By: Bill Waters, NewsOXY Reporter
10/21/2012 12:27 PM ET
A 67-yard kick that turned into a field goal is no record in the NFL, but Austin Rehkow of Central Valley High in Spokane, Washington, helped his team win into OT and an eventual 62-55 win against Shadle Park. This is one tough kid.
"I kicked it and I was a little bit worried it was going to be a little bit left," he told "Good Morning America" just hours after he connected on the game-tying kick. "It started to straighten out for me, and from 67 yards out it's kind of hard to tell if it goes over the bar or is just short of it. I really just had to wait for the refs to put their arms up for me," he added. "To get it with no wind, and especially to [get a chance to] win the game, it's a special feeling."
In fact, the NFL doesn't have such a kick recorded in their books, and that's why this is so important to not only high school sports, but in pro football.
The longest kick in pro football is 63 yards, set in 1970 by Tom Dempsey of the New Orleans Saints. Dempsey's record has been tied several times -- most recently by the San Francisco 49ers David Akers last month against the Green Bay Packers.
However, Rehkow's kick was still 1-yard short of the high school record -- a 68-yard field goal kicked in 1985 by Dirk Borgognone of Reno, Nev.
Rehkow has a partial scholarship offer from nearby Eastern Washington.The kick obliterated the state record of 62 yards, and that record had stood at the goal line since 1929.
If that 67-yarder doesn't change almost immediately, college recruiting staffs aren't paying attention. After all, they're not going to see a more impressive kick than Rehkow's, either in terms of distance, power or pressure-packed circumstances.