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Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell is very much aware of the value of kicker Michael Godley.
When Godley sends a kickoff out of the end zone and an opponent has to begin an offensive drive at its own 20-yard line, it gives the Yellowjackets an advantage in field position.
Mitchell sees that often from Godley and knows it makes a difference.
"He's arguably one of the most valuable players on the team," Mitchell said. "In looking at the numbers, we've kicked off now 60 times and 45 of those have been touchbacks, which more than doubles the next best numbers in Mississippi as far as touchback-kickoff ratio. There's no way to start talking about how important that is because another team is going 80 yards."
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