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Kicker Successful on Extra Point From 62 Yards

October 04, 2003|Washington Post

First David Rosenbaum of Washington, D.C., Wilson High ran back a kickoff 69 yards for a touchdown. When all the celebrating was over, and three penalties were assessed, Rosenbaum faced a 62-yard extra point.

Rosenbaum made the kick, believed to be the longest conversion in high school play.

"I did it before in practice," said Rosenbaum, a 5-foot-11 senior who has committed to Virginia. "I saw it as a chip shot. I have hit longer ones in practice.

"I was excited but I pictured it going through. I had the wind at my back."

The National Federation of State High School Assns. doesn't keep records on longest extra points.

The longest field goal was a 68-yarder by Dirk Borgonone of Reno in 1985.

Wilson Coach Horace Fleming did not hesitate in giving Rosenbaum the chance to kick the extra point. His team led, 40-0, en route to a 41-0 victory over Spingarn before a home crowd.

After Rosenbaum's return, the Tigers (3-1) incurred penalties for excessive celebration, unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting.

"He hit it with room to spare," Fleming said. "It hit the back of the track [behind the goal posts]."

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