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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

High School Long Kicks - Utah

Our series exploring the longest field goals at the high school level in each state continues with Utah.
  • 62 Justin Sorensen for Bingham High in 35-36 loss to Jordan High School on September 7, 2007. 
"This kid is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. He wears a size 13 1/2 shoe. His legs are twin fire hydrants. 'Yep, I'm the kicker,' he assures me, pointing to his T-shirt, which bears a picture of a place kicker. By now you've heard the stories about the Bingham kicker. The Internet blogs are replete with chatter of his prowess. TV stations have shown up at Bingham practices. Radio talk-show geeks are abuzz about his prodigious kicks. BYU fans are delirious at the prospect of him kicking for their team next season. The Deseret Morning News named Sorensen its Athlete of the Month for August. All of this fuss over a kicker? 'He's stronger than any kicker in the nation at any level,' says Dave Peck, Bingham's head coach. Don't be too quick to dismiss this as hyperbole. How many NFL kickers can drill a 62-yard field goal off grass with no wind aid? That's what Sorensen did last Friday night to break a 37-year-old state prep record. Such kicks are becoming routine for the Bingham senior. In a three-point win over Alta in the season-opener, he kicked field goals of 59 and 51 yards. He kicked a 62-yard field goal in the team's annual preseason Blue-White intrasquad game. He kicked a wind-aided 75-yard field goal for TV cameras during practice a couple of weeks ago."
  • 60 Cody Bradley for Parowan High in 30-13 win over Monticello High School on October 10, 2008.
"Everything came together for Parowan's Cody Bradley against Monticello last Friday. It was the third quarter and Parowan was up 27-0. The Rams had just gotten past the 50-yard line but were unsuccessful with a couple of run plays. Coach Matt Labrum wanted to punt the ball but his coaches suggested another option.'My other coaches were asking, 'Why not a field goal?' Labrum said. 'I looked at [Cody] and asked if he could get it and he said, 'Yep.' Not only did Bradley make the 60-yard field goal - by far the longest in the school's history - but he had an extra three or four yards to spare."
  • 60 Ross Caputo for Judge Memorial High School (Salt Lake City) in 3-0 win over Hillcrest High School on September 4, 1970.
“Friday, September 4, 1970, will be a day long remembered at Judge. On this windy, bright afternoon, Ross (Tiger) Caputo entered his name in the book of immortal accomplishments by kicking a remarkable 60-yard field goal. Judge was locked in a scoreless tie with the Huskies when Coach Gilbert Cordova called for what appeared to be an impossible attempt at 3 points. With a strong wind at this back, Ross booted the ball and everyone watched in amazement as it sailed easily over the cross bar. Recognition poured in from all across the nation, including a letter of congratulations from Ben Davidson, defensive end for the Oakland Raiders. Bill Marcroft, local TV sportscaster, presented Ross with a plaque of the bronzed shoe with which he kicked the goal.”
  • 59 Justin Sorensen, Bingham, 8-24-2007, vs. Alta 
  • 58 Michael Smith, Lone Peak, 10-10-2012, vs. Riverton 
  • 58 Kelly Terrill, Judge, 11-8-1985, vs. Bear River 
  • 57 Pete Caldwell, Davis, 11-3-2006, vs. Bingham 
  • 57 Alex Kos, Highland, 10-4-1983, vs. Layton 
  • 57 Curt Myrick, Jordan, 10-12-1988, vs. West Jordan 
  • 57 Coleman Peterson, Brighton, 9-16-2005, vs. Alta 
  • 57 Cade Schaerrer, Orem, 10-19-1989, vs. Pleasant Grove 
  • 57 David Walgamott, Cyprus, 10-27-2007, vs. Pine View

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