Friday night lights are back at Saint Mary’s Hall! The goals are set high for our varsity football team and SMH soccer star Hunter H. (Form 11) is making her mark as the kicker for the Barons’ six-man team this season. The Barons have clinched a State Quarter-Final playoff berth and Hunter, who has only missed one extra point attempt this season, has helped the team achieve this amazing feat.
In six-man football, conversions or points after a touchdown are two points, so having a kicker such as Hunter is valuable to the team’s scoring ability. She has been the leading scorer the last two seasons for the Barons varsity soccer team and stood out as a good prospect to the coaching staff and her teammates as a possible kicker for the football team. Though she only kicked a football for the first time in September, her first practice with the team was a success and she was subsequently asked to join the roster. According to Assistant Coach and Assistant Athletic Director Josh Baker, Hunter kicks approximately 80 percent from 35 yards and 50 percent from 40 yards, though she has only kicked field goals during practice.
Though her first love and focus at SMH is soccer, it has not stopped Hunter from showing her competitive edge as a football player. During a game against New Braunfels Christian Academy (NBCA) this season, Hunter helped to tackle a kick returner, assisted by her brother Hayden (Form 9), preventing a touchdown for the opposing team. View a video of Hunter and Hayden’s tackle during the game versus NBCA.
According to an article published by the San Antonio Express-News on November 6, Hunter stated the team members, a number of them friends before she joined the roster, have embraced her as a teammate and have made her feel truly a part of the team.
“(My teammates have told me) you’re not just a girl on the team, you are a part of it. You are our kicker,” she said in the article.
In addition to playing on the women’s varsity soccer team, Hunter is a member of the Classics Elite soccer club and hopes to play collegiately after graduating from SMH. Though she hasn’t committed to serving as the team’s kicker next year, she may consider it if they are in need and depending on her academic and soccer schedules.
SMH reinstated its football program this year, opting to participate as a six-man program for the next two seasons. Eventually, the school hopes to return to 11-man competition. Click here to learn more about the SMH football program and to view the upcoming schedule.