By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Andrew Copeland was nervous before taking the field last Friday to take part in the Withnell Dodge Pass, Punt, Kick Challenge. So nervous that he was sick to his stomach.
Copeland was no stranger to Flesher Field; he played there himself as an alum of McNary High School. He’d even donned a Celtic football jersey as a junior and senior, but this time there was more riding on his football abilities than ever before – the chance to win $25,000 toward a new car.
“We have a saying in our household that with God all things are possible,” Copeland said. “My 10-year-old son, Tyler, grabbed my hands and prayed with me.”
Copeland, a sergeant with the Keizer Police Department, signed up for the chance to be part of the challenge weeks before. It was part of a fund raiser by the McNary Athletic Booster Club. For $5, his name got thrown into a hat and drawn at random to take part in the pass, punt, kick challenge, sponsored by Withnell Dodge.
To win the challenge, Copeland had to start behind the a field goal with a pass, punt the ball from the point where it landed, and then split the uprights on the opposite end of the field.
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