Rodrigo’s multi-record effort highlights 38-7 Junior Bowl victory despite rule changes restricting kickers

Game-by-game summaries listed below

Updated through Feb. 26, 2014

Game organizers did kickers no favors for the fourth annual Georgia Junior Bowl, but Rodrigo dominated the day anyway with a multi-record-setting performance in helping lead the West to a 38-7 thrashing of the East on Dec. 31 at Atlanta’s Grady Stadium.

Rodrigo was the game’s top scorer and outpointed the East all by himself with a career-best 12 points from three field goals and three extra points.

In a game where the touchback rule was suspended and the kickoff yard line was moved back to the 35 (not to mention a brisk wind gusting to 20-plus miles per hour), Rodrigo’s kickoffs still averaged 62 yards with a pair of 70-plus kickoffs that yielded touchbacks. Rodrigo also perfectly executed a self-recovery onside kick in the first half, only to have the West penalized 5 yards for procedure — game organizers were not allowing onside attempts until the fourth quarter, information they had not shared with the West coaching staff. Kicking from the 30-yard-line, Rodrigo still managed a kickoff down to the 7.

Rodrigo applies just the right touch to his perfectly executed self-recovery onside kick during the Georgia Junior Bowl game on Dec. 31. It was his fourth successful self-recovery attempt in four tries for the season.
Rodrigo applies just the right touch to his perfectly executed self-recovery onside kick during the Georgia Junior Bowl game on Dec. 31. It was his fourth successful self-recovery attempt in four tries for the season.

Rodrigo also helped his squad secure two more points with a perfectly executed coffin-corner punt that hit the out of bounds line on the 6-yard-line. On the first play, a bad snap into the end zone was covered by the East, resulting in a safety for the West.

Rodrigo established personal bests for points in a game (12), field goals made in a game (3), field goals attempted in a game (5) and punt hang time (4.80 seconds).

Rodrigo finished the season with career bests in total points (73), field goals made (14) and field goals attempted (23). The high winds prevented any attempt at surpassing his touchback mark of 50 in 2012, and he finished with 45.

Rodrigo extended his record number of 70-yard kickoffs to 22, and extended his record number of 4.0-second hang times to 34 with a couple measuring 4.01 and 4.06. For the game, Rodrigo’s kickoff hang times averaged 3.94 seconds, with a worst of 3.82 seconds and a best of 4.06. The high kickoffs restricted the East returners to a 17-yard average return. Rodrigo’s combined kickoffs and punts yielded an average field position for the East of the 21-yard-line; it managed to drive the field only once.

Season at a glance

Kickoffs – 57 for 3806 yards, 66.8 average, 45 touchbacks (82 percent). Return yards – 338. Avg. field position – 24.1. Onside kicks – 4 for 6.

Punts – 40 for 1673 yards, 41.9 average. Return yards –153. Avg. return – 3.6 yards. Inside the 20 – 13. Non-returned – 31.

PATs – 31 for 31.

FGs – 14 for 23.

Rushing – 2 for 16 yards.

Efficiency rating: 95.0 percent — 150 efficient plays, 158 total plays (efficient plays divided by total plays; onside recoveries weighted double).

Game one: Campbell 21, Sprayberry 19 (scrimmage)

Kickoffs – 4 for 277 yards, 69.25 average, 4 touchbacks. Distances/hang times – 65 (3.94), 70 (3.81), 70 (4.28), 72 (4.18). Return yards – 0. Avg. field position – 20.

Punts – 5 for 217 yards, 43.4 average. Return yards – 41. Distances/hang times – 44, 29 (4.52), 55, 51, 38 (4.28). Inside the 20 – 1. Non-returned – 4.

PATs – 2 for 2.

FGs – 1 for 2 (53 make, 44 miss)

Season totals: 5 points

Game two: Wheeler 44, Sprayberry 14

Kickoffs – 3 for 193 yards, 64.3 average, 3 touchbacks. Distances/hang times – 64 (4.15), 62 (4.03), 67 (4.37).

Return yards – 0. Avg. field position – 20.

Punts – 5 for 219 yards, 43.8 average. Return yards – 0. Distances – 39, 32, 42, 61, 45 (left-footed). Inside the 20 – 3.

Rushing: 1 attempt for 11 yards.

PATs – 2 for 2.

FGs – none attempted.

Rodrigo watches flight of his 43-yard field goal, one of two he converted in game against Kennesaw Mountain on Aug. 30.
Rodrigo watches flight of his 43-yard field goal, one of two he converted in game against Kennesaw Mountain on Aug. 30.

Game three: Kennesaw Mountain 48, Sprayberry 27

Kickoffs – 4 for 271 yards, 67.8 average, 4 touchbacks. Distances/hang times – 61 (4.00), 70 (4.03), 72 (4.03), 68 (3.91). Return yards – 0. Avg. field position – 20.

Onside kicks – 1 for 2.

Punts – 2 for 107 yards, 53.5 average. Return yards – 0. Distances – 71, 36. Inside the 20 – 2. Non-returned – 2.

PATs – 3 for 3.

FGs – 2 for 3 (57 miss, 43 make, 37 make)

Game four: Lassiter 41, Sprayberry 23

Kickoffs – 4 for 247 yards, 61.8 avg., 2 touchbacks. Distances/hang times – 59 (3.48), 60 (4.25), 60 (x), 68 (4.09). Return yards – 62. Avg. field position – 35.5.

Punts – 8 for 353 yards, 44.1 average. Return yards – 65. Distances – 37, 62, 38, 44, 45, 55, 54, 18 (left-footed). Inside the 20 – 1. Non-returned – 4.

PATs – 3 for 3.

FGs – none attempted.

Game five: Sprayberry 45, Forsyth Central 28

Kickoffs – 8 for 545 yards, 68.1 average, 7 touchbacks. Return yards – 22. Avg. field position – 20.4. Distances/hang times – 59 (x), 65 (4.32), 69 (4.32), 69 (4.32), 73 (4.16), 63 (4.28, 72 (3.60), 75 (3.50).

Punts – none.

PATs – 6 for 6.

FGs – 1 for 1 (24 yards)

Game six: Sequoyah 35, Sprayberry 7

Kickoffs – 2 for 129 yards, 64.5 average, 2 touchbacks. Distances/hang times – 65 (4.16), 64 (4.28). Return yards – 0. Avg. field position – 20.

Punts – 6 for 290 yards, 48.3 average. Return yards – 31. Distances – 41 (lefty), 39 (lefty), 70, 41, 51 (4.06), 48 (4.43). Non-returned – 5. Inside the 20 – 3.

PATs – 1 for 1.

FGs – none attempted.

Game seven: Sprayberry JV 24, Milton 14

Kickoffs – 5 for 350 yrds, 70.0 avg., 5 touchbacks, 0 return yards, avg. field position 20. Distances/hang times – 66 (4.10), 74 (4.03), 72 (3.72), 68 (4.16), 70 (4.09).

Punts – none.

PATs – 3 for 3.

FGs – 1 for 2 (59 miss-bad snap), 30 make

Game eight: Riverwood 42, Sprayberry 17

Kickoffs – 4 for 284 yards, 71.0 avg., 4 touchbacks, 0 return yards, avg. field position 20. Distances/hang times – 65 (3.91), 74 (4.07)–crossbar, 70 (4.12), 75 (3.97).

Punts – 2 for 75 yards, 37.5 avg., return yards 0.

PATs – 2 for 2.

FGs – 1 for 2 (32 make, 35 miss).

Game nine: Pope 21, Sprayberry 17

Kickoffs – 4 for 280 yards, 70.0 avg., 4 touchbacks. Return yds. – 0. Avg. field position – 20. Distances/hang times – 67 (4.19), 73 (3.50), 70 (4.22), 70 (4.44).

Punts – none.

PATs – 2 for 2.

FGs – 1 for 3 (40 make, 34 miss—bad snap), 59 miss—short)

Rushing – 1 for 5 yards.

Game ten: Kell 55, Sprayberry 7

Kickoffs – 3 for 197 yards, 65.7 avg., 2 touchbacks. Return yds. – 118. Avg. field position – 39.3. Distances/hang times – 59 (3.76), 70 (4.00), 68 (4.25).

Punts – 7 for 235 yards, 33.6 avg. Return yds. – 16. Inside the 20 – 1. Non-returned – 5.

PATs – 1 for 1.

FGs – none attempted

Game eleven: Sprayberry 34, Osborne 28

Kickoffs – 5 for 340 yards, 68.0 avg., 4 touchbacks. Return yds. – 13. Avg. field position – 17.4. Distances/hang times – 59 (4.15), 70 (4.00), 68 (4.10), 75 (3.73), 68 (4.19).

Onside kicks – 1 for 1 (self-recovery)

Punts – none.

PATs – 2 for 2.

FGs – 2 for 2 (34, 42)

Game twelve: Creekview 35, Sprayberry 13

Kickoffs – 3 for 197 yards, 65.7 avg., 2 touchbacks. Return yds. – 17. Avg. field position – 19.0. Distances/hang times – 69 (4.08), 68 (3.73), 60 (4.12).

Punts – 3 for 115 yards, 38.3 avg. Return yards – 0. Non-returned – 3.

PATs – 1 for 1.

FGs – 2 for 3 (23 make, 32 make, 52 miss-blocked)

Game thirteen: West 38, East 7, Georgia Junior Bowl

Kickoffs – 8 for 496 yards, 62.0 average, 2 touchbacks. Return yards – 106. Avg. field position – 23.5. Distances/hang times (from 35-yard-line) – 53 (3.82), 50 (3.84), 70 (4.01), 63 (3.98)73 (3.88), 68 (3.94), 63 (4.06), 56 (3.94).

Punts – 2 for 62 yards, 31.0 avg. Return yards – 0. Non-returned – 2. Inside the 20 – 2.

PATs – 3 for 3.

FGs – 3 for 5 (38 make, 52 miss/wide left, 33 make, 39 miss-blocked, 42 make)