The offense and defense of the Pella Christian football team looked very good for much of last Friday’s season-opening win over Lynnville-Sully, but an aspect that cannot be overlooked for the Eagles is that of special teams. While seniors Caleb Morgan and Michael Mason consistently gave Pella Christian good field position on their punt and kick returns, it was a new kicker for the Eagles that left the Hawks looking at long fields more often than not.
Sophomore Jacob Brouwer has filled the role of starting placekicker this season, and Pella Christian head coach Rich Kacmarynski says he’s been thrilled with the progress of his young special teams player.
“One of the things I appreciate about Jacob is that you tell him, ‘I want you to kick the ball three yards inside the hash,’ he’ll kick the ball until he can do it every time. He’s a very responsible and dependable young man,” said Kacmarynski. “I’m just happy for him, because he worked hard all summer, took balls home, kicked, and prepared well. The good news is, I think we’re only scratching the surface.”
“His leg will continue to get stronger as we go through the season, and obviously as we go through his career,” added Kacmarynski. “I think what maybe was a question mark coming into the season will turn into a strength [for our team].”
Brouwer averaged over 41 yards per kickoff against Lynnville-Sully and also made four of six extra-point attempts. His capabilities on the field could be an x-factor in close games for Pella Christian. The Eagles host PCM on Friday night in their home opener.