Wooten Excelling in All Phases

After starting off the season with two road victories, Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County dropped a tight contest at home to cross border rival, Bennettsville (S.C.) Marlboro County.

Helping the Fighting Scots to a 2-1 record is the leg of Jay Wooten, which has accounted for 17 of their 79 points. The 6-foot-3, 170-pounder has also excelled on kickoffs consistently forcing opponents to start their drive at their own 20-yard line.

"I'm putting all of my kickoffs into the end zone," said Wooten. "I've kicked a few already through the uprights on my kickoffs."

Wooten has also helped win the field position battle with his punts.

"My punting is something I worked on a lot and is coming along," said Wooten. "My flexibility that I've been working on is really paying off. I'm really getting a lot of air and letting it hang up for a while."

Thus far, Wooten has converted 8-of-9 extra points and 3-of-5 field goals, with a long of 42 yards. For the rest of the season, however, he will have to adjust to a new holder.

"Another thing that happened in that loss the other night was my holder broke his ankle and he's out for the season," said Wooten. "So I got to kind of work with the backup holder and get him ready to hold in a game."

By excelling at all phases of the kicking game, it's unclear what duties Wooten will be responsible for once he arrives at North Carolina, the school he verbally committed to during the spring.

"I'm really not sure yet," said Wooten. "I'll probably more than likely become a field goal kicker after Connor [Barth] leaves. But, at the same time they're saying I could come in and do some kickoffs and punts. Wherever they need me, I'm willing to do."

After playing in a tight loss Friday, Wooten was on hand for the Tar Heels' tight loss Saturday.

"It was great," said Wooten. "The fans really got into it the whole game through. I was really pleased with the turnout. There was a real good amount of recruits there, so that's always good. Everything seemed good."

Wooten plans to attend all Tar Heel home games and is looking forward to the ACC opener this weekend against Virginia Tech.

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