Natomas High School kicker Alex Godinez talked his coaches out of punting on one stalled drive in a Golden Empire League football game Thursday night, using body English and facial expressions to sell his argument.
He wanted to attempt a long field goal and was granted the chance. Godinez unloaded on a remarkable 58-yarder.
And if the kick didn’t provide enough excitement for the home crowd, Natomas beat Lindhurst 31-6 to put the Nighthawks in the playoffs for the second time in school history.
The kick tied a Sac-Joaquin Section and regional record for longest field goal set by Nevada Union’s Zack McSweeney in 1994.
“The coaches wanted to punt, but I told them I have a feeling, a good feeling, that I can make this,” said Godinez, a senior. “It just felt good coming off my foot. I thought it had a chance. I was hoping it’d make it through, and it did. It was exciting.”
Actually, Godinez didn’t have to do much to convince coach Ryan Battle, who has seen his kicker make a 48-yarder in a game and a 60-yarder in practice.
“I trust that kid!” Battle said with excited emphasis. “We thought about punting, but once we thought about it, and saw how excited Alex was, we said, ‘Let’s go for it!’ What a kicker, and what a kid.”
Like any confident kicker looking for a challenge, Godinez is eager for more.
“I’m ready for a 60-yarder now,” he said, laughing.
To see video of the 58-yard field goal by Alex Godinez, go to sacbee.com/prep-plus-blog/