Saturday, September 10, 2011

Prep rally: Canes' Tankersley returns to form

Manatee kicker Nick Tankersley was one of several Hurricanes who had a big night during Fridy's 48-6 win over Riverview.
Tankersley's performance, however,may have been the most reassuring of all.
He converted all six extra-point attempts, nailed field goals of 36 and 42 yards and sent all eight of his kickoffs in the end zone.
This came a week after he went 1-for-5 on field-goal attempts in a 24-17 double-overtime loss to Our Lady of Good Counsel.
Yet Tankersley's final line doesn't tell all of the story from last Friday: two of his misses were from over 50 yards (51 and 53), and the 28-yarder he made in overtime was wiped away when Manatee was penalized for a false start.
And his making of a 28-yarder with just over three seconds left in the fourth quarter sent the game to overtime.
Yet Friday's game against the Rams was vintage Tankersley.
"He needed something to get his confidence back this week. Last week, he didn't have a good game," said coach Joe Kinnan. "But that's behind us, and we've got to move on."
The Canes know what they have in Tankersley, who totaled 72 points and 43 touchbacks last season while averaging 38.6 yards per punt. He has caught the eye of numerous Division I programs.
Nonetheless, Friday night was a good sign that Tankersley is back to his reliable self.

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