Rich Dodson said he remembers Rod Bradway's school-record kick "vividly." On Oct. 6, 1989, Bradway, a junior, pounded out a 50-yard field goal as time expired to beat Warsaw at old Fisher Field in Warsaw.
"We ran a couple of plays and it got to the point where we figure we might as well try a 50-yard field goal,'' said Dodson, who was then an assistant to the late Jim Andrews. There were doubtors, of course. The idea of high schoolers kicking 50-yarders was a stretch at best. I thought the same thing to myself as I sat in the pressbox for the game. Most would have figured it was going to overtime tied at 21.
"When he hit that ball, I think the ball probably got to about the 20 yardline and you can hear our manager on the film jumping up and down yelling, 'He's got it!' That night, he could have hit it from 60 yards."
For Bradway, a junior, it was a moment as a football hero. In the early morning hours today, Friday, Sept. 20, Bradway, paid the ultimate as a hero for the Indianapolis Metro Police Department. The 41-year-old father of two was shot and killed after entering an Indianapolis apartment on a disturbance call. He died early Friday at Wishard Memorial Hospital.
"I knew the family really well," Dodson said. "Rod was such a competitor. He played hard. I was always glad he was on our side."