Arlington (Texas) Martin High is off to a 4-0 start in District play and Ben Grogan, a 6-foot-0, 175-pound kicker is a big reason why.
Voted as a Team Captain in the pre-season, Grogan went 6-for-6 in last Friday's 47-7 win over North Crowley (Texas). He made three of the kicks from 50 yards or longer (56, 52, 52).
“I have never seen anything like that,” said Arlington Martin Head Coach Bob Wager. “He made those easy and there was no wind (at his back).”
“He also had a 58 yard punt and he can kick the ball out of the end-zone every time. From the 30 or the 40-yard line its an automatic touch-back. We don't do that a lot because he is so lethal in his ability to aim at the soccer line and pin guys back.”
“The best way I can explain it is his ball placement is like a surgeon's scalpel!”
Three weeks ago Grogan made national news when he lined up and successfully completed a drop-kick attempt on an extra point in a 59-7 homecoming win over Weatherford (Texas).
Wager would have never called the play had he not had faith in his kicker's ability to put the ball through the uprights.
“He is a kicking junkie” Wager explained. “He is out there practicing every day all day long, and you then start to get a handle on what he can actually do with the ball.”
“He started practicing the drop kicks and he just got better at it and better at it and popped one through.”
Grogan is also solid in the face of pressure.
His teammates have dubbed him with the nickname of 'Ice Pirate' for his ability to not fold under the pressure of important kicks.
“When you use a timeout it completely has no affect and he embraces that moment,” Wager said.
Thus far, no school has stepped up with a scholarship offer, but he does have some impressive programs like Texas A&M, Texas and Oklahoma State keeping close tabs on his progress.