By JONATHAN ORRILLO
KENNESAW, Ga. – Kennesaw State Owls kicker Justin Thompson had an eventful game against Shorter on Saturday.
Thompson connected on 4 of 7 field goal attempts and accounted for 12 points in the Owl’s 18-10 victory. He made the most important one of the game from 28 yards out with 1:39 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
“You guys have to remember that he is a true freshman,” said head coach Brian Bohannon. “He hit one when it counted. He missed some, he has to make them all, but when it counted, he made it.”
Before Thompson made his fifth field goal attempt, he had missed three of his last four attempts from 32, 43, and 46 yards. The attempt from 46 yards out would have given Kennesaw a 12-10 lead with 10:45 left in the fourth quarter.
“I didn’t kick my best today, but I pulled through when it mattered,” said Thompson. “My job is to make field goals for the team and kick the ball to the best of my ability.”
In the start of the game Thompson went 2-2 giving the Owls a 6-0 lead before he missed two consecutive field goal attempts.
Bohannon said, “There was a wind some of had died down but the wind was going towards the student section. I called a timeout ‘cause I am trying to give the kid every advantage we could.”
After the timeout, Thompson made the 40-yard field goal attempt to end the third quarter that shrunk the Hawks lead to 10-9. When asked if he was going to walk around like the big man on campus Thompson modestly said that this was an entire team effort.