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Thursday, November 6, 2014

High School Long Kicks - Wisconsin

Our series exploring the longest field goals at the high school level in each state continues with Wisconsin.
  • 61 Zach Hintze, St. Mary’s Springs in 41-0 win over Algoma, October 31, 2014
"The original call had it set up for a fake. Up 17-0 with six seconds left in the first half, the St. Mary’s Springs football team sent its kicking team out there lined up at Algoma’s 49-yard line. But the Wolves dropped two guys back, anticipating the fake. So head coach Bob Hyland gave kicker Zach Hintze the green light. It was a cold, windy night with gusts up to 35 miles per hour at times. So Hintze, who previously hit a 57-yarder in the opening week against Wautoma, kicked the ball and about six seconds later was stormed by his teammates at about midfield celebrating. The 61-yard FG ended up to be a WIAA state record. 'Yeah, it feels good,' Hintze said. 'As soon as we made it, everyone was flooding the field. It was great.' Hintze said he aimed at the left upright because of the wind, and he couldn’t have been more right. The wind took it just a bit to the right and sailed about two yards over the crossbar. Although he had the wind, it doesn’t take away from the kick. Plus, it was cold — and kickers know how hard it is to kick a hard ball. 'With the conditions with what they were, the hard ball, we originally had him set up for the fake,' Hyland said. 'As they dropped back I thought ‘well, this is worthless.’ The conditions were right and it’s hard to hit a cold bar that far, but the ball just jumps off his foot and went over the cross bar'." - Fond du Lac Reporter
  • 60 Jake Beason for Lincoln High (Milwaukee) in 1946 
"Jake Beason, Lincoln fullback,  booted on eof those recently popularized 60 yard kick-off field goals to start the second half, and it gave his team a 10-7 City conference football triumph over Custer at North stadium on Saturday afternoon. A crowd of 4000 witnessed the game, Lincoln;s fifth victory s against one defeat. It was the third time this season that a high school kick-off split the uprights to score a field goal."
"The foot, it appeared today, is back in high school football here, with two lineman booting 60 yard kick-off field goals in recent games. Dick Hartman, Washing High School tackle, kicked one between the cross bars to give his team an unnecessary three points in a 50-0 victory. Dick Tracy, Boys' Technical High School end, duplicated the feat in another game the same day, but the points were disallowed because him team had 12 men on the field at the time. The National Federation of High School Athletic Associations' rule book authorized kick-ff field goals. Goal post are on the goal line in the Milwaukee City Conference."
  • 58 (drop kick) Leonard Vandehey for Loyal High in 1948 
  • 58 A.J. Corona for West Allis Central in 35-34 win over Lutheran High in 2001  
  • 58 Lukas Otto for Sun Prairie in a WIAA playoff 21-24 loss to Verona on November 5, 2011. 
"The Cardinals' foreign exchange student from Zurich, Switzerland -- who has earned the Germinglish nickname "Das Boot" -- put a charge into a capacity crowd at Curtis Jones Field when his 58-yarder curled inside the left upright with 1 minute, 12 seconds to go in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 17-13. The field goal was the third 58-yarder in state history, according to Wisconsin Football Coaches Association records, and just 2 yards shy of the all-time mark set and tied in 1946 by kickers from Milwaukee Washington and now-defunct Milwaukee Lincoln. 'I couldn't believe it when I saw it, but he's a great kicker,' Sun Prairie quarterback Ryan Curran said. 'We really thought we had momentum in our hands'."

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