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Southington's Kyle Smick takes some practice field goal kicks Wednesday in Wallingford Tuesday during Sheehan Graduation ceremonies in Wallingford  June,25 2014 | Justin Weekes / For the Record-Journal
Southington's Kyle Smick takes some practice field goal kicks Wednesday in Wallingford Tuesday during Sheehan Graduation ceremonies in Wallingford  June,25 2014 | Justin Weekes / For the Record-Journal

To dream, perchance to kick


OFF THE BENCH — Southington kicker Kyle Smick confesses he harbors a bit of a fantasy on how this afternoon’s “Super 100 Classic” senior all-star football game will end.

His team — Team Nutmeg — trails Team Constitution by two points. Nutmeg’s got the ball, but time is running out.

Head coach John Ferrazzi turns to Smick and Smick splits the uprights to deliver the victory.

Should Team Nutmeg indeed find itself in that position later today at Rentschler Field (4:30 p.m. kickoff), Smick’s dream could come to pass — or “to kick,” as it were.

It’s no stretch to say Smick can stretch the field. His range extends out to 50 yards (actually, he once booted a 57-yarder in practice), which means Team Nutmeg is in scoring position once it gets inside the Team Constitution 35.

This week in practice, Ferrazzi and his staff showed a propensity to load up Smick’s leg.

“Field goal! Field goal! Field goal!”

The cry went up in stereo when the offense bogged down on the defense’s side of the field.

Ferrazzi likes having strong kickers. In his nine years at Sheehan, he’s had some good ones — Jordan Rozas and Brodie Corless, in particular — and he never hesitated to use them.

With Smick, Team Nutmeg has the guy who put up the most points (98) by a Connecticut high school kicker in a single season.

Smick was 71-for-72 on extra-point attempts and 9-for-13 on field goals in helping the Blue Knights win the 2013 Class LL state championship.

During halftime of the state final, Smick remained on the field.

Working backward in five-yard increments, he was the de facto halftime show, capping it with a 50-yarder.

He also does it with a touch of flair.

The long blond locks that flow out of his helmet and well down his back are as much a Smick trademark as his booming kicks.

After today’s game, Smick will be heading to Dean Junior College in Franklin, Mass. Where his time there will lead, Smick said philosophically, remains to be seen.

“People ask me where I want to go after Dean, but I don’t know.

“What I am now and what I’ll be in two years are two different things.”

Smick reports to Dean on Aug. 13. In the meantime, he’s following the school’s conditioning and weightlifting regimen.

As for kicking, he’s doing that on his own. Smick heads up to Southington High, armed with three footballs, starts at PAT range and works progressively out to 50 yards.

There is running involved in this. “Kick and go get it,” Smick explains.

Today, someone else will track down the ball for him. Today, if the dream comes to pass and Smick’s right foot does its magic, a game ball could very well be handed to him.



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