Wake Forest High kicker Zach Coates has a simple philosophy about important attempts: He doesnt think about them.
Coates booted a field goal at the end of the fourth overtime to give the Cougars a 27-24 victory over Millbrook in a third-round playoff game. He momentarily didnt know why his teammates were celebrating.
All I was thinking about was keeping my head down, making solid contact and following through, he said. Everybody was jumping up and down, and it took a second to understand. I hadnt thought of it in those terms.
Coates made a game-winning field goal last week in a 24-23 semifinal win over Middle Creek.
The Cougars play undefeated Charlotte Mallard Creek on Saturday at 7 p.m., at N.C. States Carter-Finley Stadium in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA championship game.
So what will Coates, a soccer player participating in football for the first time this year, think if called upon to attempt a big kick in the state finals.
Ill be thinking, head down, make solid contact and follow through, he said.