This blog is written by Buddy Collings, longtime curator of Florida high school sports records for all varsity sports. He can also be read at SentinelVarsity.com and on Twitter at@VarsityBuddy.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on October 4, 2015 at 9:00 PM|
Lake Brantley senior Jacob Godek set a school record when he launched a 54-yard field goal on Friday night. But he needed another one, even longer, to provide the points that ended up making the difference in a big 27-26 Class 8A, District 2 football victory over Sanford Seminole.
Godek blasted a 57-yarder to break his own record and pave the way for the Patriots to improve to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the district.
The performance hit the Twitter-sphere had a lot of folks asking about field goal records. That conversation prompted me to post my record list of longest field goals in Florida history to this site. Again, this is all a work in progress that I will continue to add to as time allows. (Boy, do I wish there were 36 hours in a day and 10 days in a week).
I also have added a 60-yarder made by Ezekiel Hernandez of Pahokee in Week 7 of the 2015 season. He blasted that one, which is confirmed on YouTube, in a 33-12 victory over Village Academy of Delray.
Current Carolina Panthers placekicker Graham Gano, now in his seventh NFL season, has the two longest field goals in Florida varsity history. He booted 65- and 64-yarders as a Tate senior in 2004.
Counting the big boot by Hernandez, I now have 10 field goals of 60 yards or more on my chart. His is the first of those that have come since Gano crushed his record-setter. That's surprising, given the proliferation of kicking camps and specialty training.
It's rare for a high school kicker to deliver two 50-yard-plus field goals in one game, as Godek did. You'll see that the record for 50-yarders is three in a game, set way back in 1986 by Tim Woodford of Hernando.
I also included the all-time leaders for field goals made in a game. That record has lasted since 2002, when Mike Hibbert of Springstead kicked six field goals in a 25-3 win over Citrus.