Think about how many field goals have ever been kicked in the NFL. Now, consider only 14 of them have ever come from 60 or more yards. If that doesn’t put Pahokee High (Fla.) sophomore Ezekiel Hernandez’s boot this past weekend in perspective, I don’t know what will.
While local folklore put the distance at 61 and even 63 yards, Hernandez was officially credited with a 60-yard field goal in Friday’s 33-12 win against Village Academy (Delray Beach, Fla.). That’s good for fifth in state history, trailing former J.M. Tate High (Cantonment, Fla.) and current Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano’s state record of 65 by just four yards.
Keep in mind, Hernandez has two-plus years to catch Gano, as Pahokee (6-1) makes a playoff push in the final month of his sophomore season. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound kicking sensation also hit from 65 and 68 yards in practice earlier in the week, according to PrepBuilders.com.
“It was awesome,” said Hernandez, who put Pahokee up 26-12 at that point. “I do this every practice. Now I’m going to see if I can hit a field goal from 70 yards out.”
A 70-yarded would break the current national record of 68, set by Reno (Nev.) High’s Dirk Borgognone in 1985, according to the National Federation of High School Associations.
This past weekend’s performance caught the eye of erstwhile Pahokee standout turned San Francisco 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin. Count him among those impressed with Hernandez.
Check out my Alma mater Pahokee HS kicking sensation Ezekiel “Cheke” Hernandez with his amazing 61 yd FG last night. pic.twitter.com/7RErOMWn0e
— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) October 10, 2015
Considering the wealth of kicking woes in the NFL season, I’d say the kid has a future to boot.