Cesar Montes nailed a 55-yard field goal in McCall-Donnellys 24-22 victory over Grangeville last Friday, which is awfully impressive for a high school kicker.
The Idaho High School Activities Association does not keep records during the regular season, but if Montes had made his 55-yarder during a playoff game, it would be the longest on record by 8 yards.
Like many kickers in the Treasure Valley, he splits time between the football and soccer teams.
That got me wondering about other kickers in the area, their backgrounds and how Montes field goal would stack up against 5A Southern Idaho Conference competition this season.
Heres the scoop on each of the 5A SIC kickers:
Kicker: Travis Browndyke, senior
Stats: Browndyke, a three-year starter, has made all of his PATs this season, except one, which was blocked. He has attempted and made two field goals, both for 28 yards.
Background: Browndykes father, Chip, kicked for the University of Houston, and his uncle, David, kicked for LSU.
Coachs comment: Hes real serious about his craft and has a great attention to detail, Boises Bob Clark said.
Kicker: Jacob Szuch, senior
Stats: A 26-yard field goal and 6-for-6 on PATs.
Background: Szuch is a standout soccer player for the Lions, which has caused him to miss the first half of two football games this season.
Coachs comment: Jacob is a pure athlete and can play many sports. ... His ability to kick PATs, field goals, kickoffs and punts is amazing, Borahs Darren Corpus said.
Kicker: Conner Poulson, sophomore
Stats: Poulson is 11-for-12 on PATs and has attempted one field goal this season.
Background: Poulson is the backup quarterback and starting free safety. He was a regional Punt, Pass & Kick champion for Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana.
Coachs comment: He is pretty gifted in the rugby style punt and we have been pleased with his PATs, Capitals Todd Simis said.
Kickers: Sean Coffey, freshman, and Robert Langley, junior
Stats: Coffey is 5-for-6 on PATs and has made a 29-yard field goal. Langley is 2-for-3 on PATs and has not attempted a field goal.
Background: Coffey is the starting quarterback for the JV, so he usually only plays two to three quarters as the varsity kicker. Langley, a varsity soccer player, is in his first season as a kicker and has missed portions of some football games.
Coachs comment: We brought (Coffey) up to be a quarterback for the JV, but hes such a good kicker that weve tried to use him to kick field goals, Centennials Lee Neumann said.
Kicker: Layne Leisten, senior
Stats: Leisten is 4-for-4 on field goals, with a long of 37 yards, and 17-for-17 on PATs.
Background: Leisten plays soccer for the Mustangs, but came to Eagle coach Paul Peterson before the season and asked to try out as a kicker.
Coachs comment: His high school soccer coach has been receptive, and I take him when I can get him a couple days a week as far as practice, and then he kicks on Friday nights, Peterson said.
Meridian has not attempted a field goal or PAT this season. The Warriors go for two-point conversions after a touchdown.
MOUNTAIN VIEW MAVERICKS
Kicker: Austin Azevedo, senior
Stats: Azevedo has made one field goal for 19 yards, and is 9-for-11 on PATs.
Background: Azevedos older brother, Seph, was the starting kicker for the Mavericks the past two seasons. Austin plays varsity soccer and is in his first season as the varsity kicker. He has previous experience kicking at the junior varsity level.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRIZZLIES
Kickers: Kyle Bendawald, senior, and Garrett Berg, junior
Stats: Berg is 2-for-2 on field goals (long of 29 yards) and PATs. Bendawald is 3-for-3 on field goals, including a 35-yarder, and 5-for-6 on PATs.
Background: Berg splits time between junior varsity and varsity, and Rocky coach Jason Warr expects him to develop into a solid receiver. Bendawald starts for the soccer team and kicks for the football team when hes available.
Coachs comment: Warr is using two kickers in case a soccer game conflicts with football, causing Bendawald to be unavailable or late.
Kicker: Brady Strodtbeck, senior
Stats: The two-year starter is 2-for-2 on field goals (with a long of 32 yards) and 7-for-8 on PATs.
Background: Strodtbeck does not play soccer for the Wolves, but does play club soccer in the spring. He is a starting defensive end and sees some time at fullback.
Coachs comment: This year he has come through in critical times. He has played well under pressure, Timberlines Kirk Copeland said.
Vallivue has not settled on a starting kicker after using several different players already this season. The Falcons have not attempted a field goal and have opted for a two-point conversion after most touchdowns.
Rachel Roberts: 377-6422,Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX