It didn’t count, but it still might be the field goal of the year.
In an epic post-practice stunt, New Canaan High placekicker Peter Swindell connected on one of the most unique field goal attempts you’ll ever see. First, he set his ball in motion, flipping it from a prone position on the ground and spinning upright for a clean shot at the goalposts.
The ensuing kick was good from roughly 20 yards, but easily could have been successful from 30 yards or beyond.
By Prep Rally's view of the NFHS rule book and its analysis of scoring plays (you can see the entire rule book right here), the kick in a game situation could be a legal drop kick (if Swindell intentionally fumbled a snap on a punt to himself) or a legal placekick. It would be nuts for New Canaan to try, but if Swindell pulled it off in a game, it would count so long as the official didn't whistle the ball dead before he got his foot to it.
According to MaxPreps, Swindell has put together an impressive second season, hitting 54-of-58 extra point attempts and 7-of-9 field goals. He’s even drilled one kick from 45 yards.
Of course, all those field goals and extra points were snapped and held in a conventional manner. This kick may be even more impressive for its novelty. If nothing else, it provides a strong football counterpoint for the Woods family’s golf ball juggling.
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