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High School Football: Amies rises to the top

CdM senior, who has kicked 21 field goals this year, is a special player on special teams.

November 30, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High kicker Griff Amies has had a remarkable season with 21 field goals this year.
Corona del Mar High kicker Griff Amies has had a remarkable… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

The kicker in football is someone who doesn't always get a lot of credit.

Sure, a game-winning kick is great, but more often the kicker is someone who is taken for granted at best and blamed for a team's troubles at worst. He's usually seen as somewhat eccentric, too, like the fictional Miami Dolphins kicker Ray Finkle in the movie "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." Finkle blames Dan Marino for not keeping the laces out at the end of a fictional Super Bowl game.

These things aren't true for the Corona del Mar High football team. Heading into the CIF Southern Section Southern Division title game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Angel Stadium, the Sea Kings know they have a heck of a kicker.

His name is Griff Amies, and he's doing things that kickers have never done at CdM, in Orange County and maybe even in the state of California.

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Amies, a senior, has made a county-record 21 field goals this year. The state high school record is 22 field goals, set in 1994 by former Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and UCLA All-American kicker Chris Sailer.

That was also the national record until last year, when Cole Hedlund of Argyle (Texas) made 25 field goals. But Sailer's state mark is still within Amies' sights. Sailer helped his team win CIF in 1994, and Amies would like to be able to say the same.

"It'd be a great feeling to get that record," Amies said. "I really would like to get that record, but I'd also like to win CIF, most importantly."

Amies has been money this year for the Sea Kings, and his field goals haven't been "gimmies." His long was 52 yards against Western. Eight of his field goals have been 40 yards or more.

But Amies has also been effective on kickoffs. It's been important for a CdM team that has three straight shutouts coming into Saturday's title game. It's just one of the many ways he helps the team, said CdM special teams and receivers coach Brad Bohn.

Bohn, who runs the West Coast Kicking Academy, has coached Amies for more than six years.

"There's a lot of kids who can kick a ball far, but I think what separates Griff is that he's such a determined kid," Bohn said. "He's really competitive and he's really driven. When he steps out on the field, I think he has a look in his eye that's different than other kids.

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