Football spotlight: Aledo kicker Chance Nevarez

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More information No Chance of a miss Chance Nevarez’s PATs by game during his record-breaking streak:
2011Att.Made
Corsicana11
Manvel77
2012Att.Made
Highland Park44
Stephenville22
M’rrey Tech77
Arl. Heights66
South Hills55
Wyatt66
Western Hills77
Southwest33
Granbury99
Trimble Tech88
Cleburne66
Guyer44
2013Att.Made
Highland Park55
Stephenville88
M’rrey Tech77
Arl. Heights1212
South Hills99

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His story: Nevarez went 9 for 9 on extra-point kicks Friday against Fort Worth South Hills and in the process established a state record for consecutive PATs at 116, according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. The previous mark of 114 was set by James French of China Spring between 2007-08. Nevarez’s streak started against Corsicana in the state semifinals on Dec. 9, 2011, when he was a sophomore. Nevarez, now a senior, is already a three-year letterman for the Bearcats in football and also plays on the soccer team. Nevarez actually shares kicking duties for the Bearcats with Parker Shaunfield, who handles most of the kickoffs and longer field goals. Nevarez has connected on 214 of his 228 PATs for Aledo and has made 17 of 23 field goals with a career long of 39.

He said: “At the beginning of the season, someone mentioned to me that I was getting close to some kind of record. After that, more hints were dropped and I asked Coach [Tim] Buchanan about it. He just smiled and told me there was a record I was close to, but he wasn’t going to tell me because he wanted to wait until after I achieved the record. He wanted to keep it a secret from me so it wouldn’t psych me out or do anything negative. I didn’t find out how close I was until the night of the game I kicked the record. We were in pregame warmups and one of my buddies said something to me. I guess he didn’t know it was a secret. But I was kind of shocked. It was kind of in the back of my mind [during the game], but I was just going through my head and telling myself to do the same thing and don’t change anything.

“It’s great [to have the record]; I’m really happy about it. But at the same time, I can’t really take all the credit. All my teammates throughout the years that scored all those touchdowns, they really did a lot of the work. For me, I had the easiest part.”

Coach Tim Buchanan said: “I showed up to a seventh grade B-team game and Chance was the kicker. He was kicking off and kicking it down to the 10-yard line. I asked the coaches, ‘Who is that kid?’ They said, ‘Chance Nevarez.’ I asked why he was on the B-team and they said because he also played free safety. So he came over after the kickoff and I said, ‘Chance, would you rather be a B-team free safety or an A-team kicker?’ He said he would rather be an A-team kicker, so I said, ‘All right, next week you’ll be on the A-team.’ From that point on he’s been a kicker for us, and he’s been a really good one. I think he made 30-something extra points and a few field goals as a freshman. He got even better as a sophomore and the rest is history.

“When he was a freshman and sophomore, we had other kickers who were seniors, and pretty good kickers, so there was never a whole lot of pressure on him when he was young to where he felt like he had to be the man. He was kind of able to work his way into the role of being the kicker. He’s developed into an extremely consistent and confident place-kicker. It’s really natural for him. He’s been a kicker since he was a really young kid. Chance was kicking field goals — not just extra points, but field goals — in the seventh grade.

Interesting note: Tyson Mauser, who holds on kicks for Nevarez, was also his holder in middle school.

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