High school football: Every state's longest made field goal

By Kevin Askeland Nov 6, 2020, 9:00am

Nevada kicker has longest at 68 yards, five more have booted 67-yard field goals.

When Reno (Nev.) kicker Dirk Borgognone boomed a national record 68-yard field goal on Sept. 27, 1985 against Sparks, little did he know it would be his last as a high school player. Thirty-five years later, Borgognone's kick is still a national record, highlighting our list of the longest field goal from all 50 states.

Borgognone was a high school All-American in 1985 and held the previous state record with a 55-yard field goal during his junior season when he kicked 10 through the uprights. He kicked one field goal entering the game against Sparks before making five of six field goals in that game, including the final kick from 68 yards out.

However Borgognone missed the next eight attempts he took the remainder of the season, nearly all of them greater than 50 yards in length. He still managed to earn a spot on the Bally High School All-American Team. Borgognone had a brief NFL career, playing one season for the Green Bay Packers in 1995.

Borgognone's record kick is one of 27 field goals on the list of 60 yards or more and. Among the other highlights from the list include:

* Todd Sauerbrun is the most accomplished kicker on the list, although he made the All-Pro team four times in the NFL as a punter. He has the longest field goal in New York state history while at Ward Melville at 63 yards.

* Jeff Hall of Franklin County in Tennessee is the co-holder of the state record of 62 yards with himself. He booted his first 62-yarder as a junior and kicked the second one just under 11 months later during his senior year.

* At least five of the longest field goals on the list were converted on a free kick after a fair catch. Kip Smith of Legacy (Colo.) has the longest field goal on a free kick of 67 yards.

* Although not on the list, Corey Lewis of Diamond Ranch Academy (Utah) is the only high school kicker with more than one 60-yard field goal in a game as he kicked a 62-yarder and a 60-yarder against Monticello on Oct. 9, 2015.

* Graham Gano might be the best kicker not on the list. A Pro Bowl kicker currently with the New York Giants, Gano played at Tate (Cantonment, Fla.) and had a 67-yard field goal wiped out by a penalty. He connected on attempts of 65 and 64 yards at the prep level. The Sunshine State native has a 63-yarder to his credit in the NFL.

* The state record in Oregon is held by the No. 1 pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft, Adley Rutschman. He led Oregon State to the NCAA title in 2018 and was the College World Series MVP. He kicked a 63-yard field goal in 2015 while at Sherwood (Ore.).

* The first high school 60-yard field goal (not on a drop kick) is believed to be scored by Dick Hartman of Washington (Milwaukee, Wis.) in 1946. On the opening kickoff from the 40-yard line, Hartman booted the ball through the uprights, which were situated on the goal line and not on the back of the end zone as most high schools of that time. According to NFHS rules at that time, a field goal on a kickoff was allowed. Hartman then nearly did it again on the next kickoff, missing by only a few inches, according to the Capital Times.

Sources for the list include P.S. Luchter's website Luckyshow.org, state association websites and research via newspapers.com.
Two months prior to this playoff game, Noe Ruelas kicked the longest field goal in Connecticut history.
Two months prior to this playoff game, Noe Ruelas kicked the longest field goal in Connecticut history.
File photo by Jonathan Bloom
Every State's Longest Field Goal

61 — Sage Ledbetter, Auburn (Ala.), Oct. 23, 2015 *

56 — Josh Rolston, Chugiak (Alaska), Oct. 13, 2020

63 — Jeff Locke, Mountain Ridge (Glendale, Ariz.), Aug., 31, 2007

57 — Andrew Miller, Hackett (Ark.), 1998

64 — Eric Aftholter, Oak Park (Calif.), Oct. 16, 1982

67 — Kip Smith, Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.), Sept, 4, 1999 *

56 — Noe Ruelas, Hall (West Hartford, Conn.), Sept. 13, 2019

57 — James Ohliger, Tatnall (Wilmington, Del.), Nov. 13, 2003

67 — Lonnie Callichio, South Plantation (Plantation, Fla.), 1990 **

67 — Rusty Curry, Duluth (Ga.), Sept. 3, 1999 *

58 — Harry Hill, Konawaena (Hawaii), Sept. 23, 2017 *

58 — John McClusky, Twin Falls (Idaho), Sept. 10, 1993

65 — Daniel Austin, Mt. Zion (Ill.), Sept. 10, 2002

61 — Jerry Spicer, Hobart (Ind.), Oct. 31, 1975; Brian Robertson, Seymour (Ind.), Oct. 29, 1999

63 — Todd Sievers, Ankeny (Iowa), Oct. 10, 1997

57 — Mike Ross, Blue Valley (Stilwell, Kan.), Oct. 8, 1993; Sean Simoneau, Shawnee Mission West (Shawnee Mission, Kan.), Oct. 7, 1994

60 — Tyler Pack, Johnson Central (Paintsville, Ky.), Oct. 11, 2013

59 — Keith Andrews, Ouachita Christian (Monroe, La.), Sept. 28, 2001; Lucas Murphy, St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.), Sept. 1, 2000

No known field goal over 50 yards.

59 — Shane West, Havre de Grace (Md.), Oct. 10, 2003

53 — Glenn Allen, Canton (Mass.), Oct. 7, 2006

59 — Doug Kochanski, Warren Woods-Tower (Warren, Mich.), Oct. 28, 1994

57 — Fabian Kleinschumacher, Polk County West [Climax/Fisher] (Climax, Minn.), Oct. 14, 2003

59 — Lemeko Williams, Clarksdale (Miss.), Nov. 10, 1994

63 — Jeremy Flores, Willard (Mo.), Nov. 5, 1997

63 — Travis Dorsch, Bozeman (Mont.), Oct. 4, 1997

59 — Chris McClanthan, Millard South (Omaha, Neb.), Nov. 9, 1999

68 — Dirk Borgognone, Reno (Nev.), Sept. 27, 1985

New Hampshire
55 — Jeff Beckley, Plymouth (N.H.), 1989 **

New Jersey
58 — Kevin Mills, Shore Regional (West Long Branch, N.J.), Sept. 22, 1984

New Mexico
59 — Louis Reagon, Tucumcari (N.M.), Oct. 23, 1981

New York
63 — Todd Sauerbrun, Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.), Oct. 27, 1990

North Carolina
61 — Clint Ingle, Burns (Lawndale, N.C.), Sept. 1, 2000

North Dakota
58 — Emmett Kenney, Shanley (Fargo, N.D.), Sept. 19, 2020

61 — Kevin Harper, Mentor (Ohio), Sept. 7, 2007; Carey Spear, Mayfield (Ohio), Nov. 14, 2009 *

65 — Luke Roberts, Deer Creek (Edmond, Okla.), Nov. 24, 2001 *

63 — Adley Rutschman, Sherwood (Ore.), Nov. 13, 2015

64 — Gerry McGroarty, Bishop Hoban (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), Sept. 27, 2003

Rhode Island
53 — Paul Boulanger, Warren, 1989 **

South Carolina
64 — Richard Jackson, Riverside (Greer, S.C.), Oct. 14, 2005

South Dakota
58 — Kevin Hansen, Washington (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 1998 **

62 — Jeff Hall, Franklin County (Winchester, Tenn.), Nov. 19, 1991 and Oct. 16, 1992

67 — Russell Cowsert, Dallas Christian (Mesquite, Texas), Oct. 2, 1987

62 — Justin Sorenson, Bingham (South Jordan, Utah), Sept. 7, 2007

57 — Robert Kelly, Bellows Free Academy (St. Albans, Vt.), Sept. 5, 2014

60 — Dillon Christopher, Menchville (Newport News, Va.), Nov. 5, 2011

67 — Austin Rehkow, Central Valley (Spokane Valley, Wash.), Oct. 18, 2012

West Virginia
59 — Corey Smith, Musselman (Inwood, W. Va.), Sept. 14, 2007

61 — Jack Hintze, St. Mary's Springs (Fond du Lac, Wis.), Oct. 31, 2014

57 — David Browning, Natrona County (Casper, Wyo.), Oct. 22, 1982

* Free kick
** Date uncertain