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June 26, 2014

Claremore’s Vincent set on becoming state’s top placekicker

CLAREMORE — Claremore senior placekicker Jared Vincent didn’t start kicking a football until his freshman year of high school.

Up until that season, Vincent’s athletic career was spent kicking a soccer ball through the back of the net.

Four years later, the Zebra standout rips footballs through the up-rights from distances beyond the 45-yard line.

On Monday — while his teammates were competing in the 7-on-7 Passing League against Verdigris and Chelsea — Vincent was working out with deep snapper Colton Basks and his father/holder, Jay Vincent.

Zebra fans, in attendance, caught a glimpse of Vincent consistently blasting field goals from 35-50 yards.

His punts also were sailing anywhere from 35-40 yards on a consistent basis and his kickoffs were soaring 50 yards.

A year ago, in his second varsity season, Vincent converted 35-of-38 extra points in 11 games, as well as, 7-of-10 field goals with a long of 43 yards.

Vincent’s extra-point percentage in 2013 was 92.1 percent.

This year, Vincent will return for as the Zebras’ specialist for the third-straight season.

Claremore will open the 2014 season on Sept. 4 against Pryor at 7 p.m. in the ‘Battle of Rogers/Mayes County’ at Tigers Stadium.

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