Phelps signs to kick at Evangel
Cassville senior Stone Phelps signed a national letter of intent on April 17 to kick at Evangel University in Springfield next season.
"It feels great to know that I get to play a little more football," said Phelps. "I have always had a strong leg, and the game has been kind to me."
Special teams players are often overlooked when it comes to the glamour aspects of football. Yet, Cassville has become a hotbed for colleges needing kicking specialists.
Phelps carries on the tradition of Cassville kickers playing at the next level. Phelps joins the collegiate ranks of Wildcats kickers who include: Jason Bromley, Missouri State University; Aaron Jamieson, Central Missouri University; Matt Angel, Rose-Holman Institute of Technology; and Garrett Barnes, Missouri Southern State University.
"Stone is a great person both on and off the field," said Cassville Athletic Director and former football coach David Large. "He had the talent to be All-Conference as a wide receiver or defensive back, but kicking was his passion."
Large recalled the first time he sent Phelps onto the field to kick in a game.
"It was against Mountain Grove, and we were backed up inside our 20-yard line," said Large. "I had some reservations about a sophomore kicker handling the punting job. I even told the other coaches (over the headset) that this might not work."
Phelps helped ease his coach's stress by unleashing a 55-yard bomb off his foot.
"When I saw that kick, I felt pretty dumb," said Large. "Stone spent the rest of his career flipping the field position for our team."
As a senior, Phelps earned first team All-State and All-Conference honors. He averaged over 40 yards per punt and was a perfect two for two in field goal attempts.
"I always have had a strong leg," said Phelps. "Kicking the ball just came naturally."
Phelps plans to major in kinesiology at Evangel.
"In order to be successful, you have to put in a lot of hard work," said Phelps. "You can't give up, and you have to learn from your mistakes."
Phelps is the son of Trina Colwell, of Shell Knob, and Scott Phelps, of Blue Springs.