Sabio brings Edison reliability at one of HS football’s most hit-or-miss positions

Edison senior Selbin Sabio works on kickoffs in practice on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

There are some high school football teams that “always go for two.”

Kickers can be a difference-maker at any level of football, but nowhere is that more true than in the high school game. The lack of a kicking game can affect offensive play-calling and fourth-and-short situations in no-man’s land.

But that’s not the case for Edison.

Senior Selbin Sabio – a soccer player-turned-football player – has made the kicking game something Eagles’ head coach Matt Fulham can count on, and he’s made a difference all season long, but especially in their last two playoff games.

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Locked in a tight 7-7 battle late in the first half of their Central Jersey Group 5 opening round game at third-seed Hillsborough, Sabio kicked a field goal as time expired before halftime that put sixth-seed Edison up 10-7.

Those would be the last points either team would score, as both team’s defenses locked in over the final 24 minutes.

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But last week, well, they don’t get much more special than that.

The Eagles were down 31-17 with under four minutes to go, and came back to win 33-31, with Sabio figuring four key plays in all three of Edison’s final scores.

After the first TD, Sabio’s PAT made it 31-24. Edison then recovered Sabio’s onside kick to get the ball back, and score again to pull to within a point at 31-30. After a two-point conversion failed, the Eagles needed the ball back. So they tried another onside kick, and recovered that, too.

But Sabio still wasn’t done. Edison got in field goal range, and the senior put it through the uprights with four seconds to go to secure a 33-31 lead, and eventually the win.

So what makes the kid tick? How did he land on the football team? And how does he work at his craft?

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Edison senior kicker Selbin Sabio:

Edison senior kicker Selbin Sabio (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

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