OT: Rare Free Kick Leads to Huge Win in Miami

Submitted by kaykaybroke on October 24th, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Interesting story, about an interesting rule, however the thing that caught my eye was the uniforms and the mascot of the outlined team.



kevin holt

October 24th, 2011 at 3:25 PM ^

so is it off a tee? Or do you have a holder? I couldn't see anything in that video.

Also interesting (and possibly why you saw it), the game was a team whose mascot is the Wolverines (with winged helmets) and they were playing a team called Northwestern.

Pretty awesome, seems like a rule left over from rugby or something. Not surprised it's only valid in HS, but it'd be awesome to see that in college coming out of Hoke's back pocket


October 24th, 2011 at 3:43 PM ^

When I was in highschool we used to practice this every ST practice.  I played in Kentucky so it is legal here too, never thought I would ever see a team win ussing it though


October 24th, 2011 at 4:19 PM ^

At the risk of eliciting a resounding "cool story bro" from the board, the school that won this game, Belen Jesuit Prep., is my middle school/ high school (6-12) alma mater.  We are also the Wolverines, but only because the Jesuit priests that came over to Miami from Cuba and re-founded the school (after Castro closed the original in Habana) thought that the word "wolverine" meant "wolf cub", two of which are on the school's crest.

The Miami Northwestern Senior HIgh School that was defeated in this game is the same school that produced current Miami (YTM) 'Canes Jacory Harris, Sean Spence, Tommy Streeter (and more), as well as Antonio Bryant, Vernon Carey and a number of other pros.

This is me on the JV team in 9th grade, 1997, and a good example of the uniforms:

(just putting a link since can't figure out how to embed...)



October 24th, 2011 at 4:42 PM ^

Definitely not deserving of a CSB.  And Miami NW is one of the five best programs in Florida.  I think they could beat GVSU or many small college programs straight up, even with younger players, because they have so many great athletes on their team.  

The story would be news against anyone, but against NW, it is a big story, at least down here.   


October 24th, 2011 at 4:33 PM ^

If in fact you could jump high enough, can you block a FG/extra point much like rejecting a shot in basketball?  Jumping from right below the crossbar?


The crossbar is 10 feet.  Many guys can jump and reach 11'6" ish!


October 24th, 2011 at 4:42 PM ^

Yes, but the jumper touching the ball makes it a live ball--he has to either return it or down it in the end zone for a touchback.  rdlWolverine makes a good point as well--the person isn't allowed to "bat" the ball, so he has to catch it.

Didn't we have a person stationed under the goal post during an opponent's FG attempt at some point in the last few years?  I recall seeing this at some point this century.  Was it Steve Breaston?  Or was it maybe somebody even more recent?



October 24th, 2011 at 4:58 PM ^

Apparently that Miami HS coach thought he had a better chance to kick a 49 yrd field goal than to pick up more yardage with less than 30 seconds to go. Even with a tee and no rush kicking from the 49 in HS is a low percentage kick. gutsy call.


October 24th, 2011 at 9:59 PM ^

I remember seeing this in the late 1960's in a Rams-Lions game, but don't think the Rams kicker made the attempt.  It is a bizarre rule and I've always wondered since then why more teams don't try it.  I believe even if the clock runs out during the punt, if the ball is fair caught you still get a chance at the free kick.


October 24th, 2011 at 10:24 PM ^

...is that it's a reminder of the common origins of all the different varieties of football around the world. It's an echo of the rugby mark (although you can only do that inside your own 22 so it can't be used to score) and, I assume, of the Aussie-rules mark as well.

Here, it's a rarety; in Australia it's the most basic feature of the game.