HIGH 5 kicker's long journey to the playoffs

- Jack Breedlove spends his practice time preparing and perfecting his craft. It's all in anticipation of a chance to help his Maynard Jackson win their upcoming playoff game against Miller Grove. He hit a 50 yard field goal at Wednesday's practice, not bad for a kid who kicked a football for the first time just two years ago.

A chance opportunity to kick one through the uprights at the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015 piqued the 17-year old's interest and the rest is history.

Jack got better quickly. Converting the majority of his field goal attempts and registering an impressive 70 percent touchback rate on kickoffs.

What makes his story particularly inspirational is that he's achieving this success with some notable physical challenges. Jack was born with only one finger on his right hand and three toes on each of his feet.

 At the age of six, Jack was adopted and brought to the United States from his native China. Where he lived in two Chinese orphanages.

His father, Jeff, is Jack's position coach and says his son is getting interest from at least one Ivy League school. Team Breedlove works together during the week, and on the weekends, Jack heads to Athens where he works with former University of Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan. Morgan's instruction is helping inch Jack a little closer to his dream of landing a college scholarship.

First things first, Jack wants to help his Maynard Jackson Jaguars to the program's first playoff win. Jack says he's already envisioned making the game-winning kick.

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