Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

High Schools Notebook; White's Seigler Hits Pair of Rare Drop Kicks

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

High Schools Notebook; White's Seigler Hits Pair of Rare Drop Kicks

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Byline: Justin Barney

Scott Seigler channeled Doug Flutie in a football game last week, and it had nothing to do with the quarterback position.

Seigler, a punter at White, hit two drop kick point-after tries in last week's 49-3 win over Parker, a rarity on any level of football.

Flutie had the most memorable drop kick, hitting a point-after attempt against the Dolphins on Jan. 1, 2006, when he was the backup quarterback for the Patriots. Flutie's drop kick was the first since 1941, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The last successful drop kick in college, according to numerous reports, came in 1998.

"One day at practice, I kind of messed around with it to see what I could do," Seigler said. "In a computer class I had the next day, I look[ed] up Doug Flutie's drop kick for the Patriots, and I saw the way he did it and tried it that way. It was easier that way."

Drop kicks that produce points at any level of football are considered a novelty and tend to make major news when they're successful. According to the National Federation of High Schools, a drop kick must be kicked by the player who dropped it as "it touches the ground or as it is rising from the ground."

"It's a funny thing, we've struggled on extra points all season, and he's our punter," Commanders coach Paul Pierson said. "We're practicing, and he's off on the other field trying it, just goofing around doing it. I asked him, 'Are you serious, you can do that?' We can play games with it on extra points."

Contrary to popular belief, the drop kick is only worth one point in 11-man football, said Craig Damon, Florida High School Athletic Association director of athletics. Under the National Federation of High Schools rules book, Rule 8-1 designates that any ball kicked through the uprights after a touchdown is worth one point. In six-man football, it is worth two points.

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Jefferson was honored Oct. 22 in a ceremony at the school and presented his jersey for the U. …

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