I spent more than five years covering sports in Spokane before I was hired at KOMO-TV in Seattle. There’s nothing bigger than Gonzaga basketball or Washington State football in the Inland Northwest, but high school sports are a close third on the list. I saw a lot of crazy plays during prep football games in Spokane, but I never covered anything as remarkable as this. Central Valley High School kicker Austin Rehkow drilled an unbelievable 67-yard field goal to force overtime last night against Shadle Park High School.
With just :02 remaining in the game at Joe Albi Stadium, Rehkow (pronounced like Rico) lined up the 67-yard field goal. Before I saw the highlight, I thought for sure he had the benefit of using a tee (which is allowed in high school football in Washington — or at least it used to be), but he didn’t. Rehkow made the 67-yard field goal look as routine as a 30-yard field goal. I thought it was amazing. His kick tied the game at 55, sending the contest to overtime. Central Valley then beat Shadle Park 62-55 in the bonus frame.
Take a look at this kick!
The 67-yard field goal broke the Washington state record and is now tied for the second longest field goal in high school football history (the longest is 68-yards set in 1985 by Dick Borgognone in Reno, Nevada). The 67-yard field goal is also four yards longer than the NFL record of 63-yards set by Tom Dempsey and then tied by Sebastian Janikowski, Jason Elam and David Akers. The longest verified field goal ever made is a 69-yarder by Abilene Christian University kicker Ove Johansson in 1976.
Believe it or not, Austin Rehkow reportedly only has a partial scholarship offer from Eastern Washington University, but that’s it. That means no Division-I schools have come knocking on Rehkow’s door. After being featured on Good Morning America, SportsCenter and several others for his field goal, I’m sure Rehkow is getting a few phone calls from coaches today.
I covered Austin Rehkow when I was working in Spokane. He made our football highlights a few times, but not just for his field goals. Rehkow also doubles as a wide receiver for Central Valley (he caught a touchdown pass in last night’s game as well). I honestly remember Rehkow more for his skills on the basketball court though. Rehkow led the Bears to a the 4A state championship game last season, averaging a team-high 12.4 points per game on the year. In other words, the kid is a natural athlete. If someone was going to kick a 67-yard field goal in Spokane, I would have guessed that it would be Austin Rehkow (even though I would have sounded like an idiot predicting something like that).
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