The NFL record for longest made field goal is 63 yards and is shared by Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam, Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers.
Some day, that record will fall, and it’s feasible that Austin Rehkow could be the man who breaks it.
The Central Valley High (Wash.) senior kicker set a new state record on Thursday night when he blasted a 67-yard field goal through the uprights. And this wasn’t some fluky, end-of-the-first-half, Lane Kiffin-style prayer. It was a game-tying kick that sent Central Valley into overtime where the Bears outlasted rival Shadle Park, 62-55.
“I knew we needed it for the tie,” Rehkow told ESPN.com’s Mason Kelley. “I felt confident in my leg strength. I went out there, you get that extra adrenaline going and then I let it rip. Luckily it stayed through the uprights. Once I saw the arms go up, it was just an overwhelming feeling of joy.”
Rehkow’s kick was one yard shorter than the longest in high school football history — Dirk Borgognone (Reno, Nev.) converted from 68 yards in 1985, as reported by the Seattle Times.
Kelley reports that Rehkow does not own a single Division 1 offer. That should soon change.
Rehkow wasn’t the only player on the field Thursday night to smash a Washington state record. Shadle Park sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien — whose uncle, Mark, was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVI with the Washington Redskins — threw for 577 yards, to eclipse the previous single-game mark by 61 yards.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
131295 958265 56
his path of destiny = 56 = Game-tying kick.
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