Monday, October 21, 2019

Lycoming Football - Jamie Fisher Is The Best Ever

#35 Sr K Jamie Fisher in action last year against Widener /  John Green Photo
Kicker: Jamie Fisher Interview
Senior kicker Jamie Fisher (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) set a new school record with 31 career field goals, as he broke the record on Saturday, October 12th against Alvernia in Reading, PA. The old record of 30 career field goals was held for 27 years by John Phillips from 1989-92! The following is an interview before Jamie broke the record:

Me: “I was always interested in how you got into football. How young you were? Did you play Pop Warner football?”
Jamie: “No, I never play Pop Warner football. I played a lot of different sports growing up. I played soccer and baseball which were my two main sports growing up. But I always love football. I played with my friends at our high school field when in elementary school and middle school. You know, that kind of stuff. I wanted to be a receiver, but my mom didn’t want me to play football. I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but I was pretty good at soccer and baseball. Also, I played for multiple teams each year so my time was filled up. In my junior year of high school, I was playing soccer and my soccer coach ask me if I will be interested in kicking for the football team.”

Me: “What school?”
Jamie: “Ridley high school Delaware County. I played my junior year. It was my first year and we played Glen Mills my first game.”

#35 Sr K Jamie Fisher in action last year against Lebanon Valley /  John Green Photo
Me: “Glen Mills, they sound like a powerhouse!”
Jamie: “They weren’t very good in football. They were a juvenile detention school. They were a pretty good sized team however. So my junior year I started kicking 55 yard field goals in practice. The first day I was kicking touchbacks from the 40 yard line. My coach was the special teams coordinator there and he thought I was pretty good I guess. He really wanted me badly. He thought that I could kick in college, he thought I had the talent to kick in college.”

Me: “Let’s get back to high school. Do you remember the first field goal you ever made?”
Jamie: “Yes, it was my first game against Glenn Mills. I was a junior and I kicked a 33 yarder and a 27 yarder. We won 13-7. I also kicked the extra point. So I had an extra point and two field goals.
(Note: Goal posts are ten yards behind the goal line. They typically are kicked from seven yards behind the line of scrimmage. So, you add 17 to how many yards the line of scrimmage is from the goal line. Therefore, if the Warriors attempt a field goal from the opponents' 20 yard line, that would be a 37 yard attempt the kicking spot was 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage.)
Me: “So you were really the ‘key’ in that win!”

#35 Sr K Jamie Fisher in action last year against Misericordia /  John Green Photo
Me: “How did you eventually pick Lycoming?”
Jamie: "A bunch of schools came to my high school my senior year. Me and a couple of my friends were called out of class a number of times to have meetings with coaches. I remember Coach Clark coming. He really resonated with me because he is from Delaware County and lived around the corner from my dad. I thought that I might as well look at it (Lycoming). You remember Collin Wright? I was very good friends with his younger brother. I grew up playing baseball with him. I knew that if Collin came here, it must be a good school so I wanted to go check it out. So when I came on my overnight, I met a lot of other Delaware County kids, Sam Romanofski, Nick Costello and John Kim. They were ‘DelCo’ guys and I thought it would at least make me a part of a group here. The only other schools I was looking at were Wilkes and Widener a little bit. I live right near Widener and I didn’t want to go there. I wanted to get out of town. And Wilkes didn’t seem to have the close knit guys like we have here. So that is why I decided to come here.”

Me: “What is your major?”
Jamie: “I am a corporate communications major with a business minor.”

Me: “I see a number of wide receivers and running backs that have an interest in getting to the NFL or Arena Football. Do you have and interest in that?”
Jamie: “If the opportunity presented itself, I would definitely try out and give it my best. I think that if I put in a lot of work this season and I have put in a lot of work this season, I am capable of squeaking in there. That is definitely a plan ‘B’ sort of thing. That is of course if I get past all my classes and graduate."

Me: “Well thanks a lot for the interview and keep up the good work. You are setting records here."

Final Note: What a nice young man. Humble, loves football, loves his friends and has high praise for Lycoming College. Football is one of the attractions to colleges for young athletes,  but the most important thing at this age should be to pick a great school. A compatable school that will set you up for the rest of your competitive career life. Jamie seems to have considered all of this as he has become the best field goal kicker in Lycoming Warrior football history. We know that his career will also be outstanding!

2018: First Team All-MAC kicker … appeared in all 11 games … hit 10-of-17 field goals … tied for first in the conference in field goals made (10) … made 27-of-29 extra-point attempts … drilled school-record four field goals in win over Widener, earning MAC Special Teams Player of the Week and Team of the Week honors … hit a 44-yard field goal against Lebanon Valley, the second longest in the MAC in 2018 … tied his school-record with three field goals of 40 yards in a season … averaged 58.4 kick-off yards per game with 17 touchbacks … earned mention on October’s Fred Mitchell Award Watch List … finished season fourth in program history with 24 field goals made and 10th with 54 extra points made.

2017: Honorable Mention All-MAC kicker … appeared in all 10 games … tied a school-record by hitting 13-of-18 field goals … made all 27 extra-point attempts … hit a 45-yard field goal against FDU-Florham, the longest in the MAC in 2017 … hit three 40-yard field goals in the season, the first in program history to do so … led the MAC with 19 touchbacks.

2016: Played in all 10 games, primarily as the kickoff specialist ... had 38 kickoffs for 2,178 yards ... had seven touchbacks, including two against Delaware Valley and FDU-Florham ... also went 1-for-2 on field-goal attempts, hitting a 37-yarder against Albright.

High School: A three-time letterwinner in soccer and a two-year letterwinner in football and baseball ... hit a career-best 43-yard field goal ... earned honorable mention all-league and all-county honors as a senior ... played in the Delaware County Hero Bowl ... also earned honorable mention all-league honors in soccer as a senior.

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