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Butte College Kicker Jobanni Esparza signs to play at Winston-Salem State

Kicker Jobanni Esparza is going to kick field goals at Winston-Salem State in North Carolina. He graduated from Hamilton high school and played at Butte College for one season.

Posted: Jul 19, 2021 6:46 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Butte College Kicker Jobanni Esparza is going to kick field goals at Winston-Salem State University. 

"It means a lot to me, especially for my parents," Esparza said. "They sacrificed a lot for me. It's my reward for them for sacrificing all they did."

Esparza graduated from Hamilton High School in Hamilton City. He played at Butte College for one season. There, he made all of his extra points and two of three field goals. 

"You could put him in any situation in a game and we'll feel 100% confident in him going in there and getting it done," Butte Head Football Coach Rob Snelling said. 

Esparza didn't always play football. He played soccer until his freshman year at Hamilton High school.

"Coaches didn't know that I could kick freshman year," he said. "There was a Thursday practice I just went out there and started kicking. I got the spot week five and they got mad at me because I didn't tell them for four weeks."

Esparza was encouraged to start kicking by another Hamilton High graduate, Colts Punter Rigo Sanchez.

"I get a lot of people tell me 'you'll be the next Rigo,'" Esparza said. "It's very humbling for them to say that."

Esparza says Rigo has given him a lot of advice while practicing together.

"Just to keep working," he said. "It's hard work but it'll pay off later. And it did pay off this time."

Esparza heads to North Carolina on Aug. 1. 

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