View Full Version : Rare free kick leads to huge, last-minute win for Miami HS

10-24-2011, 09:45 PM

There are plenty of ways to win a game in the final minute, but none may be rarer than the one employed by Miami (Fla.) Belen Jesuit Prep on Friday. Trailing traditional powerhouse Miami (Fla.) Northwestern High 28-27 with less than 30 seconds remaining, Belen fielded a punt at the Northwestern 39-yard line.

That's when things got interesting. According to the Miami Herald, rather than take a few shots down the field, Belen coach Rich Stuart made one of the rarest calls in all of football: He had his team attempt a free kick (http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/21/2466146/wolverines-rally-to-knock-off.html?story_link=email_msg).

"It's unusual, but it is completely legal," Greater Miami Athletic Conference head of football officials Joe Underwood told the Herald. "It is a free kick that can be taken following a fair catch, and it doesn't matter if it is off a kicking tee or not."

Hardly ever used outside of high school football (you can see former Arizona Cardinals turned Houston Texans kicker Neil Rackers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCBBUMnRqbo) attempt a free kick -- and miss horribly -- in an NFL game here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCBBUMnRqbo)), a free kick allows a team to attempt a field goal off a tee or held by a holder, just like a kickoff, after it fair catches a punt. Only the opposing team can return a miss (since a block is made impossible) and the opposing team must stand a full 10 yards away from the line of scrimmage. The kick is worth three points, just as any other field goal is.

For Belen's kick, the placing at the 39-yard line made the free kick a 49-yard attempt by placekicker Sergio Sroka (http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/21/2466146/wolverines-rally-to-knock-off.html?story_link=email_msg), who had missed a potential go-ahead field goal just moments before.

This time Sroka drilled the kick, giving the Wolverines an unlikely 30-28 lead (http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/21/2466146/wolverines-rally-to-knock-off.html?story_link=email_msg), an edge which was padded by an interception return for a touchdown by Michael Ugarte to complete the 36-28 final score.

I thought it was kinda funny that Rackers was the example that they used to show it in the pros.

Link to the Youtube--Rackers HORRENDOUS kick attempt.


10-24-2011, 10:17 PM
That's interesting.

I'd never heard of that.

10-25-2011, 12:36 AM
That's interesting.

I'd never heard of that.

The only reason I have is because of that AZ game.