There appear to be few limits to Luke Randolph’s athletic potential.

The Pendleton Heights freshman finished second in the nation as a 13-year-old in his age group of the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition last year. And football isn’t even his best sport.

“Luke’s always been an athlete and a quarterback,” his mother, Mary, said. “But he focuses a lot on baseball.”

A member of the Indiana Prospects last summer, Randolph hopes to earn some varsity innings on the pitching mound this spring for Bill Stoudt’s Arabians.

“I’d just be glad to play under Coach Stoudt,” he said. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about him.”

Stoudt, undoubtedly, could say the same.

Randolph spent the fall quarterbacking the Arabians’ freshman football team and kicking for both the freshman and the varsity. He’s currently playing for the freshman basketball team.

And on Sunday, he’ll return to Lucas Oil Stadium for the state finals of the Punt, Pass and Kick competition.

Kicking used to be the weakest part of Randolph’s skill set. Ironically, it became his fastest path to the varsity playing field.

“It felt really good,” Randolph said. “I was happy to be able to dress with my older friends on the varsity.”

He competed at Lucas Oil earlier this year when the Arabians played Rushville there during a Hoosier Heritage Conference-themed day. He also won the state Punt, Pass and Kick title there last year on his way to nationals in North Carolina.

While in the Tar Heel State, Randolph and his family met and became friends with Colin Hartman and his family. Both boys finished second in their age group. Later, the Randolphs found out the Hartmans live in Fishers.

The friendship between the families has continued. But this year, Hartman — a growing basketball star at Indianapolis Cathedral — and Randolph will be in the same age group at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“It’s nice to go down there knowing that I know someone there and I’ll have somebody to talk to,” Randolph said.

The two have compared their sectional results, and Hartman has about a 10-foot advantage overall. But Randolph’s totals have been even higher than they were a year ago, and he believes his varsity experience will help.

“I think I’ll do a lot better kicking and punting,” he said.

No matter the result Sunday, Randolph already feels like a winner.

Just like last year, Randolph receives two tickets to the Colts’ game against the 8-4 Denver Broncos courtesy of the NFL.

“It’s always fun to watch the Colts play,” he said, “especially against the Broncos.”

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