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EAGLES KICKER ENJOYING HIS TIME IN SPOTLIGHT

Springstead's first-year kicker roamed the hallways Tuesday, his chin high in the air.

Sophomore Cody Emmerman felt pretty good as friends congratulated him for the pair of field goals he booted from 33 and 34 yards. They all wanted to know about the winning extra point in a 26-25 overtime win against Hernando on Saturday.

"Every single time (someone offered congratulations) I just smiled," Emmerman said. "They said, 'Great kick!' It was awesome. It was great for our team because they fought for every ball. I didn't want to let them down."

The Eagles' placekicker resumed his football career after bonding with coach Bill Vonada in a class last school year.

Vonada said Springstead's kicking game had been solid in recent seasons, but Emmerman's performance was downright clutch.

In his first varsity game, his 34-yard field goal with four seconds left sent the game into overtime.

Hernando's failure to score on a two-point conversion left the door open for Emmerman. Following Chris Kelley's 1-yard touchdown plunge, Emmerman tacked on the winning point.

But not before Hernando attempted to freeze him with a timeout.

"I did get a little nervous," Emmerman said. "Coach Vonada came out. I told everyone to stay calm."

Emmerman went to bed with newfound confidence. And when he woke up the next day?

"I didn't remember a thing," Emmerman said. "... I would definitely say it's a special night, but I feel I could do it again."

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