Coast Union High kicker to play in skills tourney
Coast Union High School’s Emany Plasencia is a football renaissance man. As the Broncos quarterback, his leadership includes play-calling, passing and ball-carrying. He is very strong on defense, and his kicking competencies are extraordinary (he punts, handles kickoffs and boots long field goals).
Plasencia routinely hammers field goals in warm-ups before football games of over 60 yards. The three-sport junior standout sends kickoffs sailing way over the end zone time and again, and now he is getting a chance to kick his way into a potential scholarship for college.
In early December, Plasencia attended the Kohl’s Kicking Camp in Southern California, and he placed third in kickoffs and fifth in field goals out of 150 participants, according to Coast Union Athletic Director Andrew Crosby. That qualifies Plasencia to attend the “Future Stars Invitational” in Bradenton, Florida, on Jan. 19.
Top kicking coaches nationwide will be in attendance, and if he does well it could help pave the way for a scholarship following his senior year. There may soon be a fundraiser in the offing to help defray the travel costs for Plasencia and his brother to fly to Florida.
In the meantime, Plasencia is learning the ropes of basketball for the Broncos varsity team. He chose to play basketball rather than join the soccer team.