P.A.T.’s and field goals can often be over looked in the high school game but in the playoffs when every point counts, they can be crucial. This was certainly the case last week when Adrian Ausbie put out his team's first 100% P.A.T. performance of the season, propelling Colorado City one point past Sanford-Fritch and into the regional round of the playoffs.
“We’ve had ten different kickers. It has been a merry-go-round. We started the season with one of our kids and he got hurt and he wasn't making them anyway,” coach Frank Johnson told KTXS on Wednesday.
“We had a different kicker and then he failed and then someone else was the kicker and then I was the kicker,” Adrian explained.
Every point counts in the playoffs and games are as close as they come in the lower classes. The Wolves certainly could not give up against a hard-hitting Sanford-Fritch team and it is a credit to coach Johnson for not giving up on finding a kicker who fit the bill.
“We have a competition every week to see who's going to be the kicker for this game,” stand-out running back Nathan Johnson explained, “Adrian is usually more relaxed and chill about it. He doesn't think about it as much, he just goes out there and does his job. I tried to mess with coach Johnson one time to let me kick and it didn't work out so, never again.”
I would seem that focus isn’t the difference in making those often times crucial kicks. It is the ability to let everything go and allow instinct to take over.
“Just stay calm, it's easy really. I just don't think about it, kick it and it will go through,” Adrian calmly told KTXS at practice
“Adrain hadn't had a chance to kick all year. The last regular season game against Coleman he kicked the first extra point, I think he went 2 for 3 at crane but the other night he went 3 for 3 and we were tickled to death,” coach Johnson explained.
Colorado City fans had better hope that Ausbie can keep calm, cool and collected in these playoffs because the competition does not let up. They have a date with a physical domineering Abernathy next and whether C-City speed can overcome Abernathy’s size is yet to be seen. One thing is for sure, cooler heads will prevail.