School celebrates first made kick in more than a decade during 49-7 loss

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

In the season opener for both teams, Cincinnati (Ohio) Badin High routed Cincinnati (Ohio) Woodward High, 49-7, in the first game on Woodward's new home field. The game was as one-sided as it sounds, with Badin jumping out to an early lead, briefly yielding a moment of special teams magic, and then hitting stride never looking back.

Woodward football coach Jeremy Patterson — WCPO screen shot
Woodward football coach Jeremy Patterson — WCPO screen shot

Yet, bizarrely, it was the Woodward head coach Jeremy Patterson who celebrated most aggressively during the game, and the play that sent him into near delirium was of the most common order at many American schools; the coach went wild for an extra point.

As it turns out, there was good reason for Patterson's wild celebration. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the extra point -- which was kicked by Tyrone Rudolph -- was the first in Patterson's four years leading the school's football program. Even more incredibly, the kick was believed to be the first converted extra point at Woodward in 15 or possibly 20 years.

It's worth noting that Woodward didn't miss an extra point after every touchdown in the past two decades. Rather, Woodward traditionally attempted two-point conversions after touchdowns.

In fact, it was only Patterson's mother who brought the lack of Woodward's extra-point attempts to her son's attention. By that point, the fact that Woodward always went for two had become so ingrained that he didn't even think about it.

"Even when I was in high school, Woodward didn't kick field goals," said Patterson, a 1991 graduate of Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education. "My mother's been on my back about why we don't kick field goals."

Officially, Woodward still doesn't kick field goals. Yet, after one impressive (if simple) extra point, even that truism may not stand for much longer, much to Patterson's delirium.

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