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High school top 5: Centennial’s Brayden Bayne tops special teams list

Special teams are often overlooked, but can change a game in an instant.

Whether it’s with a clutch kick or big return, there are several players in the valley who can make those momentum-turning plays.

Here are the Review-Journal’s top five special teams players entering the season:

Brayden Bayne, Centennial — The senior was 3-for-4 on field goals and 54-for-60 on extra points and had a 36.5-yard average as a punter in 2019 to help the Bulldogs to the Class 4A state championship game.

Trey Balsbaugh, Bishop Gorman — The senior was 24-for-27 on extra points, had a 39.0-yard average as a punter in 2019 and made all five of his extra-point tries in the Gaels’ two games last spring.

D’Andre Washington, Arbor View — The senior averaged 33.8 yards on 10 kickoff returns, including an 80-yarder for a touchdown in 2019. He’s also a two-way starter at running back and defensive back.

Jaxon Young, Durango — The senior had 330 total return yards in 2019, averaged 18.2 yards on 16 kickoff returns. He also had 266 yards and four TDs as a receiver.

Caden Chittenden, Faith Lutheran — The sophomore has yet to kick for a full season, but was 15-for-17 on extra points during the Crusaders’ four games last spring.

Contact Jason Orts at jorts@reviewjournal.com. Follow @SportsWithOrts on Twitter.

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