Zach Kolodny lives every kicker's dream with his game-winning FG
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Farmingdale's Zach Kolodny got to live every kicker's dream Saturday in the Nassau I championship game.
How does this sound? Seconds left on the clock, the score is tied, and you're lining up the potential tiebreaking field goal.
Kolodny's moment of a lifetime came on the final play of the game from Massapequa's 15-yard line. Peter Cohen made a perfect snap, Mike Scheuerer made a perfect hold and Kolodny made a perfect 32-yard kick to give the Dalers a 29-26 win over the Chiefs at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.
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"We practice this every day and I was confident that the snap, the hold and the kick were going to work out the way we wanted it to," said Kolodny, a junior kicker and punter. "Right before I kicked it, I took a look at my line, took a look up at the goal post and knew it was going to go through. All I could ask for was that chance, and I got it."
After he got that chance, Kolodny got a chance to exit the field by riding the broad shoulders of Farmingdale lineman Joel Benitez, who said he felt it was his duty to give Kolodny his well-deserved Rudy moment.
"It was all him," said Benitez, a 6-3, 235-pound sophomore. "I was standing on the sideline when he kicked it and it was the least I could do, carrying him off the field to congratulate him on his kick. It's the best kick I've ever seen. He earned this."
It was sweet redemption for Kolodny, who missed two extra points.
"He never lets me down," said Cohen, who said he had "messed up" a few previous snaps on punts. "I just wasn't going through my fundamentals. All I kept saying to myself right there at the end was follow through and don't overthink it. It's a moment I'll never forget."
The key, from Cohen's perspective, is to keep the football low and aim at the holder's head. Enter Scheuerer.
"Everything was right on the money," Scheuerer said. "It's like we do every day in practice. Zach likes it when I hold the ball on the back of the block. He's specific with that. That's why it went right down the middle."
Zach's older sister, Kim Kolodny, who won four county lacrosse titles at Farmingdale, couldn't believe it.
"I'm still shaking right now, and I couldn't be more proud of him," she said. "I know the feeling and that pressure in these games."