Tri-State Football

Saturday, December 24, 2011

All-TSF: Kickers

By Greg Shoemaker | Featured Analyst

Beechwood's Joey Nussbaum was seleced as a First-Team All-State kicker in Kentucky.

The 2011 season produced a depth of quality kickers that is unparalleled in recent history and leaves us with some great candidates for the 2011 Postseason All-TSF Team at the position.

These special teams’ artists are becoming bigger weapons each year. From being able to put the ball into the end zone on kickoffs for touchbacks to knocking down a 40-yard field goal, it is apparent there is a trend on making the kicking game a priority when it comes to winning.

Here is a look at the place kicker nominees for the 2011 Postseason Team:
Evan Berg, Kings, 6-1, 195 – Berg led Southwest Ohio with 16 field goals on his way to Division II, Third-Team All-Ohio honors. He went 16-of-23 field goals and 48-of-49 extra points for 97 points for the Knights in 2011. The three-year letter winner is well on his way to rewriting the Kings’ and Ohio record books for field goals (needs 11 FG’s for state record). He already has hit 30-of-47 FG’s in his career to go along with 234 career points before he even laces them up for his senior campaign.

Matt Burns, Newport Central Catholic, 5-10, 175 – A two-time, All-NKAC performer, Burns connected on 4-of-6 field goals and 67-of-70 extra points for 79 points. The senior also kicked off 85 times for a 55.5 average with 30 touchbacks. Burns holds Thoroughbred school records for career kicking points (170) and single-season kicking points (91 in 2010).
Extra Points Made Single Game: 10 (2010 vs. Owen County).

Andrew DiMario, Alter, 5-8, 134 – For three years, DiMario became consistently better at the varsity level. He was almost perfect as a senior knocking down 7-of-8 field goals and 42-of-44 extra points for 63 total points. He finishes his career with 140 extra points to along with 14 field goals for 182 points kicking.

Patrick DiSalvio, McNicholas, 5-11, 164 – Despite the lack of opportunities, DiSalvio still got the respect of his peers earning Division III, First-Team All-Southwest District, and Division III Special Mention All-Ohio honors. He finished his junior campaign converting 19-of-19 on extra points and 6-of-10 on field goals. He heads into his senior season having gone 68-of-72 on extra points and 11-of-17 on field goals for 101 career points kicking.

Caleb Keeton, Waynesville, 5-10, 170 – For the second straight season Keeton earned Division IV, Second-Team All-Ohio honors. The senior hit 7-of-15 FGs and 56-of-59 XPs in 2011. His 218 points kicking and 155 PATs are tops in Spartans’ history. His 21 career field goals are good for second best in Waynesville history.

Adam McCollum, CHCA, 6-1, 205 – Totally off the radar before the year began, McCollum enjoyed a very good senior campaign. He was 32-of-35 on extra points and 12-of-16 on field goals for 68 points on his way to Division IV, Second-Team All-Southwest District honors.

Joey Nussbaum, Beechwood, 5-9, 140 – A difference maker to say the least, Nussbaum has one of the biggest foots in Northern Kentucky. For the second straight season he scored over 80 points kicking, finishing with 81 extra points and two field goals. Nussbaum leaves Beechwood having amassed 217 points kicking, including 10 field goals.


Jake Newman, Lawrenceburg 6-0, 160 – It was a very good junior year for Newman as he hit on 38-of-40 extra points for a school record 95 percent conversion rate on his way to All-Dearborn County honors. He also broke the school record going 9-of-9 on extra points in a game.

Alex Thompson, Indian Hill, 6-0, 175 – For the past two seasons, Thompson was one of the most reliable kickers in the CHL. He went 21-of-24 on extra points and 6-of-7 on field goals earning Division III, Second-Team All-Southwest District and First Team All-CHL honors. The senior was a Second-Team All-CHL member in 2010.

Nick Roemer, St. Xavier, 6-1, 160 – There is nothing flashy about Roemer, but he just gets the job done. The senior hit 7-of-8 field goal attempts and connected on all 37 of his PATs on his way to Division I, Third-Team All-Ohio honors.

Evan Talkers, Covington Catholic – The high-scoring CovCath offense kept Talkers busy all season long. He set school records with 57 extra points in a single season and in a career with 135. He finishes his senior year connecting on 57-of-58 extra points and 3-of-4 on field goals for 66 points.

Erik Vanlandingham, Franklin - In a three-game stretch in the middle of the Franklin’s season, Vanlandingham field goals were the difference in a trio of Wildcat wins. He was one of the area’s most-clutch kickers and the senior earned Division II, Second-Team All-Southwest District honors after going 10-of-12 on field goals and 24-of-26 extra points for 54 total points.

Jake Weber, Wilmington, 5-9, 155 - Weber started of his senior season in grand fashion with a 37-yard, game-winning field goal in overtime in Week1. Four of his seven field goals were from 35 yards or longer as he finished the year 31-of-31 on extra points and a perfect 7-of-7 on FG’s for 52 points on his way to Second-Team All-FAVC Cardinal honors.

ALSO CONSIDERED: Mason Bolser (Mount Healthy), Tanner Coffman (Fenwick), Eric Cospy (Trotwood-Madison), Kyle Fuller (Holy Cross), Andrew Gantz (Centerville), Nick Gasser (Lakota East), Hines Hanbaugh (Mariemont), Jason Kaczala (Centerville), Shane Kelly (Turpin), Ethan McCoy (East Central), John Nagle (Milford), Carter New (Highlands), Kyle Nowlin (Harrison), Nick Palopoli (Moeller), Jake Sherry (South Oldham), Jon Treloar (Loveland), Kevin Walker (Colerain), Anthony Wene (Lebanon), Anthony Yates (Sidney)

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