You know you've done something special when you get the admiration from your biggest rival. Pearl head coach John Perry said of Brandon senior kicker Scott Goodman: "To be able to kick a 56 yard field goal is unbelievable, and it would've been good from 66 you know."
Flashback to this past Friday. Brandon trailing Pearl 14 - 7, time running out in the 1st half. Head coach Tyler Peterson and Goodman reflect.
"You know we got a big play before halftime, and we were debating whether to go hail mary or give him a shot," Peterson said. "I asked him what he thought, and he nodded his head like he wanted to get out there. And sure enough, he made it count."
"When I hit it, I knew it was going to have the distance," Goodman said. "And then I looked up and I saw it was going straight, I knew it was in after that. It's a big game, it was a bunch of guys that didn't think I could, and I and just showed them I can."
The 56 yard field goal is a Brandon record and just 3 yards shy of the Mississippi high school record. Goodman has surpassed that mark in practice, hitting a 62 yarder. Scott's journey to the gridiron started similar to most modern kickers.
"I started in 9th grade, and I actually tried out for soccer," Goodman said. "The special teams coach is the soccer coach, and he asked me to come try kicking a football."
Peterson adds that "he is one of our hardest workers in the weight room. To be able to get to midfield and feel like you've got a shot to make points, it changes the way you call the ballgame. And it changes the way people will have to play us."
The 2017 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star has offers from Army, Central Arkansas, and a couple JUCOs. Don't be surprised when more college scouts call Goodman looking for a good leg. He'll kick on the coast on Friday. Brandon travels to Hancock for the 1st round of the 6A South Playoffs.
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