Before the night started, Argyle kicker Cole Hedlund needed four field goals to hold a share of another national record.
When Thursday night ended, he didn’t hold a share of the record. He owned it.
Hedlund knocked down his 51st career field goal to set the national record for most career field goals made in Argyle’s 57-12 win against Krum in a Class 3A Division II Region II bi-district playoff game.
In one night, Hedlund tied and broke both the state and national records for most career field goals. After missing two field goals in the final game of the regular season, Hedlund made five against Krum.
“I really wanted to redeem myself, kind of get back out there and try to make my field goals,” Hedlund said. “It was a great night, and I’m just really glad I was able to make history.”
With the win, Argyle (11-0) advances to face Melissa in the area round at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Prosper. Krum (3-8) was eliminated from the postseason.
Hedlund, who orally committed to Arkansas, set the national record for most field goals made in a season (25) as a sophomore, during Argyle’s run to the 2011 3A Division II final.
Tomas Sanchez (Fort Worth Arlington Heights, 1995-98) had held the state record for most career field goals. Jimmy Stevens (Oklahoma City Heritage Hall, 2003-06) owned the national record.
Hedlund hit field goals of 47, 36, 33, 27 and 22 yards to break both of those records.
With 6:43 left in the third quarter, Argyle’s second-string offense stalled out and Hedlund trotted onto the field. Senior Kel Straubmueller snapped the ball to Jon Pucciarello. Pucciarello held the ball down as Hedlund split the uprights for the 51st time.
Hedlund’s teammates swarmed the kicker and congratulated him as he broke Stevens’ national record.
“I honestly can’t remember too much of it,” Hedlund said. “All I remember is people patting me on my helmet. Actually, I kind of have a headache right now from it.
“That was my greatest moment ever.”
Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said after last week’s misses he wanted Hedlund to regain his confidence.
“We kind of wanted to get his confidence back and get him a field goal,” Rodgers said. “Then it turned into lots of field goals.”
Hedlund’s 51st field goal capped 43 straight points by Argyle to start the game.
Class 3A’s top-ranked team by The Associated Press cemented its spot in the next round before its band had the chance to step onto the field. Running back Nick Ralston scored two touchdowns in the first half, and behind four of Hedlund’s field goals, the Eagles led 40-0 at halftime.
Argyle scored on every one of its first-half possessions. Krum failed to pick up a first down until the third quarter.
Krum added two late touchdowns, including a 78-yard touchdown run by senior Brennan Ellis in the fourth quarter that gave the visiting section of the bleachers a reason to cheer loudly.
Prior to the season, Krum dismissed starting quarterback Caz Wojciak following an arrest. Shortly afterward, starting junior running back Dane White suffered a season-ending injury that left the Bobcats shorthanded.
In the school’s second year of UIL varsity football, the Bobcats made the postseason for the second straight year.
“We just had to overcome a lot of adversity from the very beginning, and that’s what I’m most proud about these boys,” Krum coach Gary Robinson said. “After everything that they’ve been through, we’re still playing on the same day as last year, in the same stadium as last year, for the bi-district championship in Week 11, just like last year.”
As Robinson was talking to his team, a trophy was handed to Rodgers. He asked his players who should hoist the trophy, and they all shouted for one person.
Hedlund moved to the middle of the scrum, and his teammates hoisted their record-breaking kicker.
“Don’t drop it or him,” Rodgers said.
Argyle 57, Krum 12
AY — Nick Ralston 6 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Cole Hedlund 47 FG
AY — Brandon Boyzuick 12 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Nick Ralston 14 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Hunter Treadwell 21 pass from Brandon Boyzuick (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Cole Hedlund 36 FG
AY — Cole Hedlund 33 FG
AY — Cole Hedlund 27 FG
AY — Cole Hedlund 22 FG
KM — Brennan Ellis 9 pass from Colten Graham (pass failed)
AY — Chase Green 6 pass from Cooper Rodgers (Cole Hedlund kick)
KM — Brennan Ellis 78 run (kick failed)
AY — Chase Green 18 pass from Cooper Rodgers (Cole Hedlund kick)
Rushing — AY: Nick Ralston 6-36, Zach Zembraski 7-30, Hudson Speed 5-18, Brayden Helliker 6-16, Chase Green 2-15, Drew Estrada 2-12, Ian Sadler 1-9, Hunter Treadwell 1-2, Brandon Boyzuick 3--2, Trey Pruett 1--5, Cooper Rodgers 1--7, Team Stat 2--10, KM: Brennan Ellis 23-115, Colten Graham 9-41, Miguel Licea 1--13, Team Stat 1--16.
Passing — AY: Cooper Rodgers 10-12-0-119, Brandon Boyzuick 6-7-0-78, Cole Hedlund 1-1-0-15, KM: Colten Graham 1-9-1-9, Preston Shifflett 0-1-0-0.
Receiving — AY: Drew Estrada 3-54, Hunter Treadwell 2-36, Jon Pucciarello 2-31, Chase Green 2-24, Hunter Markwardt 1-22, Colton Hinnrichs 1-15, Ian Sadler 1-14, Trey Pruett 3-12, J.C. Chalk 1-7, Brandon Boyzuick 1--3, KM: Brennan Ellis 1-9.