Whiz Kid: Adam Greene
The Broadneck High School football team breaks from a recent practice; players disperse from Lawrence E. Knight Stadium with clouds of rain flirting overhead.
Some players head for the field house while others search for water coolers. Yet, Adam Greene heads to the 25-yard line knowing his work is just beginning.
Then with precision, a string of 15 straight field goals fly through the uprights, as a few nearby teammates cheer him on.
Three steps back followed by two steps to his left and with his left arm out to keep his body centered, Greene repeats his kicking motion.
"What separates Adam from everybody else is his work ethic," Broadneck coach Rob Harris said.
A rising junior, Greene was an All-County selection last season after going 7 for 10 on field goals and converting 35 of 43 extra points.
"That was huge," Greene said about his All-County award. "I would have never thought I could do that. The whole credit goes to the team."
At this point in the season, Greene jumps at an open field to kick, as the Bruins have spent much of the early season familiarizing themselves with the offense and defense.
It was only two years ago that the Arnold resident even began kicking footballs.
Rob Niemeyer, a family-sponsored midshipman, told Greene, who had been a year-round soccer player, that he should consider kicking field goals instead of scoring goals in soccer.
"He's been one of the most influential people in my life," Greene said about Niemeyer. "He calls me before every game or after every game to see how things are."
After practicing in the backyard and kicking a number of footballs over the trees and into the street, Greene said he knew this could be the way to go.
Determined to improve as a kicker, Greene sought out the expert advice of former NFL kicking coach Doug Blevins, who was recommended to him by former Bruins and NFL punter Brooks Barnard.
"He said 'If you really want to be serious about kicking, the only guy you should train with is Doug Blevins,'" Greene said.
Blevins, despite cerebral palsy, has worked with a number of NFL franchises and now runs a camp for kickers and punters.
"He is really life-changing when you're with him. It's just incredible," Greene said of his time with Blevins. "You take someone who most people would say would be nothing in their life and he turns it into one of the most incredible stories you can hear."
Needless to say Blevins has been very influential on Greene's blossoming kicking career.
Greene, who boasts a 4.37 GPA, would love to kick in college one day. His preliminary list of potential schools includes Navy and Princeton, among others, as academics are his biggest concern for selecting a school.
Next Friday, Broadneck opens up its in-county schedule hosting Old Mill. It's then Greene will work to continue in the footsteps of the successful Broadneck kickers before him.
"Adam's carrying the lineage of Broadneck kickers. We've had very good ones," Harris said.