The number was in Noe Ruelas’ mind, because he’d looked it up before.
“Last season, I kicked a 52-yard field goal, and people were wondering if it was a record,” the Hall senior said. “I had to look it up.”
He found out the state record for the longest field goal in a high school game was 54 yards, a number that had been achieved three times since 1987.
Ruelas was confident Friday night when he lined up for a 56-yarder against Simsbury, breaking a record held by Watertown’s Rico Brogna (the future Major League Baseball player) and Fermi’s Tyler Timion, who both kicked 54-yard field goals in 1987, and Pomperaug’s Matt Paola, who matched them in 2011.
Caden Lill’s field goal tied the game for Simsbury, and the Trojans beat Hall 9-3 in overtime at Hall’s Chalmers Stadium.
Ruelas said he grew up playing soccer, but began kicking in his freshman year of football in Colorado. He moved to Connecticut for his sophomore year.
“I started going to camps last year, improved on (my technique),” he said. Now he’s talking with colleges around the northeast.
Kohl’s Kicking Camp introduced him to the “Kick-It” program, raising money for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. Find it at https://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1927375
His page on the foundation website is accepting pledges for each point he scores or donations for the foundation.
Watch Ruelas’ record-breaking kick on gametimect.com