The Mansfield football team has the best offense in District 4-6A and in the area.
It might be surprising to some to learn that the second-leading scorer on the Tigers squad is not a quarterback, running back or receiver, but is none other than Ben Workman, the Mansfield kicker.
Workman has 39 PATs and six field goals on the season, and coach Dan Maberry said it is nice to have a kicker of that caliber on his team.
“The kids know when he goes out there we are almost guaranteed points,” Maberry said. “That is a huge lift for the team.”
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Mansfield clinched a district championship with a victory over Arlington Bowie last Thursday night, and Workman has certainly done his part.
“Ben brings consistency to the team,” Maberry said. “He has been unbelievably steady and has made some big field goals for us. It is great to have that kind of confidence in your kicking game.”
Workman, who also plays soccer at Mansfield, said soccer led him to football.
“I was drawn to the position of kicker because of the success I had in soccer leading up to the seventh grade,” Workman said. “I had played select soccer since I was seven. My mom motivated me to play (football) because she learned that kicking usually comes naturally to soccer players, and I was thinking, ‘Why not? Maybe I’ll be good at it.’”
The Mansfield senior said he tries to bring more than just a steadying presence on special teams, as well.
“I try to bring positivity to the team and have an uplifting spirit when I talk to my teammates,” Workman said. “I try to motivate them to perform at the highest level they can, and I just try to do my job to the best of my ability, no matter the circumstances.”
Workman believes that Mansfield is more than capable of repeating upon the kind of success it enjoyed in 2015, but said it is going to take hard work.
“In order for Mansfield to have a state-title kind of run in the playoffs, we need to rely on each other as a team and not worry about how other teams are performing,” Workman said. “We need to focus on what we as a team have the potential to do. I think if we can do that, we have the potential to go very far in the playoffs again.”