Angel Hernandez was scared when he heard the announcement last spring that the Santa Fe South football program was being disbanded.
He wasn’t afraid of life without football, though the thought of it was a sad one.
He was afraid of what he might do with all of his new-found free time — perhaps the type of unsavory things football had helped pull him away from.
“Football is what helped me fix my grades and get on track with everything else,” said Hernandez, a junior at Santa Fe South. “I was pretty bad, but football saved me from that. When they told us football was being canceled, I didn’t know what I was gonna do. I was afraid I would go back to what I used to be doing, and that was a bad thing.