SUMMIT, NJ - Michael Badgley, sophomore placekicker for the Summit Hilltoppers football team, broke a 1988 school record Halloween weekend when he kicked a 49-yard field goal to secure Summit’s victory against the Chatham cougars. Now, featured in the Friday Night Feats contest sponsored by State Farm Insurance, Badgley’s big moment on the field is eligible to win prize money for Summit High School. The contest, meant to recognize great achievements in high school football, is now in its second round, with the video of Badgley’s field goal currently earning 160 votes. Community members are encouraged to vote and share the link so that Summit High School has a chance at winning a cut of the total $160,000 in awarded prize money.
“I was pretty excited when I watched the video; I thought, wow. This is great,” said Michael Badgley, a dedicated team player. “As a sophomore, I try to help out the team as much as I can. Whenever I’m out there, I play my hardest and respect everyone.” After narrowly missing a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter, Michael Badgley had consistently strong kicks throughout the remainder of Saturday’s game. Though Summit was down 13-0 in the first half, the team came back strong, leading 14-13 with 50.6 seconds remaining in the game. Facing a 4th and 4 on Cranford’s 32-yard line, Summit elected for a 49-yard field goal. “I thought to myself, it we made this field goal, we’d most likely put Cranford out of scoring range. With the conference championship on the line, I was pretty confident; we practice long field goals everyday,” Michael Badgley said.
The video featured on the Friday Night Feats website shows a perfect snap by senior Sal Liberato to the holder, Michael’s older brother Peter Badgley, a senior linebacker/running back and team captain. “When the goal was called, my brother Peter gave me a huge hug…I loved hearing the fans roar, and just being a part of this fantastic team,” Michael Badgley said. The kick proved to his teammates that, “if need be, the team knows they have good range for kicking. It’s upped my confidence, and the confidence of the team.” Coach Liberato could not have been prouder of the collaboration between Michael and Peter Badgley: “It was awesome—definitely one of those special moments on the field.” At the end of the video, Michael Badgley can be seen jumping around the field in celebration, high-fiving his teammates and encouraging the crowd to roar louder by throwing punches in the air.
Summit won the game against Cranford 17-13.
The Summit Hilltoppers football team has been widely recognized for its stellar 12-0 season and conference championship last year; this year, having won 21 games in a row, and securing the conference championship title once again, Summit is currently at 9-0 this season.
If the video is one of the top two vote getters from its zone, it will earn Summit High School $2,500 in prize money, and will be eligible to be judged as a Top Ten finalist, where Michael’s record 49-yard field goal could earn his school anywhere between $5,000 and $15,000 in additional winnings.
You can watch the video by clicking on the following link and typing in “Summit” in the search box: http://fridaynightfeats.com/fnf/. You may vote once per video per day. To vote, register, then click on the video you'd like to vote for, and click on the Vote button.