At the ready

Lamar Consolidated senior Marco Rodriguez, No. 80, walks off the distance before kicking off against Terry. 

We don’t talk about kickers often.

It is part of the culture for football because often the specialists are separated from their team until called upon.

Kickers have to self-regulate in practice while the rest of the team is working on formation and technique.

But kickers can shine brightly under the Friday Night Lights.

That was the case for Lamar Consolidated senior Marco Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was called upon 12 times to kick for the Mustangs in their 65-21 win over Montgomery Lake Creek.

He converted 11 of those kicks, accounting for 17 points.

“He’s the real deal,” Mustangs head coach Rick LaFavers said after Friday’s game. “We didn’t want to run the score up but this gives him confidence.”

In the process, Rodriguez tied or broke three Lamar Consolidated football records.

He broke the record for most points in a game by a kicker with 17, passing the previous mark of 12.

He set the record for the longest field goal in school history with a 51-yard kick in the fourth quarter, previously held by Juan Ramirez in 2012 on a 50-yard field goal against Texas City.

He also kicked the third longest field goal in school history with a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Rodriguez tied the team record with three field goals in one game.

The only missed field goal attempt by Marco was a 48-yard try against the wind.

It’s not often that coaches and fans can talk about kickers positively, but Rodriguez deserved high praise after Friday’s contest.

Rodriguez has scored 30 points through five games for the Mustangs. He has converted 15 PATs and five field goals.

Running Blue Jay

Needville junior running back Ashton Stredick has lighted the world on fire this season for the Blue Jays.

He had another historic day Friday for Needville in the Blue Jays’ 64-41 win over El Campo.

Stredick gashed the Ricebirds for 360 yards and six touchdowns on 24 carries.

He averaged 15 yards per carry.

It was a mind-boggling effort for a running back who has already been selected Mr. Texas Football Player of the Week this season.

The nominations for week five have not been announced this week but Stredick has to be on the short list.

Through five games, Stredick has already collected 960 yards and 15 touchdowns on 95 carries.

He is averaging 10.1 yards per carry and has five 100-plus rushing yard games.

Reach Ryan Dunsmore at or on Twitter at @duns_more.

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