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.
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: