Austin Rehkow, a kicker on the Spokane (Wash.) Central Valley High School football team, has yet to receive any scholarship offers from a high-profile Division I college. That is sure to change, after the senior came through on a 67-yard field goal to send the Bears into overtime and an eventual win against rivals Shadle Park.
Rehkow set the Washington state high school field goal record with his successful 67-yard try, which you can view below.
The Central Valley senior described his feelings as his foot made impact with the football and he saw the ball soar into the air towards the field goal posts,
"I kicked it and I was a little bit worried it was going to be a little bit left," he told Good Morning America. “It started to straighten out for me, and from 67 yards out it's kind of hard to tell if it goes over the bar or is just short of it. I really just had to wait for the refs to put their arms up for me. To get it with no wind, and especially to [get a chance to] win the game, it's a special feeling."
The kick tied the game at 55 apiece, with Central Valley prevailing in a 62-55 shootout over Shadle Park.
College scouts had little contact with Rehkow prior to his 67-yard field goal, with the Washington senior only receiving a partial scholarship offer from Division I FCS school Eastern Washington. He is sure to get attention from Division I FBS programs after the successful 67-yard try.
Despite Rekhow’s impressive feat, the 67-yard field goal isn’t the longest ever made in American high school football history. As pointed out by the Seattle Times, that record belongs to Dirk Borgognone of Reno (Nev.) High School, who made a 68-yard field goal in 1985.
Borgognone went to college at the University of the Pacific but went undrafted in the 1990 NFL Draft. He had a brief stint in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers in 1995, but the team cut him after two games without Borgognone seeing game action.