High School Football Team doesn’t Punt, does Onside Kicks

In a great Grantland video on Pulaski Academy, this football team doesn’t punt on 4th down and doesn’t do long kickoffs. Coach Kevin Kelley embraced a Harvard study, where a researcher talked about how punts do not change games in your favor.

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For example, he pointed out that when his opponents get the ball inside their 10-20 yard line, the scoring chances for a touchdown is 92%. When he would punt the ball, the scoring chance falls to 72%. In his words, it is still giving points to the opponent. Why not go and try to score yourself instead of giving up free points?

He has a point.

The video explains much better than I could, so here you go:

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About Spencer Irvine

Fun loving, D.C. area sports fan, which means I'm frustrated and still can't get a grip on what a win truly means (or a championship for that matter).

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