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Thorough preparation. Impeccable accuracy. An unwavering mind.

Elite archers display all those qualities and more. The Trafford name is synonymous with archery, and Byrd senior Hardy Trafford, a member of USA Archery’s Junior Dream Team, would love to wear the Red, White and Blue as an Olympian one day.

However, Trafford, a right-handed shooter, has learned another athletic endeavor requires the same tools he uses to excel with a bow and arrow.

Trafford and his left leg excel on the football field. He’s entering his final season as a kicker/punter for Byrd.

“Archery and punting and kicking are all in the mindset -- not like playing quarterback or cornerback where everything is built on performance and your muscles,” said Trafford, who recorded 59 points (53 of 56 extra points, 2 of 2 field goals) for the Yellow Jackets last season.

In high school football, a kicker is often an afterthought. The position is usually taken by a standout pulling double duty, not a specialist. That hasn’t been the case at Byrd.

“We’ve been fortunate to have good kickers throughout the years. Hardy is one of those guys,” Byrd head coach Mike Suggs said. “He’s so meticulous the way he works.”

Although Trafford will still be available to help Ben Smith with the kicking duties, he’s focused on his punting.

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