Mckinley Uzzell started kicking his sophomore year, and through hard work and determination, he’s become one of the best kickers in the area.
“I actually had a concussion, and Ms. Vicky Braswell came up to me and said, ‘we’re looking for a kicker,’ and I said “alright, I’ll try it out,’ and I fell in love,” Uzzell said.
Princeton has a 12-0 overall record, won the Neuse Six 2A Conference title, and the Bulldogs have reached the fourth round of the playoffs since 2012.
“It’s amazing, and it’s a great thing to see,” Uzzell said. “We work hard every day, and whenever lights come on Friday night, we just show off.
“It’s the best feeling in the world.”
And Uzzell has been a big part of the Bulldogs’ success. He has converted 82 extra points, a 30-yard field goal, and on kickoffs, he has 38 touchbacks.
Uzzell said his success this season would not be possible with the support of his coaches, teammates, and the lineman who block and protect Uzzell.
“Their job goes way underappreciated. Without them, I could kick a field goal. Everyone would be on top of me,” Uzzell said. “These guys make it happen. It’s a whole team deal, and I’m just a little part of this big picture we have.”
Princeton faces off against St. Pauls tonight in the fourth round of the playoffs with a spot on the regional championship game on the line. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.