The past couple weeks have been exciting for the participants in Milaca youth football. First back on July 30, the third through eighth graders competed in the Punt, Pass and Kick contest, sponsored by the NFL. Then last Friday the Milaca sixth grade football team got to compete on the field of TCF Bank Stadium at halftime of the Vikings preseason game against Oakland.
Milaca was chosen for the honor because they were the first team in the league to implement a new practice, called “Heads Up.”
Punt, Pass and Kick winners were awarded with ribbons at the end of the camp on July 30. To figure out the score the total distance of a contestant’s punt, pass and kick are added together. The distance of each of those is determined by taking the length of the kick, pass or punt and subtracting how far off of the tape line the ball deviated.
It was the second year the Milaca has done the event through youth football.
The winners by grade were announced at the end of the program as follows:
Third grade: Champ, Coleton Kiel, 199 feet; second, Matthew Szucs, 183 feet; third, Wyatt Maurer, 143 feet. Fourth grade: Champ, Colbee Zens, 179 feet; second, Lewis Wolbert, 166 feet; third, Tanyon Black, 162 feet. Fifth grade: Champ, Ryker Tillotson, 214 feet; second, Jack Mallone, 195 feet; third, Zachary Timmer, 184 feet. Sixth grade: Champ, Bodee Zens, 255 feet; second, Jack Olson, 238 feet; third, Anton Erickson, 231 feet. Seventh grade: Champ, Nick Brink, 255 feet; second, Asa Erickson, 222 feet; third, Maverick VanderPlaats, 218 feet. Champ, Eighth grade: Daniel Marx, 278 feet; second, Joe Rosenberg, 253 feet; third, Sam Roelofs, 243 feet.
On the girls competition there were three competitors. Melody Marx won for the girl’s 12-13 year old’s with 190 feet. Abby Anderson took first for the 10-11 year old’s with 71 feet. Reina Mikla took second for 10-11 year olds.
However, only the top person from each age group advances to sectionals, which will likely be hosted at TCF Bank Stadium. Those advancing are: 8-9 year old boys, Coleton Kiel; 10-11 year old boys, Bodee Zens; 10-11 year old girls, Abby Anderson; 12-13 year old boys, Nick Brink; 12-13 year old girls, Melody Marx and 14-15 year old boys, Daniel Marx.
The winners of the sectional will represent the Minnesota Vikings at the National PPK event. The winners of the National PPK event are announced at halftime of the Super Bowl in February.