COLUMBIA — Two Columbia youth won in a sectional competition for the NFL's annual Punt, Pass & Kick contest Saturday at Jefferson City High School.
Eryn Puett won the girls 10 to 11 age group with a total score of 224 feet, 5 inches, while Joseph Lucke won the boys 14 to 15 age group at 295-10.
The competition is based on distance and accuracy in punting, throwing and placekicking. Scores are calculated by measuring the distance the ball traveled and subtracting how far the ball lands away from a straight line in the middle of the field.
The scores from the three events are added together and winners are determined by the highest total score.
Puett is no stranger to the Punt, Pass & Kick competition. She won the national finals for the girls 8 to 9 age group last year with a score of 225-2 and was helped along the way by Missouri quarterback James Franklin. She, along with the winners from the nine other age brackets, were honored at halftime of last season's AFC divisional playoff game in Baltimore between the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens.
As sectional winners, Puett and Lucke put themselves in position to advance to the team championships, which will be held Dec. 2 in St. Louis at the Rams game that day.
The top four finishers out of the 10 sectional pools in each region, which are represented by the 30 NFL teams, move on to the team championship. Puett and Lucke will have to wait for the other sectional contests to see if they advance to the next round.
The top four competitors from the team championship then move on to the national finals.
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