Vista Murrieta’s kicker keeps getting better
A conversation with Bronco kicker Aaron Ruth
Friday, August 30th, 2013
Issue 35, Volume 17.
As he enters his senior year, I asked Ruth to reflect on his high school career and goals for this year.
When did you become a kicker?
I started kicking my freshman year. I had always played soccer, so I figured I would give kicking a try. Tyler Rausa really helped me a lot. Rausa was the kicker at Vista before me. He is at Boise now.
What’s it like being the Bronco kicker?
It’s a great feeling being the kicker for my team. Lots of our guys have major college offers, so it’s always inspiring walking around the locker room with guys that will be playing Division 1 college ball.
The atmosphere around our team is always amazing. Football is very tough. However, with the team we have, it’s a lot easier to get encouraged to put out your best effort day in and day out.
What has been your best high school football memory so far?
It was a great feeling when we won CIF. Although Rausa was still the kicker, it was just great being in that environment and soaking in all of the situation.
Who helps you improve your game?
Coach Bean helps me on a daily basis. He is a great coach and has definitely helped me a lot. Coach Ramer helps coach with my punting. Coach Candaele is a great coach for both, as well.
Also, outside of Vista, Tom Malone, who played at USC and multiple teams in the NFL, has been helping me significantly. He has given me a lot of confidence in myself, which is a huge part of kicking. He is really helping me get to the next level.
How far can you kick the ball?
My longest field goal in a game was against Chaparral last year, and it was a 47 yarder. I also hit one for 46 against Norco. In practice, I have hit a 68 yard field goal.
How do you handle the pressure?
You have to just put yourself in a mindset and trust your abilities. You have to tell yourself that you are going to make the kick, and focus on nothing but making solid contact and putting the ball between the uprights.
It’s also easier to deal with the pressure at Vista, because my snapper, Wyatt Paterson, and holder, Randy Beggs are both near-flawless at their craft. I couldn’t do what I do without Wyatt and Randy. We’ve been a trio since sophomore year, and there is no one else I would want in those positions. Those guys take a lot of pressure off my mind when I go to kick.
And finally, what are your goals this season?
I am working hard to repeat as the All-Southwestern League kicker, and earn All-CIF as well. Also, I want to break the records at Vista for longest field goal, most field goals, most touchbacks, and longest punt.
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