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Rosas kicking for record books
While it's no surprise that Aldrick Rosas can proficiently kick a ball — seeing as how he has played soccer beginning at age 2 — it is a surprise when you look at all he's done in just four years of playing football.
Rosas, an Orland High senior and the kicker extraordinaire for the Trojans football team, busted through Northern Section touchback records last season with 56, while simultaneously depressing any awaiting punt returners for the opposing teams.
Now Rosas looks to rewrite the books further during 2012.
Among his desired targets are crushing the CIF Northern Section record for the longest field goal, which is 58 yards, and looking to further impose his dominance with touchbacks.
Rosas credits head coach Mike McDonald, kicking coach Abel Hernandez and Orland High soccer coach Ross Sandberg, whom Rosas says supports him even throughout the soccer off-season.
Despite the obvious differences in the two sports, Rosas says that both benefit one another, with soccer giving him an edge.
"We run a lot in soccer and the way that sprint-and-turn makes us more explosive and fast, it really conditions the muscles," Rosas said.
Training advantage aside, it's football that has the gravity to score Rosas a scholarship or entrance into college, which is the appeal to playing and excelling in both.
Rosas has paid his dues, training extensively during the summer with Hernandez, who he singles out for helping him with his form.
"Coach Hernandez and I went back to basics, really. We trained during the summer, and worked on a lot of things, but mostly the mechanics of correct kicking," Rosas said.
Hernandez sees a bright future for Rosas, who at 6-3 and 210 pounds, is large for a soccer player, but is a natural athlete who also happens to have the correct mindset.
"His work ethic goes a long way. We have accomplished a lot this summer. We adjusted his lean and angle when he kicks, and we're making him stand straight up during his follow through, while also getting more accurate through those things," explained Hernandez. "We are working on breaking the section records this year and by putting in the hard work, he can do it."
Rosas's goals do not stop at the record books. Attending a four-year university tops the list as his main goal.
While there is no decision as to where he is headed, Rosas has plans to play football wherever his future — and foot — may take him, which from any given angle on the Orland football field, will be far.
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