GOSHEN — Nick Hooley came up one foot shy of a Punt, Pass & Kick national championship.
Hooley, a Northridge Middle School eighth-grader, punted, passed and kicked against the top 12- and 13-year-old competitors in the country during the NFL-sponsored event on Saturday.
Hooley came in second to Alex Folz of Spring Grove, Minn., by one foot in the cumulative totals. Hooley finished with 165 feet, one inch in punting 134-8 in kicking and 163-2 in passing for a combined 462 feet, 11 inches. Folz totaled 463 feet, 11 inches.
In the boys 10-11 division, Hunter Renner of Mishawaka was also a runnerup.
Hooley had already conquered the local Punt, Pass & Kick competition in Middlebury and the regional in Gary before moving on to the Team Championships to beat out all other Chicago Bears fans in his age group.
Nick and his parents, Allen and Crystal Hooley, traveled to Denver for the Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals on Saturday. He got to stand on the field during pre-game warmups before the Denver-San Diego Divisional round playoff game.