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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

High School Long Kicks - California

Our series exploring the longest field goals at the high school level in each state continues with California.
  • 64 Eric Aftholter, Oak Park HS (Agoura) in 13-14 loss to Carpinteria HS, 10/16/1982
  • 61 Dana Jacobsen, Leigh High School (San José) v Los Gatos HS, 1985
  • 60 Luis Zendejas, Don Antonio Lugo HS (Chino), 1980
  • 60 Ignacio Brache, Village Christian HS (Sun Valley) v. Los Angeles Baptist, (California), 1994
  • 60 Chris Kluwe, Los Alamitos HS in 30-23 double OT win over Los Angeles Loyola HS, 11/27/1999 at Glendale HS Field, CIF playoff game record
"Loyola High players milled gleefully about the sideline, their victory over Los Alamitos seemingly in hand as Chris Kluwe lined up for a 60-yard, last-second field goal that could send the game into overtime.''They have got to be kidding themselves!' one Cub exclaimed. 'Who is this guy?' Now Loyola knows. Kluwe's 60-yarder cleared the crossbar--barely--and propelled Los Alamitos to a 30-23 double overtime victory over the Cubs in the Division I quarterfinals before about 6,500 at Glendale High. For the second consecutive season the Griffins (11-1) advanced to the semifinals, where they play Long Beach Poly. Kluwe, who has committed to UCLA, said he knew his kick, one of his three in field goals in the game, was good as soon as it left his foot. 'I was thinking I've just got to make it,' said Kluwe, whose other field goals covered 47 and 28 yards, and had two others blocked. "Mainly I wanted to get my foot into it and not have it blocked'." - LA Times
  • 60 Hutch Parker, St. Margaret's in 47-8 win over Ambassador Christian (Orange County), 9/14/2002
  • 60 Garrett Swanson, Riverside King HS in 3-58 loss to Centennial HS (Corona), 11/10/2011 
"Swanson, a senior, kicked a 60-yard field goal in the third quarter of the lopsided game to set a new Inland Area record. A highlight in what was season of dim results, Swanson’s kick is now among the best in California prep history, tying him for third all-time. A 6-foot-2, 180-pound thunder-foot, Swanson was the only player to score in every game for the Wolves (0-10 overal, 0-7 Big VIII), doormats of Inland Area large-school football. He averaged 46.8 yards per punt, had 24 drop inside his opponent’s 20, and had punts of 60 or more yards in each of his last four games. Swanson’s longest punt? 75 yards. Oh, and of his 29 kickoffs, 24 resulted in touchbacks." - Fieldhouse of my Brain
  • 60 David Ortega, Brawley Union High in 24-21 win over Shadow Hills High, 9/11/2015

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