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Friday, October 24, 2014

High School Long Kicks - Maryland

Our series exploring the longest field goals at the high school level in each state continues with Maryland.

  • 59 Shane West for Havre de Grace High School in 34-14 win vs. Jappatowne on October 10, 2003.
"Maybe now, Havre de Grace football coach Johnny Brooks won't have to deal with that look. All season, Brooks has fielded questions about what constitutes Warriors senior quarterback and kicker Shane West's field-goal range. And Brooks always gets that same quizzical, non-believing look when he tells them that West makes field goals from more than 60 yards in practice.'Maybe, they'll understand now because I don't think they believed me,' Brooks said. In the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 34-14 home victory over Joppatowne at James R. Harris Memorial Field, West set a state record by booting a 59-yard field goal. 'The game was pretty much decided and we had lost some yards, but he wanted to kick it,' said Brooks, whose 14th-ranked Warriors improved to 6-0. 'It would have been good from 67 yards to tell the truth. It was over the bar with something to spare. We have video on it as proof'."
  • 57 Scott Collins for the John Carroll School vs. McDonogh on October 18, 1997
"The transformation of John Carroll kicker Scott Collins occurred this past summer. That's when Collins decided he no longer would play both football and soccer in the same season, as he did in the fall of 1996, choosing instead to concentrate fully on being the Patriots' everyday kicker and punter. 'I knew the football team was going to be good this year and I realized I had a better chance to play football in college then soccer,' Collins said.... His 57-yard field goal last Saturday against McDonogh tied the state record held by Jason Bloom (Perry Hall) in 1994. And his four field goals (42, 36, 31 and 33 yards) in an earlier game against Curley, also set a single-game state record.... If Collins wasn't well known last season throughout the metro area, and specifically, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference, he is now. 'My success as a kicker has been surprising but good news and hopefully I can take it to the next level,' said Collins, whose record-tying field goal against McDonogh was only made possible after an offside penalty on teammate Mike McComas. 'When I come into a game, I always think that this kick is the most important kick'."
2013 postscript:
"It was a misty day. We were playing McDonogh at home, getting our asses kicked. It was supposed to be a 52 yarder until my best buddy on the team jumped off sides. They moved it back five yards and I thought we were going to punt. My coach said just kick it thru the uprights! I hit it really solid and it probably cleared by 3 to 4 yards. It was not as big of a deal because we were losing so badly, but the following week the news came out and made a big deal of it."
  • 57 Jason Bloom for Perry Hall High School in 27-0 win vs. Dundalk on November 5, 1994.
"Bloom, a 6-foot-4 senior, established a record for field goals with a 57-yarder in the second quarter, surpassing the previous record of 52 yards by Barry Hagans of Dunbar in 1983."
  • 55 Adam Greene, Broadneck vs. Arundel, Oct. 14, 2011 
  • 55 Nathan Kelley, Mount Hebron, 1990 
  • 53 Josh Brown, Urbana vs. Hereford, Nov. 13, 1999 
  • 52 Barry Hagans, Dunbar, 1993

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

any other articles on Barry Hagans

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