High School Football

Boise High athlete pulls double-duty for football, soccer teams

Boise High senior juggles soccer and football on the same night

Boise's Nick O'Connor started his evening playing soccer at Timberline and ended it kicking footballs at Mountain View. The senior is playing football for the first time in high school and got a serious lesson in time management on Friday, Sept. 2
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Boise's Nick O'Connor started his evening playing soccer at Timberline and ended it kicking footballs at Mountain View. The senior is playing football for the first time in high school and got a serious lesson in time management on Friday, Sept. 2

It was a mad dash from Timberline to Mountain View with little time to spare Friday night. But Boise’s Nick O’Connor knows it’s what he has to do.

O’Connor’s hectic day began at about 6 p.m. as his Braves’ soccer team took on the Wolves on the road. As soon as his team got a 3-0 lead in the second half, it was off to the races.

That’s because the senior had another game to catch.

O’Connor chose to play football for the first time this season and is Boise’s starting kicker. As fate would have it, his two games overlapped Friday night. He drove 20 minutes from East Boise to Meridian and arrived on his football team’s sideline with four minutes to spare in the second quarter of a 56-6 victory.

It’s not that great when you’re getting destroyed. When I’m going up to kick, there’s people out there chanting my name. It’s an experience not like anything I’ve ever had.

Nick O’Connor, Boise High kicker/soccer player

But that’s what he signed up for. And he’s enjoying every second of it, even when he doesn’t get to set foot on the football field, as was the case Friday.

“I’m just pretty tired from the soccer game,” O’Connor said with a chuckle. “I didn’t do much in the football game, so I’m not that tired anymore.”

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz

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