PAINTSVILLE, Ky (WYMT) - A reliable kicker in high school football is sometimes hard to come by, but that's not the case for the Johnson Central Golden Eagles. In his first year kicking, Sophomore Tyler Pack is already breaking records.
He tied the state record set in 2003 by Raceland's Aaron Pettrey, who went on to play at Ohio State, with a 58 yarder against Perry Central earlier this season. Tyler set a new state record with a 60 yard field goal against Greenup County.
"It was a free kick, I wasn't really sure how that rule worked or anything, when they put me out there. I started to go stretch my legs and Matney screamed at me to make sure I knew I was going for a field goal, I wasn't kicking off. And then we kicked it." Said Tyler Pack.
Head Coach Jim Matney shares encouraging words about his kicker, "Tyler is a very humble young man, very fine young man, comes from a great family, and this is first year of kicking, and we just think maybe the sky is the limit, we don't know, we hope college, maybe NFL someday, who knows."
Tyler has played soccer since he was four, he's the goalkeeper for the golden eagle soccer team, and he says after playing soccer for so long, switching to kicking for football came naturally, "I've kicked a little before, like in elementary school and then I was friends with the kicker last year, I played soccer with him, and I guess Matney asked him who he thought could kick for him next year, and he mentioned my name, he taught me a few things, and learned from there."
Tyler laughs about his first time kicking this year and the nerves that came along with it, "The very first field goal I kicked was in the black/gold scrimmage, I think I missed it, I was really nervous, I didn't know what to expect, or anything."
So far this season, no team has challenged Johnson Central, and that's opened up opportunities for Pack to get valuable game experience.
"It's great, other kickers, they might be good kickers, but they don't have the chance to show it, because their team is not as good as I have here."
The Golden Eagles have lofty goals for this season, and having a steady kicker in Tyler, can only add to their confidence.
The record was set in 2003, it was a 58 yard field goal by Aaron Pettrey of Raceland, and that record was tied and broken this season by Johnson Central Golden Eagle Kicker Tyler Pack.
Pack is in his first season as Johnson Central's kicker , he tied the 58 yard record earlier this season against Perry Central. He then set a new state record by making a 60 yarder Friday October 11th against Greenup County.
Head Coach Jim Matney understands the importance of having a reliable kicker, "Kicking is so important, in that from the kickoff it pins your opponents back, it gives you a weapon that you can score from just about any place on the field, and it's just a very very valuable weapon, especially the booming kickoffs. I think, but we're very proud of him, it's a wonderful year, he's had a 58 yarder and a 60 yarder so far, and I think he's just going to be a valuable weapon come playoffs."
"I haven't had to do anything, like win a game or anything yet, but kick offs when I can get in the endzone, and the kick off team doesn't even have to run down and hit somebody and possibly get hurt or anything --- it's a lot more reliable than having to go for two though, if you have somebody, who you can bank on them hitting an extra point every time," said Tyler Pack.