Thursday, June 12, 2014
Summerville-area athletes had a strong showing during the Ray Guy Prokicker.com kicking camp held at Ashley Ridge last month.
Rising Fort Dorchester senior James Mackey was named the top punting prospect from the camp. Mackey averaged 40.43 yards per punt during his workouts. His average hang time was 3.73 seconds and his best hang time was 3.96 seconds.
Those marks were good enough to earn the Patriot athlete the No. 10 spot nationally in the Prokicker.com rankings for punters in the Class of 2015. Since then he has been bumped down to the No. 11 spot.
Mackey was a member of the Fort Dorchester varsity team last season. While Corey Rawlings did most of the punting for the team, Mackey did see some snaps. Patriot coaches are expecting his role to be much larger next season.
“James did a great job for us this spring,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “Like Corey, he is athletic so if a snap is off he can handle it and we feel good about his leg.”
Ashley Ridge had two players receive recognition during the camp.
Rising senior Matt Gable hit a 50-yard field goal at the camp to be named the camp’s Long Distance Field Goal Winner.
“Matt is a returning starter for us and will probably handle most of the kicking duties next season,” Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker said. “He has done a lot of work in the weight room and has a stronger leg than he did last year. He is a valuable weapon for us and hopefully he will keep improving and start putting kickoffs into the end zone.”
Rising junior Justin Peterson was named the Most Accurate Long Snapper for the camp.
His average snap time was .91 seconds and his best snap time was 0.81 seconds. Only one punter, Tanner Sineath, had a better performance at the camp.
Peterson is currently ranked 14th among long snappers for the Class of 2016.
“Justin has really worked hard on his skills the last couple of years,” Walker said. “He handled the snaps for a lot of PATs last year and will likely do more next season. He has been working with Will Fitchett and really improving.”
The 6-4, 205-pound lineman also plays tight end for the Swamp Foxes.
Summerville rising junior Hundley McCurry had the Fastest Single Snap for the camp with a .77 mark. He is also a returning varsity letterman.
“Hundley did a real good job for us as a long snapper and defensive lineman,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “We expect him to be valuable again next season and I think he is good enough to play at the next level.”