Miles Hemphill’s 61-yard field goal for East Paulding in the second round is the longest kick by a Georgia high school player in 13 years, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.
Hemphill, a soccer player who began playing football last season as a junior, made the kick on the final play of the first half in East Paulding’s 35-6 loss to Stephenson.
The longest kicks in state history are a 67-yarder by Rusty Curry of Duluth in 1999 and a 63-yarder by Dax Langley of Heritage-Conyers in 1993. Curry’s field goal came on a free kick.
Hemphill’s kick capped perhaps the best season of any kicker in Georgia this season. He made 11 of 14 field-goal attempts and was 57-of-58 on extra points. He kicked off 79 times, with 66 going for touchbacks, one between the uprights.
Hemphill was recruited to play football in 2011 when former East Paulding coach John Reid saw him on a soccer field. He told him he could be the starter if he simply could kick seven of 10 kickoffs inside the 20-yard line on the fly during a tryout. Hemphill kicked nine of 10 into the end zone.
Hemphill has no scholarship offers. Minnesota and Wisconsin and several smaller schools have shown interest. Hemphill has visited Auburn, Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee.
Here are the longest field goals recorded by GHSFHA.com. If you know of others, let us know.
67 – Rusty Curry (Duluth) vs. Norcross 1999
63 – Dax Langley (Heritage) vs. Cedar Shoals 1993
61 – Miles Hemphill (East Paulding) vs. Stephenson 2012
59 – Chris Gardocki (Redan) vs. Stone Mountain 1987
59 – Austin Hardin (Marist) vs. Southwest DeKalb 2010
59 – Joseph Mansour (LaGrange) vs. Columbus 2009
58 – Adam Shreiner (Walton) vs. Roswell 2007
58 – Phillip Newman (Walton) vs. Roswell 1998
58 – Eric Smith (Clarke Central) vs. Newton County 1989
57 – Phillip Newman (Walton) vs. Roswell 1998
57 – Jesus Noriega (Johnson-Gainesville) vs. Chestatee 2003
57 – Eric Osteen (Richmond Academy) vs. Glynn Academy 2007
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