Post, CHHS kicking game played big part in Friday win

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 30, 2001

Sports Editor

Kicking the football is something of a lost art at the high school level, but not at Charles Henderson High School.

CHHS head coach Hugh Fountain stopped short of naming his sophomore kicker Josh Post most valuable player in the game, following last week’s 20-14 preseason win over Pike County, but did say that Post’s efforts played a big part in the Trojans’ win.

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"I would have to say the kicking game played a big part in this win here tonight," said Fountain, following the Trojans’ victory. "And I told the players before the game that it would. Josh kept them pinned deep with his punting and kicking and that was critical. With the kind of offense that they (PCHS) have we had to make them start deep."

Post had only one punt during the night, but it totalled 42 yards. Of his three kickoffs, one sailed into the endzone and two just fell short.

But probably Post’s most important contribution on the night was his field goal kicking. The sophomore went 2-for-2 and his first gave the Trojans’ their initial lead of the ball game in the second quarter.

CHHS had driven deep inside Pike County territory and following a Jarvis Woods’ run on a screen pass, the Trojans were at the nine-yard line when time expired in the first.

But penalty after penalty and a sack on quarterback Pete Van Horn by PCHS’s Terrill Gray backed the Trojans’ offense up past the 25-yard line. With 9:40 left before half, Post nailed a 41-yard attempt to put CHHS up 3-0.

In the fourth with Pike County up 14-10, CHHS failed to crack the goaline in four attempts from the 10-yard line. A Bulldogs’ fumble on the first play of scrimmage gave the ball right back to Charles Henderson.

Post then added a 26-yard field goal with 9:21 left in the game to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 14-13.

With two minutes left Duran Boykin scored the winning touchdown for CHHS.

Post came to the CHHS program last season after his family moved from Dothan. Post’s first game as a Trojan was the third of the year against Livingston. He went a perfect 7-of-7 on point after touchdowns and was 34-of-37 in PATs for the season.

Post also plays soccer on the CHHS varsity soccer squad.