Picture this Friday night football scenario.
Mount Greylock and Wahconah are locked in a tight game, and Wahconah scores a late touchdown. Do the Warriors send the game into overtime with a point-after kick, or do they roll the dice and go for two points to win or lose?
For Wahconah football coach Gary Campbell Jr., it is not the chancy idea that NFL and Division I college coaches have. Campbell said he's going for it.
"It's just a philosophical thing sometimes. Three yards, and I really feel for three yards, if we have a line and backs like we have, we should earn that," said Campbell. "I really believe that. It's been good to us here since I've come back to Wahconah."
The Warriors have converted approximately 73 percent of their two-point conversions since Campbell returned to Dalton. But he is not dead set against kicking the point-after. If Wahconah had a kicker like John Graziano of Lee, the Warriors might kick more often.
The same case might not be made in Williamstown, where Mount Greylock coach Shawn Flaherty said he'd go for two.
"You get more points," he said. "It's still high school football, and I think the thing is with the PAT or the field goal, it's got to be a good snap, a good hold and then a good kick.
"We've been out here for nine weeks practicing and we've been running plays, hundreds and hundreds of plays. So why not just run a play and try to get a little over three yards and get those two points?"
The answer for Lee coach Keith Thomson is kick, definitely kick.
Thomson is in his ninth season as the head coach at Lee and he has always kicked. But he was an assistant under Steve Consolati for four seasons, and Consolati never kicked.
"Coming from a college program [at American International], having a kicker is a great equalizer," Thomson said. "[Consolati's] argument was if you make 50 percent of your two-point conversions, it was the same as making all your kicks.
"Having a kicker is a huge, huge weapon. I think it opens things up when you need a two-point conversion."
Thomson currently has one of the county's top kicking weapons in Graziano, who follows in the recent footsteps of kickers Joe Winston and Fernando Castro.
"I'll take the one [point] over the chance of a two any day," Thomson said.
Another coach who uses the kick for a conversion is Hoosac Valley's Dayne Poirot. The Hurricanes have a nifty weapon in Ian Hill who, in his teams last three games heading into Saturday's tussle with Drury, was 10 for 11 in point-after kicks.
"We've been pretty consistent with PATs for a while, for the last seven or eight years that I've been there," he said. "I'd much rather kick the PAT and get that one point.
"As long as you're confident in it, I'd much rather do that than go for two."
Flaherty said Jesse DiLego could be called on to kick and the coach said he's come along nicely, but the coach's philosophy stands.
McCann Tech coach Bob LeClair said he likes the kicking part, and has Dakota Bolte and Levi Lawson who can handle the chore. Lawson, a junior, is now McCann's main kicker. Both Bolte and Lawson have kicked four PATs this year, and the Hornets' school record is five.
Kicking for extra points could lead to additional points in other parts of the game.
"There are those times in the season when you may need a field goal," he said. "There's a lot of thought as to what you should do.
"I haven't had a kicker for a couple of years and I missed it. We were successful going for two quite often. I do like that luxury of being able to kick. You can do your two-point conversions when you have to."
To reach Howard Herman:
or (413) 496-6253.
On Twitter: @HowardHerman.