Sport: The Punting Parson

To a small band of devoted men, the mass game of modern football is still, at its best, the skill of one individual practicing the ancient and fundamental art of the sport: kicking the ball. No man in the nation knows more about this art than a husky, hustling Episcopal priest named Arnold A. Fenton, 55, chaplain at New York Military Academy in upstate Cornwall, who has developed some of the game's finest punters.

"The punt isn't just a last-ditch defensive play," argues Father Fenton. "It's an offensive weapon. A good quick kick puts...

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