Huerta kicks himself over few misses


September 10, 1995|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

By all statistical accounts, Baltimore stallions kicker Carlos Huerta is having an outstanding season.

Huerta leads the Canadian Football League with 154 points and 39 field goals.

He has missed only nine attempts, hit a franchise-record 52-yarder, made 15 of 19 from beyond 40 yards and had a direct bearing on three Baltimore victories.

But no Baltimore player is harder on himself than Huerta. Ask him about the year he is having, and Huerta will frown and talk about the few field goals he has missed.

In an odd twist to his season, Huerta has missed five of 15 field-goal tries in the 30-39-yard range. And four attempts have hit an upright.

"In four years of college [at Miami] and a year in Las Vegas [last year], I think I hit the post four times. I've done it four times already this year," Huerta said. "I feel like I'm being chased by a ghost."


Middle linebacker O. J. Brigance is the Stallions' Iron Man. He has played in 84 consecutive games and has never missed a contest in five pro seasons. . . . Coach Don Matthews, before last night's victory: "We see no reason why we should lose another game."

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