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Published: Thursday, 11/22/2012

All-Blade Football Team: Special teams

Michael Geiger. Michael Geiger.
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Michael Geiger

School: Ottawa Hills Size/Class: 5-10, 180; senior Position: Placekicker

Scouting report: Ranked No. 1 kicker in the nation by Chris Sailer Kicking Web site, has verbally committed to Boston College. He made 38 of 40 extra-point kicks and 6 of 10 field goals, setting school record with a 54-yard field goal. Finished career with 21 field goals and 138 extra points. Of 51 kickoffs, 47 went for touchbacks. Punting average was 41.7 yards. Also played defensive back and wide receiver. He is a goalkeeper on the soccer team.

Coach's comment: "He's been a high-character kid with an unbelievable work ethic. He's a football player who is a great kicker. His impact has been immeasurable. He changed the field when he punted. The success of the team is very important to him." — Chris Hardman


Jake Hartbarger. Jake Hartbarger.
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Jake Hartbarger

School: Anthony Wayne Size/Class: 6-4, 190; junior Position: Punter

Scouting report: He averaged 41.5 yards per punt with a long of 62 yards. Named All-Northern Lakes League first team as placekicker and second team as punter, and Division I all-district first team as punter. He kicked 35 of 38 extra-point attempts and made 3 of 6 field goal tries.

Coach's comment: "Jake has an outstanding work ethic, and is very committed to punting and kicking. He is a taller punter at 6-4 with a powerful leg and lots of mechanical leg motion. His hang time is very good, and few of his punts were returned. He helped us immensely in winning field position consistently throughout the season." — Craig Smith



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