His night: In Carter-Riverside’s 27-20 victory over Dallas Conrad on Thursday, junior Alexis Flores had a touchdown reception, two interceptions, kicked two field goals and three extra points, and blocked an extra point.
His story: Flores debuted at the varsity level two years ago as a freshman kicker. His parents actually didn’t want him playing on the varsity squad, but agreed to let him play in the game versus Saginaw Chisholm Trail. Alexis kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles a 22-20 victory. He was carried from the field by teammates. Back in the locker room after the game, Flores told coach Jim Jefferies he wanted to stay with the varsity. He went on to kick six field goals and 10 PATs that season. Now at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, he plays wide receiver on offense, cornerback on defense and handles kicking duties including punting and place-kicks.
Coach Jim Jefferies said: “It’s surprising after you saw what he did on paper. All my coaches and I were involved in the game and we’re not really involved with one person, you know, we’re involved with 22. [Afterward] the coaches brought it to my attention that he balled out big-time. That’s what you call the game of a lifetime. But this kid plays like this every day. He practices hard; he plays hard; he’s good in the classroom. And he has a great attitude. He’s a good guy. He’s one of those guys who doesn’t want to lose reps and wants to be there every day. It shows leadership to our team. Everyone brought it to my attention that this guy needs to be up there [as a captain]. Sometimes you put your biggest and tallest guys up there and you just want to show that you’ve got some big linemen or a fast back. But this kid here is all heart and he deserved to be a captain. And I tell you what, he proved it. He’s going to have tremendous results [this season] because his work ethic is like a man of steel. He’s a great leader and I expect him to do great things, especially in the kicking game. On defense, he’s a hard tackler and reads well on pass plays. He comes up and hits hard. On offense, he runs tremendous routes. He’s not the fastest kid on the team, but he has great hands and if he gets the ball in his hands he doesn’t come down easy. He’s a great kid and I’m just so proud of him.”
Interesting note: Flores had his wisdom teeth removed Friday, the day after his monster game versus Conrad. He showed up at practice on Saturday, still with swollen cheeks, before Jefferies ordered him to go home to rest. He was back at practice on Monday kicking field goals.