Wilcox Has Shot At Pp&K National Contest

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Payson High School sophomore Amy Wilcox kicked and threw her way to the Punt, Pass and Kick's grand finale. The PP&K national finals will be contested during halftime of the National Football League's AFC championship football game in January.

Wilcox earned her invitation by winning the PP&K 14- to 15-year-old girls Arizona Cardinals' championship Sunday afternoon in Tempe Sun Devil Stadium.

The results of Wilcox's performance in Tempe will be compared to those of 32 other winners from cities around the country that house NFL football teams. If Wilcox's mark is among the top four in her age/sex group, she will advance to the national finals.

In winning the Cardinals' PP&K title, Wilcox finished with a score of 284.

In the competition, the participants' punts, passes and kicks are measured for distance and accuracy.

In the passing event, Wilcox tallied a 107. To that, she added scores of 82 in the punt and 95 in the kick.

According to her father Randy, who was observing the event, his daughter's strong-armed and accurate throw helped overcome average efforts in the punt and kick.

Wilcox is no stranger to Sun Devil Stadium, having advanced to the Cardinals' finals last year when she finished fourth in her age group.

In addition to performing in Sun Devil Stadium, Wilcox and the other champions were allowed to hang around the sidelines of Frank Kush field and watch the Cardinals whip the Detroit Lions.

She advanced to the Cardinals' finals after winning the Payson championship and the regional title held last month on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Also representing the Rim country in the Cardinals' finals was Rim Country Middle School eighth-grader Shelton Keith. The 14-year-old won both the Payson and regional age/sex group championship, but finished fifth at the Cardinals' event.

"I was nervous and had a (poor) kick and punt," Keith said.

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