Kicking is a somewhat thankless job. You’re anticipated to make the PATs. You’re anticipated to make a lot of the subject targets. When you miss, individuals are upset, and should you make, the response is often (except for game-winners) extra of a “that’s what was speculated to occur” rather than “wonderful kick!”
One of many exceptions got here with weekend when Keelan Anderson of Cheyenne South (Wy.) College stepped onto the sector for a historic try. He had drilled a subject aim of 57 toes simply weeks in the past, however this was longer. This was for the Wyoming state report.
After two steps and a kick, the ball sailed 61 yards and simply by means of the uprights to interrupt the report that had stood since 1982, in response to Matt Atencio of WyoSports.
Keelen Anderson drills it for. 61(!) yards out!!! That’s a Wyoming state report pic.twitter.com/KNOnjnjalz
— Matt Atencio (@MattAtencio5) September 23, 2023
On the sideline, the coaches went loopy, with out fear that South was now trailing 49-9. Moments of accomplishment deserve celebration and jubilation. Trying past the rankings and recruiting, isn’t that what youth soccer is all about?
To place that the kick perspective, the ball sailed 183 toes to succeed in its vacation spot. Solely 14 occasions in NFL historical past has there been an extended subject aim, and 9 different occasions has an NFL subject aim traveled 61 yards.
MaxPreps put collectively this wonderful information in 2020 that outlines the longest subject targets of every state’s highschool historical past. It’s potential that some have develop into outdated since its publication, however for the sake of perspective, 24 different states had seen a subject aim attain 61 yards.
Anderson has a 4.5-star kicker rating on Kohl’s Kicking, and it’s straightforward to see why given as he has each tied and damaged the Wyoming report within the month of September. Don’t be shocked if extra universities begin to look into the 5-foot-11, 150-pound kicker.