Blaine Halvorson has become a regular at the Macon Touchdown Club's Monday meetings.
On several occasions last year, the Westside place-kicker was named the club's special teams player of the week. He picked up his first honor of the 2015 season this week after connecting on a 32-yard game-winner in overtime against Central, giving the Seminoles a 24-21 win.
Now, as radio's Paul Harvey would have said, the rest of the story:
It turned out Halvorson hurt his groin during pregame warm-ups. Walking, not to mention kicking, became a bit of a challenge.
"I pulled something on a kick," Halvorson said. "It bothered me a bit."
Extra points weren't a problem. He went 3-for-3 on those. But Halvorson, who normally has some good range, missed his first two field goal attempts.
His first attempt, a 40-yarder before halftime, wasn't clean. There was a high snap, and the oncoming rush made for a rushed kick.
His second attempt, a 35-yarder at the end of regulation, was rushed, as well. Westside was able to get its field goal unit on the field because the clock had to be reset following a first down, but the Seminoles had to get the snap off within three seconds of the official's ready-for-play signal. The kick came close, but it was off the mark.
Given a third attempt, Halvorson put one over the crossbar at the end of the first overtime. The kick had just a couple of yards to spare, falling into the hands of Bibb County Director of Athletics Eddie Ashley, who had been standing behind the south goalposts at Henderson Stadium most of the game.
"It affected me, especially on the farther kicks," Halvorson said. "But it didn't bother me too much."