This is for you, Uncle Buck.
And this one is all yours, Bubble Gum.
When the St. Michael’s soccer team lined up for their first snapshots of the game on Friday at the Santa Fe Indian School, all 11 players were on the field, pointing to the Braves’ sideline and shouting words like, “Uncle Buck,” “El Toro, ”and“ Chewing Gum ”.
It didn’t make much sense at the time, but it was clearly a gesture of respect for two men standing on the sidelines of the SFIS. In his first year as head coach of the Braves, Bill Moon has former St. Michaels assistant Kevin Hauck and team manager / volunteer assistant JoJo Padilla on his team.
The decision to leave St. Michael’s for the Santa Fe Indian School was not an easy one for Hauck. He developed a close bond with the players and the rest of the coaching staff. He ended every training session with a huddle with the running backs, he was in the middle.
Horsemen head coach Joey Fernandez said he wanted his team Hauck and Padilla to tip the proverbial cap with a pre-snap gesture. The Uncle Buck and El Toro references were nicknames for Hauck, while Bubble Gum was for Padilla, the beloved longtime assistant at Capital, Santa Fe High, and St. Michael’s.
Fernandez later stated that Padilla would often suggest the Horsemen play the “Bubble Gum” game, referring to a bubble screen that he particularly liked. That same game resulted in a 62-yard touchdown pass from Zachary Martinez to Devin Flores in the late first quarter of the Horsemen’s 53-0 win.
Speaking of the St. Michael’s SFIS game, a first quarter touchdown that put the Horsemen 14-0 ahead, included a wild formation as the team went up for the extra point. The entire unit of the special teams lined up in a single row that stretched from the center straight back.
It ended with a delay in the game against St. Mike’s.
The snapshot below let Horsemen co-captain Jordan Bernal take the reins for a 2-point attempt as quarterback. Fernandez said it was his way of giving the 5-foot-8, 213-pound senior offensive lineman – wearing the # 60 – his one-off chance at a skill position.
That game ended with an incomplete pass that was wiped out of the books by a pass-interference call to SFIS.
After seeing enough, Fernandez sent kicker Milena Keene to the traditional PAT.
Sometimes notes are just notes. Sometimes it’s corrections. Put this in the latter category.
Saturday’s story of Clovis’ 28-21 win over Santa Fe High said the Demons hadn’t beaten the Wildcats in more than 40 years. Well that was wrong. Trial 1987.
In fact, the Demons’ 24-21 victory on October 2, 1987 is the only win in 16 matchups against one of the top programs in New Mexico (as 13 state titles testify). According to respected former New Mexican writer Pancho Morris, the Demons forced four turnovers, including one on the Wildcats Final Drive that hit the 14-yard line at Santa Fe High to ensure victory.
The win was the second in the head coaching career of Jim Bradley Jr., son of the legendary Jim Bradley Sr., who won 310 games and seven state titles in a five-decade career.
Junior Bradley, hired to replace Hoyt Mutz on his first head coaching appearance that year, wouldn’t have the same success at Santa Fe High, which only lasted two seasons and set a 7-13 record.
The program, which Bradley left, has only had two winning seasons and two playoff appearances since 1986, omitting a 21-6 lead in the third quarter against a Clovis team with a win on Friday night.
Speaking of playoff opportunities: Even after a 28: 8 defeat against Piedra Vista on Friday evening, Capital still has a good chance of squeezing into the playoffs of class 5A. The Jaguars sit at 3-4, but their MaxPreps ranking of 12th puts them firmly in the running for a playoff spot.
In Capital’s favor is its record, which is better than all but two of the six underlying teams in the 5A ranking of 18 teams. Even better, these two teams are District 1 / 2-5A opponents Miyamura and Los Alamos.
If the Jaguars can beat them, five wins will likely get them one of the bottom three seeds for the 5A playoffs. Aside from the shortened spring season that didn’t have a playoff, it would be the first time Capital has made the playoffs in a row since it competed in four consecutive 4A playoff brackets from 2005 to 2008.
Darian Ortiz, graduate of St. Michael’s 2019 and member of the 2018 volleyball state championship, continues to make a name for herself on the volleyball court. Ortiz was named Co-Empire 8 Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Alfred University in New York on September 20.
Ortiz, a Libero / Defensive Specialist for the Saxons, was named Most Valuable Player of the Buffalo State Bengal Challenge Invitational after an average of 25.3 strokes per game during the two-day tournament. Ortiz also set the university record for most digs in a five-game match when she scored 38 in a win over Buffalo State on Sept. 18.