BY NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
A Washington state senior hit a 67-yard field goal to tie the mark for the second-longest field goal in a high school game.
Central Valley High’s Austin Rehkow drilled the kick, with distance to spare, to tie a game with Shadle Park High at 55 as regulation expired Thursday night. Central Valley, in the Spokane suburbs, went on to beat Shadle Park 62-55 in overtime.
Rehkow’s field goal set a Washington state record. The previous mark was 62 yards set in 1929.
According to The National Federation of High Schools Record Book, Rehkow’s kick tied the mark for the second-longest high school field goal. The record is 68 yards, set by Dirk Borgognone of Reno, Nev., in 1985.
The NFL record is 63 yards.
Central Valley coach Rick Giampietri said Friday that he could tell the kick had a chance the instant the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Rehkow booted it.
“It wasn’t spinning real fast. He hit it right in the belly,” Giampietri said. “It went between the uprights.”
Giampietri said the choice with time running out was to try the field goal from his own 43, or to try a Hail Mary pass.
“He’s kicked 60-yarders before in practice,” the coach said.
Rehkow had made just 50 percent of his field-goal attempts (7 of 14) going into the game, including kicks of 52 and 56 yards.
“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.
Rehkow received a partial scholarship offer from Eastern Washington earlier this week.