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Friday, October 31, 2014

High School Long Kicks - Nevada

Our series exploring the longest field goals at the high school level in each state continues with Nevada.
  • 68 Dirk Borgognone, Reno during 34-14 win over Sparks, September 27, 1985 
"It was a perfect night. Dirk Borgognone remembered that much Tuesday afternoon as he stood in front of his locker at Dolphins camp. He remembered the clear sky over Nevada that September evening of 1985, the breeze, the feel of the grass. The snap, the hold... 'Everything was perfect,' Borgognone said. And then, with one swing of his right leg, Dirk Borgognone's life changed forever. 'Sometimes I wonder about that night,' he said. On that night, on a football field in Reno, Borgognone kicked five field goals for his high school team, his last sailing a national record 68 yards. 'And it cleared by 5 yards,' Borgognone pointed out. He became an instant celebrity; first-team Parade All-America, a top recruit at Tennessee. But sometimes, Borgognone says, 'I wonder how much different my life would have been if I had missed that kick. I used to think it was good. But nowadays ... I don't know anymore.' Could it have been a jinx?' A medal of honor or an albatross? A record of distinction or the burden of Sisyphus? 'Maybe I kind of peaked then,' Borgognone mused." - Sun-Sentinel
  • 64 Austin Pacheco, Carson during 27-24 win over Bishop Manogue Reno), October 1, 2011
"After the ball sailed through the goal posts and all the celebrations finally ended, Austin Pacheco figured he would be in demand. The local newspapers. Maybe a small radio station or two. They would all want a few minutes with the senior kicker from Carson (Carson City, Nev.) who booted a 64-yard, game-winning field goal. 'I knew it would be a big story around here,' Pacheco said. He just had no idea how big. Pacheco's kick on Oct. 1 against Bishop Manogue (Reno, Nev.) made national news, with stories appearing in print and online publications across the country, and videos of his long-range boot popping up on several websites. In the past week and a half, he has fielded numerous interview requests, including three from radio stations located on the East Coast. Everybody, it seems, wants to speak to Pacheco.... Pacheco's kick, which admittedly was aided by a strong breeze and the approximately 4,500-foot elevation in Reno, is tied for the fifth-longest in high school history, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book. It is also the second-longest in Nevada history, trailing only the 68-yarder by Dirk Borgognone of Reno in 1985, which stands as the national record.... Pacheco, who missed wind-blown 47- and 50-yard attempts to the right earlier, hit an absolute laser that ensured there wouldn't be a block. And it was aimed exactly where Pacheco wanted, allowing the wind to push it through the uprights with plenty of room to spare. 'It probably would have been good from 70,' Roman said. 'I really went out there with nothing to lose and just went out swinging,' Pacheco said. 'I knew I hit it pretty flush. Once I saw the wind take it to the right, that's when I knew it was in. I learned from it. I played it right where I wanted to play it'." - MaxPreps
  • 58 Esteban Bravo, Sparks, 2011 
  • 58 Zach Davis, Moapa Valley, 2003
  • 57 Clint Stitzer, McQueen (2001 vs. Foothill)
  • 55 Jorge Islas, Truckee (2004 vs. Fernley)
  • 54 Shane Goodale, Lowry (2004 vs. Damonte Ranch)
  • 54 Lance Terry, Moapa Valley (1995 vs. Pahrump Valley)
  • 54 Ben Jackle, Bonanza (2004 vs. Rancho)
  • 51 Darrin Glass, Elko (1994 vs. Churchill County)
  • 51 Jay Mattox, Las Vegas (2010 vs. Cimarron-Memorial)
  • 50 Collin Ditsworth, Bishop Gorman (2010 vs. Spring Valley)
  • 50 Jeffery Young, Whittell (2004 vs. Battle Mountain)
  • 50 Anthony Silva, Reed, 2011

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