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Westside High School football player kicks his way into record books

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Chance Poore, kicker at Westside High School in record books. (FOX Carolina/ Sept. 9, 2016) Chance Poore, kicker at Westside High School in record books. (FOX Carolina/ Sept. 9, 2016)
Kenny Gordon, kicking coach, with Chance Poore, Westside High School kicker. (FOX Carolina/ Sept. 9, 2016) Kenny Gordon, kicking coach, with Chance Poore, Westside High School kicker. (FOX Carolina/ Sept. 9, 2016)

Fans and coaches are getting a kick out of Chance Poore.

"There's different kickers in the world- everyone's different," Chance said. "I've kicked a 57 on my own."

Back in 2014, at 13 years old, Chance kicked a 40 yarder during a middle school football game. Now, he's 16 years old and shares the record for the most touchbacks at Westside High School in Anderson County. That record is seven touchbacks.

"It's all you, but you gotta have a good snap, a good hold," Poore said. "Our cash money team is our field goal unit."

His average punt is a 45 yard field goal.

"I give a lot of respect to my snapper and holder," he said.

During the off season, he takes about 60 kicks a day.

"I train regularly with my coach every Sunday," he said.

His coach is Kerry Gordon.

"I'm a kicking and punter and long-snapping specialist," Gordon said.

He's a coach at Seneca High School and coached high school and college kickers throughout South Carolina.

"I've been coaching for about 30 years," Gordon said.

He also coached NFL players like Andy Lee with the Carolina Panthers.

"He had a 76 yard punt out in Denver. It was the longest punt in Carolina Panther history," Gordon said.

He says a good kick is like a good golf swing.

"One thing a kid's gotta have is good flexibility and leg speed," he said.

And he says that's what he see in Chance.

"He has a real strong leg, he's got a good work ethic," Gordon said.

And Gordon says a good work ethic is what keeps the high-flying kicker grounded.

"I'm not gonna write my path, I'm gonna really let my Lord and Savior do that, because I'm going to do whatever He wants me to do," Chance said.

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