Havre de Grace's West sets state mark with 59-yard FG


High Schools

October 12, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Maybe now, Havre de Grace football coach Johnny Brooks won't have to deal with that look.

All season, Brooks has fielded questions about what constitutes Warriors senior quarterback and kicker Shane West's field-goal range. And Brooks always gets that same quizzical, non-believing look when he tells them that West makes field goals from more than 60 yards in practice.

"Maybe, they'll understand now because I don't think they believed me," Brooks said.

In the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 34-14 home victory over Joppatowne at James R. Harris Memorial Field, West set a state record by booting a 59-yard field goal.

The total eclipsed previous records of 57 yards held by Perry Hall's Jason Bloom (1994) and John Carroll's Scott Collins (1997).

"The game was pretty much decided and we had lost some yards, but he wanted to kick it," said Brooks, whose 14th-ranked Warriors improved to 6-0. "It would have been good from 67 yards to tell the truth. It was over the bar with something to spare. We have video on it as proof."

West, who is now 5-for-10 on field-goal tries after attending a kicking camp last summer in Florida, also kicked a 37-yarder in the game to go along with a 1-yard touchdown run, a two-point conversion pass to Justin Donaldson and two extra points. Brooks said that West's 37-yarder may have even went further than his 60-yarder.

The 37-yarder wound up in the trees at Havre de Grace and still hasn't been found.

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