Photo by Christopher Tomlinson

When Colorado Mesa snapper Tyler Heinsma, holder Austin Pitchford and kicker Ryan Sheehan, are in sync, good things happen. Last Saturday against Colorado Mines, Sheehan hit a game-winning 33-yard field goal for the Mavs. The kicking-game trio insisted there was nothing special about the way they approached the kick. “I was honestly pretty calm out there,” Heinsma said. Pitchford was focused on not bobbling the snap as he had earlier in the game. Sheehan was thinking about nothing, because he performs better that way.

Kicking-game calm

For Colorado Mesa trio of snapper Heinsma, holder Pitchford and kicker Sheehan, game-winning kick vs. Mines was 2nd nature

Those final few chaotic seconds are still a blur to Ryan Sheehan, the key player in Colorado Mesa’s game-winning field goal against Colorado School of Mines.
“I’ve had three in my career with a chance to win a game and was successful on all three, but I literally don’t remember the kicks,” Sheehan said three days after the thrilling finish to the No. 11 Mavericks’ 38-36 victory. “I couldn’t tell you anything other than us winning.”


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