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Thursday, October 9, 2014

High School Long Kicks - Connecticut

Our series exploring the longest field goals at the high school level in each state continues with Connecticut.
  • 54 Rico Brogna, Watertown vs. Wolcott, 1987
"He still holds the Naugatuck Valley League records for most career field goals (11) and shares the state record for longest field goal (54 yards). That part of his game developed, more or less, out of boredom. 'I just did it when I was a kid,' Brogna said. 'When I was by myself, I could just go kick because I didn’t need anyone else. I practiced at an early age, but I didn’t practice it all that much in high school. It was just 10 kicks at practice every day, or whatever. Looking back, I wore knee braces and very heavy pads. Imagine nowadays when you feel like you’re wearing spandex.' He holds two of the four longest kick in state history (the other was 52 yards) and he came close to extending his now-shared state record to a distance unfathomable in today’s game. 'We tried a 61- or 62-yarder against Middletown my senior year,' Brogna said. 'It was wide—it wasn’t short. We made 60-yarders in practice, but the rule was that if the kick went into the end zone then the ball would come out to the 20, so it was worth the try.' Coach Gargano said he still doesn’t believe the officials who that day waved the kick wide. 'I thought he made it,' Gargano said. 'The two officials looked at each other and never really got to the back of the end zone. We looked at the film and it sure looks like it disappeared behind the (post)'." - The Red Zone
  • 54 Tyler Timion, Fermi vs. Rockville, 1987
  • 54 Matt Paola, Pomperaug vs. ND-Fairfield, 2011
"Pomperaug kicker Matt Paola tied a state record with a 54-yard field goal in the Panthers' 58-20 victory over Notre Dame-Fairfield on Friday in a South-West Conference game in Southbury. Watertown's Rico Brogna and Tyler Timion of Fermi both kicked 54-yard field goals in 1987, Brogna vs. Wolcott and Timion vs. Rockville. Brogna also kicked a 52-yarder that year against Naugatuck. Brogna, now the Notre Dame coach, and Paola posed together for a photo after the game." - American-Republic
  • 52 Rico Brogna, Watertown vs. Naugatuck, 1987
  • 52 Charles Gallagher, Htfd. Pub. vs S. Windsor 2006
  • 51 William Coleman, Weaver vs. E. Hartford, 1972
  • 51 Edmundo Arias, McMahon vs. St. Joseph, 2003
  • 51 Pedro Belinchon, E. Lyme vs. N. Canaan, 2005
  • 51 Connor Frizzell, Griswald vs. NFA, 2010
  • 50 Justin Wolf, Monroe vs. ND-Fairfield, 2000
  • 50 Chris O'Dea, Ridgefield vs. Harding, 2010

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