You never know when a special teams play might pay off.
For Bryan Hernandez of Grants High School, this was true in more ways than one.
The senior returner last year put a piece of video on social media, a return of a punt for a touchdown that he attached to a tweet. Little did he know, an official with the Spiral All America Classic All-Star Game saw the tweet, and the video.
Hernandez was asked to register for the game. A couple of weeks later he received an invitation to participate.
And so Hernandez will be in uniform early next month in Orlando, Florida, for the third-annual event.
“It’s crazy,” Hernandez said.
“Honestly,” he added, “it means a lot, especially coming from New Mexico. We just don’t get really picked a lot to do this. Grants is a smaller town. It’s cool to get recognition like this.”
The 5-foot-8, 140-pound Hernandez is entering his fourth varsity season with the Pirates. He also plays defensive back and receiver for Grants, which was a Class 4A state semifinalist last year.
And while he has several small-school offers to play in college, Hernandez said he hopes he can make some noise in Florida and attract some new schools.
“I like the competition, and the competitiveness brings out an adrenaline in me,” he said. “I’m excited to be playing again, especially because it’s before (the high school) season. I can get my name out there.”
Hernandez, 17, said he does wonder if this might be his last hurrah.
“Who knows?” he said. “It could be my last game, not knowing how it goes here with our season.”
ELDORADO HALL OF HONOR: Eldorado has announced its latest selections to join its athletic Hall of Honor with boys and girls who competed for the burnt orange from 1990 through 2006.
The list is headlined by current University of New Mexico women’s soccer coach Heather Dyche, former UNM men’s basketball player Daniel Faris and former major league pitcher Christian Parker. The entire list of newcomers:
Jason Alcaraz, baseball, 1995; Ty Bathurst, swimming, 1994; Jimmy Butler, cross country/track and field, 1998; Brittany Cooper, soccer, 2002; Caitlin Demarest, soccer/basketball/track, 2004; Heather Dyche, soccer/basketball, 1997; Daniel Faris, basketball, 2005; Donita Harmon, track, 2002; Ami Konte, track, 1994; Sadeke Konte, football/wrestling/track, 2001; Corey Mohlhenrich, football/wrestling/track, 2006; Cherilyn Morris, soccer/basketball/softball, 1991; Brandon Moss, soccer, 2002; Christian Parker, football/baseball, 1994; Alexandra Phelps, golf, 2004; Donny Sevieri, football/baseball, 1998; Lisa Sevieri, volleyball, 2002; Tim With, golf, 1990.
TEXAS PLAYER PENALTY: The video of a Texas football player sprinting toward, and bowling over, a referee earlier this month quickly went viral – and now that player, who already is facing assault charges – has received additional punishment.
The University Interscholastic League executive committee earlier this week suspended Emmanuel Duron from Edinburg High from all league-sanctioned activities for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
Duron blindsided the referee after being ejected for back-to-back unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a playoff game early this month.