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Goal posts earn rave reviews

September 13, 2006

Jeff Hughes is a fan of the new goal posts at Beatty Field.

The THS placekicker, who also happens to be the quarterback, booted five kicks through the uprights during the season opener Sept. 1 against Lansing -- four extra points and a 35-yard field goal that zipped between the south uprights as time expired before halftime.

THS went on to win the game, 37-14.

And Friday, Hughes connected on two extra points against Bishop Ward in a 34-17 victory.

The one-legged goal posts, which are like collegiate or NFL goal posts that have tall uprights, replaced the two-legged goal posts that were at the field for years.

Hughes, whose only failed kick was blocked, prefers the taller uprights. He said that in the past, he has performed well at stadiums that featured the taller uprights. But he had no explanation as to being a more prolific kicker at those sites.

"It seems to do a better job for me," Hughes said.

THS coach Mark Elston favors the new equipment as well -- as long as Hughes continues his success.

"As long as we keep kicking it through the uprights," Elston said with a smile. "They're a heck of a lot better than those old things."

The new goal posts cost just more than $5,300 for the goal posts and installation.

The posts were purchased from Game Time, Inc., of Weston, Mo., and Nill Brothers of Kansas City, Kan., installed the posts.

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