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At 265 pounds, he's probably the biggest kicker and punter in the area.

But it's possible Cerro Gordo-Bement's Brant Knowles is also the best.

Knowles, a three-year starter on the Broncos' offensive line, went 6-for-7 on extra points in last Friday's game against Tri-County.

"I missed the first one and was kicking myself," Knowles said. "We came out and got the two-point conversion (after the next touchdown) and I got dialed in and made them."

Knowles also punts and kicks off to go with his lineman responsibilities.

"He's going to be in shape," CGB coach Andy Kerley said. "Cause he blocks, kicks the extra point and then he kicks off."

It's an exciting development for Kerley's team because it was exactly one year ago, Week 1 against Tri-County, when their kicking game caused problems.

Reflecting on that 21-20 overtime loss to the Titans, Kerley said, "They had a kicker. We didn't."

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Now it seems that won't be a problem.

And it all happened by accident.

Last season, Kerley tried three different players for field goals before one day, he saw Knowles messing around in practice -- kicking.

So in Week 9 against Maroa-Forsyth, Knowles got a shot. Just his luck, a holding call turned the extra point into a 30-yarder.

"I kicked one extra point all year, the very last one, and I made it," Knowles said.

"And we're like, 'Huh,' " Kerley said. "That's the way that season went. You end up finding what you need too late.

"And the crazy thing is, this year we've got two. We've got a freshman that can kick."

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