Waterloo HS kicker continues tradition

"Pancho" Perez makes his mark

Published On: Oct 10 2012 10:06:24 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 11 2012 09:31:17 AM CDT

The Waterloo High School football team has a strong tradition of winning. The Pirates made it to the state final in 1988 and 1997.

Another tradition continues, too.  

This season, Francisco "Pancho" Perez is making a name for himself as Waterloo's kicker.

Perez grew up playing soccer in Mexico and his family moved to Waterloo for seasonal work.

Two years ago, all-state kicker Manuel Martinez was in that position, now Perez is in place.

Perez has great range on his kicks. In practice, he made a 57-yarder that cleared the cross bar by a good margin.