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Fort Payne’s Alex McPherson Follows in Brothers’ Footsteps to Keeps Family Kicking Tradition Alive

Sophomore Nails 57-yard FG to Grab AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Fort Payne High School sophomore place-kicker Alex McPherson was the holder in 2017 when his older brother Evan kicked a 60-yard field goal versus Brewer for the longest field goal made from the traditional center snap and hold in AHSAA history. Evan also had the AHSAA’s third longest punt of all time, 84 yards, in the same game.
    Last week, it was Alex’s turn. The 5-foot-7, 125-pounder booted two field goals covering 42 and 57 yards and two extra points for eight total points to lift the Wildcats to a 20-13 win over Albertville to earn the AHSAA Football Special Teams Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2019 season. Both field goals came in the first half with the 57-yarder coming with one second left before intermission to cut Albertville’s lead to 7-6. Coach Chris Elmore’s Wildcats scored two fourth-quarter TDs to win by seven points.
    Alex also remained perfect this season on extra points and is 12-of-12 on the year. His 57-yarder, ironically, tied oldest sibling Logan’s best kick in high school. Logan McPherson drilled a 57-yard field goal against Boaz in 2012 to set the Fort Payne school record which Evan broke in 2017. Logan, who earned all-state honors as a punter/kicker in 2012, served as a punter at Louisiana Tech from 2013-16 – averaging 40.4 yards on 62 punts as a sophomore.
     Evan, currently a sophomore at Florida, was an Under Armour All-America selection in high school and was selected to the 247 True Freshman All-America Team last season connecting on 17-of-19 field-goal attempts for the Gators. He was perfect on all 50 PAT kicks and finished as a Lou Groza Award semifinalist in 2018.  He is currently 2-for-2 on field goals this season and has extended his perfect streak of PAT kicks in college to 55 with 5-of-5 in Florida’s first two games.
    The longest field goal in AHSAA history was a 61-yarder kicked by Auburn’s Sage Ledbetter in 2015 on a free kick. Pelham’s Michael Proctor held the record prior to that kick with s 60-yard field goal, also on a free kick, versus Mountain Brook in 1991. Proctor attended Alabama and was the Crimson Tide’s starting kicker for 47 straight games from 1992-1995. He led the SEC in field goals made (22) and kicking points scored (97) in 1993 and finished his college career ranked 4th all-time in kicking points scored in the SEC at the time. He currently ranks 12th all-time in the SEC and third in UA history.
    McPherson’s booming kick edged out place-kicker Jaren Van Winkle of Clay-Chalkville for the Week 3 Special Teams Spotlight. Van Winkle kicked four field goals and had one extra point in the Cougars’ 19-14 win over Park Crossing. His four field goals including kicks from 40, 32, 37 and 31 yards. His performance ties 16 others for second-most field goals in a single game.
      Daphne’s Diego Guajardo and Spanish Fort’s Matthew Quinn each had four in a game last year – the most since Spain Park’s Crosby Gray kicked five in a 15-14 win over Thompson in 2015. Ledbetter also had five in an Auburn win over Jeff Davis in 2013; Decatur’s Josh Woodard kicked five in a 15-0 win over Grissom in 2001; Tim Rogers of Mountain Brook had five in a 21-17 win over Huffman in 1990; and Ricky Beck of Geneva had five in a 15-0 win over Pike County in 1970.
    Other outstanding special-team performances reported from last week’s games include:

OTHER NOMINATIONS
EMMANUEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY:
Totaled 259 yards on six kickoff returns, including TD returns of 99 and 80 yards, in the Bulldogs' 54-49 loss to Ariton. He accounted for 394 all-purpose yards, adding six pass receptions for 74 yards with a 26-yard TD, and 61 rushing yards and a 17-yard TD run to finish with four touchdowns.
TREY STITTS, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and returned the second-half kickoff 82 yards for another special teams score in the Tigers' 49-6 win at Asbury.
EDWIN WHITE, UMS-WRIGHT: Returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to break a 7-7 tie in the final minutes of the fourth quarter against Andalusia sealed the 21-7 victory with an interception near the final buzzer.
MEES DECROSS DEJONGH, SCOTTSBORO: The foreign exchange student from the Netherlands kicked 5-of-5 extra points in a 41-27 win over Ardmore.


 




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