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Featured Video of the Week: John Carpenter

Updated: March 19, 2009, 5:01 PM ET
By Mike Loveday | ESPNRISE.com

Allegany's John Carpenter already holds several school and area kicking records, but is constantly working to improve his skills in hopes of earning a spot on a college football team.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior earned Small School all-state first team in 2008 after making 42 of 43 point after attempts and setting an area record for most consecutive PATs with 30.

"His junior year he really came on strong," Allegany head coach Tom Preaskorn said. "From 50 yards and in he can make it."

Carpenter set the Allegany high school and Greenway Stadium record for the longest field goal with a 48-yarder. He also hit field goals from 42, 31, 30, 28 and 27 yards during the season.

Carpenter works with former Allegany kicker Billy Orndorff in the offseason. According to Orndorff, Carpenter is now working on kicking off the ground to get better prepared for college.

As a sophomore, Carpenter kicked off a two-inch tee and last year he kicked off the one-inch tee.

As a sophomore, Carpenter tied the area record for most PATs in a season with 55 and earned second team all-area.

According to Preaskorn, West Virginia, Michigan State, Perdue and UConn have all requested film on Carpenter.

As part of a new weekly series here at ESPNRISE.com/MDVarsity.com, we will feature a different athlete's highlight video every Thursday. To see the entire list of past featured videos, CLICK HERE. To be considered for the Featured Video of the Week series, e-mail Mike Loveday at Michael.Loveday@espn.com. We will need a hard copy of the highlight video, and the video must be limited to five minutes or under and can have no music, to limit copyright infringement concerns.