PORT ARTHUR — Another goal for Estupinan is to have the opportunity to play college football. To do that, Estupinan must break another stereo type against kickers.
“I practice every day and take practice very serious,” Estupinan said. “I work on extra points, field goals, punts and kickoffs. I make sure to put in my time. I practice to make sure I am ready for my team when I am needed and also to give myself a shot at playing college ball.”
Estupinan’s experience over three years has helped him become the type of kicker who can soon forget a missed field goal.
The perfect example is how Estupinan missed a field goal near the end of regulation against Houston Bellaire which allowed the Cardinals to leave Memorial Stadium with a victory. Estupinan proved he had a short memory when it came to mistakes and kicked two fields this past Friday against Deer Park. He was a big part of the reason the Titans are 1-0 in District 21-3A play.
“The miss just happened,” Estupinan said. “I wasn’t nervous at all. It had been raining that day and a little during the game. I thought I had made the kick but then it went right. I realize everyone makes mistakes. I practiced hard the next week to correct that mistake.”
Harrison said his confidence in Estupinan has never faltered. He knows he has a secret weapon in his pocket who has boomed a 60-yard field goal in practice.
“There are three phases to a game and with Estupinan we always feel we can win the special teams game,” Harrison said. “He knows how much we need him to be successful this year. He has done a tremendous job since day one as a sophomore. He has such a strong leg and we value his service on our team.”