SPOKANE, Wash.(MAXPREPS) — Austin Rehkow loaded up and connected on a field goal from the 43-yard line in the final seconds Thursday night. That’s pretty significant.
What made Rehkow’s kick spectacular in a 62-55 overtime win for Central Valley (Veradale, Wash.) over Shadle Park (Spokane, Wash.) is that he kicked it from his own 43-yard line, not the opponent’s.
The 67-yard field goal came up 1 yard short of Dirk Borgognone’s epic 68-yard connection in 1985 for Reno (Nev.). But as you can tell by the videos, it didn’t come up short in terms of excitement generated – not to mention just how clutch it was.
The connection is now tied for second-longest in history with Russ Cowsert (1987) of Dallas Christian and Rusty Curry (1999) of Duluth (Ga.), according to the NFHS Record Book.
The kick obliterated the state record of 62 yards, which was made in 1929.
Shadle Park’s Brett Rypien also set a state record in the game with 577 passing yards – smashing the previous high of 516 set in 2010. Rypien is the nephew of Mark Rypien, who led the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl win in 1991 and was the game’s MVP. The elder Rypien is a Shadle Park alum.