Raymondville Kicker Perfects Craft

2 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 May 22, 2018 10:29 PM May 22, 2018 in Sports

RAYMONDVILLE – Under the hot sun, Raymondville kicker Saul Garcia is on a mission.

One that’s really never ending for a kicker. A quest to have better accuracy and more power.

“You just have to be consistent on the kicks and try to maintain the same technique,” said Garcia. “Every time you kick, the follow-through and the steps.”

In his first year kicking for the Bearkats, Garcia became one of the team’s biggest weapons.

“Sometimes I swear the fans don’t want us to get certain first downs because they want to see the long kick,” said Raymondville head coach Frank Cantu. “If we’re ever put in that position, we’re very confident that we’ll go for the long field goal.”

There’s a good reason for that confidence. Against St. Joseph last year, CHANNEL 5 SPORTS was there as Garcia nailed a 52-yard field goal.

A few weeks later, our cameras were rolling again as Garcia hit from 58 yards out to tie the all-time Valley record.

“I was just hyped man,” said Garcia. “Everybody was hyped. I was surprised myself that I could kick that far.”

Garcia’s first year as a varsity football kicker was a pretty good one. He made all 31 of his extra points and was successful on 13 of his 15 field goal attempts. Three of those were over 50 yards.

All that success earned Garcia a first team all-state selection.

“I just try to relax as much as I can,” said Garcia. “Look at the field goal, try to see where I got to make it. Thanks to God, I’ve made some.”

This summer, Garcia’s flying to Orlando, Florida for a four-day kicking camp. The soon-to-be junior hopes extra practice can one day lead to a college scholarship.

“It would be great because I would be the first in the family to go to college,” said Garcia. “I just want to make my whole family proud and Raymondville proud.”

Garcia’s next goal is to break the Valley’s all-time record for the longest field goal. He has two more years to accomplish that.

“It’s really exciting,” said Cantu. “It’s fun to be a part of. We’re definitely going to give him those opportunities.”

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