Benson 5th grader finishes fourth in the country in Punt, Pass, Kick competition

Mason Falslev, a 5th grader from Benson, finished fourth in the country in the National Finals of the NFL Punt, Pass, Kick competition in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2012.

<span class=”s1″>Mason Falslev is a Cache Valley fifth grader from Benson who hopes someday to be involved in collegiate athletics at either Duke or Utah State. He got an impressive early start on his resume last weekend, appearing as a competitor in the National Finals of the Punt, Pass and Kick competition in Atlanta.</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>He was successful in area and regional competitions, winning in his age group in Smithfield, Tremonton and later in Denver.</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>”It was at the Bronco’s practice facility,” Falslev said of his trip to Denver for the regional competition.

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<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Following the regional in Denver all scores from competitions around the country to that point were tabulated and Mason was rated second in America in his age group (10-11 years) and that qualified him for the Finals in Atlanta.</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>A group of 40 finalists traveled to Atlanta, four in each age division and were there during the Atlanta-Seattle playoff game.</span>

<p class=”p3″><span class=”s1″>The NFL Punt, Pass &amp; Kick (PPK) program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete separately against their peers. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program.</span>

<p class=”p4″><span class=”s1″>With more than three million boys and girls from around the country taking part in PPK competitions every year from July through January, it is one of the world’s largest youth sports participation programs.</span>

<p class=”p4″><span class=”s1″>At each level of competition along the way Mason said his highest scores were in the passing event.</span>

<p class=”p4″><span class=”s1″>And that was true in last weekend’s national finals, too.</span>

<p class=”p4″><span class=”s1″>“They flew us to Atlanta and we competed the day before the playoff game and I ended up taking fourth in the nation,” said Mason. “It was a lot of fun.”</span>

<p class=”p4″><span class=”s1″>Falslev tried out for the competition last year but was a year younger than his other competitors.

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