Carlos Huerta (’87) – Football
Carlos Huerta is called the “Ice Man” because, well, nothing ever got to him. At practice, his teammates would surround him screaming and yelling and doing whatever they could to distract him. But it didn’t matter, Carlos Huerta was a kicking machine.
He kicked for the varsity for two years and had numerous big moments. In his senior season, he had a last second game winner against Coral Gables during the regular season … the win put Columbus into the playoffs. He then came back in the district championship Kansas tiebreaker to kick game winning field goals against both Miami Beach and Coral Gables.
That victory set up Carlos’ greatest moment at Columbus. Playing in the state quarterfinal against Southridge – the No. 1 ranked team in the country. Columbus pulled off a stunning victory. The final score was 3-0 a Carlos Huerta Field goal being the difference in the game.
As good as he was in football at Columbus, Carlos was probably more accomplished in soccer. As a club player, he was a three-time state champion. In fact, he was so good in soccer, that he had his eye on playing college soccer.
Carlos walked at the University of Miami and proceeded to enjoy one of the greatest careers any Hurricane kicker has ever had.
As a redshirt freshman, Carlos kicked a school record 19 field goals and was named as a first-team freshman all- American. That started an amazing run at Miami Carlos was part of three national championship teams during all four years, he was the team’s leading scorer he left the school with an NCAA record 157 straight extra points his 178 extra points still stand as a school record he also holds school records for most career field goals – he kicked 73. And he is the school’s career point leader with 397 that’s good enough to be ranked second all-time on the NCAA scoring list.