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Strike Force Kicker Lacayo Signs with XFL

February 7, 2020 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - San Diego Strike Force News Release

Kicker Ernesto Lacayo with the XFL's Seattle Dragons
Kicker Ernesto Lacayo with the XFL's Seattle Dragons
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SAN DIEGO, California - The Strike Force have placed kicker Ernesto Lacayo on their other league exempt list following his signing with the XFL's Seattle Dragons.

Ernesto joins the Dragons for the XFL's season kickoff as Seattle visits the DC Defenders this Saturday, February 8th with a 11:00 a.m. PT kickoff on ABC.

The league's return to action this week marks nearly a 20-year break since its original season in 2001, which puts Ernesto in a potential position to be the first player to touch a live game ball.

As a member of the Strike Force, Lacayo earned Second Team All-IFL honors in 2019 after leading the IFL in PAT % (94) and knocking down 10 field goals on a long of 53 yards. He scored over 12 points two different times including 10 in the Strike Force's inaugural 40-34 victory on April 14 versus the Cedar Rapids River Kings which earned him IFL Special Teams Player of the Week.

"Ernesto has been working his entire career for a moment like this and it's a well-deserved honor," said Strike Force General Manager Ryan Eucker. "The indoor football league prides itself on providing opportunities for players to continue to build toward their professional goals and Ernesto is a prime example of a guy that continued to perfect his craft until his number was called."

Before making his way to the San Diego, Lacayo played for the Nebraska Danger (2011) and Louisiana Swashbucklers (2013). He then signed with the Wichita Wild in 2014 where he set an All-Arena/Indoor record of 30 field goals in a season enroute to hitting the 51-yard game-winning field goal to advance the Wild into the CPIFL Championship. Following setting the CPIFL record of a 55-yard field goal, he played for the CIF's Wichita Force and AFL's Las Vegas Outlaws in 2015 and later earned an NFL workout the San Francisco 49ers that year. Lacayo also suited up for the AFL's Portland Steel in 2016.

The eight-year pro first began his college career at the College of San Mateo and was a two-year captain before earning a scholarship to play at Hastings College in Nebraska. While there, Lacayo was named All Nebrakasa Kicker and Special Teams Play of the Year by the Omaha World-Herald. He helped the Broncos reach the NAIA playoffs in 2009 along with setting records for field goals in a season (14), season and career PATs (39/39 and 64/64), and kicking points scored (81). Lacayo also sits second in career field goals with 25.

Off the field, Ernesto was a leader in the community. Showing is support for the Strike Force, San Diego, and his fans. He is most known for winning the crowd with his Sombrero entrance before games. He started this early in his career to show respect and honor for not just his fans but where he came from. The sombrero became a token of unity between Ernesto, his teams and those who watched.

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Kicker Ernesto Lacayo with the XFL's Seattle Dragons
Kicker Ernesto Lacayo with the XFL's Seattle Dragons

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