Young punt, pass and kicker finishes second in Oakland
December 16, 2003
Tribune staff reports
Austin Buyak of Stateline finished runner-up in the NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick competition Sunday at Oakland Coliseum.
The Zephyr Cove Elementary School third-grader was only 5 feet behind the 8- and 9-year-old division winner in the annual national contest that emphasizes three football skills.
“He wasn’t pleased. He wanted first,” said Chardonnae Andrews, the boys’ mother.
Only the winner advances to the nationals finals in January.
Scoring is based on the distance and accuracy of each attempt. A pass that is thrown 60 feet but is 20 feet off line is given a score of 40 points.
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Buyak, 9, won local and sectional contests to qualify for the team competition, which was held during halftime of the Raiders-Ravens’ game. There were seven competitors in his division.
There was some consolation for Buyak, however. He received a football jersey, sweatpants and a plaque.
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