Boyle’s passion for kicking paying dividends for Monroe-Woodbury

Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider

Monroe-Woodbury’s Mike Boyle plays out field goal situations in his mind, even when he’s not playing, turning over scenarios again and again until they become nuanced.

At all hours of the night.

His older brother, Jamie, a former star Monroe-Woodbury kicker, can attest to that.

“Mike will set up his phone on the floor in his room of him lining up kicks and send them for me to critique,” Jamie Boyle said. “He bounces everything off of me. Mike is really a student of the game. He really takes his craft seriously and I’m more than happy to help him.”

Mike Boyle will tell you that he is lucky to have three kicking mentors. He works closely with Monroe-Woodbury kicking guru Hugh Hagen and travels to North Carolina to train with Dan Orner. Orner, a 1999 Warwick graduate, starred at the University of North Carolina and now works with top college and NFL kickers and punters.

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He converted 21-of-30 field goals in two seasons (2002-03) for the Tar Heels and matched the NCAA Division I record for most 50-yard field goals in a game on Sept. 7, 2002, at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse, hitting from 51, 52 and a school-record 55 yards. However, Mike Boyle will always look up to his big brother.

Jamie Boyle kicked for Monroe-Woodbury from 2006-08 and the Crusaders reached three straight Class AA state championship games during that span. Boyle holds the Section 9 records for most career extra points (151), most successful extra points in a season (64, 2007), most consecutive extra points (83, 2007-8), most field goals in a season (13, 2008) and most career kicking points (196).

“To have a resource like my brother is a big-time help,” Mike Boyle said. “He and my dad have been helping me for as long as I can remember. I can go to him with any questions and he can always help me if things are going wrong. He is always ready to help.”

Mike Boyle has kicked four field goals with 24 extra points for Monroe-Woodbury (6-1) this season and is averaging 37.4 yards per punt. Kickers often get a bad rap as far as toughness and athleticism, but if the Crusaders are ever in a pinch, they could use him at a skill position. Boyle started at quarterback on Monroe-Woodbury’s jayvee team last year after the projected starter went down with an injury.

“Mike is just a tremendous young man and works extremely hard,” Monroe-Woodbury coach Ryan Baldock said. “He’s traveling year-round for kicking camps. It’s his passion. Mike does anything the team needs. He is a tremendous athlete and actually is our scout team quarterback. Mike gives our defense fits. I’m trying to get him to play a skill position, but he wants to kick and he is very good at that.”

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