PUEBLO — Despite what it looks like between the hash marks, it wasn't always love at first kick.
"I just didn't really like the idea," Krinsky said,
However, these days, Pueblo County junior kicker and punter Aaron Krinsky lives to smash the leather off a football.
"You're not really hitting anyone and there are a lot of mental games going on," Krinsky said. "The crowd is either cheering or booing."
In a shortened but solid 4-2 campaign for the Hornets, Krinsky was perfect.
"We almost didn't get a chance to play so making the most out of every opportunity was good,: Krinsky said.
The numbers tell the story, 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts and 22-for-22 on PAT tries, while averaging 41.7 yards per punt. The kind of stellar play that sets up a big senior season.
"Next year we should be strong because we had a young team and most of our starters will be seniors so I'm excited for next year," Krinsky said.
In the meantime, the special team's standout is spending time at elite camps like Kicking World, their recent showcase in Austin, Texas featured 100 of the top kickers in the country.
"To be out there presenting your town and your state is a cool feeling," Krinsky said.
"Definitely solidified, "Kicking World owner and coach Brent Grablachoff said. "With a little more practice and development this offseason he's definitely going to get on the radar of college football coaches.
Looking to continue what has become a special team's powerhouse, Krinsky hopes to join former teammates Jared Zoulak and Cayden Camper at the next level.
"This is the big time because a kicker doesn't really get recruited until his senior year so this would be the time to go to as many (camps) as possible," Krinsky said.
A local star, drilling every chance to meet his dreams right down the middle.
"My friends created such a great tradition here of kickers, to be able to carry that and pass it on to younger guys learning is great,: Krinsky said.