Alex Godinez talked his Natomas High School coaches out of punting on one stalled drive Thursday night, using all manner of body English and facial expressions to sell his point.
He wanted to leg out a mighty kick, and was granted that chance. Godinez unloaded on a remarkable 58-yard field goal, getting every ounce of his leg and follow-through into it, as the ball inched over the cross bar. Natomas beat Lindhurst 31-6 in a Golden Empire League game that served as double-bonus fun.
Video provided by Natomas student Kyle Steudel.
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The kick tied a Sac-Joaquin Section and regional record and helped put Natomas into the playoffs for just the second time in school history.
“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.”
He didn’t have to convince head coach Ryan Battle. He had seen his kicker boom a 48-yarder in a game and from 60 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 good kicker ripe for a challenge, Godinez is eager for more.
“I’m ready for a 60-yarder now,” he said with a laugh.
Check Sunday’s Sacramento Bee and sacbee.com for more on Godinez, his impact in soccer after missing a month with a gash in his shin and how Natomas halted a 22-game football losing streak entering this season.
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