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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
North Augusta Yellow Jacket Blake Busby was the first to acknowledge that the kicker on a football team doesn’t always find the spotlight. Ironically, that fact made his clutch performance during Friday’s game against the Lakeside Panthers all the more exciting and eligible for Star Player of the Week honors.
Down 10-9 in the fourth, the Yellow Jackets marched down the field for a final drive and Busby, who is in his senior year at NAHS, stepped onto the field with a 38-yard field goal attempt ahead of him.
Busby confidently kicked the ball through the uprights and said he knew he had won the game when his foot hit that “sweet spot” on the football.
“I was more worried about the snap and the hold and when that came through clean, I knew I had hit it on the sweet spot and that’s when I knew it was going through,” said Busby. “I was just excited, and it was a pretty great feeling.”
In addition to the last second field goal, Busby also made another key field goal in the first quarter. After that one, Busby sensed the game would play more toward defense than offense, making his role all the more important.
“I was really excited to see that first kick go through because it kind of set the stage for how I did the rest of the game,” he said. “After the second onside kick of the game, I knew that it might come down to the wire so I knew I had to get ready.”
In the days following the win, Busby said the response from his teammates, coaches and friends has been amazing.
Head Coach Brian Thomas, who is in his first year at NAHS, said he knew his kicker had the ability to make the play.
“I knew he had the leg to do it,” Thomas said. “He hit it solid ... it would’ve been good from 45 yards.”