Anibal Hernandez, Mount Vernon High School’s left footed kicker, has worked hard to improve his kicking. He has made 18 of 20 attempts at extra point kicks for the Tigers since the beginning of play in August.
Hernandez is the third highest scorer for the 2009 Mount Vernon Tigers with 27 points. He is three for three on field goal attempts, two for 36 yards and one for 47. He has kicked off for the Mount Vernon Tigers 31 times during the five preseason games for 2009. Four have tumbled out the back of the end zone, another 10 have gone into the end zone, and 12 have fallen inside the 10 yard line. The average return from opponents is 14 yards.
“Our kicking game has helped us be successful this season,” Head coach Charles Swann said. “Making the other teams start deep in their own territory has been great.”
At 6 feet and 210 pounds, he has worked his way up to doing 315 pounds on squats and 185 on the bench.
“It has helped to make my legs stronger, which makes the ball go farther,” he said. A search to determine if he was now the holder of a school record began soon after he hit his 47 yard field goal earlier this season against Cooper. “It is the longest since I have coached here or played here,” Coach Jim Solomon said. For more information see the Oct. 8 edition of the Optic-Herald.