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Eisenhower NoteBook / Week 8

Still kicking

The importance of special teams often goes underappreciated until things go wrong.

Luckily for the Eisenhower Eagles, depth at the kicker position has allowed the team to get out of crisis mode on multiple occassions this year.

Due to injuries, the Eagles have gone through four kickers since the offseason. Two kickers got hurt during offseason, prompting Mike Burris and his staff to go find more candidates from the Ike soccer team. Enter Landen Augusta and Michel Viruet. Both joined the team right before the season and both were given a shot at being named the starting kicker.

"Augusta came out late," Burris said. "I had Michel in class and he's on the soccer team, so I asked him, 'Why don't you come out and kick?'"

By about the second game of the season, Augusta took command of the job and has been the Eagles' kicker ever since. On Friday against Guthrie, though, an injury forced him from the action. Viruet came in and kicked three extra points (even though the box score in Sunday's Lawton Constitution credited Augusta with all kicking stats).

Injuries are a part of football, but not a part any team enjoys dealing with. Having two adequate kickers on the roster once again helped Ike avoid the injury plague.

"We've just been lucky so far," Burris said.

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