.
And so far this year it has been successful. In fact, on more than one occassion the Highlanders have been able to recover the ball on the kickoff when the ball was not fielded properly.
"Sometimes they fair catch it, sometimes we are there to make a play," Manning said "If you have a wind it becomes hard to field the kickoff in the wind and the guys that are the best at catching the ball are there at the back so we are trying to chip it to the side and get it to the guy that's not the great runner or the great athlete the other guys are."