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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Kent State Golden Flashes Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 12, 2015 - kicker April Goss scores in win over Delaware State
"A four-year member of Kent State’s team, Goss kicked an extra point in the first half Saturday in a 45-13 win over Delaware State, becoming the second woman to score in a major college football game. Wearing No. 91, Goss made the kick with 4:30 left in the second quarter, giving the Golden Flashes a 29-6 lead. Following the touchdown, starting kicker Shane Hynes initially went on the field, but coach Paul Haynes called a timeout and sent in Goss. Her kick veered right off the hold giving her a moment of panic, but it cleared the crossbar and went through the uprights. When the officials signaled the kick was good, she was mobbed by her teammates. Once Goss got to the sideline, she shared hugs with all of Kent State’s coaches and was congratulated by university president Dr. Beverly Warren. 'I was a little disappointed I didn’t make a better kick,' she said in a phone interview. 'I was sure it was going right, but it did go through. I’ll probably beat myself up for that for a little while, but it was awesome.' Katie Hnida kicked a pair of extra points for New Mexico in 2003." - CBS

October 24, 2014 - kicker/punter Anthony Melchiori
"Junior kicker Anthony Melchiori had his best game against Army. The dual-threat kicker made all four of his field goals against the Cadets and also had a 61-yard punt. On the season, the product of Aurora leads the MAC in punting, averaging 45.0 yards per kick, and is 9 of 14 on field goal attempts with a long of 43-yards." - The Plain Dealer

April 26, 2014 - spring game
"Saturday's scrimmage featured big plays generated by both offenses, and a pair of huge boots by star junior kicker/punter Anthony Melchiori. The former Aurora High School standout first booted a 37-yard field goal into a stiff wind to put the Blue team up 3-0, then added a 53-yarder with the wind at his back before halftime to give his squad a 20-7 lead at intermission. 'The wind was brutal today going away from the scoreboard,' Melchiori admitted. 'The first field goal and my first punt, I was shocked. I literally ran off the field and couldn't believe the first field goal went in and that first punt got in the air'.... April Goss kicked an extra point on the final play to give the White team a 21-20 comeback victory over the Blue team in the Kent State football team's annual Spring Game.... 'April's a huge part of this team. She's got 100 big brothers on this football team, and they all love her,' said Haynes. 'There's one person you see before and after every practice out there kicking, and that's April. Hopefully we can get her in a game this year. That's my goal'." - Record-Courier

April 19, 2014 - Spring Jersey Scrimmage
"Junior kicker/punter Anthony Melchiori, another former Aurora standout, booted a 40-yard field goal to give the offense the lead for good at 25-23. Melchiori was a perfect 2-for-2 on the day, adding a 37-yard kick, while sophomore Brad Miller connected from 32 yards out on his only field-goal attempt." - Record-Courier

April 17, 2014 - spring kicking scrimmage
"When we have a day like [Thursday], it’s like our Super Bowl, our day to be rock stars.' If that’s the case, then Anthony Melchiori should be in line for a Grammy Award after making a couple of 52-yard field goals to help the Blue Team defeat the Gold Team 24-21 during the annual competition. Sophomore kicker Brad Miller, who filled in admirably last season when Melchiori was sidelined for a month with a pulled hamstring, nailed two 45-yard field goals for the Gold Team, including one that tied the score 21-21. But junior reserve kicker April Goss gave the Blue Team the victory with a chip shot from 20 yards. All jokes aside, Melchiori understands the importance of every practice, regardless of the time of year. 'Spring camp is just as important as fall camp,' he said, noting he feels 100 percent healthy after finishing last season playing at about '60 to 70 percent' healthy. 'We try to keep it as repetitive as possible. The more repetitive you keep it, the more second nature it’s going to come. Once it becomes second nature, you’re able to do what you need to do once you’re called upon.' With Melchiori, Miller, fifth-year senior punter Andrew Horning and long snapper Chad Bushley all in place for the upcoming season, the biggest question mark on special teams will be who will handle return duties." - Akron Beacon Journal

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