Colby's Gaetz is an extra scoring weapon

Colby's Gaetz is an extra scoring weapon

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Colby's Gaetz is an extra scoring weapon

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Colby coach Jeff Rosemeyer doesn’t have to worry about the Hornets’ kicking game. Not with Tanner Gaetz handing those duties.

The ace kicker/punter came onto the varsity scene last year and put Rosemeyer’s mind at ease by making both field goals he attempted and 32 of 35 PAT kicks and averaged 32.7 yards per punt. Against Lakeland in Week 1 Gaetz made all five PATs and a 13-yard field goal.

You play guard and defensive end too. Do you like kicking or playing on the line better? I like kicking better because it means we just scored or have a chance to score. It helps to have a good punter, but I’d rather not punt in a game if its possible. It’s more fun to score points.

As a bigger guy, 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, how did you start kicking? Ever since third grade I’ve been kicking. In youth football a bunch of kids tried it and I was best at it. It kind of came natural to me, but I have practiced a lot.

What do you think about before kicking a field goal or extra point? I focus on keeping my eye on the ball, keeping my head down through the whole kick and getting a good strike with my foot. And then I hope it goes in.

What is difficult about kicking field goals and extra points? There are a lot of things you can’t control like the weather. If it’s wet or windy it makes it tough to kick. And you need a good long snapper and holder.

You play three sports, what is your favorite and why? I like football the best. It’s a team sport, but everyone has to step up and do their job on the field to be successful. I like the competition and teamwork of football.

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