Salazar’s clutch kick propels Vernon Hills
In practice, Vernon Hills junior Andres Salazar attempts 40-yard field goals with his teammates screaming in his face and running at him from all angles. It’s to get him ready for the real-life pressures of an actual game situation. So, Friday’s 22-yard field goal attempt at Wauconda was a relative piece of cake, right? “That one actually scared me a little bit,” said Salazar, who had never before kicked a game-winner. But there he was with 0.4 seconds left in the game, lining up for his kick, which could save the day for Vernon Hills. To add to the edge, the Cougars had just scored a touchdown 3 minutes earlier and Salazar’s extra point had been blocked. But this time, Salazar got enough height on the ball and split the uprights down the middle to lift Vernon Hills to a crazy, 30-28 come-from-behind victory.