High school kicker Caleb Girard made a field goal last weekend that was longer than any made in CIS this season (Darryl G. Smart for Yahoo! Canada Sports)On some level, it's kind of reassuring there is still a level of sport where an extraordinary feat can be underhyped.
Down south of the border, if a high school football player connected on a field goal from a range that might vex a pro placekicker — inevitably the ones for your favourite team — there would be way to verify whether it was a league or provincial record. That is not the case down in southwestern Ontario's Haldimand-Norfolk high school league, an association of teams south of the Hamilton area. During the league's championship game, 18-year-old kicker/student council president Caleb Girard bisected the uprights from 53 yards away for the Waterford Wolves.
That is one yard longer than the deepest field goal converted during the Canadian Interuniversity Sport, where only two kickers have made a 50-yarder. This being Canada, no one is sure what record Girard set. Some asking around revealed that Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham, who hails from Wallaceburg, Ont., made a 58-yard try during a 1999 high school game.
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