Every day at practice, Countryside works on at least two phases of the kicking game.
Thus far, that effort is paying off.
This season, the Cougars have gotten excellent play from kicker William Griswold, had fantastic coverage on kickoffs and punts, received perfect snaps, and blocked two punts, two PATs and a field-goal attempt.
“Our special teams play has been stellar,” Countryside coach John Davis said.
It certainly was last Friday night.
With Countryside (10-1) ahead 10-7, Freedom drove to the Cougars 33 midway through the fourth quarter. After Countryside forced a 51-yard field-goal attempt by Alex Landeta, Terrance Chambers broke free to partially block the kick. A short while later, the Cougars iced the game with another touchdown to reach the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
“We work pretty hard on special teams,” Davis said. “Special teams sets up field position. And field position in high school football probably means 13 points a game.”