The Fort Hays State football team already has one record-breaking kicker and the Tigers will soon add another kicker who knows a thing or two about taking down records.
Phillipsburg’s Jonathan Hunnacutt, who owns the state’s high school record for kicking points, announced this week he has committed to Fort Hays.
The timing could work out perfectly for Hunnacutt and the Tigers, with FHSU All-American Dante Brown entering his senior year in 2019. Brown set a program and MIAA record with 28 field goals last season to help the Tigers win their second straight conference championship.
Hunnacutt would figure to redshirt next year and then have an opportunity to possibly replace Brown the following year.
“I’ll be able to train under Dante, because he’s an All-American, and then maybe take his place and kick a lot of field goals from then on,” Hunnacutt said. “I think redshirting will help me and get me used to college, so then when I come in I’ll already be used to it.”
Hunnacutt, a key weapon for the Panthers during their undefeated run to a 2A state championship last season, said Fort Hays was one of the top schools on his radar.
“I’ve always kind of thought about going there,” Hunnacutt said. “I didn’t know until the last minute what my offers were going to be. I just really liked it there and I liked all the coaches.”
Hunnacutt finished with 263 career points, surpassing the previous record set by Olathe North’s Joe Garcia. He finished his career with the Panthers with 197 point-after-attempts and 22 field goals made. In his senior year, he made 71 of 74 attempts on PATs in 2018 and 10 of 11 field goals, including a 52-yarder.
He was a first-team pick on the All-Area team by The Hays Daily News and was a top 33 All-State selection by The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Hunnacutt will go from one red-hot program into another, with Fort Hays going 20-4 over the last two seasons.
“I think it will be really fun to keep winning,” Hunnacutt said.