Of all the great field goals in high school football history, few have been more impressive than the 59-yarder kicked by C.J. Munson of Warner Robins Northside (Ga.) on Friday night.
Yes, you read that correctly. Fifty-nine yards. And that’s not even the craziest part: Munson made the kick just to force overtime. The mclutch kick came in the fourth quarter with Northside trailing Lee County (Ga.) 10-7 and tied the score.
Lee County escaped with a 16-13 victory in overtime when the Trojans scored a touchdown to trump yet another Munson field goal on Northside’s possession. Still, the eye-popping performance came from Munson’s kick to get the game to that point.
The amazing thing about Munson isn’t just the strength of his leg, it’s also his accuracy. The junior entered Friday’s game as the No. 4-ranked kicker in the nation in MaxPreps’ standings with 11 mfield goals and an 80 percent conversion rate. That will go up after Friday night.
While it’s too early to tell for sure that it will stay there, 59 yards is currently the nation’s longest mfield goal in 2017, one yard longer than Colorado senior Issac Power and Arizona senior Brayden Narveson.
This isn’t the first impressive kicking performance of Munson’s junior season, either; three weeks ago Munson connected from 51, 49 and 45 yards.
As impressive as that is, it pales in comparison to a 59-yarder to tie the score in the fourth quarter. At least now we know where a college program that needs a placekicker for the 2019 season should look.