In this weeks underclassmen edition of Faces in Kansas, highlighting some of the states rising athletes, we go to Andover High School where sophomore David Kemp made headlines last week with a 54-yard field goal and 43-yarder in the same game. It’s quite the accomplishment at any level of competitive football, even in the NFL.
But it isn’t Kemp’s first success as a kicker. In fact, as a freshman last fall he made the MaxPreps Freshman All-American Football team after hitting seven of 11 field goals with 48 touchbacks. The long of 54 by Kemp last week is just three yards shy of tying the all-time state record of 57 yards by Sean Simoneau of Hays in 1994 & Mike Ross of Blue Valley in 1993.
Kemp has been playing football since the third grade and kicked his first field goal at eight years of age.
The rising sophomore kicking recruit is seeing a lot of Division I interest. He attended Alabama, Arkansas, Mizzou, K-State and Oklahoma kicking campus last summer. He’s also been invited to LSU. All programs mentioned have shown interest in the 2021 recruit.
Kemp is 110% focused on football and kicking as it’s the only sport that he plays at Andover High School. He trains year-round in the weight room, participates in kicking competitions, and also has a Fundraiser for cancer that he does through kicking.
“I have a fundraiser I am doing with my kicking called Kick, It’s on Alex’s Lemonade Stand to raise money for kids with cancer.” Kemp said.
While Kemp is doing big things with kicking, on and off the field, he is also a model student at Andover High School. His favorite subject is Social Studies and he has a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Andover started the season with a loss to Great Bend, but we do know one thing when you’re across the 50 you have an opportunity to score with the sophomore kicking weapon for the Trojans. We caught up with him below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
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Q&A w/ Kemp
How did you get involved in football?
Started playing football in 3rd grade, in the Andover Rec. My Dad and my uncle both taught me how to kick.
What are your goals this season?
Help my team in the biggest way possible. Be the difference, contribute with points and field position. Make at least 15 Field Goals.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
Yes, I feel we do have a shot, we are a very young team and we need players to step up and mature.
What makes you such a force as a player?
I am very passionate and committed to what I do.
What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?
Every Friday is super hype all day, very pumped atmosphere. Families and kids come out to support and the type of hype that separates football from the other sports.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
The team, the family, and the fun
Who are other key players on your team?
We have a lot of key players in the sophomore and Junior classes.
Favorite thing about football?
Football teaches you more than the sport, it teaches work ethic, commitment, how to bounce back, and the best sport that builds a bond like a family on the field.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that?
No, I focus on kicking only. In the off season, I train in the gym, pool and on the field to grow and strengthen my trade.
What is it like to play for your coach?
Fun but expectations are high.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
We lift in the weight room, we have SPS in the summer (Speed, Power and Strength) we have boot camp, our team football camp, and many team bonding activities. In the off season, I compete in kicking competitions and camps, continue to train in the gym, pool, and on the field to improve and get better at my trade, kicking.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
College’s have invited me to their summer special teams or kicking camps, Alabama and LSU. I attended Alabama, Arkansas, Mizzou, K-state and OU camps this past summer. They have all shown interest in me.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
Spend time with my Family and Friends
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10-years I will be almost 26 years old. I see my self as a college grad, after successfully graduating and playing for a D1 college or university. I see myself working in a business role for my career.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
GPA is 4.0 and my favorite subject is Social Studies
Who is your role model?
God is my biggest role model I follow him in everything I do. I also look up to my Dad a lot.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
Local Place, family atmosphere, Ziggy’s Pizza
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
I have a fundraiser I am doing with my kicking called Kick – It on Alex’s Lemonade Stand to raise money for kids with cancer. I kicked my very 1st field goal at age 8. I have a 4.0 GPA.
Anything else to add?
I choose to put God first, Family, then Football