TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Gorman: A special relationship for Central kicker, long snapper

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Kevin Gorman podcasts

  • Loading...

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 9:57 p.m.
 

Where Mitch MacZura might go down as the leading scorer in Central Catholic history, Patrick Phibbs prefers to remain anonymous.

That's because MacZura is the Vikings' kicker and punter, and Phibbs is the long snapper.

“The one big thing I always say is that you don't want to get known,” Phibbs said. “If they know my name, that means I'm doing something wrong.

“I've got to put it exactly where it needs to be every time.”

When he does, MacZura is almost automatic. A three-year starter, he's made all but three PATs the past two seasons and is 14 of 20 on field goals.

“It all starts with him,” MacZura said of Phibbs. “The long snap is very important. It starts the play. Without him, there's really no me. If he puts the snap right where it's at, we're probably going to have a good kick, more than likely. If it's a bad snap, I'm going to over-correct.”

Now that MacZura has added punting to his placekicking duties, his relationship with Phibbs (and holder Johnny Petrishen) has become even more special.

“I'm getting a lot better at punting,” MacZura said. “With kicking, when Phibbs snaps it to JP and he puts it down, all I have to do is kick it. With punting, I have to hold the ball and mold it. The pressure is a lot more on me.”

They know that one mishap can cost their team a game, as missed extra points did to Woodland Hills in the 2000 WPIAL Class AAAA final and to Gateway in the '07 title game.

They also know that as long as they do their jobs, it will only be noticeable on the scoreboard.

Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at kgorman@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Reliving the moment a decade ago that shifted the Penguins history
  2. Penguins trade Sutter to Canucks, sign free agent center Fehr
  3. Sutter: Staal effect felt on 3rd line with Penguins
  4. Steelers’ Wheaton adjusting his game moving to slot receiver
  5. Pregnant woman killed by gunfire in Brighton Heights, other shootings reported in city
  6. Rossi: ‘Hockey guy’ Sutter will be missed
  7. 5 face trial in beating of black man in Pittsburgh
  8. Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell gets suspension, fine reduced
  9. Leetsdale places police chief on paid leave
  10. NFL notebook: Chiefs’ Poe will miss time after back surgery
  11. New Pens winger Fehr ready for defense-first role