Originally written on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 5/5/14

Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, AR) is currently 7-0 heading into what is essentially a conference championship game tonight against Malvern (6-1).  We are following “P.A.”, as they prefer to be called, for the remainder of the season to hear about their onside kicks, lack of punts, and any other unorthodox thing the head coach Kevin Kelley decides to employ.

Last Friday was homecoming as the Bruins downed the Bauxite Miners, 42-12, to run their record to 7-0.  After returning the opening kickoff to the 44-yard line, the Bruins’ first play was a double reverse, double pass that touched 5 players hands before it was toted into the end zone.  You will notice the receiver turning around in what looks like a taunt at the end, but the play was designed as a hook-and-lateral to get the last receiver to touch the ball, but the timing was off.

The Bruins recovered the onside on the ensuing kickoff and quickly drove 50 yards in 4 plays to go up 14-0 before the Miners had run an offensive play.  That would be the only successful onside for the night, and the only one they would need as they led 42-6 at halftime.  The Bruins were 1 of 1 on 3rd down attempts in the first half, so they did not have any 4th down situations with their starters who averaged 17.4 yards per play, racking up 418 yards in 24 first half offensive plays.

For the season, the Bruins are averaging 569 offensive yards per game.  Senior quarterback Fredi Knighten, a division one prospect as both a quarterback and an athlete, leads the Bruins as he has completed 75% of his passes (151 for 201) for 2596 yards, 36 touchdowns, and just 4 interceptions.  He also leads the team in rushing with 418 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The Bruins have punted one time all season, a game they trailed 28-12 against Class 6A 2nd ranked Lake Hamilton.  Facing a 4th and 33 from their own 4-yard line with just 12 seconds remaining in the half, the Bruins punted and held Lake Hamilton with one play left in the half.  The Bruins would shut out the Wolves in the second half, kicked a successful onside kick, and would even kick a 42-yard field goal to win 38-28.  The Bruins rarely kick field goals, averaging approximately one per season, another one of Kelley’s philosophies that works hand in hand with the statistics he uses for not punting.

We will continue to keep you abreast of the goings on at Pulaski Academy as we will be providing weekly updates of the Bruins and their unique approach to the game.

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