Posted: Oct 12, 2012 5:20 PM by Nikki Ibarra
Updated: Oct 12, 2012 5:26 PM
The 1972 football team from Santa Maria High School is legendary for being the only one in school history to make to the CIF Finals.
The team is being honored at halftime during Friday night's Santa Maria football game.
The Saints were 12 and 0 in the 1972 season all the way up to the finals, where they lost by one point to Los Altos.
"It was an honor. It was an honor to be on that team," said Steve Reyburn.
Reyburn grew up wanting to be a Santa Maria Saint. So when he joined the football in high school, he had no idea he was about to make history. "Everybody on that team had a work ethic and I mean, we gave 110%. We weren't very big but we had a lot of heart," said Reyburn.
Joe Domingues remembers the teams golden years, like it was just yesterday. "It was the biggest thing in town. To play for Santa Maria, it was something you dreamed about when you were a kid," said Domingues.
Tom Hawkins coached the 1972 team and said they were a lot different from all the rest. "They were really together. It was really a unit and they respected each other as players and as people and I think that basically had a lot to do with it," said Hawkins.
"Getting to play on this field was always a thrill," said Pat Kelly. "Now to come back and see how nice these facilities have turned it, it's great,"
"It was a lot of fun. A lot of hard work and uh, it was just a great honor to be on that team," added Reyburn.
Santa Maria High School will also honor those from the 1972 football team who have passed away.
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