LONGMONT -- Longmont High kicker Miles Bergner has proven his value on the football field time and time again for the Trojans. Last week, his value on the national level spiked.
That's when the Trojans senior found out that he was selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-America Bowl on Jan. 5 in San Antonio, Texas. The nod was a welcome, yet unexpected, reward for his hard work.
"It's definitely a huge honor," Bergner said. "I wasn't expecting it. It's starting to hit me a little bit more and it's helped me realize I need to keep working harder and prepare myself for that game."
Verbally committed to the University of South Dakota, Bergner has made 10 of his 11 field goal attempts this season. His season long is 50 yards and he set his career long with a 55-yard kick last season.
Not only does Bergner average 5.9 points per game for the Trojans, he also limits other teams' scoring percentages with long kickoffs for touchbacks. Punting the ball, he's averaging 40.17 yards per punt.
Bergner, who also had an offer from University of Northern Colorado, has been kicking since eighth grade. But, Longmont head coach Doug Johnson said he brings a lot more to the team than a strong leg.
"I am extremely proud of Miles for the things that people don't get to see," Johnson said. "That is the way he carries himself around the school and the way he's developed as a total football player and not just a kicker. And just his character."
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