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Oxford Charger Kicker Needs Community’s Support to Win Kohl’s National Player of the Week


By Alyssa Schnugg
Staff writer

Oxford Charger Jack Tannehill, who kicked the game-winning 27-yard field goal Friday during the Crosstown Classic game against the Lafayette Commodores at Bobby Holcomb Field has been nominated as a finalist in Kohl’s Kicking National Player of the Week.

Now, the Oxford community has a chance to show its appreciation for Jack by visiting the website and voting for him to win the contest.

A 15-year-old sophomore, Tannehill said Friday’s kick was the most stressful kick he’s had to make since joining the Chargers last school year.

With about 3 minutes on the clock, and the Chargers down by one point, a former Charger leaned over and told Tannehill to get ready to kick a “game winner.”

Oxford Charger kicker Jack Tannehill kicked a 27-yard field goal Friday night to push the Chargers to the win, 29 to 27, over the Lafayette County Commodores. Tannehill is a finalist in the Kohl’s National Player of the Week contest.
Photo by Angel Smith

“I just started kicking to warm up,” Tannehill said. “I soon realized it was actually going to come down to that. I started getting nervous and in my head a little. But I calmed down, got my head in the game and we had a good snap and good hold. It was a close kick.”

The Chargers won with 3 seconds left on the clock. The final score was 29 to 27.

Earlier in the game, Tannehill kicked a 39-yard field goal.

The son of Rhea and Robyn Tannehill, Jack started playing football in the eighth grade; however, he is no stranger to kicking balls. He started playing soccer when he was about 3 years old, he said.
Tannehill found out he had made the finalist for the player of the week through an email sent to his father, Rhae Tannehill Monday.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Tannehill was in second place in the contest with 27 percent of the votes. 

To vote for Tannehill, visit the Kohl’s National Player of the Week website. You must have a Facebook account to be able to vote. Polls close at 10 p.m. Thursday and the winner will be announced on Kohl’s Twitter page, @KohlsKicking.


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