How's this for crazy: The longest field goal in NFL history is 63 yards - a handful of pro kickers, from the old-school Jack Dempsey to the modern-day Jason Elam and Sebastian Janikowski have managed the feat.
And, last night in Spokane, high school senior Austin Rehkow bested all of their efforts - by four yards. Rehkow put his foot into a 67-yard effort that helped his Central Valley High School team best the Shadle Park Highlanders. Greg Lee with the Spokesman Review reports the kick set a Washington state record (which had previously been 62 yards), and is believed to have tied the second-longest field goal in national high school history.
Rehkow's kick came as time expired in the fourth quarter and sent the game into overtime. From there, Central Valley's Grayson Sykes scored a TD on the fourth play of the team's first overtime possession, which would prove to be enough when Rypien threw an interception on Shadle Park's first overtime play on offense.
From the Spokesman Review:
"To be truthful, we kicked some 67-yarders two days ago with the wind behind me and I didn't make any of those," Rehkow said. "So to be able to do that in a game is just a great feeling."
Because it's total nuts for a high school kicker to make (or even attempt) a 67-yard field goal, Rehkow's feat was featured on the TODAY show this morning and has also made the rounds on ESPN.