High School Kicker Kip Smith Makes 67-Yard Field Goal
Kip Smith, a senior at Broomfield Legacy High School in Colorado, set a state record by making a 67-yard field goal over the weekend.
The field goal came on a fair catch free kick with 12 seconds remaining in the first half. Broomfield's coach, Wayne Voorhees, made the heads-up decision to tell his returner to fair catch a punt at Broomfield's 43-yard line, and that allowed Smith to take a free kick off a tee with no pressure from the defense. (The same rule exists in the NFL and in college, although NFL and college kickers aren't allowed to use a tee.)
So Smith trotted out and booted the ball, and he didn't just clear the cross bar -- he made it by enough that it would have been good from 70 yards, or maybe more. The previous Colorado state record for longest field goal was 64 yards. The national high school record is 68 yards by Dirk Borgognone of Reno, Nevada. in 1985.
Voorhees told MaxPreps.com that he wasn't surprised Smith made the kick because on kickoffs, "He's been kicking them out of the end zone every time. We knew he had a chance. He just stroked it -- like a golf swing. He was pretty excited. It was kind of crazy."
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