Success followed the San Francisco 49ers throughout the 2011 season. The same can be said for Gilroy resident and football fan Louis Zulaica, 7, who won the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick 49ers team competition in December.
The December 4 contest was held in Daly City prior to the Niners home game against the St. Louis Rams. Former San Francisco offensive lineman Guy McIntyre was in attendance to sign autographs as well as say a few words of inspiration to the competitors.
Zulaica’s road began in Gilroy on Aug. 13, 2011 where he won his age group. He then went on to the sectional championships in Pacific Grove on Oct. 15 and qualified with a top-four score for the team competition. Zulaica then bested three other qualifiers Dec. 4 to claim first place in the 6-to-7 division. The participants were all recognized at halftime and were presented their trophies during the third quarter.