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Senior boots his way into Sailor record book

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Senior Austin Flowers broke the 33-year-old record for longest field goal in school history with his 49-yard field goal against Grand Rapids Union on Oct. 6. (Photo by Isaac Verela)

Senior Austin Flowers broke the 33-year-old record for longest field goal in school history with his 49-yard field goal against Grand Rapids Union on Oct. 6. (Photo by Isaac Verela)

Senior Austin Flowers broke the 33-year-old record for longest field goal in school history with his 49-yard field goal against Grand Rapids Union on Oct. 6. (Photo by Isaac Verela)

Carlie McNiff, Sports Editor

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In the past, many kickers for the Shores football program have been soccer players.

However, senior Austin Flowers is a true kicker.

“Obviously on the point aspect of it, Austin is one of the best, if not the best, kicker to go through here,” varsity coach Matt Koziak said. “He is a football player who kicks for us; he isn’t a kicker who plays football.”

Flowers, who broke the 33-year-old record for longest field goal in school history with his 49-yard field goal against Grand Rapids Union on Oct. 6, started his football career in seventh grade and began kicking in ninth grade.

“I like kicking because I get the chance to help my team and get a couple points for us,” Flowers said.

He said he has a certain mindset he gets into before taking a field goal.

“Every time before I kick a field goal, I just tell myself you better not miss, but after that, I just make sure I take the right steps before I kick it,” Flowers said.

Flowers said he feels the best after making a crucial field goal and felt especially good after making the field goal to break the school record.

“I feel good after I make a field goal because most of the times I have to kick them are in crucial situations where we need some points,” Flowers said. “It was a good feeling that I broke a 33-year-old record that was a hard record to beat.”

He said he does not do much to train for taking field goals.

“We just practiced field goals in practices on Monday and Thursday so I knew what I was capable of,” Flowers said.
Flowers said he advises himself to not over-think when taking a field goal.

“Some advice I have is don’t think about it too much; just go up there and kick it like every other time,” he said.

Along with the record for longest field goal, Flowers set two additional records this season. He went 5-for-7 in field goals and 55-for-59 (93 percent) in extra points.

Coach Koziak said, “For him to be able to do that and also start on offense and defense speaks volumes on what kind of athlete he is.”

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