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Classical's Title Run Inspired By Armless Kicker

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By Matt Blanchette

 mblanchette@abc6.com

The Classical freshman football team are super bowl champs, finishing an undefeated season with a victory last weekend, making school history in the process.

Throughout their winning season drew inspiration from their kicker, Isaac Lufkin.

Lufkin is the kicker for the classical freshman football team, you see, he pretty much has to be.

Lufkin was born with no arms.

Playing football was a dream of his since he was 6 years old, but he was never given the chance until this year.

"I played soccer for 6 years and it got boring," Lufin said. "And I wasn't really that good. I like football because I like contact."

At first he had another position in mind.

I dunno I was planning on being a safety. A safety or a tackle, left tackle," Lufkin said. "But I can't tackle very well," he added with a smile.

Despite Lufkin's sense of humor head coach Jeremy Ogunba had other ideas.

"The first thought that came to my mind is how is that going to happen?" Ogunba said. "Who is going to help him with his helmet and pads things of that nature?"

"And then what position? but kicker obviiously came to mind."

The 14-year-old does need a hand from time to time but his teammates are always quick to help.

He contributes mostly for on side kicks and squibs, but after the ball is kicked - "he's running down there getting in on the action," Ogunba said. "He actually has one tackle this year. It's good to se ehim be a part of it. It's good to see him have the experience's that other young men have that have arms."

"Ffor one it is fun but for two I like to see how they react: the blockers. Normally they won't block me they won't come near me" Lufkin said. "They avoid me so I am like a secret weapon."

And in a strange twist of fate Isaac is not the first kicker here at Classical High School to kick with no arms. Exactly 50 years ago Chris Schuman kicked here for the purple and his accomplishments were recognized by president John F Kennedy.

Kennedy sent this letter to the school in 1963 just months before he was assasinated. and it still hangs today.

"That sealed the deal. That made me believe that I was going to play," he said.

Perhaps Lufkin will have his own letter from the president in the future.

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