Forget the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. The most compelling race this month is being waged between three placekickers in Texas who are all chasing a state record— and each other.
As outlined in terrific detail by MaxPreps, three different kickers in Texas could all finish the season as the all-time state record holder for most career extra points. Two of the three contenders — senior Adolfo Cordero of Refugio (Refugio) and Devin O’Sullivan of Mildred (Corsicana) — have already passed the record that stood entering the season. Former Carroll (Southlake) kicker Cade Foster connected on 263 extra points between 2006 and 2009. Entering the state playoffs, Cordero has 272 career extra points while O’Sullivan has 264.
The third member of the Lone Star State’s big-legged triumvirate is Aledo senior Chance Nevarez, who trails Cordero by 30 made extra points. That 242 total would put the kicker for any normal team out of the running for the extra point record, but Aledo is no typical team. The Bearcats are 10-0 and have scored at least 44 points in each of their victories. The program won three consecutive state titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and is a prime contender to win the Class 4A Division II title again in 2013.
All those touchdowns and Aledo’s playoff chances mean that Nevarez may still have plenty of extra points ahead. Yet even if Cordero’s 30-extra point edge proves too much for him to overcome, the Aledo senior could still set a national record. He enters the playoffs with 91 made extra points — including a state record 13 in a single game — and is just 22 away from breaking the national record of 112 extra points in a season held by Albermarle High (Albermarle, N.C.) graduate Tyler Lewis.
It’s probably too early to get a strong read on which kicker has the edge to own the record come season’s end, but one thing is certain: With all their past success, none of these seniors is likely to misfire under playoff pressure.
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