Roenke gives the Indians an edge


Indian River was beating Smyrna 35-13 late in the third quarter when Bunting decided to test his kicker Pierson Roenke.

Roenke had been recently hampered by a deep-bone bruise and hadn’t attempted a field goal since the making 2-3 in a 31-14 win over Stephen Decatur in week two.

Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO: Pierson Roenke kicks one of his two early season field goals while the visiting team stands on the sidelines to see the outcome.Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO
Pierson Roenke kicks one of his two early season field goals while the visiting team stands on the sidelines to see the outcome.

Indian River’s drive stalled when a Kmetz pass was defended at the line on a third-and-five situation so Bunting decided to let his kicker try a field goal from 37 yards out.

“Pierson’s Pistol Pete,” Bunting said. “He’s very confident. The simple fact that he can hit a 35-40 yard field goal could be the difference in the game [against Concord].

“The one-pointers are good we’ll take them if we can get them, but he becomes very important to us if we bog down on the first drive because then he gives us a chance to score three points.”

Roenke lined up the kick and with one clean swipe of his right leg belted the ball end over end and split the up-rights for his third field goal of the year.