Alec Chadwick, a Valencia High and College of the Canyons product, can kick.
Now a junior at Houston Baptist University, Chadwick holds the record for the longest field goal in NCAA Division 1 history, for both Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision play.
On Nov. 17, 2016, he launched a 60-yarder against Incarnate Word.
“Honestly, the clock was really low so I didn’t have a lot of time to think,” Chadwick told KHOU, a Houston broadcast news station.
Initially, the Huskies coaching staff didn’t intend to go for a field goal in that situation, but after some persuasion from long snapper Danny Garza, Chadwick was up.
“(Garza) walked up to me and he was like, ‘You got this?’” Chadwick said. “He looked at the coach because the coach wanted to punt it and the long snapper was the one who was like, ‘You know what? Let’s kick this.’”
In 2016, Chadwick went 16-for-25 on field goals and was 2-for-3 from 50 yards or more. He also claims that he’s made a 70-yard field goal in practice.
But head coach Vic Shealy wants to focus on what’s been proven before kicking from farther out.
“Right now if he can duplicate the 60 number, I think that’s pretty good,” Shealy told KHOU.
Here’s a look at some more Santa Clarita Valley football products in the NCAA Division 1 FCS:
Caleb Clarke, Brown University, sophomore, (Golden Valley)
Clarke is entering his second season as a corner for the Bears. Last season as a freshman, he played in Brown’s scrimmage against Yale and the Bryant junior varsity game.
Isaiah Foster, Murray State, senior, (COC)
Foster is hoping to exceed last year’s results with the Racers, which included five starts in 11 games. He had 55 tackles, 29 solo tackles, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He also saw time on special teams.
His average of five tackles per game ranked him 34th in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Anthony Fowler, Illinois State, senior, (COC)
With an appearance in all 12 games for the Redbirds last season as a wide receiver, Fowler caught 28 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns. His best game came against North Dakota State in October, in which he nabbed a career-high six passes for 119 yards. He also got reps on special teams as a kick returner.
LJ Mealancon, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, senior, (COC)
The defensive lineman played in 12 games and assisted on two tackles against North Dakota last season. He picked up his play in the spring game and will serve as a backup for Jack Ferguson at defensive tackle in the coming season.
Nick Moore, Eastern Washington University, freshman (Hart)
Moore is in his first season with EWU. In his senior year at Hart, he threw for 1,878 yards and 19 touchdowns, while rushing for 653 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Jacob Moss, Morehead State, freshman, (Santa Clarita Christian)
Moss is entering his first season with the Eagles. In his high school career, he had 267 catches for 3,891 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Blake Porter, Northern Arizona University, senior, (Hart)
Life as an offensive lineman at NAU is working out pretty well for Porter, who was All-Big Sky Conference third team last season. His line ranked among the FCS’s best last season.
Prior to that, he started in every game his sophomore year and started in seven games his freshman year.
Tariq Speights, Northern Arizona University, freshman, (Valencia)
Speights earned a preferred walk-on spot with the Lumberjacks in late June. The linebacker was not listed on the official 2017 roster as of Wednesday.
AJ Stanley, Southern Utah University, freshman, (Hart)
Hart’s record-holder for career interceptions is beginning his first year with the Thunderbirds.
Joshua Stanton, Sacramento State, junior, (Valencia)
An injury kept Stanton from seeing action for his entire sophomore season. He is not listed on the official 2017 roster.
CJ Stokes, University of San Diego, freshman (Hart)
Stokes is ready for his first year with the Toreros. In his senior year for the Indians, he recorded 45 tackles and five interceptions as a defensive back. He also broke up nine passes.
Connor Wingenroth, Colgate, junior, (Hart)
In his career, Wingenroth has hauled in 13 passes for 166 yards and rushed for 14 yards on five carries. The official Colgate athletics website also lists him as having six tackles, three of which were solo, although he’s currently listed as a wide receiver on the roster.
In 2016, he appeared in nine games with no starts. In 2015, he started in four of nine games, catching 11 passes for 150 yards.