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November 20, 2012

Brothers help Southern to 12-0 mark

(Continued)

He also believes that being a wrestler was a big help. "When you look at the skills needed for a blocker in football, body control, balance and leverage, that is all wrestling is," Roth said.

Jake said that, although he enjoys his chances to catch the ball, he loves blocking, but he still prefers playing defense. "I like defense because you can be more physical and throw people around. On offense, you can be physical, but you have to be controlled a little bit," he said.

And he really loves punting, something with which he has excelled the last two seasons. He wants to play college football and hopes that, if nothing else, he gets to punt at the next level.

He said assistant coaches Al Cihocki and Andy Mills have been a big help and Cihocki helped him with his steps and how to hold the ball.

Jake played soccer when he was younger and, being the goalkeeper, had lots of opportunities to boot the soccer ball away.

Roth, who disdains talking about punting, because, as he has noted in the past, "it is a defeatist attitude,'' nevertheless agreed that Jake has helped flip the field and put the Tigers in good shape with his strong and accurate leg.

"Jake has punted consistently the last two years, getting the ball downfield with good distance and getting a good bit of height, and doing a good job of directional punting," Roth said.

On the season, he has punted 26 times for 1,004 yards, a 38.6 average, putting seven inside the 20-yard line.

On the move

Nick, who, like his brother, started playing football about age 10 with the Ralpho Raiders youth team, was a running back and linebacker.

He was moved to quarterback his final year with the Raiders and has been there ever since.

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