By Alyssa Schnugg
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.”
“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.