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All signs point to big day for Aponavicius

By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / October 30, 2009

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Steve Aponavicius still wants to experience another thrill of victory that comes with kicking a winning field goal in the final seconds. But as his improbable career at Boston College hits its final lap, the fifth-year senior will take whatever he gets and enjoy every minute.

Aponavicius, who came out of the stands as a walk-on four years ago, is 3 points away from becoming the Eagles’ all-time leading scorer. He hopes to get those points tomorrow afternoon when the Eagles take on Central Michigan at Alumni Stadium.

“It really is unbelievable that I never played football in high school and wound up being the all-time scorer,’’ said Aponavicius, who has since earned a scholarship. “You score a lot of points when you are on a good team. I definitely haven’t kicked the most field goals in BC history, but a lot of extra points.’’

Brian Lowe currently is BC’s leading scorer with 262 career points and has the school mark for field goals with 57. Aponavicius almost certainly won’t break the field goal record (he has 40), but he will be the leading scorer by the time he plays his last game.

In some ways, this has been a dream season for Aponavicius, who is taking postgraduate courses. He has yet to miss a kick, going 6 for 6 on field goals and 29 for 29 on extra points.

One of his career highlights came in the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl, when Frank Spaziani was interim coach after Tom O’Brien left for North Carolina State. With no time remaining, Aponavicius kicked a 37-yard field goal to beat Navy, 25-24.

Aponavicius says he would like at least one more encore.

“It’s been quite a run,’’ he said.

They’re hurting
The BC injury situation for tomorrow is not promising. Running back Rolandan Finch is out at least a month with mononucleosis. Also listed as doubtful was middle linebacker Mike McLaughlin (leg). Spaziani said either Will Thompson or Mike Morrissey would fill in for McLaughlin. Right tackle Rich Lapham (shoulder) is also doubtful, and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey (shoulder) is questionable, as is defensive end Alex Albright (ankle).

One good turn . . .
As a move to increase attendance, BC is offering a buy-one-get-one-free ticket promotion for the game. Athletic director Gene DeFilippo also donated 100 tickets to the Boston Public School Play Ball! Football League.