Rolston boots 56-yard field goal, longest in Alaska prep history

October 3, 2020

Josh Rolston

Chugiak High football player Josh Rolston kicked the longest field goal in Alaska high school football history, splitting the uprights on a 56-yard bomb in a 51-3 loss to the East T-birds.

The all-state senior and reigning Alaska Kicker of the Year beat the previous state record of 53 yards set by Chugiak’s Bryan Maley in 2010.

“I was determined to break the record this year,” Rolston said.

Rolston’s previous longest field goal was 47 yards set last year against Colony.

“I didn’t even realize that it was from 56 yards. I originally thought it was from 48 yards,” he said with a laugh.

Either way, Rolston was calm, cool and collected.

“I’m happy with the way I performed and executed the kick,” he said. “I’m not surprised I got the ball that far because I’ve kicked it further in practice but to do it a game was just something else.”

Rolston thought he might get a chance to kick a field goal late in the game. Chugiak had not scored in three games and three quarters this season before his booming boot snapped the scoreless streak.

“My coach Ryan Landers asked me if I needed a timeout and I said I didn’t need one,” Rolston said. “The anticipation is the worst part so I wanted to take it as soon as I could.”

Rolston continues a long line of premier placekickers for the Chugiak football team that dates back two decades.

Here is how the school record has progressed over the years:

47 yards Kyle Schierholt 2004
49 yards Nathan Oliver 2007
53 yards Bryan Maley 2010
56 yards Josh Rolston 2020

“It feels great to continue that legacy of good kickers at Chugiak and hopefully that legacy continues after I graduate,” Rolston said.

In July, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder was invited and participated at the Kohl’s National Scholarship Camp. He came away ranked in the top 50 among 800 players from all over the country.

The touchback king.

He is also a kickoff specialist – crushing the ball 73 yards in the air – as well as a punter.

Rolston is currently looking for a college.

“I love football and I love kicking and to play for four more years would be amazing,” he said. “I’m going to keep reaching out to teams and coaches for an offer to play somewhere. I’m open to going anywhere.”