Pure Strength Field Goal
Austin Rehkow, a senior at Central Valley High, kicked a 67 yard field goal in a game against Shadle Park High. Although it was four yards farther than the NFL record of 63 yards, the high school record is 68 yards, set in 1985 by Dirk Borgognone.
Rehkow has been offered a partial scholarship to Eastern Washington, but he has not been heavily recruited. Prior to his heroic kick, in overtime, he had only gone 7 for 14 in field goal attempts. The monster kick tied the game in overtime in a game that Central Valley went on to win 62-55.
Central Valley coach Rick Giampietri said: “It wasn’t spinning real fast. He hit it right in the belly.” In prior games, Rehkow had made kicks of more than 50 yards and in practice, over 60. At 6 feet tall and 205 pounds, Rehkow is the epitome of a pure strength kicker.
“I felt confident in my leg strength,” Rehkow told The Spokesman-Review newspaper. “I went out there and you get that extra adrenaline going. I let it rip. Luckily it stayed through the uprights and once I saw the arms go up (from referees) it was just an overwhelming feeling of joy.”
“I couldn’t have done it without a great team putting me in the position. The line gave me enough time. Great snap, great hold,” he said.
St. Louis Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein missed a 66-yard attempt last Sunday.