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Chuck Pagano’s nephew is an burgeoning prep football stud

Ben Rohrbach
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If this statistic from Carlo Kemp's MaxPreps profile is accurate, then he truly is a beast: The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Swiss Army knife of a football player blocked three kicks in a single game. There's no record of the achievement in a game story, which is strange, but a BoCoPreps.com box score shows two blocked extra point attempts, and it's entirely possible Kemp blocked a field goal attempt that wouldn't show up in the line score.

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Chuck Pagano's nephew, Carlo Kemp, plays defensive end, linebacker, fullback and tight end for Fairview -- CHSAA

Chuck Pagano's nephew, Carlo Kemp, plays defensive end, linebacker, fullback and tight end for Fairview -- CHS …

Regardless, Kemp has amassed 45 tackles, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, four quarterback hurries and three sacks in his first eight games this season, leading Fairview High (Boulder, Colo.) to a perfect start in Colorado's ultra-competitive Class 5A.

Oh, yeah, he's only a sophomore. His first varsity play as a freshman resulted in a sack and was captured epically in a profanity-laced YouTube video from the student section. And did we mention Kemp is the nephew of Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano?

"I think he was born at the Mile High Football Camp," Fairview football coach Tom McCartney -- a football legacy himself as the son of erstwhile University of Colorado coach Bill McCartney -- joked to The Denver Post in a fantastic feature on Kemp.

Kemp's grandfather Sam Pagano ran the Mile High Football Camp for 36 years. The sophomore stud lives with his mom (Chuck and John's sister) in his grandparents' home.

Alabama, Michigan and UCLA already have Kemp on their radar, his coach told the paper.

"I like to carry on the family tradition," Kemp told Denver Post prep sports guru Neil Devlin. "Now, I'm a little older, and I love the game. I really do."

Chuck Pagano led Fairview to its first ever state football title in 1978. And Carlo Kemp, whose Knights are 8-0 entering the 5A playoffs, is carrying on that tradition just fine.

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