North Dakota high school kicker boots record 58-yard field goal (video included)

Fargo Shanley kicker Emmet Kenney (14) watches his 58-yard field goal attempt sail between the uprights against West Fargo Sheyenne on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium. David Samson / The Forum

A North Dakota prep football record was shattered Friday night.

Fargo Shanley senior kicker Emmet Kenney booted a 58-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of a game against West Fargo Sheyenne at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium.

Kenney's kick easily had enough distance to clear the crossbar and even had a few yards to spare.

It shattered the previous unofficial North Dakota record of 52 yards, which was set by Fargo South's Jacob Weiler in 2012. Weiler's kick came against Fargo North.


According to a tweet by the North Dakota High School Activities Association and Grand Forks Herald archives, the only other confirmed 50-yard field goals in state history came from Grand Forks Red River's Jeff Glas and Jamestown's Darin Erstad.

Glas hit a 50-yard field goal against Devils Lake on Sept. 12, 1998. Glas went on to play college football at UND and kicked professionally for an indoor football team.

Erstad hit a 50-yard field goal in 1991. Erstad went on to win a national championship as a punter at Nebraska, became the No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft and won a World Series with the Anaheim Angels.

Kenney has been receiving plenty of interest from college football programs, according to a profile in the Forum in April . He has not yet made a college commitment, though.

Despite the long field goal, Kenney and Fargo Shanley lost the game to unbeaten West Fargo Sheyenne 43-38 .

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at
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