Arizon Christian Athletics
Nester “Manny” Higuera is your favorite kicker that you didn’t know about. The redshirt sophomore is in his third year at Arizona Christian and made the biggest kick of his life on Saturday. Arizona Christian is a small, private, christian university with 705 undergraduate enrollees, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Higuera must be a legend amongst the student body. He stands 5-foot-5, 285 pounds and goes by either “La Bota,” meaning “The Boot,” “El Pie,” meaning “The Foot,” or “The Chancla,” which translates to a flip flop/sandal/slipper and is often used to give spankings— which Higuera does to a football. Just look at this drip king.
The football team competes at the NAIA level in the Sooner Athletic Conference, alongside Texas Wesleyan, Wayland Baptist, Oklahoma Panhandle State, Texas College, Langston University, Lyon College, and Southwestern Assemblies of God University. COVID-19 delayed the start of the 2020 fall season to October, so the season continued through the new year and Arizona Christian went 7-1 in its first eight games. The Firestorm faced SAGU on Saturday and a win would secure a conference championship at 8-1. It came down to the final possession.
After allowing a game-tying touchdown with under a minute left to play, Arizona Christian marched down the field to set up a field goal to win. On came Higuera to attempt the 46-yard kick. He lined up with a chance to win the conference at the buzzer and nailed it. Ice in his veins.
— ACU Football (@ACUFootball1) March 27, 2021
Higuera’s leg is unmatched in the conference. He was named the SAC’s special teams player of the week four times, and has not missed an extra point in his two years on the collegiate level. The Phoenix native hit 26-of-26 PATs and 10-of-14 field goals as a freshman, and 35-of-35 PATs and 6-of-9 field goals as a sophomore. His biggest kick of his career won him a ring. Unit.
— Nathan Peterson (@NPetey10) March 27, 2021
Arizona Christian will head to Plainview, TX, to close out the regular season against Wayland Baptist on April 10 and you know we will be rooting for the man who wears a Bass Pro Shop hat on the sideline. Watching him kick is a treat.