WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Harlandale withstands Medina Valley challenge to hold first in 29-4A

East Central, Sam Houston, Southwest win district openers

TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, Providence, Sam Houston, South San, Southside, Southwest, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

HERE’S A LINK TO THE WEEKLY VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP ON THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/community/southside/news/article/Volleyball-roundup-for-week-of-Sept-23-29-4857316.php

Harlandale (19-7, 5-0) rose to the top of the District 29-4A standings last week with a five-game win in Castroville Friday. The victory extended the Indians’ winning streak to nine matches.

The Indians were tied with Medina Valley (16-15, 4-1) for first before the match, but outlasted the Panthers to win 25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 8-25, 15-11.

Erika Arredondo played an outstanding all-around match for Harlandale with 10 kills, six blocks, four digs and two aces. Katie Neira blasted 18 kills.

In the defensive department, Sierra Sandoval led Harlandale with 21 digs. Her sister, Kianna Sandoval, added 12 assists and 11 digs. Catherine Silva dealt a team-best 16 assists and made six digs.

Other contributors for the Indians included: Jackie Espinoza (6 kills, 5 assists, 2 blocks), Cera Cerda (8 kills, 9 digs), Madeline Mendez (5 kills) and Kelly Landin (4 digs).

East Central d. Corpus Christi Carroll

The Hornets (14-13, 1-0) opened District 28-5A play with a sweep of Corpus Christi Carroll (12-11, 0-1) by identical scores of 25-21 last Friday at East Central.

East Central sophomore Kaylin Mills had a team-high 10 kills to go with two aces. Madison Simon contributed nine kills and seven digs. Hornets leaders included Danny Alvarez (17 assists) and Brandy Campos (15 digs). Alex Pena supplied seven assists.

Sam Houston d. Poteet

The Hurricanes (17-8, 1-0) began District 28-3A play with a 25-10, 25-18, 25-18 win at Poteet.

Sophomore Rita Davis served five aces for Sam Houston. Senior Tashonna Williams contributed five kills and five blocks. Tiaria Mackey dealt eight assists. Tia Logan added four kills.

Highlands d. Jefferson

A share of second place was at stake Friday at Highlands, but the Owls (14-18, 7-1) held their ground against a determined opponent. Highlands defeated the Mustangs (17-9, 5-3) 29-27, 25-19, 25-27, 28-26 in the District 28-4A match.

Highlands sophomore setter Analisa Garza distributed a whopping 53 assists to go with 17 digs. Four Owls recorded more than 10 kills and five posted 15 or more digs.

Kill leaders for Highlands were: Jazmine Jackson (14 kills), Jenna Thompson (13), Melody Guzman (12), Bryten Mitchan (10) and Emily Pearce (7). Jessica Alvarez and Pearce each recorded 29 digs. Other defensive demons were: Genesis Garcia (19), Kiara Pesina (15), Jackson (10) and Thompson (7). Mitchan added six disgs and three blocks.

For Jefferson, junior Gabby Vasquez turned in team highs of 12 kills and 26 digs. Courtney Garcia was credited with 10 assists. Marissa Vargas made four blocks.

The Mustangs ended the week in a three-way tie for third place with Brackenridge (9-22, 5-3) and Edison (9-21, 5-3). Undefeated Brennan (27-3, 8-0) remained in first. The Bears defeated Brackenridge (9-22, 5-3) 25-10, 25-13, 25-11 Friday.

Memorial d. Southside

The Minutemen (10-18, 1-4) claimed their first 29-4A victory in a five-game marathon against Southside (5-19, 1-4), which was fresh from its first district win Tuesday. Memorial prevailed 11-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11 at Edgewood Gym.

Seniors Jatziry Duarte and Abigail Garcia led Memorial with 11 digs and six kills, respectively. Bridget Gomez distributed 11 assists. Larissa Lopez made three blocks.

For the Cardinals, Alyssa Gallardo contributed 28 assists and four aces. Analee Uriegas made 27 digs and also served four aces. Cristina Guerra recorded 16 kills.

Southwest d. South San

The Dragons (12-19, 1-0) swept South San (12-10, 0-1) 25-19, 25-16, 25-19 Friday at the Bobcats’ Durbon Center.

Junior libero Zoe Marin led Southwest with 10 digs and two aces. Freshman Aashlyn Sulaica fired eight kills. Dori Martinez dealt 10 assists. Melissa Garza finished with three blocks.

South San’s Lauren Estrada hammered a match-best 11 kills. Jaclyn Ozuna was credited with 14 assists. Angel Salazar and Kimberly Tobias each made nine digs. Giselle Mata added three aces.

Providence d. Lanier

The Provets (1014) won for the second-consecutive night Friday, winning a non-district match at Lanier (6-17).

Senior Logan Glick led Providence with 11 kills and 15 digs. Junior Mital Patel distributed 19 assists. Sabrina Casares and Gabby Mitchell each served three. Hannah Sasser added three blocks.

For the Voks, sophomore Samantha Ibarra distributed 14 assists and made 10 digs. Senior LeeAnna Martinez was credited with four kills, four blocks and three digs. Ana Escobedo made four kills and four digs. Sophomore Brenda Urbina made five digs. Jenny Flores finished with three blocks.

Edison d. Fox Tech

The Golden Bears finished the week in a three-way tie for third after defeating Fox Tech (9-26, 1-7) Friday at Edison.

Karen Guerrero (14 kills, 10 assists, 4 digs) and Marissa Cortinas (16 assists, 8 digs) led Edison. Senior Juanita Gomez contributed eight digs. Senior Elizza Torres put down four kills. Destiny McCarty added four digs.

Fox Tech was led by Ruby Chapa with12 assists, four digs and three kills. Valerie Villarreal led the Buffaloes with 12 digs. Elisabeth Crane manufactured five kills, five digs and three aces. Ruby Zavala slammed four kills. Brianna Campos made four digs. Adelind-Iris Sifuentes smashed two aces.

Burbank d. YWLA

The Bulldogs (7-18, 2-6) vanquished Young Women’s Leadership Academy 25-8, 25-27, 25-13, 25-9 Friday at Woodlawn Gym.

Senior Jenna Villanueva produced an outstanding match for Burbank, pounded 18 kills and 11 blocks. Defensive wizard Alejandra Martinez, also a senior, picked up a match-best 30 digs. Bekah Valma dealt 19 assists.

McCollum’s top servers were Leticia Gomez, Adrianna Gutierrez and Antwanisha Riddle, each of whom had two aces.

Junior Sabrina Cantu led the Cardinals with eight kills and four digs. Alejandra Ramirez made 17 digs. Karease Williams dealt 15 assists. Ashley Trevino and Serina Trevino each served two aces.

Floresville d. McCollum

Coming off a loss last Tuesday, the Tigers (17-14. 4-1) had to battle to avoid another defeat at home Friday against McCollum. Floresville pulled out a five-game, 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 17-25, 15-9 victory in 29-4A.

Jasmine Cordova led the Cowboys (6-19, 1-4) with 16 digs and three aces. Senior Erin Stinnett continued her hot hitting with 14 kills. Savannah Borjas finished with 15 assists. Neyda Sanchez made two blocks.

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (Sept. 29-Oct. 5)

Matches of Sept. 30-Oct. 5

Tuesday’s results

VOLLEYBALL

District 28-5A

East Central (15-13, 2-0) 3, Southwest (12-20, 1-1) 2 (27-25, 26-28, 25-27, 16-25, 15-12)

Corpus Christi Carroll (13-11, 1-1) 3, Corpus Christi King (11-13, 0-2) 1 (game scores unavailable)

Steele (18-15, 2-0) 3, South San (12-11, 0-2) 0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-19)

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (10-22, 6-3) 3, Fox Tech (9-27, 1-8) 0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-17)

Highlands (15-18, 8-1) 3, Burbank (7-19, 2-7) 0 (25-18, 25-7, 25-18)

Jefferson (18-9, 6-3) 3, Lanier (6-19, 3-6), 0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-21)

District 29-4A

Harlandale (20-7, 6-0) 3, Southside (5-20, 1-5) 1 (25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 25-10)

McCollum (7-19, 2-4) 3, Kennedy (6-17, 1-5) 0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-14)

Floresville (18-14, 5-1) 3, Medina Valley (16-16, 4-2) 2 (16-25, 23-25, 27-25, 25-18, 15-11)

Uvalde (15-17, 4-2) 3, Memorial (10-19, 1-5) 0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-16)

District 28-3A

Sam Houston (18-8, 2-0) 3, Hawkins (4-14 ???, 0-2) 0 (25-5, 25-12, 25-10)

LaVernia (16-16, 2-0) 3, Pleasanton (16-9, 1-1) 1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-20, 25-16)

Somerset (14-7, 0-1) at Poteet (1-15 ???, 0-1), 6:30 p.m. (scores unavailable)

TAPPS District 3-4A

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (???, 6-0) 3, San Antonio Christian (5-12???, 0-3) 0 (game scores unavailable)

Holy Cross (23-10, 3-3) 3, Austin Regents (???) 1 (25-13, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18)

San Marcos Academy (???) at Austin St. Dominic Savio (???), ??? p.m. (scores unavailable)

Wednesday’s matches

District 28-4A

Brennan (27-3, 9-0) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-26, 0-9) 0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-14)

TAPPS District 2-5A

Antonian (24-14, 5-1) 3, Providence (10-15, 2-3) 0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-12)

Incarnate Word (19-8, 7-0) 3, Austin St. Michael’s (???) 0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-19)

Laredo St. Augustine (???) at St. Anthony (15-11, 3-3), 7 p.m. (scores unavailable)

Thursday’s results

TAPPS District 2-5A

Antonian (24-14, 5-1) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (???), ??? p.m. (scores unavailable)

Friday’s results

VOLLEYBALL

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi King (12-13, 1-2) 3, South San (12-12, 0-3) 0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20)

Steele (19-15, 3-0) 3, East Central (15-14, 2-1) 0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-15)

Corpus Christi Carroll (14-11, 2-1) 3, Southwest (12-21, 1-2) 2 (23-25, 21-25, 24-26, 25-13, 15-9)

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (10-22, 6-3) 3, Edison (9-22, 5-4) 1 (25-22, 25-14, 17-25, 25-13)

Brennan (28-3, 10-0) 3, Highlands (15-19, 8-2) 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-3)

Lanier (7-19, 4-6) 3, Burbank (7-20, 2-8) 0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-19)

Fox Tech (10-27, 2-8) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-27, 0-10) 0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-16)

District 29-4A

Floresville (19-14, 6-1) 3 Harlandale (20-8, 6-1) 2 (25-18, 26-28, 18-25, 26-24, 15-13)

Medina Valley (17-16, 5-2) 3, Kennedy (6-18, 1-6) 0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-9)

McCollum (8-19, 3-4) 3, Memorial (10-20, 1-6) 0  (25-20, 25-8, 25-16)

Uvalde (16-17, 5-2) 3, Southside (5-21, 1-6) 0 (25-19, 25-8, 25-20)

District 28-3A

LaVernia (17-16, 3-0) 3, Poteet (1-16 ???, 0-2???) 0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-8)

Pleasanton (17-9, 2-1) 3, Sam Houston (18-9, 2-1) 1 (25-18, 25-6, 23-25, 29-27)

Somerset (15-7 ???, 1-1???) 3, Hawkins (4-14 ???, 0-3) 0 (25-4, 25-12, 25-12) 

Saturday’s results

TAPPS District 2-5A

Incarnate Word (20-8, 8-0) 3, Providence (10-16, 2-4) 0 (25-9, 25-16, 25-10)

TAPPS District 3-4A

Holy Cross (23-10, 3-3) at Cornerstone Christian (???), 7 p.m.

Austin St. Dominic Savio (???) at San Antonio Christian (5-11???, 0-2 ???), noon

FOOTBALL: WEEK 5 RESULTS (though Oct. 5)

Games of Oct. 3-5

Thursday’s results

FOOTBALL

District 29-4A

McCollum (3-2, 1-1) 36, Memorial (3-2, 1-1) 35

Friday’s results

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Burbank (3-3, 2-0) 40, Jefferson (0-6, 0-2) 33

Lanier (1-4, 1-0) 21, Highlands (2-4, 0-2) 8

District 29-4A

Harlandale (5-0, 2-0) 28, Floresville (3-2, 1-1) 17

Medina Valley (3-2, 1-1) 34, Kennedy (3-2, 0-2) 26

Uvalde (3-2, 2-0) 45, Southside (0-5, 0-2) 14

TAPPS District 3-II

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (5-0, 2-0) 56, San Marcos Academy (0-5, 0-2) 7

Austin Regents (5-0, 2-0) 55, Cornerstone Christian (2-3, 0-2) 14

San Antonio Christian (2-3, 1-1) 35, Victoria St. Joseph (1-4, 1-1) 0

Non-district

Gonzales (4-1) 36, Sam Houston (1-5) 0

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Brennan (6-0, 2-0) 62, Brackenridge (3-3, 1-1) 6

TAPPS District 3-II

Holy Cross (3-2, 2-0) 34, TMI (3-2, 0-2) 20

WEEKEND FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Late TD carries South San past Central Catholic to second-straight win

Undefeated Harlandale registers important 29-4A win at Medina Valley

TEAMS INCLUDED:Brackenridge, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Harlandale, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Sam Houston, South San, Southwest.

South San (2-3) scored with just 26 seconds remaining to snare a 31-24 non-district victory over Central Catholic (2-3) Friday at South San Stadium.

The Bobcats recorded the last two touchdowns for the come from behind victory. It was South San’s second-consecutive win. The Bobcats had not won back-to-back games in more than five years.

Central Catholic took a 17-10 lead with 7:40 left in the third quarter, after the teams had traded touchdowns first, then field goals on the way to a halftime tie. Dillon Clemence caught a 10-yard pass from Joseph Nava (112 yards total offense) for the go-ahead score.

The Bobcats responded with a one-yard scoring run from Christian Morales (29 carries, 228 yards) near the end of the quarter.

Nava broke some tackles on the way to a 45-yard touchdown run with 11:33 to play. Morales answered again, this time with a 53-yard jaunt little more than three minutes later.

The winning touchdown originated with South San quarterback Darren Tinajero (8 of 9, 61 yards), who threw 15 yards to reliable senior reliever Thomas Fonseca.

Central Catholic’s Jimin Suh (85 yards, 14 carries) scored the game’s first touchdown on a short dash early in the first quarter. South San didn’t score until the second period, when Isaiah Gutierrez dove in from the Buttons 1. Ivis Herrera hit a 26-yard field goal that made it 10-7 Bobcats. The Buttons tied it on Jerry Rodriguez’s 37-yarder.

South San hadn’t won in the series since 2006. Juan Zamarripa made four receptions for 37 yards for the Bobcats.

Harlandale 33, Medina Valley 14

Harlandale senior quarterback Brandon Ramon shook off an early interception to account for 291 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, leading the Indians (4-0, 1-0) to a District 29-4A drivers-seat win Friday at Medina Valley. Harlandale is the only unbeaten south side school.

A quick Panthers touchdown from Bradley Griggs (93 yards, 12 carries), little more than a minute into the game, was met by three unanswered Harlandale scores. Ramon’s first interception of the year set up Medina Valley’s touchdown.

Harlandale struck back a little more than three minutes later when Nick Martinez (88 yards, 28 carries) scored on a four-yard run. Ramon ran for a one-yard score and passed 31 yards to James Mendoza (5 receptions, 136 yards) for a 21-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Medina Valley (2-2, 0-1) pulled within seven points when Griggs broke a 45-yard run with 7:13. However, the Indians stole the momentum back just before halftime. Ramon connected with Mendoza for a 20-yard touchdowns 10 seconds before the break.

An interception from Ruben Zavala paved the way for Harlandale’s final score. Ramon ran two yards for the touchdown late in the third quarter. The Indians’ defense limited Medina Valley to 253 yards and nine first downs. The interception was Harlandale’s only turnover, while the Indians forced three.

Offensively, Harlandale amassed 381 total yards. Ramon completed 12 of 23 pass attempts. Ian Martinez caught four passes for 81 yards.

Brackenridge 55, Jefferson 11

The Eagles (3-2, 1-0) avenged their 2012 upset loss to Jefferson in a big way, producing their second-highest-scoring outing of the season. Brackenridge scored 63 points against Sam Houston in its opening game.

Ramon Richards (16 of 26) was the ringmaster for Brack’s offensive 601-yard show, passing for 435 yards and four touchdowns Friday at the SAISD Sports Complex. The senior Oklahoma State commit also ran for 50 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Jefferson (0-4, 0-1) took the lead with 10:22 left in the first quarter on a 37-yard field goal by Marco Cruz. Brackenridge scored the next 55 points.

Three Eagles finished with more than 100 reception yards, led by junior Marco Marble (194 yards, 6 catches). Marble scored on a 49-yard pass from Richards as time expired in the first half.

Senior Rominique Anthony made five receptions for 131 yards, including a 69-yard pass play as time ran out in the opening quarter. Lee Undra Terrell counted an eight-yard touchdown among his four receptions for 106 yards.

Jordan Beasley scored on his only reception, on a 35-yard pass from Richards. Tyrus Mathis led Brack with 65 rushing yards on 13 carries. Trey Mathis and Brandon Toston ran for touchdowns.

Jefferson scored the game’s last touchdown, with 3:48 to play in the third quarter. Jesse Flores (197 yards, 17 carries) did the honors with a 75-yard dash. D’Andre Melton made two receptions for 58 yards.

Brack’s defense limited the Mustangs to 273 yards and forced three turnovers. The Eagles’ win tied the series, which dates to 1932, at 24 win apiece with two ties.

Holy Cross 22, San Antonio Christian 14

The Knights (2-2, 1-0) got off on the right foot in TAPPS District 3-II, notching a key win at San Antonio Christian (1-3, 0-1). The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Holy Cross.

Holy Cross pulled out the game with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. The Lions led 14-7 entering the quarter, breaking a halftime tie on Turner Goudge’s five-yard scoring pass from Andrew Hawkins (14 of 28, 166 yards) early in the third quarter.

Greg Scott (144 yards, 25 carries) enabled the Knights to tie it with 8:36 remaining when Greg Kelly added the extra-point. Kelly (56 yards, 5 receptions) caught his second touchdown pass of the game with 12 seconds on the clock on a 10-yard pass from junior quarterback Cisco Flores.

Flores (14 of 19, 122 yards) threw to Roger Garza for the two-point conversion that sealed the win. Holy Cross outgained San Antonio Christian 323-222 in total yards.

Uvalde 25, Kennedy 6

The Coyotes (2-2, 1-0) limited previously undefeated Kennedy (3-1, 0-1) to 121 total yards and forced four turnovers in winning the District 29-4A game at Uvalde. . Uvalde took control with two first-quarter touchdowns, on a two-yard run from quarterback Jerry Almaraz (97 yards, 8 carries) and a 71-yard dash from Zach Sanchez.

Almaraz added a 62-yard scoring pass to Trae Garcia in the third quarter before the Rockets counted their first points on a defensive touchdown. Vince Rios scored on a fumble recovery with 4:46 remaining in the game. Kennedy was within 19-6.

Sanchez (161 yards, 18 carries) tacked on another touchdown on a 13-yard run with 28 seconds left.

Quarterback Blade Alvarado threw for 50 yards and ran for 46 for Kennedy. The Coyotes limited the Rockets’ leading rusher Matthew Avalos to 22 yards. Rios caught three passes for 42 yards.

New Braunfels Canyon 36, Southwest 7

It was a successful homecoming for former Southwest coach Matt Elliott. His New Braunfels Canyon Cougars (4-1) scored 36 unanswered points Friday at Southwest (2-3).

The Dragons scored first, on a one-yard run from Brian Donnell early in the first quarter. However, Canyon erupted for 22 second-quarter points and never looked back.

Cougars quarterback Phillip Shelton ran for two second-quarter touchdowns and a two-point conversion. He also hooked up with Trey Scott on a 42-yard pass play five seconds before halftime for a 22-7 advantage.

Gibreel Evans led Canyon with 20 carries for 93 rushing yards.

Southwest quarterback Bowen Crisp completed eight of 15 passes for 46 yards. Cody Johnson made four receptions for 30 yards.

New Braunfels 28, East Central 3

The Unicorns (1-4) claimed their first victory of 2013 Friday at New Braunfels, while East Central (2-3) never quiite got its offense rolling in the non-district game.

The Hornets scored their only points on a 40-yard field goal, one of the area’s longest this year, from Dennis Chavez. The successful kick came with 3:58 until halftime.

New Braunfels already had scored on a 30-yard pass to Austin Obregon(6 receptions, 82 yards) from Parker Bateman (14 of 26, 161 yards) and a two-yard run by Marcus O’Dell (67 yards, 17 carries). Dillon Smith and Bateman rushed for short touchdowns in the second half.

Johnathan Jackson led the Hornets with 86 rushing yards on 12 carries. Javion Polk added 53 yards on 14 rushes. Wanya Ward caught three passes for 41 yards.

Floresville 42, McCollum 7

The Tigers (3-1, 1-0) blitzed McCollum  (2-2, 0-1) Friday in a District 29-4A in Floresville Kyle Bippert scored the first and last touchdowns for Floresville, on a seven-yard pass from Koby Wilkerson (6 of 13, 93 yards) and a 42-yard interception return. Gilbert Ortiz (170 yards, 19 carries) scored the Tigers’ second touchdown on an 87-yard run.

The Cowboys didn’t score until a little more than four minutes into the second half. Mike Ramirez (6 receptions 13, 77 yards) caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Ralph Vidal (6 of 13, 93 yards). That cut Floresville’s lead to 20-7.

The Tigers scored 22 points in the remaining 7:52 of the third quarter. Floresville gained 282 of its 375 total yards on the ground. McCollum rushed for 48 yards and accumulated 144 total yards.

Navarro 54, Sam Houston 12

The undefeated Panthers (5-0) posted 437 total yards, 352 of it on the ground, while rolling to victory on in Navarro.

The Hurricanes (1-4) were within 12-6 after senior Tomaria Stringfellow scored on a four-yard run with 3:54 remaining in the first quarter. However, Navarro scored the next five touchdowns and Sam Houston lost its third-consecutive game.

Anthony Grant (57 yards, 11 carries) ran for a touchdown and Navarro led 21-6 when the first quarter ended. The Panthers scored three more times in the second quarter, two on runs by Luke Jaroszewski (127 yards, 13 carries) and Grant and one on 55-yard interception return by Desmond Smith, who also scored on a first-quarter reception.

Sam Houston’s last touchdown came on a seven-yard pass from Raymonte Prime (11 of 28, 160 yards) to Dewayne Brown with 10:39 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Hurricanes were limited to 76 rushing yards.

Brennan 62, Edison 0

The Bears (5-0, 1-0) once again showed why they’re the No. 3 Class 4A team in the state, according to TexasHSfootball.com, while Edison (2-3, 0-1) saw its two-game winning streak come to an end Saturday at the SAISD Sports Complex.

Brennan pitched its fourth shutout of the season while limiting the Golden Bears to just 65 total yards (61 rushing, 4 passing).

Edison drove to the Brennan 3 early in the first quarter, thanks to a 43-yard run by senior back Andres Aguilar. However, the subsequent field goal attempt was blocked. The Bears’ Jaelan Collier returned it 86 yards for the game’s first touchdown.

The Bears scored 28 points in the first quarter and led 55-0 at halftime.

Brennan quarterback Da’Shawn Key ran for 129 yards and completed eight of 12 passes for 154 yards. Nathaniel Wells Jr., who scored three-consecutive touchdowns midway through the second quarter, finished with 98 yards on five carries. Makai Green ran six times for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

Aguilar finished with 48 yards on 15 rushing attempts.

 

FOOTBALL: Memorial beats Southside 36-15 for first on-field district win in 7 years

Minutemen win second-straight game as Ramos passes for 200 yards and 3 Tds

HERE’S A LINK TO THIS STORY ON THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/community/southside/news/article/Memorial-Minutemen-win-another-one-4857334.php

Confidence and strength are key words for Memorial this season.

They are the ingredients that have bubbled to the surface for Minutemen players this year and helped them achieve things that would have been unthinkable a short time ago. While it’s too early in the season to make too many big pronouncements for a team that claimed its first first district win on the field since 2005 Friday, one thing is clear.

Memorial (3-1, 1-0) isn’t a doormat anymore.

“It’s been very beneficial,” second-year Minutemen coach Alex Guerra said of Memorial’s two non-district wins. “They learned how to win and got confidence. The best thing is that now they expect to win. They’ve come a long way for a team that was 0-10 last year.”

The Minutemen extended their winning streak to two games with a 36-15 District 29-4A victory over Southside (0-4, 0-1) at Frank Mata Stadium. Memorial took the lead 21 seconds into the contest and only briefly relinquished it.

“This means a lot,” Memorial senior receiver Richard Casares said. “It’s my senior year and we finally have a winning team. I’m living a dream.”

Despite the final margin, the homecoming victory wasn’t assured until late in the third quarter.

The Cardinals drove to the Memorial 6. Sophomore quarterback Johnny Trevino (86 yards, 24 carries) ran for 47 yards on the first two plays of the series to the 11-yard line. Memorial’s defense stiffened there, and Southside narrowly missed a 23-yard field goal attempt.

“We were prepared for that at halftime,” Guerra said. “We knew they had a big, strong quarterback and a great line. We knew they’d come right at us. We gave up a few first downs and a few throws, but when the kids really stepped up and played, we were able to get some stops.

“But, it’s a credit to Southside. They knew what to do. They kept attacking our defense. They hit us and hit us and hit us.”

Memorial took over and launched an 80-yard, seven-play drive. Junior quarterback Alfred Ramos (10 of 23, 200 yards) covered 62 yards through the air, with completions to Casares and David Manzano. The latter went 29 yards with 4:58 left in the quarter for a touchdown that increased the Minutemen’s lead to 26-9.

“It’s not just me, it’s our line,” Ramos said of Memorial’s quick-strike capability. “We have quickness. That’s why I have confidence that my receivers can get open. Whoever’s open can make a play. I just have to make my reads.”

The quickness was in stock last season. A good offseason in the weight room, Guerra said, was critical to Memorial’s ability to compete with the teams on its schedule.

“The day after the season ended last year, they jumped into the weight room and didn’t leave,” Guerra said. “Last year, teams had trouble getting around us. But when they went straight at us, they could get away with that. That’s been the biggest difference this year – that our guys are stronger.”

Southside continued to move the ball, trailing by 17, although with a greater sense of urgency. Trevino completed passes to Noah Rangel for 16 yards and David Garza for 12 on the Cardinal’s next possession.

But when Trevino took to the air on a third-consecutive play, Memorial was ready.

“We’ve just got to execute offensively,” Southside coach Paul Haberer said, “and make plays defensively.”

Casares pulled off an interception near midfield. Two plays later, Memorial had scored the clinching touchdown.

“It felt great,” Casares said. “I got a good break on my coverage. (The receiver) made a good cut, but I had the right read. I saw the pass in the air and I got the interception.”

On first down, Ramos threw 25 yards to Ivan DeAnda. Junior back Raul Rangel (84 yards, 15 carries) busted a play up the middle, breaking two or three tackles along the way, to take care of the remaining 27 yards. With 3:20 left in the third quarter, Memorial led 33-9.

Senior kicker Gabriel Robles made a 24-yard field goal on the first snap of the fourth quarter. Southside added a touchdown with just 1:13 to play when sophomore back Timmy Rodriguez (116 yards, 20 carries) scored on a four-yard run to cap his best game of the season.

Memorial only outgained the Cardinals 283-271 total yards.

Haberer rebuilt the program at Southside into a consistent district contender. Therefore, it’s understandable he has an appreciation for what Guerra and his staff have accomplished at Memorial.

“Memorial is doing a great job of executing and playing well,” Haberer said. “They’re leaving it all on the field. That program is really shaping up.”

Southside had an uphill climb from the beginning.

The Cardinals lost a fumble on their first possession. DeAnda scooped it up and ran to the Southside one-yard line. After the Minutemen were assessed a penalty, Ramos scored on a six-yard carry with 11:39 left in the opening quarter.

Ramos also finished with three passing touchdowns.

“With the way the season’s going now,” Ramos said, “we’re winning and I’ve got confidence in the team.”

The Cardinals capitalized on a Memorial miscue to take the lead with 8:13 remaining in the quarter. Jacob Collier recovered an errant punt snap in the end zone for a touchdown and Jesus Espinosa kicked the go-ahead extra point.

Later in the quarter, a short punt from Southside left Memorial 32 yards from the goal line. A first-down pass fell incomplete, but Ramos hooked up with Casares (65 yards, 2 catches) for a 32-yard touchdown on the next play. The Minutemen had a 12-7 lead when the first quarter ended.

Memorial again had problems with its punt team in the second quarter, and Robles punted the ball out of the back of the end zone to prevent a repeat of recent history. However, it gave Southside a safety and put the Cardinals within 12-9 with 5:09 at halftime.

Southside didn’t score again for nearly 30 minutes.

“We’ve got the No. 1 defense in the district,” Casares proclaimed. “We want to keep that going.”

Just 21 seconds before the half, Ramos found DeAnda (55 yards, 4 receptions) with a 13-yard strike for a 10-point advantage.

Memorial will play host to McCollum (2-2, 0-1) Thursday in a 7 p.m. game at Mata Stadium. Once again, the Minutemen will be favored.

“We’ve put ourselves in that position, and we deserve to be in that position,” Guerra said. “I think the guys will play just as hard as the pursued as they have as the pursuer.”

Southside will try to pick up its first win with a 7 p.m. home game Friday against Uvalde (2-2, 1-0).

 

FOOTBALL: Week 4 previews (Friday and Saturday games, Sept. 27 & 28)

FRIDAY

Brackenridge (2-2, 0-0) vs. Jefferson (0-4, 0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Will Brackenridge be able to get the equalizer in a series that dates back to 1932? That’s the question that hangs over this District 28-4A opening-week game.

Jefferson currently holds the edge 24-23-2 in the series and also has a sort of element of surprise on its side.

For the second-consecutive year, Jefferson has gone through the non-district portion of its schedule without a win, but with subtle signs of progress. Last year, the Mustangs used that factor as the springboard to a 10-point win over Brackenridge.

After Jefferson put up 420 total yards in a 42-16 loss to Lee last Thursday, the possibility has to be considered, in light of 2012.

However, the Eagles and quarterback Ramon Richards pose an obstacle for a Mustangs defense that has been challenged throughout a challenging schedule. Jefferson has allowed an average of more than 43 points a game.

Keep in mind, though, that the district season was a turning point for Jefferson last year. It won four 28-4A games in a row, starting with Brackenridge and ending with eventual champion Brennan.

While Brennan is universally acknowledged as the team to beat in the district, Brackenridge is still considered the second-best by most – despite stumbling against Floresville and Victoria East before edging Del Rio 20-14 in overtime last Friday.

The Eagles defense seems to be coming of age, after keeping Del Rio scoreless after the first quarter. Offensively, Trey Mathis is developing into a featured back to complement Richards and the passing threat he poses.

Jefferson quarterback Weston Redding also is showing signs of growing into the job, while Jesse Flores proved to be a more-than-viable weapon out of the backfield with 178 rushing yards against Lee.

Watch out for D’Andre Melton on the receiving end of Redding’s passes and Romonique Anthony (and others) on deep routes when Brack has the ball.

This promises to be an exciting game. A win here could be a huge asset in what appears to be a typically balanced 28-4A playoff race (for spots 2-4 behind Brennan). 2012 score: Jefferson 30, Brackenridge 20.

Central Catholic (2-2) at South San (1-3), 7:30 p.m.

Both teams have made a lot of improvement on defense since the beginning of the year. In fact, after Central Catholic has pitched shutouts in six of the last eight quarters and South San came close to shutting out Burbank, it’s pretty easy to identify defense as the strength of both the Buttons and Bobcats.

Central Catholic has held Southside and Highlands to an average of 217.5 total yards in its last two games. The Buttons’ offense also has been coming along, as shown in the 28-25 comeback win over Highlands last Friday. But the defense has been more of a surprise, since it was basically rebuilt from scratch at the start of the season.

A promising sign against Highlands was a 98-yard rushing performance from Jesse Rodriguez, which lent a little more offensive balance to Central Catholic. Will Barr has emerged as a go-to receiver for quarterback  Joseph Nava.

Those weapons give the Buttons a theoretical edge over a South San offense, which needs another big game from back Christian Morales to utilize the ball-control approach the Bobcats will aim for. Morales ran for 100 yards against Burbank. Sophomore quarterback Isaiah Gutierrez is coming off a 129-yard passing outing in his first extended playing time.

South San was able to avoid the turnovers that had plagued it in previous games. The Buttons also will need to avoid miscues.

Central Catholic has won the last four games in the series and has a 14-8 advantage overall. 2012 score: Central Catholic 32, South San 0.

East Central (2-2) at New Braunfels (0-4), 7:30 p.m.

The Hornets have been through the crucible the last two weeks against Brennan and Judson, and have to welcome this trip to New Braunfels. It gives East Central a chance to regain the momentum it had after the first two weeks, in time for the District 28-5A season.

East Central needs to rediscover its identity offensively after being held in check by two overpowering defenses. The Hornets haven’t been quite as prolific as expected out of the spread offense, but some of that is due to an injury to Jonathan Jackson. With backs Jackson and Javion Polk healthy, quarterback Jeremy Jones should have more options to explore as well as a 1-2 punch.

Defensively, the Hornets have been dinged by big plays both on the ground and through the air the last two weeks. They limited Marshall to 161 total yards in Week 1 and have an experienced group that should rise to the challenge this week.

New Braunfels has had similar experiences the last two weeks, losing 49-16 to Johnson last Friday and 41-13 to Madison a week earlier. The Unicorns didn’t score until the fourth quarter against Johnson while Parker Bateman passed 31 times for 140 yards.

East Central won for the first time in this four-game series last year. This won’t be a walkover for the Hornets, but they should make it two wins in a row if they’re able to stretch the Unicorns’ defense and prevent big plays.

This could be exactly the type of matchup the Hornets need with a bye week ahead and District 28-5A play still two weeks away. 2012 score: East Central 24, New Braunfels 21.

Harlandale (3-0, 0-0) at Medina Valley (2-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.

The Harlandale-Medina Valley football game could end up being as significant in determining the district standings as the volleyball match that precedes it Friday in Castroville.

Although its the District 29-4A opener for both teams, it pits the two best teams in the district against each other and could well set the tone for the rest of the year.

Harlandale, No. 25 in the TexasHSFootball.com statewide Class 4A rankings, wasn’t challenged in its non-district games, so this should be the Indians’ first real test.

Indians senior quarterback Brandon Ramon has thrown for 989 yards and nine touchdowns without an interception. Ramon guides an offense that is averaging 35.7 points a game and his receivers are averaging 20.1 yards a catch, led by James Mendoza and Ian Martinez.

Running back Nick Martinez is averaging more than 109 rushing yards.

Harlandale’s defense is coming off its best game. Two weeks ago against Burbank, the Indians allowed just six points and 164 total yards.

After falling by 17 points to LaVernia in its opener, Medina Valley has prevailed in a pair of close games. The Panthers scored all of their points in the second quarter Sept. 13 in a 21-14 win against rival Hondo. They scored on a 12-yard run by featured back Nathan Stein (71.9 yards a game), a fumble return and a 76-yard pass from quarterback David Olvera (108 passing yards a game) to Joshua Sepulveda.

Medina Valley has a 5-2 lead in the series, but the last three games have been decided by 20 points and the Indians have won two of them. Both teams are coming off an extra week to prepare, so watch out for trick plays that could influence the outcome. 2012 score: Harlandale 51, Medina Valley 41.

Holy Cross (1-2, 0-0) at San Antonio Christian (1-2, 0-0), 7 p.m.

A year ago, Holy Cross won TAPPS District 3-II and San Antonio Christian finished second, so emotions will be high. And the score likely will be close, especially if their scores against a common opponent are indicative.

Both teams played Class 3A power Navarro, which is undefeated, a week apart before hitting their respective bye weeks.

Holy Cross was the most team to face the Panthers, playing them on the road Sept. 13. The Knights lost 40-20, but gained 340 total yards while Navarro compiled 416. San Antonio Christian lost 42-26 at home Sept. 6. The Lions finished with 303 total yards, while the Panthers rolled up 524.

The Knights will take a two-game losing streak into Friday’s game, having lost 42-19 to Antonian after beating Central Catholic 21-14 in the season-opening Holy Bowl.

A key for Holy Cross against San Antonio Christian could be junior quarterback Cisco Flores’ ability to supplement the rushing attack. Navarro’s defense was able to keep him mostly under containment.

On the plus side, there were and have been a lot of positive developments for Holy Cross. Flores completed about 70 percent of his passes for 192 yards. Back Greg Scott had a breakout game with 138 rushing yards on 21 carries. Senior Greg Kelly has averaged more than 100 receiving yards a game.

San Antonio Christian has a pass-oriented attack led by quarterback Andrew Hawkins, who has thrown for  568 yards and six touchdowns with just one interception. Two receivers are over 100 yards, Turner Goudge (11 catches) and Sam Lorillard (6 catches), while Chris Grubb has five receptions for 90 yards and three touchdowns. The receiving corps averages 18.3 yards a catch.

The Lions’ leading rusher Clayton Christian with just 76 yards.

So, Holy Cross will need to keep the pressure on Hawkins and prevent the deep strikes. It will be the first time the Knights have faced a team that relies heavily on the pass. Their diverse offense should be able to move the ball against the Lions. 2012 score: Holy Cross 25, San Antonio Christian 23.

Kennedy (3-0, 0-0) at Uvalde (1-2, 0-0), 7 p.m.

Defense and the running of senior back Matthew Avalos have Kennedy off to a surprising start. The Rockets are headed for their first big test, though, at the end of the long bus ride to Uvalde.

Kennedy has allowed just 27 points defensively and the unit has scored 20 of its own. Uvalde will be the most prolific offensive team they’ve faced.

Avalos ran for 239 yards last week in a 25-7 win over Pearsall and 552 this season. To keep Uvalde’s defense honest, the Rockets won’t need to pass often, but will need to be efficient when they do. So far, Kennedy has succeeded in doing that.

Uvalde seems to always be one of those teams that’s hard to figure, and coming off a bye week likely will make it even more unpredictable. The Coyotes ambushed Highlands 48-21 Sept. 7, but then lost unimpressively to Laredo Johnson 16-6 Sept. 13.

Against Highlands, Uvalde had both Marco Blanco (177) and Zach Sanchez (101) over 100 rushing yards while the team gained 401. Johnson held the Coyotes to 158 and 276 total yards.

Johnson’s workhorse back Augustin Gonzalez hit them for 199 yards, which should give the Rockets hope that Avalos can have a big game in Uvalde. The biggest factor will be for Kennedy to continue to play the run well and force turnovers. 2012 score: Uvalde 20, Kennedy 2.

McCollum (2-1, 0-0) at Floresville (2-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.

McCollum takes its first trip outside of San Antonio this year to face a Floresville team that has mostly fared well against District 28-4A opponents.

The 29-4A opener for both teams may give an indication as to whether it’s better to launch into district play off a bye week or a cushy victory. The host Tigers defeated Lanier 34-12 last Friday in Floresville.

The Cowboys have had two weeks to make adjustments after falling 21-7 to Highlands, their first loss of the year on Sept. 13. The Owls beat Floresville 17-14 in their season opener Aug. 31.

Prior to the Highlands game,  McCollum’s defense had only allowed five points and 154 total yards in two games. The Owls only mustered 187 total yards but scored on three passes, two of more than 20 yards.

McCollum scored on a 79-yard pass play from Ralph Vidal to back Mike Ramirez, but hasn’t been a consistent running team so far. To win in Floresville, they’ll need to run the ball effectively to prevent the Tigers from controlling the clock with back Gilbert Ortiz (109.3 yards a game).

Tigers quarterback Koby Wilkerson is a passing threat, in that he’s able to keep defenses from keying too much on the run. Highlands gained 317 total yards against Floresville, but the Tigers held Brackenridge’s potent offense to 291. So, to earn a road win, McCollum likely will need to have its best offensive showing to date. 2012 score: Floresville 15, McCollum 12.

New Braunfels Canyon (3-1) at Southwest (2-2), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest needed to do a little soul searching after being shut out by Brennan 48-0 last Friday. Now they have the honor of playing a team that also posted a shutout last week.

New Braunfels Canyon blanked Austin LBJ 20-0 as the Cougars defense allowed just 89 total yards and just 21 rushing yards. That has to concern a Dragons offense that’s based around its running game, yet mustered just 49 yards against state-ranked Brennan. However, it’s important to note that Canyon allowed an average of 20 points a game in its first three contests.

This won’t be a holiday for Southwest, but it won’t be a re-run of what if ran into last week, either.

Dragons quarterback Bowen Crisp has been improving his passing efficiency, and continued improvement will be welcome against the Cougars. Expect the ground game to be back on track behind Brian Donnell and Reilly Riggs.

Defensively, Southwest will need to concern itself with running back Gibreel Evans (121.8 yards a game) and quarterback Phillip Shelton (82 yards a game). Shelton also has run for 251 yards. Canyon scored 47 points Sept. 13 against Roosevelt.

An interesting side note: Canyon is coached by former Southwest coach Matt Elliott. Which, undoubtedly, is why the series resumed last year after an 11-year break. Southwest won the previous game in 1991 and has a 4-2 lead in the series. 2012 score: New Braunfels Canyon 35, Southwest 21.

Sam Houston (1-3) at Navarro (4-0), 7:30 p.m.

It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire for Sam Houston.

For a beleagured Hurricanes defense that’s given up more than 40 points a game, the last two non-district opponents (Navarro Friday and Gonzales Oct. 4) don’t promise any relief. Navarro is averaging 37.8 points a game offensively.

Edison defeated 40-12 last Friday at the SAISD Sports Complex, although the statistical totals were fairly even. The Voks scored on four plays of 20 or more yards.

Sam Houston gained 258 yards and completed 10 of 19 passes, but surrendered three turnovers while Edison committed none. Erin Mack turned in another solid performance with 111 rushing yards and Devin Harris added 47.

Class 3A Navarro is averaging nearly 350 rushing yards per game, led by senior Luke Jaroszewski (115 yards a game average). 2012 score: Navarro 30, Sam Houston 13.

Southside (0-3, 0-0) vs. Memorial (2-1, 0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Memorial is used to being the pursuer. In its District 29-4A opener against Southside, the Minutemen will be the pursued.

Translation: Memorial has earned the right to be favored in this game, based on its two non-district wins even though the Cardinals have played a tougher early schedule.

That said, this could very well be a coin flip of a game. Southside certainly has the ability to pull out a victory. The Cardinals have to curb their turnovers and limit the big plays the Minutemen are capable of breaking.

Memorial not only snapped a double-digit winning streak in defeating Pearsall, it also recovered from a 43-point loss to Fredericksburg to knock off Lytle in Lytle. The Minutemen did the trick with a 24 unanswered points after the Pirates had scored the first 14 Sept. 13.

Running back Raul Rangel had his best game of the season with 136 rushing yards. Quarterback Alfred Ramos contributed 242 yards of total offense. Speedy Manases Cano hauled in three passes for 97 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown pass.

Southside was shut out 28-0 by Central Catholic that night. The Cardinals will oppose a Memorial defense that limited Lytle to 225 total yards and was plus-two in the turnover battle.

The Cardinals had averaged 24.5 in their first two games. Against the Buttons, sophomore Timmy Rodriguez ran for 76 yards, but four interceptions short-circuited the offense. However, quarterback Johnny Trevino, another sophomore, can make big plays either running or passing.

All four Central Catholic touchdowns covered 20 yards or more. The Buttons accounted for 354 total yards. Devine and Sam Houston each gained more than 475 in the first two games. 2012 score: Southside 33, Memorial 8.

SATURDAY

Brennan (4-0, 0-0) vs. Edison (2-2, 0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Brennan, No. 3 in the TexasHSFootball.com statewide Class 4A poll, outscored opponents 197-21 in its four non-district games and now turns its attention to its District 28-4A schedule.

Edison struggled out of the gate this year but made great improvement throughout its non-district schedule. The young Golden Bears now look like a potential playoff team after defeating Sam Houston 40-12 last Friday. They’ve won two games in a row after falling 40-7 to Pleasanton in their opener.

Senior back  Andres Aguilar ran for 115 yards and caught two passes for 79 yards against Sam Houston.  Edison quarterback Jonathan Hernandez ran for 49 yards.

Edison’s defense allowed an average of just 239 yards in the two wins. Now they’re up against a multi-faceted Brennan offense that hasn’t been slowed down by any of its four Class 5A opponents.

Bears quarterback Da’Shawn Key is equally adept at running (331 yards) and passing (441 yards). He leads Brennan in both categories. Makai Green is another reliable ground threat and leads the team in reception yards.

Defensively, Brennan’s Bears have posted shutouts in three of their four games. In a 48-0 win over Southwest last Friday, they gave up just 93 yards.

Last year, the Bears only played their starters in the first half of district games. We’ll see if that policy still holds, now that Brennan has a chance to make a deep run in the Class 4A playoffs.

Brennan won last year in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. 2012 score: Brennan 35, Edison 17.

VOLLEYBALL: Gonzalez leads Holy Cross to non-district win at St. Anthony

Sophomore outside hitter Victoria Gonzalez hammered 19 kills to lead Holy Cross (22-8) to a 25-10, 25-22, 20-25, 25-11 non-district home victory Thursday over St. Anthony (15-11).

Senior Julia Ibarra also had an outstanding match for the Knights, supplying 24 assists and 19 digs. Mallory Ozuna served five aces. Sophomore middle blocker Anna Zuniga added four blocks.

Haley Ochoa led the Yellowjackets with 18 assists, 17 digs and two aces.

Holy Cross also will play at home Friday. The Knights play host to Austin Hyde Park at 7 p.m. in a TAPPS District 3-4A match.

FOOTBALL: Tremendous second-half comeback provides Burbank with historic win

Bulldogs beat Highlands for first time in 35 years with 43-point rally

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It wasn’t just what Burbank accomplished Thursday at the SAISD Sports Complex that gave the game a historic bent. It also was the magnitude of the Bulldogs’ comeback.

Burbank (2-3, 1-0) rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit to claim its first win over Highlands since 1978.    The Bulldogs triumphed 43-21 in the District 28-4A opener for both teams.

“We needed to fix what we were making mistakes on,” Burbank senior quarterback Jeremy Sanchez said of the second half. “We came out with a better mindset. We did what we needed to do out there.”

Highlands (2-3, 0-1), which has a 21-2 record in the series, limited the Bulldogs to 80 total yards and no points in the first half. The Owls compiled a 21-0 lead and scored on four of six possessions before halftime.

However, Highlands had already lost its junior quarterback Jordan DeLuna for the evening. DeLuna, who had thrown for 787 yards in the Owls’ first four games, was injured on a sack by Sanchez early in the second quarter. He apparently incurred a knee strain.

Highlands’ Henry Rodriguez stripped the ball on Burbank’s first second-half possession and recovered the fumble. It was the Bulldogs’ third turnover, but the Owls were unable to capitalze. In fact, Highlands didn’t score after halftime for the second-consecutive week.

Burbank embarked on its comeback when senior receiver Marcos Luna taking inside handoff on a reverse and dashed 50 yards for a touchdown, Luna had been stopped on a reverse to the right side on the previous play, but Highlands was called for a personal foul that kept the drive alive.

With 7:56 left in the third quarter, Burbank trailed 21-6. Things began to spiral downward for Highlands shortly thereafter, largely due to problems on its center exchanges.

The Bulldogs’ Gusme brothers hastened the downfall.

Senior linebacker Damien Gusme recovered a fumble on the Owls 37. It was the first of two turnovers for Highlands, with 4:12 left in the third quarter.

Although Highlands’ defense stopped Burbank at the Owls 14 with 35 seconds left in the quarter, the Bulldogs were moments away from making their next break. Nine seconds into the final period, Devin Gusme recovered a bad snap, catching the ball on a bounce and running four yards to the end zone.

Sanchez passed to Damien Gusme for the two-point conversion, outh of the swinging gate formation which the Owls employed earlier, slashing Highlands’ lead to 21-14.

“They knew this was a good football team we were going to play against,” said second-year Burbank coach Mark Perez, a Highlands graduate. “They rose to the challenge. These are some good men.”

In one minute and 22 seconds, Burbank was in the end zone again. Senior defensive lineman Nathan Villalobos picked off a pass in the right flat and ran 10 yards for the tying score.

Highlands’ Sabian Santos, who had a first-half interception, returned the ensuing kickoff 33 yards. But on the Owls’ first play from scrimmage, Sanchez recovered another errant snap from his defensive end slot at the Highlands 24.

Burbank took the lead to stay on a 24-yard keeper from the Bulldogs quarterback one play later. It was 28-21 less than two minutes into the fourth quarter.

With 7:05 to play, Luna (55 rushing yards, 45 receiving yards) scored on another reverse, this time from seven yards out.

Another bad Highlands snap went into the end zone for a safety that gave Burbank a 37-21 edge. Alberto Regallado returned the free kick seven yards to the Owls 42. The short field led to a five-yard touchdown run from Bulldogs junior Tru Bradford (47 yards, 11 attempts), which capped the scoring at 43 unanswered Burbank points.

“We were just hungry,” said Sanchez, who ran for 97 yards on 25 carries. “We’ve been working hard. We deserved this.”

Highlands, which had a 16-game winning streak in the series, scored at the end of its first possession. Always-reliable kicker Americo Ayala nailed a 31-yard field goal with 8:07 remaining in the first quarter.

An interception by Owls defensive back Elijah Garces led to Highlands’ first touchdown. Garces eventually shifted from fullback to quarterback offensively to help the Owls stem the flood of Burbank points.

DeLuna (7 of 12, 58 yards) threw 17 yards to his favorite target Xavier Long (58 yards, 5 catches), threading the needle with 5:56 left in the quarter.

The Owls added 11 points to their lead in the second quarter, despite DeLuna’s absence.

A 53-yard run from junior back Quindon Boston with 5:42 until halftime gave the Owls a lift when they needed one. Boston (61 yards, 6 carries) broke the play on a slant off left guard and cut to the sideline to outrun the Bulldogs’ defenders.

Highlands increased its lead to 18-0 when junior backup quarterback John Cervantes from the swinging gate ran for the two-point conversion.

With 20 seconds until halftime, Ayala connected on a 21-yard field goal that gave the Owls a 21-point lead.

Back De-Morriay Richardson led the Owls in rushing with 63 yards on five attempts.

FOOTBALL: Week 4 results (through Sept. 28)

Games of Sept. 26-28

Thursday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Burbank (2-3, 1-0) 43, Highlands (2-3, 0-1) 21

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (3-2, 1-0) 55, Jefferson (0-5, 0-1) 11

District 29-4A

Harlandale (4-0, 1-0) 33, Medina Valley (2-2, 0-1) 14

Uvalde (2-2, 1-0) 25, Kennedy (3-1, 0-1) 6

Floresville (3-1, 1-0) 42, McCollum (2-2, 0-1) 7

Memorial (3-1, 1-0) 36, Southside (0-4, 0-1) 15

TAPPS District 3-II

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (4-0, 1-0) 50, TMI (31, 0-1) 0
Victoria St. Joseph (1-3, 1-0) 31, Cornerstone Christian (2-2, 0-1) 9

Austin Regents (4-0, 1-0) 41, San Marcos Academy (0-4, 0-1) 0

Holy Cross ( 2-2, 1-0) 22, San Antonio Christian (1-3, 0-1) 14

Non-district

South San (2-3) 31, Central Catholic (2-3) 24

New Braunfels (1-4) 28, East Central (2-3) 3

New Braunfels Canyon (4-1) 36, Southwest (2-3) 7

Navarro (5-0) 54, Sam Houston (1-4) 12

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Brennan (5-0, 1-0) 62, Edison (2-3, 0-10

FOOTBALL: Week 4 previews (Sept. 26-28)

THURSDAY

Highlands (2-2, 0-0) vs. Burbank (1-3, 0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Burbank hasn’t won since 1978 in this sporadic series and the Bulldogs won’t be favored this time, but they may be able to keep the District 28-4A game close if they can keep the Owls’ ground game under wraps, as Central Catholic did last Friday in a 28-25 thriller.

The Bulldogs lost 20-7 to South San last Friday in their final non-district test. Burbank also had its struggles offensively, accumulating just 22 rushing yards and 48 total yards.

If rain stays away this week, some of those problems may solve themselves. Although the running game has been an ongoing issue for Highlands, the Owls have the best chance of moving the ball consistently thanks to  quarterback Jordan DeLuna. However, Highlands will need to curb its turnovers (four against Central Catholic) to prevent Burbank from taking advantage of short fields.

Burbank hasn’t sustained drives often in the non-district season, but has shown the ability to make big plays behind quarterback Jeremy Sanchez. Receiver Marcos Luna scored the Bulldogs’ only touchdown against South San on a kickoff return. In fact, the Bulldogs haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in two weeks, so re-establishing some ball movement will be crucial.

Highlands has a 16-game winning streak in the series and has a 21-1 lead overall. 2012 score: Highlands 53, Burbank 9.

 

FRIDAY

Brackenridge (2-2, 0-0) vs. Jefferson (0-4, 0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Will Brackenridge be able to get the equalizer in a series that dates back to 1932? That’s the question that hangs over this District 28-4A opening-week game.

Jefferson currently holds the edge 24-23-2 in the series and also has a sort of element of surprise on its side.

For the second-consecutive year, Jefferson has gone through the non-district portion of its schedule without a win, but with subtle signs of progress. Last year, the Mustangs used that factor as the springboard to a 10-point win over Brackenridge.

After Jefferson put up 420 total yards in a 42-16 loss to Lee last Thursday, the possibility has to be considered, in light of 2012.

However, the Eagles and quarterback Ramon Richards pose an obstacle for a Mustangs defense that has been challenged throughout a challenging schedule. Jefferson has allowed an average of more than 43 points a game.

Keep in mind, though, that the district season was a turning point for Jefferson last year. It won four 28-4A games in a row, starting with Brackenridge and ending with eventual champion Brennan.

While Brennan is universally acknowledged as the team to beat in the district, Brackenridge is still considered the second-best by most – despite stumbling against Floresville and Victoria East before edging Del Rio 20-14 in overtime last Friday.

The Eagles defense seems to be coming of age, after keeping Del Rio scoreless after the first quarter. Offensively, Trey Mathis is developing into a featured back to complement Richards and the passing threat he poses.

Jefferson quarterback Weston Redding also is showing signs of growing into the job, while Jesse Flores proved to be a more-than-viable weapon out of the backfield with 178 rushing yards against Lee.

Watch out for D’Andre Melton on the receiving end of Redding’s passes and Romonique Anthony (and others) on deep routes when Brack has the ball.

This promises to be an exciting game. A win here could be a huge asset in what appears to be a typically balanced 28-4A playoff race (for spots 2-4 behind Brennan). 2012 score: Jefferson 30, Brackenridge 20.

Central Catholic (2-2) at South San (1-3), 7:30 p.m.

Both teams have made a lot of improvement on defense since the beginning of the year. In fact, after Central Catholic has pitched shutouts in six of the last eight quarters and South San came close to shutting out Burbank, it’s pretty easy to identify defense as the strength of both the Buttons and Bobcats.

Central Catholic has held Southside and Highlands to an average of 217.5 total yards in its last two games. The Buttons’ offense also has been coming along, as shown in the 28-25 comeback win over Highlands last Friday. But the defense has been more of a surprise, since it was basically rebuilt from scratch at the start of the season.

A promising sign against Highlands was a 98-yard rushing performance from Jesse Rodriguez, which lent a little more offensive balance to Central Catholic. Will Barr has emerged as a go-to receiver for quarterback  Joseph Nava.

Those weapons give the Buttons a theoretical edge over a South San offense, which needs another big game from back Christian Morales to utilize the ball-control approach the Bobcats will aim for. Morales ran for 100 yards against Burbank. Sophomore quarterback Isaiah Gutierrez is coming off a 129-yard passing outing in his first extended playing time.

South San was able to avoid the turnovers that had plagued it in previous games. The Buttons also will need to avoid miscues.

Central Catholic has won the last four games in the series and has a 14-8 advantage overall. 2012 score: Central Catholic 32, South San 0.

East Central (2-2) at New Braunfels (0-4), 7:30 p.m.

The Hornets have been through the crucible the last two weeks against Brennan and Judson, and have to welcome this trip to New Braunfels. It gives East Central a chance to regain the momentum it had after the first two weeks, in time for the District 28-5A season.

East Central needs to rediscover its identity offensively after being held in check by two overpowering defenses. The Hornets haven’t been quite as prolific as expected out of the spread offense, but some of that is due to an injury to Jonathan Jackson. With backs Jackson and Javion Polk healthy, quarterback Jeremy Jones should have more options to explore as well as a 1-2 punch.

Defensively, the Hornets have been dinged by big plays both on the ground and through the air the last two weeks. They limited Marshall to 161 total yards in Week 1 and have an experienced group that should rise to the challenge this week.

New Braunfels has had similar experiences the last two weeks, losing 49-16 to Johnson last Friday and 41-13 to Madison a week earlier. The Unicorns didn’t score until the fourth quarter against Johnson while Parker Bateman passed 31 times for 140 yards.

East Central won for the first time in this four-game series last year. This won’t be a walkover for the Hornets, but they should make it two wins in a row if they’re able to stretch the Unicorns’ defense and prevent big plays.

This could be exactly the type of matchup the Hornets need with a bye week ahead and District 28-5A play still two weeks away. 2012 score: East Central 24, New Braunfels 21.

Harlandale (3-0, 0-0) at Medina Valley (2-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.

The Harlandale-Medina Valley football game could end up being as significant in determining the district standings as the volleyball match that precedes it Friday in Castroville.

Although its the District 29-4A opener for both teams, it pits the two best teams in the district against each other and could well set the tone for the rest of the year.

Harlandale, No. 25 in the TexasHSFootball.com statewide Class 4A rankings, wasn’t challenged in its non-district games, so this should be the Indians’ first real test.

Indians senior quarterback Brandon Ramon has thrown for 989 yards and nine touchdowns without an interception. Ramon guides an offense that is averaging 35.7 points a game and his receivers are averaging 20.1 yards a catch, led by James Mendoza and Ian Martinez.

Running back Nick Martinez is averaging more than 109 rushing yards.

Harlandale’s defense is coming off its best game. Two weeks ago against Burbank, the Indians allowed just six points and 164 total yards.

After falling by 17 points to LaVernia in its opener, Medina Valley has prevailed in a pair of close games. The Panthers scored all of their points in the second quarter Sept. 13 in a 21-14 win against rival Hondo. They scored on a 12-yard run by featured back Nathan Stein (71.9 yards a game), a fumble return and a 76-yard pass from quarterback David Olvera (108 passing yards a game) to Joshua Sepulveda.

Medina Valley has a 5-2 lead in the series, but the last three games have been decided by 20 points and the Indians have won two of them. Both teams are coming off an extra week to prepare, so watch out for trick plays that could influence the outcome. 2012 score: Harlandale 51, Medina Valley 41.

Holy Cross (1-2, 0-0) at San Antonio Christian (1-2, 0-0), 7 p.m.

A year ago, Holy Cross won TAPPS District 3-II and San Antonio Christian finished second, so emotions will be high. And the score likely will be close, especially if their scores against a common opponent are indicative.

Both teams played Class 3A power Navarro, which is undefeated, a week apart before hitting their respective bye weeks.

Holy Cross was the most team to face the Panthers, playing them on the road Sept. 13. The Knights lost 40-20, but gained 340 total yards while Navarro compiled 416. San Antonio Christian lost 42-26 at home Sept. 6. The Lions finished with 303 total yards, while the Panthers rolled up 524.

The Knights will take a two-game losing streak into Friday’s game, having lost 42-19 to Antonian after beating Central Catholic 21-14 in the season-opening Holy Bowl.

A key for Holy Cross against San Antonio Christian could be junior quarterback Cisco Flores’ ability to supplement the rushing attack. Navarro’s defense was able to keep him mostly under containment.

On the plus side, there were and have been a lot of positive developments for Holy Cross. Flores completed about 70 percent of his passes for 192 yards. Back Greg Scott had a breakout game with 138 rushing yards on 21 carries. Senior Greg Kelly has averaged more than 100 receiving yards a game.

San Antonio Christian has a pass-oriented attack led by quarterback Andrew Hawkins, who has thrown for  568 yards and six touchdowns with just one interception. Two receivers are over 100 yards, Turner Goudge (11 catches) and Sam Lorillard (6 catches), while Chris Grubb has five receptions for 90 yards and three touchdowns. The receiving corps averages 18.3 yards a catch.

The Lions’ leading rusher Clayton Christian with just 76 yards.

So, Holy Cross will need to keep the pressure on Hawkins and prevent the deep strikes. It will be the first time the Knights have faced a team that relies heavily on the pass. Their diverse offense should be able to move the ball against the Lions. 2012 score: Holy Cross 25, San Antonio Christian 23.

Kennedy (3-0, 0-0) at Uvalde (1-2, 0-0), 7 p.m.

Defense and the running of senior back Matthew Avalos have Kennedy off to a surprising start. The Rockets are headed for their first big test, though, at the end of the long bus ride to Uvalde.

Kennedy has allowed just 27 points defensively and the unit has scored 20 of its own. Uvalde will be the most prolific offensive team they’ve faced.

Avalos ran for 239 yards last week in a 25-7 win over Pearsall and 552 this season. To keep Uvalde’s defense honest, the Rockets won’t need to pass often, but will need to be efficient when they do. So far, Kennedy has succeeded in doing that.

Uvalde seems to always be one of those teams that’s hard to figure, and coming off a bye week likely will make it even more unpredictable. The Coyotes ambushed Highlands 48-21 Sept. 7, but then lost unimpressively to Laredo Johnson 16-6 Sept. 13.

Against Highlands, Uvalde had both Marco Blanco (177) and Zach Sanchez (101) over 100 rushing yards while the team gained 401. Johnson held the Coyotes to 158 and 276 total yards. 

Johnson’s workhorse back Augustin Gonzalez hit them for 199 yards, which should give the Rockets hope that Avalos can have a big game in Uvalde. The biggest factor will be for Kennedy to continue to play the run well and force turnovers. 2012 score: Uvalde 20, Kennedy 2.

McCollum (2-1, 0-0) at Floresville (2-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.

McCollum takes its first trip outside of San Antonio this year to face a Floresville team that has mostly fared well against District 28-4A opponents.

The 29-4A opener for both teams may give an indication as to whether it’s better to launch into district play off a bye week or a cushy victory. The host Tigers defeated Lanier 34-12 last Friday in Floresville.

The Cowboys have had two weeks to make adjustments after falling 21-7 to Highlands, their first loss of the year on Sept. 13. The Owls beat Floresville 17-14 in their season opener Aug. 31.

Prior to the Highlands game,  McCollum’s defense had only allowed five points and 154 total yards in two games. The Owls only mustered 187 total yards but scored on three passes, two of more than 20 yards.

McCollum scored on a 79-yard pass play from Ralph Vidal to back Mike Ramirez, but hasn’t been a consistent running team so far. To win in Floresville, they’ll need to run the ball effectively to prevent the Tigers from controlling the clock with back Gilbert Ortiz (109.3 yards a game).

Tigers quarterback Koby Wilkerson is a passing threat, in that he’s able to keep defenses from keying too much on the run. Highlands gained 317 total yards against Floresville, but the Tigers held Brackenridge’s potent offense to 291. So, to earn a road win, McCollum likely will need to have its best offensive showing to date. 2012 score: Floresville 15, McCollum 12.

New Braunfels Canyon (3-1) at Southwest (2-2), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest needed to do a little soul searching after being shut out by Brennan 48-0 last Friday. Now they have the honor of playing a team that also posted a shutout last week.

New Braunfels Canyon blanked Austin LBJ 20-0 as the Cougars defense allowed just 89 total yards and just 21 rushing yards. That has to concern a Dragons offense that’s based around its running game, yet mustered just 49 yards against state-ranked Brennan. However, it’s important to note that Canyon allowed an average of 20 points a game in its first three contests.

This won’t be a holiday for Southwest, but it won’t be a re-run of what if ran into last week, either.

Dragons quarterback Bowen Crisp has been improving his passing efficiency, and continued improvement will be welcome against the Cougars. Expect the ground game to be back on track behind Brian Donnell and Reilly Riggs.

Defensively, Southwest will need to concern itself with running back Gibreel Evans (121.8 yards a game) and quarterback Phillip Shelton (82 yards a game). Shelton also has run for 251 yards. Canyon scored 47 points Sept. 13 against Roosevelt.

An interesting side note: Canyon is coached by former Southwest coach Matt Elliott. Which, undoubtedly, is why the series resumed last year after an 11-year break. Southwest won the previous game in 1991 and has a 4-2 lead in the series. 2012 score: New Braunfels Canyon 35, Southwest 21.

Sam Houston (1-3) at Navarro (4-0), 7:30 p.m.

It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire for Sam Houston.

For a beleagured Hurricanes defense that’s given up more than 40 points a game, the last two non-district opponents (Navarro Friday and Gonzales Oct. 4) don’t promise any relief. Navarro is averaging 37.8 points a game offensively.

Edison defeated 40-12 last Friday at the SAISD Sports Complex, although the statistical totals were fairly even. The Voks scored on four plays of 20 or more yards.

Sam Houston gained 258 yards and completed 10 of 19 passes, but surrendered three turnovers while Edison committed none. Erin Mack turned in another solid performance with 111 rushing yards and Devin Harris added 47.

Class 3A Navarro is averaging nearly 350 rushing yards per game, led by senior Luke Jaroszewski (115 yards a game average). 2012 score: Navarro 30, Sam Houston 13.

Southside (0-3, 0-0) vs. Memorial (2-1, 0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Memorial is used to being the pursuer. In its District 29-4A opener against Southside, the Minutemen will be the pursued.

Translation: Memorial has earned the right to be favored in this game, based on its two non-district wins even though the Cardinals have played a tougher early schedule.

That said, this could very well be a coin flip of a game. Southside certainly has the ability to pull out a victory. The Cardinals have to curb their turnovers and limit the big plays the Minutemen are capable of breaking.

Memorial not only snapped a double-digit winning streak in defeating Pearsall, it also recovered from a 43-point loss to Fredericksburg to knock off Lytle in Lytle. The Minutemen did the trick with a 24 unanswered points after the Pirates had scored the first 14 Sept. 13.

Running back Raul Rangel had his best game of the season with 136 rushing yards. Quarterback Alfred Ramos contributed 242 yards of total offense. Speedy Manases Cano hauled in three passes for 97 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown pass.

Southside was shut out 28-0 by Central Catholic that night. The Cardinals will oppose a Memorial defense that limited Lytle to 225 total yards and was plus-two in the turnover battle.

The Cardinals had averaged 24.5 in their first two games. Against the Buttons, sophomore Timmy Rodriguez ran for 76 yards, but four interceptions short-circuited the offense. However, quarterback Johnny Trevino, another sophomore, can make big plays either running or passing.

All four Central Catholic touchdowns covered 20 yards or more. The Buttons accounted for 354 total yards. Devine and Sam Houston each gained more than 475 in the first two games. 2012 score: Southside 33, Memorial 8.

 

SATURDAY

Brennan (4-0, 0-0) vs. Edison (2-2, 0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Brennan, No. 3 in the TexasHSFootball.com statewide Class 4A poll, outscored opponents 197-21 in its four non-district games and now turns its attention to its District 28-4A schedule.

Edison struggled out of the gate this year but made great improvement throughout its non-district schedule. The young Golden Bears now look like a potential playoff team after defeating Sam Houston 40-12 last Friday. They’ve won two games in a row after falling 40-7 to Pleasanton in their opener.

Senior back  Andres Aguilar ran for 115 yards and caught two passes for 79 yards against Sam Houston.  Edison quarterback Jonathan Hernandez ran for 49 yards.

Edison’s defense allowed an average of just 239 yards in the two wins. Now they’re up against a multi-faceted Brennan offense that hasn’t been slowed down by any of its four Class 5A opponents.

Bears quarterback Da’Shawn Key is equally adept at running (331 yards) and passing (441 yards). He leads Brennan in both categories. Makai Green is another reliable ground threat and leads the team in reception yards.

Defensively, Brennan’s Bears have posted shutouts in three of their four games. In a 48-0 win over Southwest last Friday, they gave up just 93 yards.

Last year, the Bears only played their starters in the first half of district games. We’ll see if that policy still holds, now that Brennan has a chance to make a deep run in the Class 4A playoffs.

Brennan won last year in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. 2012 score: Brennan 35, Edison 17.

MID-WEEK VOLLEYBALL REPORT: Provets push through for four-game victory in Laredo

Harlandale set for first-place showdown with Medina Valley

TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, Providence, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Providence evened its TAPPS District 2-5A record by pulling out a nail-biter over Laredo St. Augustine 25-22, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23 Wednesday in Laredo.

The Provets (9-14, 2-2) notched their second-consecutive district win, both in three sets. After Providence won the first two games, St. Augustine battled back to claim the third by two points. The Provets withstood another strong game from the Knights to take the match.

Gabby Mitchell led Providence with five aces and 30 digs. Logan Glick produced 16 kills. Sabrina Casares finished with a team-high 14 assists. Hannah Sasser added two blocks.

The Provets defeated Corpus Christi John Paul II a week earlier in another road match.

Harlandale d. Memorial

The logjam at the top of the District 29-4A standings broke up a little bit Tuesday night, and the fallout is that one team will have smooth sailing ahead after Friday evening.

Harlandale (18-7, 4-0) and Medina Valley (16-14, 4-0) remained tied for first in 29-4A Tuesday, but the third co-leader coming out of the weekend no longer has a share of the district lead. Uvalde’s 25-19, 25-19, 26-28, 25-23 upset win at Floresville Tuesday dumped the Jaguars (16-14, 3-1) into third place.

That means temporary custody of first place in 29-4A will be settled at 6 p.m. Friday at Medina Valley. The Panthers defeated McCollum (6-18, 1-3) 25-21, 25-19, 25-15 Tuesday at Medina Valley despite nine kills and two blocks from Neyda Sanchez, 11 assists from Savannah Borjas and 14 digs from Jasmine Cordova.

Harlandale held its ground with a four-game win over Memorial in its home gym. The Indians, who prevailed 25-17, 25-12, 23-25, 25-13, can take sole possession of first place with a victory Friday at Medina Valley.

Katie Neira turned in 16 kills. Freshman Alicia Garcia contributed 17 assists and 13 digs. Kianna Sandoval added 12 assists and five digs.

Other defensive standouts for the Indians included seniors Sierra Sandoval (14 digs, 2 aces) and Cera Cerda (12 digs, 7 kills). Erika Arredondo (9 kills) and Kelly Landin each made four blocks. Jackie Espinoza finished with six kills and five digs. Melanie Mendez had four kills. Clarissa Guerrero notched five digs.

For Memorial, Bridget Gomez connected with Minutemen hitters for 15 assists. Jatziry Duarte made nine digs. Miranda Puente had a team-high five blocks. Abigail Garcia put down five kills.

East Central d. San Marcos

The Hornets (13-13) drew on solid performances from several players to score a mild upset over San Marcos (21-9) Tuesday at East Central. The host team won 25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 25-14.

Madison Simon led East Central with seven kills. Kaylin Mills and Chrstie Cosper supplied six kills apiece, while Cosper added 2.5 blocks. Other defensive leaders for the Hornets included Brandy Campos (11 digs) and Nichole West (6 digs). Each also served two aces.

Dual setters Danny Alvarez and Alex Pena distributed 15 and nine assists, respectively.

East Central will play host to Corpus Christi Carroll (11-10) at 7 p.m. Friday in its District 28-5A opener.

Southside d. Kennedy

The Cardinals (5-18, 1-3) picked up their first District 29-4A win of the season and ended an eight-match losing streak with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-19 victory over Kennedy (6-15, 1-3) Tuesday at Edgewood Gym.

Alyssa Gallardo (15 assists, 6 aces, 6 digs) and Cristina Guerra (5 kills, 3 aces, 3 digs, 2 blocks) each   contributed in several categories to lead Southside. Amber Munoz chipped in five kills and seven digs. Ariana Cisneros made a team-best 10 digs. Aimee Wood added five digs. Mayra Sendejo executed two blocks.

Kennedy  was led by Taylor Martinez (11 digs) and Clara Lopez (10 digs) on defense. Alexandra Arzola had four assists. Ashley Garza, Angel Huron and Amalee Ramos all served two aces. Huron also led the Rockets with four kills.

Highlands d. Lanier

The Owls (13-18, 6-1) held second place in 29-4A with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-16 win Tuesday at Lanier (6-16, 3-4).

Highlands was led by Analisa Garza with 30 assists. Jazmine Jackson made 13 kills and served five aces. Libero Jessica Alvarez was credited with 13 digs.

Vanessa Trevino made seven digs for the Voks.

Jefferson d. YWLA

The Mustangs (17-8, 5-2), who are tied for third place with Brackenridge, smacked Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-24, 0-7) 25-7, 25-11, 25-12 Tuesday in 28-4A.

Selena Garcia dealt 10 assists and Melanie Ybarra made nine digs for the host team at Jefferson. Courney Garcia and Krystin Garcia each finished with five kills. Gabby Vasquez served two aces.

Alejandra Ramirez led YWLA with 11 digs. Karease Williams contributed five assists.

FOOTBALL: 2013 Master schedule updated (weeks 9-10)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

WEEK 9 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi Carroll (3-5, 2-1) vs. Steele (7-1, 3-0) at Robert Lehnhoff Stadium, Schertz, 7:30 p.m.

East Central (3-5, 1-2) at South San (2-6, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest (4-4, 2-1) vs. Corpus Christi King (3-5, 1-2) at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-4A

Lanier (3-5, 3-1) vs. Brackenridge (5-3, 3-1) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-4A

Harlandale (7-1, 4-1) at Uvalde (5-3, 4-1), 7 p.m.

Kennedy (6-2, 3-2) at Floresville (6-2, 4-1), 7 p.m.

Medina Valley (5-3, 3-2) vs. Memorial (3-5, 1-4) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Southside (0-8, 0-5) vs. McCollum (3-5, 1-4) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

District 28-3A

LaVernia (7-1, 2-0) vs. Sam Houston (1-7, 0-2) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Pleasanton (8-1, 2-1) at Somerset (6-1, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Central Catholic (4-4, 2-1) at Antonian (7-1, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

TMI (5-3, 2-3) at San Marcos Academy (1-7, 1-4), 7:30 p.m.

Victoria St. Joseph (1-7, 1-4) at Austin Hyde Park Baptist (8-0, 5-0), 7:30 p.m.

Austin Regents (7-1, 4-1) at San Antonio Christian (4-4, 3-2), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Jefferson (0-8, 0-4) vs. Brennan (9-0, 5-0) at Farris Stadium, 7 p.m.

Highlands (3-5, 1-3) vs. Edison (3-5, 1-3) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Austin St. Michael’s (5-2, 3-0) vs. St. Anthony (2-6, 0-3) at Incarnate Word University, 7:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-8, 0-3) at Brownsville St. Joseph (4-4, 1-2), 3 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

Cornerstone Christian (2-6, 0-5) vs. Holy Cross (5-3, 4-1) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

WEEK 10 SCHEDULE

(Nov. 7-9)

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi King at East Central , 7:30 p.m.

South San vs. Corpus Christi Carroll at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

Steele at Southwest, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-4A

Brackenridge vs. Highlands at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-4A

Floresville at Southside, 7 p.m.

McCollum vs. Harlandale at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Memorial vs. Kennedy at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Uvalde at Medina Valley, 7 p.m.

District 28-3A

Sam Houston at Poteet, 7:30 p.m.

Somerset at LaVernia, 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Central Catholic at Brownsville St. Joseph, 6 p.m.

Antonian at Austin St. Michael’s, 7:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi John Paul II vs. St. Anthony at Incarnate Word University, 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

Holy Cross at Austin Hyde Park Baptist, 7:30 p.m.

San Marcos Academy at Victoria St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m.

TMI at Austin Regents, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Burbank vs. Lanier at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Edison vs. Jefferson at University of the Incarnate Word, 8 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL: Brackenridge finally breaks away from Burbank in Game 4 for third-straight win (complete)

Flores’ serving, team’s blocking help Eagles compensate for Osife’s absence

 

Very few volleyball matches unfold without a decent-sized run developing at some point. Usually, there are at least a handful of flurries like that.

Just as it when it seemed Tuesday’s Brackenridge-Burbank would be the exception to the rule of thumb, the visitors launched a run of 10 unanswered points that didn’t leave the host Bulldogs much time to recover. With senior Miranda Flores serving, Brackenridge (6-21, 5-2) built a double-digit lead in Game 4 and polished off a hard-earned 25-16, 18-25, 25-23, 25-13 win that tied the Eagles for second place in District 28-4A with Jefferson (17-8, 5-2).

Flores’ 10-point service run, which included three aces, helped give Brackenridge its third-consecutive district victory since losing Sept. 13 to second-place Highlands (13-18, 6-1). The senior, who filled in for Eagles setter Renee Osife, was asked whether she was trying to serve a specific area of the court during the decisive run, or just stay within her comfort zone.

“It was a little bit of both,” Flores said. “I was trying to serve short because they were playing so deep.”

Despite its record, Burbank (6-18, 1-6) has been playing its best volleyball of the season lately – just like the Eagles. If not for a couple of twists and turns, it might have been the Bulldogs who won in four games Tuesday.

“They’ve been working very hard, and I couldn’t ask anything more from them,” second-year Burbank coach Toni  said. “They don’t give up in (matches) and they work hard all the way through practice. They’re just a great group of kids, and they’re getting rewarded now for their hard work.

“I think we lost a little bit of our intensity in that last game, but they were trying to get it back. It just didn’t happen tonight. Still, I can’t complain about anything. They gave 100 percent, just like they did in the offseason.”

The Bulldogs led their rivals 21-20 in Game 3 after taking winning the second game. Brackenridge never trailed in the fourth game and led after breaking a 3-3 tie with a four-point spurt.

The Eagles battled their way through Game 1 to pull away at the end, as they began to find their way without Osife, who missed the match because her sister was giving birth.

“Fortunately, Miranda stepped up,” first-year Brackenridge coach Chandra Kerley said. “When you’re missing people, it’s up to the other girls to step up. I knew they’d rise to the challenge, because that’s what they’ve done all year.

“Even though they were missing their setter and they had to adjust to that, they stepped it up tonight.”

Burbank essentially followed the same pattern in Game 2 that Brack had in the opening game. Then it  carried the momentum into the third game. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 5-1 lead, but the Eagles gradually caught up and tied the game nine times.

“They’re very scrappy,” Kerley said. “We knew, coming in, that we had to be very focused. We got a number of good opportunities. We just had to put them down.”

Although Brack dominated the net early and controlled it late, Burbank middle blocker Antwanisha Riddle (16 blocks, 15 kills) played a big role in the comeback, which was instigated by increased intensity from the Bulldogs’ back-row defense.

“I think Riddle decided this was her house, and she was going to own it,”  said. “When she makes up her mind on something, she usually gets it done.”

A kill from Burbank’s Adrianna Gutierrez provided a 23-22 edge, but the Bulldogs committed a passing error and the Eagles got yet another tying point. Brack’s Ana DeLeon recorded her third block and Burbank made a hitting error to suddenly swing the victory to the Eagles.

“It was very, very important,” Kerley said of Brack’s blocking. “What I talked to them about was keeping focused. I felt like they wanted this game a lot more than we did. I felt like we just needed to match their intensity, and that’s why we won.”

Jolicia Shelton-Brown (7 kills) delivered the kill that gave the Eagles the lead for good in Game 4. The 4-3 advantage grew to 11-6 with help from a kill by Flores (19 assists, 6 aces). Riddle made two consecutive blocks, one she shared with Bulldogs senior Leticia Gomez, to close the gap to two points.

That’s when a kill from Brack’s Darlene Jackson brought Flores to the serving line. Before Riddle stopped the run with a kill, the Eagles’ lead had reached 20-8.

Another kill from Shelton-Brown returned serve to Brack and the lead reached 13 on a Burbank hitting error. Burbank senior leader Jenna Villanueva pounded a kill.

“Jenna is an intense volleyball player,” Gorman said. “She’s our go-to player. She really is. She’s one of the best leaders in the district.”

Shelton-Brown answered again to put the Eagles at match point.

“We didn’t have that much experience at the beginning of the year,” Flores said. “I think we’re really coming along and making a big (improvement).”

Kathy Sifuentes led Brackenridge with 10 digs.

Kerley coached at Jay from 2007-11 and has coached club volleyball prior to coming to Brackenridge.

“They were a very young team,” Kerley said. “We only had four or five returnees. The rest of them played JV. They had a lot of talent. They just needed the experience.”

The Eagles are scheduled to play host to district-leading Brennan (25-3, 7-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Bears are ranked No. 7 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association statewide Class 4A poll.

Osife is expected to be back in the lineup.

“I think the girls are ready for it,” Kerley said. “I’m glad it’s at home. We’ve been doing well at home.”

Alejandra Martinez supplied a match-best 22 digs for Burbank. Bekah Valma contributed eight assists. Sharriah Martinez served three aces.

“I think they’re getting a lot more consistent,” Gorman said. “They’re starting to
believe in each other, and in their selves.

“As they continue to get better, I think they’re going to surprise a lot of people.”

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Harlandale set for first-place showdown with Medina Valley

East Central, Southside notch statement victories

TEAMS INCLUDED: East Central, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, Southside, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

The logjam at the top of the District 29-4A standings broke up a little bit Tuesday night, and the fallout is that one team will have smooth sailing ahead after Friday evening.

Harlandale (18-7, 4-0) and Medina Valley (16-14, 4-0) remained tied for first in 29-4A Tuesday, but the third co-leader coming out of the weekend no longer has a share of the district lead. Uvalde’s 25-19, 25-19, 26-28, 25-23 upset win at Floresville Tuesday dumped the Jaguars (16-14, 3-1) into third place.

That means temporary custody of first place in 29-4A will be settled at 6 p.m. Friday at Medina Valley. The Panthers defeated McCollum (6-18, 1-3) 25-21, 25-19, 25-15 Tuesday at Medina Valley despite nine kills and two blocks from Neyda Sanchez, 11 assists from Savannah Borjas and 14 digs from Jasmine Cordova.

Harlandale held its ground with a four-game win over Memorial in its home gym. The Indians, who prevailed 25-17, 25-12, 23-25, 25-13, can take sole possession of first place with a victory Friday at Medina Valley.

Katie Neira turned in 16 kills. Freshman Alicia Garcia contributed 17 assists and 13 digs. Kianna Sandoval added 12 assists and five digs.

Other defensive standouts for the Indians included seniors Sierra Sandoval (14 digs, 2 aces) and Cera Cerda (12 digs, 7 kills). Erika Arredondo (9 kills) and Kelly Landin each made four blocks. Jackie Espinoza finished with six kills and five digs. Melanie Mendez had four kills. Clarissa Guerrero notched five digs.

For Memorial, Bridget Gomez connected with Minutemen hitters for 15 assists. Jatziry Duarte made nine digs. Miranda Puente had a team-high five blocks. Abigail Garcia put down five kills.

East Central d. San Marcos

The Hornets (13-13) drew on solid performances from several players to score a mild upset over Sam Marcos (21-9) Tuesday at East Central. The host team won 25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 25-14.

Madison Simon led East Central with seven kills. Kaylin Mills and Chrstie Cosper supplied six kills apiece, while Cosper added 2.5 blocks. Other defensive leaders for the Hornets included Brandy Campos (11 digs) and Nichole West (6 digs). Each also served two aces.

Dual setters Danny Alvarez and Alex Pena distributed 15 and nine assists, respectively.

East Central will play host to Corpus Christi Carroll (11-10) at 7 p.m. Friday in its District 28-5A opener.

Southside d. Kennedy

The Cardinals (5-18, 1-3) picked up their first District 29-4A win of the season and ended an eight-match losing streak with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-19 victory over Kennedy (6-15, 1-3) Tuesday at Edgewood Gym.

Alyssa Gallardo (15 assists, 6 aces, 6 digs) and Cristina Guerra (5 kills, 3 aces, 3 digs, 2 blocks) each   contributed in several categories to lead Southside. Amber Munoz chipped in five kills and seven digs. Ariana Cisneros made a team-best 10 digs. Aimee Wood added five digs. Mayra Sendejo executed two blocks.

Kennedy  was led by Taylor Martinez (11 digs) and Clara Lopez (10 digs) on defense. Alexandra Arzola had four assists. Ashley Garza, Angel Huron and Amalee Ramos all served two aces. Huron also led the Rockets with four kills.

Highlands d. Lanier

The Owls (13-18, 6-1) held second place in 29-4A with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-16 win Tuesday at Lanier (6-16, 3-4).

Highlands was led by Analisa Garza with 30 assists. Jazmine Jackson made 13 kills and served five aces. Libero Jessica Alvarez was credited with 13 digs.

Vanessa Trevino made seven digs for the Voks.

Jefferson d. YWLA

The Mustangs (17-8, 5-2), who are tied for third place with Brackenridge, smacked Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-24, 0-7) 25-7, 25-11, 25-12 Tuesday in 28-4A.

Selena Garcia dealt 10 assists and Melanie Ybarra made nine digs for the host team at Jefferson. Courney Garcia and Krystin Garcia each finished with five kills. Gabby Vasquez served two aces.

Alejandra Ramirez led YWLA with 11 digs. Karease Williams contributed five assists.

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (Sept. 23-28)

Matches of Sept. 23-28

Tuesday’s results

VOLLEYBALL

District 28-4A

Brennan (25-3, 7-0) 3, Edison (8-21, 4-3) 0 (25-8, 25-17, 25-11)

Brackenridge (9-21, 5-2) 3, Burbank (6-18, 1-6) (25-16, 18-25, 25-23, 25-13)

Highlands (13-18, 6-1) 3, Lanier (6-17, 3-5) 0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-16)

Jefferson (17-8, 5-2) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-24, 0-7) 0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-12)

District 29-4A

Harlandale (18-7, 4-0) 3, Memorial (9-18, 0-4) 1 (25-17, 25-12, 23-25, 25-13)

Medina Valley (16-14, 4-0) 3, McCollum (6-18, 1-3) 0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-15)

Southside (5-18, 1-3) 3, Kennedy (6-15, 1-3) 0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-19)

Uvalde (13-17, 2-2) 3, Floresville (16-14, 3-1) 1 (25-19, 25-19, 26-28, 25-23)

TAPPS District 3-4A

Victoria St. Joseph (???) 3, Holy Cross (21-9, 2-2) 0 (game scores unavailable)

TMI (11-13, 1-1) 3, San Antonio Christian (5-11???, 0-2) 1 (25-19, 29-27, 25-20)

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (???, 4-0) 3, San Marcos Academy (???) 0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-11)

Non-district

East Central (13-13) 3, San Marcos (21-9) 1 (25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 25-14)

Judson (20-10) 3, Southwest (11-19) 0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-21)

South San (12-9) at Jay (5-16, 0-7), 7:15 p.m. (scores unavailable)

Wednesday’s results

VOLLEYBALL

TAPPS District 2-5A

Providence (9-14, 2-2) 3, Laredo St. Augustine (???) 1 (25-22, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23)

Incarnate Word (15-8, 4-0) 3, Corpus Christi John Paul II (???) 0  (25-10, 25-8, 25-7)

Antonian (21-14, 4-1) 3, St. Anthony (15-10, 3-3) 0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-9)

Thursday’s results

VOLLEYBALL

TAPPS District 3-4A

San Marcos Academy (???) at Victoria St. Joseph (???), 7 p.m. (scores unavailable)

Non-district

Holy Cross (22-9) 3, St. Anthony (15-10) 1 (25-10, 25-22, 20-25, 25-11)

Friday’s results

VOLLEYBALL

District 28-5A

Southwest (12-19, 1-0) 3, South San (12-10, 0-1) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-19)

East Central (14-13, 1-0) 3, Corpus Christi Carroll (11-11, 0-1) 0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-21)

Steele (17-15, 1-0) 3, Corpus Christi King (10-12, 0-1) 0 (25-8, 25-21, 25-13)

District 28-4A

Brennan (26-3, 8-0) 3, Brackenridge (9-22, 5-3) 0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-11)

Highlands (14-18, 7-1) 3, Jefferson (17-9, 5-3) 1 (29-27, 25-19, 25-27, 28-26)

Burbank (7-18, 2-6) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-25, 0-8) 1 (25-8, 25-27, 25-13, 25-9)

Edison (9-21, 5-3) 3, Fox Tech (9-26, 1-7) 0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-18)

District 29-4A

Harlandale (19-7, 5-0) 3, Medina Valley (16-15, 4-1) 2 (25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 8-25, 15-11)

Uvalde (14-17, 3-2) 3, Kennedy (6-16, 1-4) 0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-7)

Floresville (17-14, 4-1) 3, McCollum (6-19, 1-4) 2 (25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 17-25, 15-9)

Memorial (10-18, 1-4) 3, Southside (5-19, 1-4) 2 (11-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11)

District 28-3A

Sam Houston (17-8, 1-0) 3, Poteet (1-15 ???, 0-1) 0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-15)

Pleasanton (16-8, 1-0) 3, Hawkins (4-12 ???, 0-1) 0 (25-6, 25-10, 25-12)

Lavernia (15-16, 1-0) 3, Somerset (14-7, 0-1) 2 (26-24, 26-24, 23-25, 23-25, 15-13)

TAPPS District 3-4A

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (???, 5-0) 3. Holy Cross (22-10, 2-3) 1 (game scores unavailable)

Non-district

Providence (10-14) 3, Lanier (6-17) 0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-18)

Saturday’s results

TAPPS District 2-5A

Incarnate Word (14-8, 3-0) 3, Laredo St. Augustine (???) 0 (25-7, 25-16, 25-12)

Incarnate Word (15-8, 4-0) 3, Laredo St. Augustine (???) 1 (25-7, 23-25, 25-6, 25-7)

Austin St. Michael’s (???) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (???), 7:30 p.m. (scores unavailable)

TAPPS District 3-4A

TMI (11-13, 1-1) at Austin Regents (???), 1p.m. (scores unavailable)

San Marcos Academy (???) at San Antonio Christian (5-11???, 0-2), noon (scores unavailable)

WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Harlandale sweeps Indians for seventh-straight win (Sept. 20-21)

Edison, Kennedy pull out tough district wins

TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

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Harlandale (17-7, 3-0) increased its winning streak to seven matches with a 25-11, 25-17, 28-26 home victory over McCollum (6-17, 1-2).

“The girls came out very focused and with a lot of intensity,” Halandale coach Sylvia Cardenas said. “After two games, we kind of let our guards down a little and let them stay with us. There was a lot of back and forth in the third game.”

The victory put the Indians in a three-way tie for the District 29-4A lead. McCollum is tied for fourth with Uvalde (12-17, 1-2),which defeated the Cowboys Tuesday, and Kennedy (6-14, 1-2), which defeated its rival Memorial Friday.

“They’re coming together as a team,” Cardenas said. “It’s basically a senior group, so we have a lot of experience and leadership. They’re really stepping up and playing together.”

Harlandale’s height caused some problems for the Cowboys.

Senior standout Katie Neira, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter, led Harlandale with 12 kills and six digs. Erika Arredondo, Jackie Espinoza (2 blocks), Yolanda Garcia (3 blocks) and Melanie Mendez all added seven kills.

“We’ve been moving (the ball) around, and everyone’s been doing a good job with hitting,” Cardenas said. “We’re not just focusing on Katie. Our other girls have stepped up, so there’s no way teams can focus on just one girl.

“Jackie Espinoza, on the right side, had a really good match.”

For McCollum, senior Erin Stinnett recorded 12 kills. Stinnett thrived as Harlandale aimed its defense at controlling fellow outside hitter Neyda Sanchez.

“Some of their girls were hitting well, but we let our guards down,” Cardenas said. “I needed to get the emphasis back to playing with as much intensity as we had in the first two games.

“(Sanchez) is one of their big hitters. We were ready for her. We knew some of her tendencies. Their other hitter (Stinnett) did a really good job. They both did a good job.”

Harlandale senior Sierra Sandoval finished with 16 digs and Cera Cerda added 10, to go with four kills and two aces.

“Our libero, Sierra, did just an awesome job in the back,” Cardenas said.

Freshman Kianna Sandoval contributed 13 assists, seven digs and three aces. Catherine Silva led the Indians with 15 assists in Harlandale’s two-setter offense. Silva and Kelly Landin made five digs apiece.

Cardenas pointed out that when Sandoval, who returned recently from a hamstring pull, was injured, she turned to another setter Alicia Garcia, who kept Harlandale’s offense running smoothly.

Depth has been one of Harlandale’s best attributes, and it helped the Indians defeat McCollum. Cardenas said she just needed to remind her team of its responsibilities when the Cowboys threatened in the third game. “I called time out near the end,” she recalled, “and I stayed a little calm, because I knew we had to come together at the end. Last year, I could see that they would panic at the end.

“That’s the difference between last year and this year. This year, with the same group, they’re pretty much under control. They don’t lose focus.”

Savannah Borjas dealt 14 assists for the Cowboys. Jasmine Cordova led McCollum with nine digs. Danielle Saldivar served two aces.

The Indians share first in 29-4A with Floresville (16-13, 3-0) and Medina Valley (15-14, 3-0). Harlandale will play Medina Valley Friday in Castroville, after playing host to Memorial (9-17, 0-3) Tuesday.

Harlandale is expected to remain in contention through the end of the season.

“It’s going to be a big match,” Cardenas said, referring to facing Medina Valley. “It’s always a battle. Last year in district, they took us to five games both times. They’re pretty athletic and have a good team.”

Kennedy d. Memorial

The Rockets split the first two games with Memorial (9-17, 0-3) Friday at Edgewood Gym, but earned the victory by claiming the last two by identical 25-23 scores.

Kennedy won Game 1 in the 29-4A match 25-18. The Minutemen bounced back to snare the second game, 25-16.

Angel Huron led Kennedy with six kills and three digs. Taylor Martinez added a team-high six digs. Ashley Garza served three aces.

Memorial was led by 11 assists from Bridget Gomez and nine digs from Jatziry Duarte. Miranda Puente contributed four aces and three kills. Susan Vasquez had three blocks.

Edison d. Burbank

The Golden Bears (8-20, 4-2) outlasted improving Burbank (6-17, 1-5) to come away with a 25-19, 24-26, 25-21, 17-25, 15-12 win Friday at Edison in the District 28-4A contest.

Edison was led by a pair of seniors. Karen Guerrero unleashed 19 kills and Juanita Gomez covered the back row for 19 digs. Elizza Torres finished with three blocks. Joanna Benavidez recorded two aces.

The Bulldogs received 16 kills and six blocks from 5-9 senior Jenna Villanueva. Senior Alejandra Martinez chased down 25 digs. Leticia Gomez distributed 15 assists.

San Marcos d. Highlands

Highlands (12-18) fought hard to extend its four-match winning streak Friday, but eventually succumbed to a talented 21-8 San Marcos squad.

The Rattlers won the first two games decisively 25-15, 25-11 in San Marcos. The Owls clawed back into it with 25-23 and 25-20 decisions. In rally scoring during Game 5, San Marcos prevailed 15-4.

Jazmine Jackson put down eight kills and served four aces for Highlands. Jessica Alvarez recorded 18 digs. Analisa Garza finished with 16 assists.

Mikah Myers pounded 16 kills for the Rattlers.

Lanier d. YWLA

The Voks (6-16, 3-4) defeated Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-23, 0-6) 26-24, 25-19, 25-14 Friday in a 28-4A match at Woodlawn Gym. No statistics were available for either team.

FOOTBALL: Defense, special teams keep Kennedy undefeated

Rockets block punt, produce four turnovers in 25-7 win over Pearsall

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Kennedy hasn’t been relying on scoring points only in the conventional manner. As the Rockets demonstrated once again Friday night, any of their units can generate scoring.

In a 25-7 victory over Pearsall, Kennedy (3-0) supplemented its offensive output with a kickoff return for touchdown, a field goal and a safety. A blocked punt and a fumble recovery started touchdown drives Friday at Frank Mata Stadium. Another fumble recovery halted the Mavericks’ first scoring threat.

Through three games, the Rockets’ defense has scored 20 points and limited opponents to 27.

“They’ve been sensational at creating opportunities and putting points on the board,” Kennedy coach Richard Cerda said. “It’s been a matter of being positive and having determination.

“We’ve been playing very well defensively. We’ve gotten ourselves into some good situations and taken advantage of every opportunity.”

A blocked punt by Fabian Flores, who returned an interception for a touchdown in the Rockets’ opener, set up Kennedy’s first points. Flores not only blocked it, but recovered the ball on the Pearsall 7.

Although Kennedy wasn’t able to move the ball, it capitalized with a 24-yard field goal from Kevin Garduno with 5:39 remaining in the first quarter.

It was the first of four turnovers, including an interception by Justin Flores, for winless Pearsall.

“We’re so determined,” Kennedy defensive end Tomas Garcia said. “We always work so hard. Thanks to Coach (Cerda), we work hard in practice and it shows on the field.”

With about 10 minutes until halftime, a heavy rain began to fall. Although it had mostly dissipated by the fourth quarter, it affected both teams. Kennedy lost two fumbles in the second half.

By then, the Rockets had a sturdy lead.

Following a short punt by Pearsall, which was a direct result of the rain, senior back Matthew Avalos (239 yards, 31 attempts) carried the ball on four consecutive plays. He picked up the entire 36 yards needed for the score, using second effort to propel himself into the end zone from the Mavericks 4 for a 10-0 lead at the 6:01 mark of the second quarter.

“What drives Matthew is the love of the game,” Cerda said. “Even when we were up 44-7 last week (against Jefferson), Matthew never stops. Now he’s a senior, so he’s more mature. He’s a good kid and he’s making sure everybody has the right attitude.”

Garcia recovered a fumble with a little less than 1:30 until halftime after Pearsall drove to the Kennedy 19. He sacked Mavericks quarterback TJ Navarro and recovered the resulting fumble at the Rockets’ 26 to preserve a 10-point halftime lead.

“We know we have a chance to keep this going,” Garcia said. “There’s always going to be a hard game ahead, but we just have to stay focused and execute.”

Kennedy relied on different players and different plays in the red zone to prepare itself for the district games ahead.

“We had a plan for that,” Cerda said. “We tried to execute it the best we could. The weather played a little part in that. It didn’t quite work out the way we planned it, but there were some things we did ourselves and some that are a credit to their team. But we also did some good things.

“We’ll be fine.”

In the third quarter, the defense added two points to Kennedy’s total. The Rockets’ front line pressured Navarro into a fumble in his own end zone. The safety gave Kennedy a 12-0 lead with 5:37 left in the quarter.

Pearsall scored its only touchdown on the last play of the third quarter when Navarro passed 25 yards to Jason Wolfe.

Matthew Guzman returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to restore the margin for the Rockets. It was the team’s first kickoff return for touchdown this year.

“We prove ourselves by going three-and-out,” Rockets defensive tackle Martin Galvan said, “ and getting off the field as fast as we can. We always try to get the ball to the offense in good field position.

“We’re ready for district.”

A fumble recovery by Galvan at the Mavericks 38 two plays later set up Kennedy’s last touchdown. .

Avalos capped the scoring with a three-yard run just under six minutes from the end. It was the senior back’s fifth touchdown of the season.

“I’m really pleased with where we’re at right now,” Cerda said.

Kennedy begins District 29-4A play next Friday with a 7 p.m. game at Uvalde (1-2). Cerda believes the Rockets are capable of qualifying for the postseason and possibly can contend for the title.

“It’s going to be a tough district, but I think we have a good shot,” Cerda said. “There are just two things we need to be concerned about: We have to be consistent and stay healthy.

“They’re great kids, and they can contend for a playoff spot. I’m excited for them to do that and I’m excited for our district opener in Uvalde.”

FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Buttons shock Highlands with two second-half touchdowns (Sept. 20, 2013)

Brackenridge overcomes scoreless first half to win in overtime

Highlands (2-2) romped to an 18-point lead by the early stages of the second quarter, but the rain seemed to slow down the Owls. For the second-consecutive year, Central Catholic’s defense shut them out after halftime. That was the jump start the Buttons (2-2) needed to secure a 28-25 victory Friday at Bob Benson Stadium.

Central Catholic quarterback Joseph Nava passed for a touchdown and ran for another to seal the win. His 15-yard scoring run with 4:40 remaining was the clincher.

The Buttons blanked Southside last week for their first win and its defense has not been scored upon in four of the last six quarters. Despite the early scoring flurry, Highlands finished with just 211 total yards.

Central Catholic limited the Owls’ prolific passer, Jordan DeLuna, to 119 yards and nine completions in 22 attempts.

The Highlands senior, nonetheless, ran for a two-yard touchdown and passed six yards to Darian Todd that gave Owls a 25-7 advantage with 7:34 until halftime. The first score from DeLuna, who has thrown for 787 yards, followed a three-yard ice-breaking touchdown from the Owls’ Elijah Garces. John Cervantes threw to Octaviano Camacho for the two-point conversion.

Trailing15-0, Nava (9 of 20, 116 yards) completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Gonzales in the waning seconds of the first quarter. Nava rushed for 113 yards on 27 tries. Along with Jacob Rodriguez (98 yards, 22 carries), he gave the Buttons a 1-2 punch that helped them account for 212 rushing yards.

Highlands answered with a 35-yard field goal from Americo Ayala, whose field goal was the margin of victory in its season-opening win over Floresville. Central Catholic closed within 25-14 at halftime on a 16-yard pass from Nava to senior Ray Cortez (4 receptions, 43 yards).

Nava hurled a 15-yard touchdown pass to Will Barr (3 receptions, 37 yards) with 3:31 left in the third quarter to put Central Catholic within four points.

Jaime Nava’s second interception of the game, with 1:15 to play, crushed Highlands’ victory hopes.

Owls senior receiver Xavier Long made four catches for 87.

Brackenridge 20, Del Rio 14 (OT)

The Eagles (2-2) trailed 14-0 after a quarter in the non-district game at the Wheatley Heights Sports Complex.

Del Rio (1-3) took the lead with 9:20 remaining in the first quarter when Gus Sandoval completed a 59-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Bradshaw. Ramon Richards (151 passing yards, 79 rushing yards) brought Brackenridge within 14-6, scoring from a yard out with 1:06 until halftime.

Neither team scored again until the fourth quarter and, of course, the Rams didn’t score after Emilio Villarreal’s touchdown with 4:54 to play in the opening quarter.

Junior back Trey Mathis (78 yards,16 attempts) ran for a dramatic four-yard score with 3:29 left in regulation. Mathis also ran for the two-point conversion that made it 14-14.

Richards finished the comeback, running for a 20-yard touchdown in the first overtime. Brackenridge outgained Del Rio 316-268 in total yards. Eagles sophomore Josh Leal made three receptions for 72 yards.

Edison 40, Sam Houston 12

The Golden Bears (2-2) took control of the non-district contest late in the first half to win their second-consecutive game after opening the season with back-to-back losses.

Edison senior back Andres Aguilar (115 yards, 25 carries) scored three consecutive touchdowns to lead the assault. Aguilar scored on runs of 23 and 22 yards in the last three minutes of the first half. He added a five-yard scoring run with 8:38 to play in the third quarter.

The Bears’ final touchdown was provided  Juan Ramos on a one-yard run with 6:05 remaining. It capped a run of 27 unanswered points.

Sam Houston (1-3) absorbed its second-straight loss.

The Hurricanes fell behind 14-0 on the first two of Aguilar’s five touchdowns. He broke away for a 64-yard pass reception from Jonathan Hernandez (79 passing yards, 49 rushing yards) and a 23-yard scoring run. Aguilar caught two passes for 79 yards.

Sam Houston rallied behind senior back Erin Mack (111 yards, 16 carries). Mack scored on runs of 12 and eight yards to bring the Hurricanes within 13-12 with 5:02 until the half.

Edison played turnover-free while the Hurricanes threw three interceptions.

Judson 49, East Central 7

The Rockets (3-1) scored 49 unanswered points after Hornets quarterback Jeremy Jones ran for a one-yard touchdown with 8:45 remaining in the first quarter. The blitz included four touchdowns in about six minutes  and it began within half a minute.

Andre Wilson (4 receptions, 121 yards) hauled in the first of three-consecutive touchdown passes to start the streak. The catches covered 35, 19 and 46 yards. Judson quarterback RayJohn Austin-Ramsey (15 of 20, 302 yards) added two more touchdown passes to the Rockets’ lead before halftime.

East Central (2-2) lost for the second-consecutive week after winning its first two games under first-year coach Clint Hartman.

The Hornets compiled 254 total yards, but were plagued by four turnovers. Jones completed seven of 19 passes for 140 yards. Wanya Ward caught four passes for 82 yards. Javion Polk made two receptions for 56 yards.

Judson amassed 520 total yards.

Brennan 48, Southwest 0

Host Southwest (2-2) limited the Bears (4-0) to one touchdown in the first quarter Friday, but the flood of points began shortly thereafter and never really abated.

Makai Green (81 yards, 9 carries) scored on a 31-yard run just 46 seconds into the second quarter. Brennan scored 27 points in the period, with help from both a fumble return and an interception return.

Da’Shawn Key completed five of six passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. The Dragons held Brennan’s explosive offense to 211 yards, but couldn’t visibly reduce its scoring average.

Southwest mustered just 93 yards while being shut out for the first time in more than five seasons.

Junior back Reilly Riggs led Southwest with 41 rushing yards. The Dragons completed three of seven passes for 44 yards.

Floresville 34, Lanier 12

The Tigers (2-1) scored 37 unanswered points and ran up 377 total yards Friday in Floresville.

Lanier (0-4) scored its first touchdown with 14 seconds remaining in the third quarter on a six-yard pass from quarterback Nick Garcia (9 of 25, 71 yards) to Jesus Martinez. Garcia also threw a four-yard scoring pass to Steven Horton late in the fourth quarter.

Joshua Esquivel carried the ball 12 times and led the Voks with 67 rushing yards. Senior receiver Rodrigo Garcia made five receptions for 49 yards.

Gilbert Ortiz led Floresville’s 253-yard rushing attack. Ortiz carried 17 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns, including the first of the game on a nine-yard run with 8:46 left in the first quarter.

Koby Wilkerson completed eight of nine passes for the Tigers, covering 123 yards. He also ran for a touchdown.

FOOTBALL: Week 4 schedule (Sept. 26-28)

Games of Sept. 26-28

Thursday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Highlands (2-2, 0-0) vs. Burbank (1-3, 0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (2-2, 0-0) vs. Jefferson (0-4, 0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-4A

Harlandale (3-0, 0-0) at Medina Valley (2-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.

Kennedy (3-0, 0-0) at Uvalde (1-2, 0-0), 7 p.m.

McCollum (2-1, 0-0) at Floresville (2-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.

Southside (0-3, 0-0) vs. Memorial (2-1, 0-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (3-0, 0-0) at TMI (30, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.

San Marcos Academy (0-3, 0-0) at Austin Regents (3-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross (1-2, 0-0) at San Antonio Christian (1-2, 0-0), 7 p.m.

Non-district

Central Catholic (2-2) at South San (1-3), 7:30 p.m.

East Central (2-2) at New Braunfels (0-4), 7:30 p.m.

New Braunfels Canyon (3-1) at Southwest (2-2), 7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston (1-3) at Navarro (4-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Brennan (4-0, 0-0) vs. Edison (2-2, 0-0) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

MID-WEEK VOLLEYBALL REPORT: Highlands racks up fourth-straight 28-4A victory

Holy Cross, Providence record district wins

TEAMS INCLUDED:Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Providence, Sam Houston, Southside, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Highlands (12-17, 5-1) took care of business Tuesday at Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-22, 0-5) and will head into a break in District 28-4A competition solidly in second place. The Owls won 25-11, 25-15, 25-17.

Analisa Garza led the Owls with 21 assists. Jazmine Jackson recorded eight kills. Emily Pearce made 12 digs. Jenna Thompson notched four aces.

YWLA statistics weren’t available.

Although the Owls won’t face district competition Friday, they will have anything but a day off. Highlands will travel to San Marcos (20-8) for a non-district match.

Holy Cross

Mallory Ozuna helped the Knights (21-7, 2-1) rebound from a tough loss earlier in the week and blast San Marcos Baptist 25-16, 25-3, 25-17 Thursday in San Marcos. Ozuna dissected the ////’ defense with nine service aces in the TAPPS District 3-4A match.

The senior also dealt 31 assists. Victoria Gonzalez also had an outstanding match with 11 kills. Julia Ibarra added 10 digs.

Holy Cross dropped a heartbreaker to Austin Dominic Savio 19-25, 26-24, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 Tuesday at Holy Cross in a contest featuring two of the best in 3-4A.

Ozuna distributed an eye-popping 38 assists. Ibarra made 23 digs. Henrianna Ibarra plastered 13 kills. Ariel Alvarado and Victoria Gonzalez each served four aces. Anna Zuniga made two blocks.

Providence d. Corpus Christi John Paul II

The Provets (8-14, 1-2) won their first TAPPS District 2-5A match Tuesday in Corpus Christi. Scores and other details about the match were unavailable.

Harlandale d. Kennedy

The Indians (16-7, 2-0) remained undefeated in District 29-4A and won their fifth-consecutive match, winning 25-15, 25-12, 25-7 over Kennedy (5-14, 0-2) Tuesday at Edgewood Gym.

Freshman Kianna Sandoval led Harlandale with 10 kills. Catherine Silva finished with 10 assists and three service aces. Cera Cerda had five kills and four aces. Katie Neira made six kills and Yolanda Garcia contibuted four. Kelly Landin and Sierra Sandoval each was credited with four digs.

Ashley Garza made four digs and Omni Garcia added four assists for the Rockets.

Jefferson d. Edison

The Mustangs (16-7, 4-1) took sole possession of third place in District 29-4A with a hard-earned 25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21 home win Tuesday over Edison (7-20, 3-2).

Senior Courtney Garcia led the Mustangs with 21 digs and 14 assists. Gabby Vasquez made nine kills. Marissa Vargas finished with five blocks. Selena Garcia had 11 assists and served two aces.

Karen Guerrero led the Golden Bears with 13 kills and 29 digs. Marissa Cortinas distributed 25 assists. Kalani Woods made a match-best six blocks..

Sam Houston d. Pearsall

The Hurricanes (16-8) downed Pearsall (7-14) 25-15, 25-13, 25-20 Tuesday in a non-district match in Pearsall. Sam Houston statistics were not available.

East Central d. Wagner

The Hornets (12-13) ended a three-match losing streak Tuesday with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-11 victory at Wagner (12-13) in a non-district match.

Brittany Campos led East Central with 14 digs. Nichole West finished with a team-high six kills. Danny Alvarez produced seven assists. Kaylin Mills recorded four kills and three aces.

Brackenridge d. Lanier

Senior Renee Osife led the Eagles (7-21, 3-2) with four aces, five kills, 10 digs and 16 assists in a 25-14, 25-13, 25-17 District 28-4A victory over the host team Tuesday at Lanier (5-16, 2-4).

Priscilla Martinez also stood out for Brackenridge with six aces and nine digs. Jolicia Shelton-Brown provided six kills and seven digs. Kathy Sifuentes had a team-high 12 assists. Darlene Jackson connected for nne kills and two blocks. Jacklynn Navarez added six digs. Ana DeLeon contributed four kills.

LeeAnna Martinez had five kills and five blocks for Lanier. Sarah Chavez dealt 11 assists. Elisa DeHoyos finished with five digs.

Burbank d. Fox Tech

The Bulldogs (6-16, 1-4) battled through the second game and recorded a three-game sweep of Fox Tech (9-24, 1-5) Tuesday at Burbank.

Burbank received 12 kills from Antwanisha Riddle and 22 assists from Alejandra Martinez in securing a 25-17, 27-25, 25-15 victory. Rebekah Valma dealt 14 assists. Jenna Villaneuva put down six blocks. Bianca Aguirre served two aces.

The Buffaloes were led by Valerie Villarreal with 26 digs and Elisabeth Crane with nine kills, six digs and two aces. Ruby Chapa dished 16 assists and made five digs. Adelind-Iris Sifuentes made five kills. Ruby Zavala notched four kills and two blocks. Defensive standouts were Brianna Campos (8 digs) and Carla Ponce (5 digs).

FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: South San defense keeps Burbank in check for first 2013 win (Sept. 19, 2013)

Lee passing attack bombs winless Jefferson early

South San’s defense limited Burbank to 48 total yards and no offensive touchdowns in a 20-7 win over the Bulldogs Thursday at the SAISD Sports Complex.

Christian Morales scored two touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards to lead the Bobcats (1-3). Burbank (1-3) scored its only touchdown on an 88-yard kickoff return from Marcos Luna late in the first quarter.

South San took a 7-0 lead on a one-yard run from sophomore quarterback Isaiah Gutierrez (9 of 14, 129 passing yards) with 1:37 remaining in the opening quarter. Luna took the ensuing kickoff back to tie it 7-7 as the quarter ended.

Morales, who also led the Bobcats with 84 reception yards on three catches, put South San in the lead for good with 5:05 until halftime. The senior ran three yards for the score.

A bruising runner, Morales also added a 12-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter.

Defensively, the Bobcats limited the Bulldogs to 13 yads on 22 carries. Burbank senior quarterback Jeremy Sanchez completed two of nine passes for 35 yards. Luna had a 25-yard reception and an interception.

South San’s Juan Zamarripa made four receptions totaling 33 yards.

Lee 42, Jefferson 16

The Volunteers (3-1) scored the first five touchdowns Thursday at Heroes Stadium. All of them originated with passes from junior quarterback Freedom Salas (9 of 19, 165 yards).

Speedy Chris Adams (81 yards, 4 receptions) was the target on four of those scoring passes, opening the scoring with a 44-yard reception less than three minutes into the game.

Jefferson (0-4) scored its first points with 3:01 until halftime. Marco Cruz nailed a 27-yard field goal, pulling the Mustangs within 19-3.

The Mustangs scored twice in the fourth quarter.

Jesse Flores (178 yards, 32 carries) ran four yards with 10:26 to play. Jefferson closed to 35-9. Twelve seconds later, Lee’s Anthony Green broke a 70-yard touchdown run.

Weston Redding (15 of 29, 233 yards), son of Jefferson coach Doyle Redding, completed a 17-yard pass to D’Andre Melton for the game’s final score. The senior made six catches for 112 yards in his first varsity action. Henry Bocko caught three passes for 68 yards.

Jefferson finished with 450 total yards to Lee’s 358.

FOOTBALL: Week 3 results (complete)

Thursday’s results

Non-district

Lee (3-1) 42, Jefferson (0-4) 16

South San (1-3) 20, Burbank (1-3) 7

Friday’s results

Non-district

Kennedy (3-0) 25, Pearsall (0-4) 7

Edison (2-2) 40, Sam Houston (1-3) 12

Brackenridge (2-2) 20, Del Rio (1-3) 14 (OT)

Brennan (4-0) 48, Southwest (2-2) 0.

Central Catholic (2-2) 28, Highlands (2-2) 25

Judson (3-1) 49, East Central (2-2) 7

Lanier (0-3) at Floresville (1-1), late

FOOTBALL: Week 3 previews (Friday’s games)

FRIDAY

Brennan (3-0) at Southwest (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest utilized 12 ballcarriers in a 31-7 win over Lee last Friday.  That could be helpful as the Dragons’ offense will need to be diverse to challenge Brennan, No. 3 in the TexasHSFootball.com statewide Class 4A poll. Maybe not quite that diverse, but as East Central discovered in a 49-21 loss to the Bears last Thursday, vanilla doesn’t work.

The Dragons’ defense has seemed to make alarming progress since allowing 42 points in its season-opener against Laredo United. Against Lee, it allowed a previously productive offense just 131 total yards and took a shutout into the fourth quarter.

How much progress the unit truly has made will be measured Friday. Brennan is averaging 49.7 points a game behind fourth-year starting quarterback Da’Shawn Key. The Bears have no shortage of other weapons.

Southwest’s 28-5A rival East Central was not able to sustain drives against Brennan’s stingy defense, which limited the Hornets to 23 rushing yards and 104 total yards.

Southwest leaned a little more heavily on senior Brian Donnell to complement featured back Reilly Riggs. Expect that to continue. Junior quarterback Bowen Crisp likely will be called upon to throw a bit more. 2012 score: Brennan 41, Southwest 21.

Del Rio (1-2) vs. Brackenridge (1-2) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

After absorbing two consecutive losses, Brackenridge is anxious to get back to the form it showed in its opening win over Sam Houston.

The No. 1 priority will be maintaining possession. The Eagles committed three turnovers against Victoria East in a 42-35 loss last Saturday. Those mistakes hurt Brackenridge’s high-powered offense just enough to give the turnover-free Titans an edge.

Quarterback Ramon Richards rolled up 350 yards of total offense, including 205 passing yards. The Eagles have developed other targets to complement Rominique Anthony, especially Marco Marble. Trey Mathis is coming along as a featured back. Brack can move the ball on anyone, as long as it avoids turnovers.

The series, if it can truly be called that, had its second meeting last year. The first was in 1928.

Del Rio averaged less than three yards per play and lost three fumbles in a 37-0 loss to Clemens last Friday. The Rams rushed for 36 yards and had 105 total yards. That could be just the prescription Brackenridge’s defense needs after giving up 428 yards to Victoria East. However, a week earlier in a 17-7 win over Carlsbad (N.M.), Del Rio put up 354 total yards. Based on that game, the Rams will want to establish its running attack behind Emilio Villarreal.

Like Brackenridge, Del Rio has played a tough early schedule, but is expected to contend for the 29-5A title. Nonetheless, the Eagles bounced back from the loss to the Titans with a convincing win last year and are capable of doing the same. 2012 score: Brackenridge 61, Del Rio 28.

Judson (2-1) at East Central (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

The rankings reveal much about this game. East Central is No. 23 in the TexasHSFootball.com statewide Class 5A rankings, for the second-straight week. Judson is No. 24.

East Central became the first team to score on Brennan in a 49-21 loss, but the Bears exposed holes in the Hornets’ passing attack. EC wasn’t able to get first downs when it needed them out of its spread offense against Judson. Even though Johnathan Jackson is expected back to bolster the ground game, the Hornets will need a better game out of quarterback Jeremy Jones against the Rockets.

Judson drew a lot of attention with its season-opening 25-19 win over perennial state powerhouse Austin Lake Travis. The Rockets were derailed 51-34 by Steele, but got back on target with a solid 28-6 win over Churchill last Friday.

Even against Steele, the Rockets’ offense cranked out 609 total yards, so don’t be surprised if this turns into a shootout. Judson quarterback Rayjohn Austin-Ramsey has thrown for 697 yards and is one of three Rockets rushers with more than 120 yards in three games.

Judson has 10 turnovers to its opponents’ six. Winning the turnover battle could be a key for EC. The Rockets have won the last 12 games in the matchup. The Hornets’ most-recent victory was in 1981. 2012 score: haven’t played since 2010.

Highlands (2-1) at Central Catholic (1-2), 7:30 p.m.

This probably will never be a rivalry, but this promises to be a second-consecutive classic game in the fledgling series.

Both teams are coming off statement wins e of the most intriguing matchups of the weekend.

A year ago, Central Catholic scored the game’s only second-half touchdown and kept Highlands scoreless over the last 24:30 to earn the win. The Buttons’ defense is coming off a 28-0 win at Southside, but will be challenged to keep Owls  quarterback Jordan DeLuna under wraps in his third year as a starter.

The senior passed for 172 yards and three touchdowns against a McCollum defense that had only allowed five points in its first two games. Despite Highlands’ 21-7 victory, the Owls have had difficulty establishing a consistent running attack.

Central Catholic not only limited Southside to 224 total yards last Friday, the Buttons also produced their best offensive night thus far. Joseph Nava has been a dangerous playmaker for Central Catholic and Will Barr is a deep threat.

This game could easily go down to the wire. Neither team seems to have a clear-cut advantage, offensively or defensively. 2012 score: Central Catholic 20, Highlands 14.

Lanier (0-3) at Floresville (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Lanier faces its fourth-consecutive tough non-district test, but the Voks have shown good improvement through the first three.

Offensively, the Voks have been solid behind quarterback Nick Garcia, back Stephen Veliz and receiver Jacob Munoz. Their defense has been pitted against three potent offenses and has been a bit overpowered. Pleasanton gained 509 total yards last Friday.

Floresville will try to control the ball behind back Gilbert Ortiz (113.5 yards a game). The Tigers were blanked in the second half of their Week 0 loss to Highlands, but quarterback Koby Wilkerson threw two second-half touchdown passes, including the game winner as Floresville beat Brackenridge 26-21 Sept. 6.

The Voks will need to be at their best to compete with a battle-tested Floresville team. 2012 score: Floresville 36, Lanier 25.

Pearsall (0-3) vs. Kennedy (2-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Kennedy came out of its bye week like gangbusters, beating Jefferson 43-13. The Rockets return home to Mata Stadium a heavy-favorite against a Pearsall team that has been victimized for the first wins of the season  by Memorial, Burbank and Edison in consecutive weeks.

The Rockets opened up their offense against Jefferson while rotating quarterbacks Blade Alvarado, Eric Lira and Matthew Rangel. Matthew Avalos ran for 147 yards. Receivers Matthew Guzman and Isaiah Garcia have put up good numbers.

The defense has allowed 215.5 yards a game and has scored on three interception returns. The Rockets will be aiming for a shutout after coming close against Crystal City in Week 0, allowing just 190 total yards.

Quarterback T.J. Navarro is Pearsall’s leading rusher and passer.  2012 score: Kennedy 20, Pearsall 7.

Sam Houston (1-2) vs. Edison (1-2) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Both teams have had their highs and lows this year, and will be looking to establish more consistency Friday.

Edison blanked Pearsall 41-0 last Friday after playing Carrizo Springs close a week earlier. The Golden Bears broke through to the win column behind four touchdown passes from quarterback Jonathan Hernandez and a defense that limited Pearsall to 220 total yards.

The Golden Bears only mustered 185 offensive yards, but showed room to grow with Hernandez connecting with David Sanchez and Francisco Gomez on long pass plays. Andres Aguilar remains a reliable, every-down back.

With the district opener against Brennan looming, the Golden Bears will need to continue to grow on offense. The Hurricanes’ offense can help prepare Edison’s defense for what’s ahead.

Devine defeated Sam Houston 35-21 last Saturday. The Warhorses simply outexecuted the Hurricanes throughout most of the game. Sam Houston’s defense did a better job of preventing Devine from controlling the ball and the clock in the second half, but the visitors still finished with 485 total yards.

Sam Houston got a spark on its last series with senior Jvoni Badie-Jones at quarterback. He gives the Hurricanes more of a run threat to balance out lefty Raymonte Prime’s passing ability. The hunch here is that they’ll share snaps.

The Hurricanes’ line will need to block consistently to keep back Erin Mack effective and allow the offense to establish its big-play possibilities. If that happens for the Hurricanes, it will be hard for Edison to keep pace.

The series stretches back to 1964, with the Hurricanes holding a 26-18 edge. The teams have split their last five games. If the pattern holds, it’s Sam Houston’s turn to win. 2012 score: Edison 47, Sam Houston 21.

FOOTBALL: Week 3 previews

THURSDAY

Jefferson (0-3) vs. Lee (2-1) at Heroes Stadium, 7 p.m.

The road is getting longer for Jefferson in the pursuit of its first 2013 victory. The Mustangs now must face an angry Lee team, still smarting from its 31-7 loss to Southwest last Friday.

When the series began in the early 1960s, these were two of the most powerful teams in San Antonio. It resumed last year after a 13-year break. Jefferson hasn’t defeated the Volunteers since 1989 and trails 29-5 overall.

Jefferson lost 43-13 last Friday to a Kennedy team coming off a bye week. Although the Rockets didn’t put up huge yardage numbers, they didn’t help the Mustangs’ points-against average. Jefferson has allowed 43.7 points a game while scoring an average of 13.3.

So, they were right about at those averages last week. But Jefferson will need to do better to have a chance to win against its Class 5A opponent.

The Volunteers blasted Holmes 44-13 and squeaked by Marshall 17-16 in their first two games. The Dragons’ defense limited Lee to just 136 total yards and 23 rushing yards. Southwest also kept quarterback Freedom Salas 45 yards under his average at 130 passing yards and an interception  out of the spread offense.

Jefferson scored on an 85-yard kickoff return from Phillip Hudspeth and a 50-yard run from Jesse Flores against Kennedy, while mustering a respectable 240 yards. Flores finished with 114 yards on 11 attempts.

The offense is showing week-to-week improvement, but still surrendered three interceptions against the Rockets. Jefferson was winless in non-district season last year and still made the playoffs. So, the Mustangs may not be overly concerned about their record, but continued improvement is important. 2012 score: Lee 49, Jefferson 35.

South San (0-3) vs. Burbank (1-2) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

South San won its first game in 2012 against Burbank, and the opportunity for a first victory of the season exists again.

The Bobcats will need to put a 42-13 loss to Victoria West behind them. South San played McCollum tough in a 14-5 loss during Week 1, so the Victoria West result came as something of a surprise.

The Warriors limited South San to 101 total yards (for the second-straight week) while romping to 42 first-half points, culminating with a blocked punt return. Victoria West totaled just 203 yards against the Bobcat’s improved defense.

Developing a more effective passing attack to keep defenses honest has to be a priority for South San. More production from back Christian Morales, who has been solid, also will be a key if the Bobcats are to pull this one out.

South San has won the last eight games in the series, dating to 1986, but Burbank has a chance to end that streak. The Bulldogs are two weeks removed from a 34-6 win over Pearsall.

Like South San, though, Burbank needs to put last Friday’s 48-6 loss to Harlandale in the rear-view mirror. (for comparison’s sake, Harlandale defeated South San 31-13 in the Bobcats’ opener.)

The big plays the Bulldogs produced in the first two weeks were absent against the Indians. Burbank’s only touchdown was the product of a fumble recovery.

Burbank also will need to gets its passing attack back on track, after completing just one of 13 throws against Harlandale. Quarterback Jeremy Sanchez continued to be a running threat, though. 2012 score: South San 35, Burbank 14.

 

MORE TO COME

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Highlands racks up fourth-straight 28-4A victory (complete)

Harlandale defeats Kennedy for fifth win in a row

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston, Southside, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Highlands (12-17, 5-1) took care of business Tuesday at Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-22, 0-5) and will head into a break in District 28-4A competition solidly in second place. The Owls won 25-11, 25-15, 25-17.

Analisa Garza led the Owls with 21 assists. Jazmine Jackson recorded eight kills. Emily Pearce made 12 digs. Jenna Thompson notched four aces.

YWLA statistics weren’t available.

Although the Owls won’t face district competition Friday, they will have anything but a day off. Highlands will travel to San Marcos (20-8) for a non-district match.

Harlandale d. Kennedy

The Indians (16-7, 2-0) remained undefeated in District 29-4A and won their fifth-consecutive match, winning 25-15, 25-12, 25-7 over Kennedy (5-14, 0-2) Tuesday at Edgewood Gym.

Freshman Kianna Sandoval led Harlandale with 10 kills. Catherine Silva finished with 10 assists and three service aces. Cera Cerda had five kills and four aces. Katie Neira made six kills and Yolanda Garcia contibuted four. Kelly Landin and Sierra Sandoval each was credited with four digs.

Ashley Garza made four digs and Omni Garcia added four assists for the Rockets.

Jefferson d. Edison

The Mustangs (16-7, 4-1) took sole possession of third place in District 29-4A with a hard-earned 25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21 home win Tuesday over Edison (7-20, 3-2).

Senior Courtney Garcia led the Mustangs with 21 digs and 14 assists. Gabby Vasquez made nine kills. Marissa Vargas finished with five blocks. Selena Garcia had 11 assists and served two aces.

Karen Guerrero led the Golden Bears with 13 kills and 29 digs. Marissa Cortinas distributed 25 assists. Kalani Woods made a match-best six blocks..

Sam Houston d. Pearsall

The Hurricanes (16-8) downed Pearsall (7-14) 25-15, 25-13, 25-20 Tuesday in a non-district match in Pearsall. Sam Houston statistics were not available.

East Central d. Wagner

The Hornets (12-13) ended a three-match losing streak Tuesday with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-11 victory at Wagner (12-13) in a non-district match.

Brittany Campos led East Central with 14 digs. Nichole West finished with a team-high six kills. Danny Alvarez produced seven assists. Kaylin Mills recorded four kills and three aces.

Brackenridge d. Lanier

Senior Renee Osife led he Eagles (7-21, 3-2) with four aces, five kills, 10 digs and 16 assists in a 25-14, 25-13, 25-17 District 28-4A victory over the host team Tuesday at Lanier (5-16, 2-4).

Priscilla Martinez also stood out for Brackenridge with six aces and nine digs. Jolicia Shelton-Brown provided six kills and seven digs. Kathy Sifuentes had a team-high 12 assists. Darlene Jackson connected for nne kills and two blocks. Jacklynn Navarez added six digs. Ana DeLeon contributed four kills.

LeeAnna Martinez had five kills and five blocks for Lanier. Sarah Chavez dealt 11 assists. Elisa DeHoyos finished with five digs.

Burbank d. Fox Tech

The Bulldogs (6-16, 1-4)battled through the second game and recorded a three-game sweep of Fox Tech (9-24, 1-5) Tuesday at Burbank.

Burbank received 12 kills from Antwanisha Riddle and 22 assists from Alejandra Martinez in securing a 25-17, 27-25, 25-15 victory. Rebekah Valma dealt 14 assists. Jenna Villaneuva put down six blocks. Bianca Aguirre served two aces.

The Buffaloes were led by Valerie Villarreal with 26 digs and Elisabeth Crane with nine kills, six digs and two aces. Ruby Chapa dished 16 assists and made five digs. Adelind-Iris Sifuentes made five kills. Ruby Zavala notched four kills and two blocks. Defensive standouts were Brianna Campos (8 digs) and Carla Ponce (5 digs).

Austin Dominic Savio d. Holy Cross

The Knights (20-7, 1-1) lost a heartbreaker to Austin Dominic Savio 19-25, 26-24, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 Tuesday at Holy Cross in a contest featuring two of the best in TAPPS District 3-4A.

Mallory Ozuna distributed an eye-popping 38 assists. Julia Ibarra made 23 digs. Henrianna Ibarra plastered 13 kills. Ariel Alvarado and Victoria Gonzalez each served four aces. Anna Zuniga made two blocks.

WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: With Garcia as inspiration, McCollum successfully embarks on 29-4A schedule

Harlandale also opens 29-4A with victory, beating Uvalde in three games

HERE’S A LINK TO THIS STORY ON THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/community/southside/news/article/Volleyball-roundup-4819234.php

Teams included: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Lanier, McCollum. South San, Southside.

By Mike Considine

Resiliency is a quality that isn’t often discussed, but can be crucial to a team’s success. McCollum is a key example.

The Cowboys (5-16, 1-0) began their season with just two players with any varsity experience. A third, libero Alex Garcia, hoped to return from a terrible car accident last spring. The majority of the roster, though, was young and unproven.

After taking its lumps through a brutal non-district schedule, McCollum started to prove itself last week. The Cowboys defeated Burbank (5-16) Sept. 10 and Southside (4-16, 0-1) Friday, two teams comparable to themselves, in three and four games, respectively.

“I kept trying to tell the girls something positive to take out of each of the opponents we faced,” McCollum coach Rose Ann Martinez said, referring to the early-season schedule. “I kept telling them, ‘It’s just going to help us in district.”

McCollum won its final tuneup before the district season 25-16, 25-19, 25-21. The momentum carried over to the match against Southside. Both matches were played at McCollum.

“Playing Burbank right before district gave us a lift,” Martinez said. “Playing Southside was good, too, because I think we had more energy.”

The Cowboys defeated the rival Cardinals 25-14, 25-15, 21-25, 25-20.

Neyda Sanchez led McCollum with 14 kills. Jasmine Cordova, who has filled Garcia’s lineup spot, made 23 digs. Sophomore setter Savannah Borjas distributed 20 assists. Emily Solis served three aces.

“In the third game, I changed the lineup a little and that always changes the (dynamics),” Martinez said. “I’m glad we came back in the fourth game and ran with it. It’s been fun, those past two matches.”

Alyssa Gallardo led the Cardinals with 19 assists and 18 digs. Cristina Guerra put down 11 kills. Ariana Cisneros served three aces. Amber Munoz produced 1.5 blocks.

“This team really believes, every day, that we’re going to win,” Martinez said, “even when we were 1-7, they believed.”

Although she is physically unable to play during her senior season, Garcia has remained very much a part of the Cowboys.

Garcia suffered brain damage from the car accident and was in a coma for 10 days. Her recovery has been miraculous. She was practicing with the team early in the season, but was unable to continue because of her condition.

Nonetheless, Garcia is attending all of McCollum’s home games.

“When she was trying to play, she was having (severe) headaches every day and she was still in therapy three times a week,” Martinez said. “The doctors decided that she shouldn’t play. She was suffering from anxiety, because she was so anxious to get out there and play.”

McCollum will play host to Uvalde Tuesday and travel to archrival Harlandale Friday. Both matches will start at 6 p.m.

“In my opinion, Harlandale probably will be district champions,” Martinez said. “They have everybody returning and they’re just too tall. It’s funny how we’re 1 ½ miles apart, and they have all the height.

“Fortunately, we’ve seen height all season. I hope that’ll help us.”

Harlandale d. Uvalde

The Indians began its 29-4A season in impressive fashion, defeating Uvalde () 25-21, 25-11, 25-23 Friday at Harlandale.

Freshman setter Alicia Garcia  led the Indians with 16 assists, 11 digs and three aces. Senior Katie Neira blasted 11 kills, made seven digs and had two blocks. Catherine Silva finished with eight digs and seven assists.

Other top Harlandale hitters were Madeline Mendez (2 blocks) with seven kills, Erika Arrredondo with five, Yolanda Garcia (3 blocks) with four kills and Jackie Espinosa with four kills. Other defensive contributors were Sierra Sandoval (18 digs), Cera Cerda (12 digs) and Kelly Landin (5 digs).

Highlands d. Brackenridge

The Owls (11-17, 4-1) maintained second place in District 28-4A Friday with a close 26-24, 25-22, 25-20 win over fifth-place Brackenridge (6-21, 2-2) at the Eagles’ gym.

Analisa Garcia was credited with 20 assists and Jessica Alvarez made 15 digs to keep Highlands on a roll with three consecutive wins since losing their district opener to first-place Brennan (22-3, 5-0).

Jazmine Jackson recorded eight kills for the Owls. Melody Guzman served three aces. Bryten Mitchan had three blocks.

For Brackenridge, senior Renee Osife finished with 28 assists and eight digs. Jolicia Shelton-Brown contributed 12 kills and five digs. Front-court players Darlene Jackson (5 kills, 3 blocks), Miranda Flores (5 digs) and Keimoria Wiseman (2 blocks) also made their presence felt. On defense, Kathy Sifuentes supplied nine digs, Priscilla Martinez had seven and Dominique Ramirez had five.

Jefferson d. Fox Tech

Jefferson (15-7, 3-1) bounced back from a loss to Brennan Sept. 10 to down the Buffaloes (9-23, 1-4) 25-14, 25-17, 25-10 Friday at Fox Tech.

Mustangs statistics were unavailable.

Fox Tech received 15 assusts and six digs from Ruby Chapa. Valerie Villarreal made 18 digs. Elisabeth Crane recorded eight kills and seven digs. Ruby Zavala also made eight kills. Elizabeth Narezo and Brianna Campos finished with five digs apiece.

Edison d. Lanier

Lanier (5-15, 2-3) won the first game 25-20 Friday at Edison, but the Golden Bears (7-19, 3-1) showed their resolve with the come-from-behind victory. Edison completed the win 25-16, 25-19, 25-13 and remained tied Jefferson for second in 28-4A.

Karen Guerrero (13 digs) and Paula Moreno led the Golden Bears with 12 kills each. Marissa Cortinas had a fantastic match with 29 assists and eight digs. Lauren Gutierrez dealt 12 assists. Juanita Gomez made 12 digs.

Amy Marcos and Kalani Woods (2 blocks) added nine kills apiece for Edison. Elizza Torres and Destiny McCarty each had four kills. Joanna Benavidez contributed five digs.

For the Voks, LeeAnna Martinez (7) and Yulisa Beltran (2) were blocking standouts. Martinez also knocked down five kills. Sarah Chavez chipped in with 13 digs and 10 assists. Emily Hueta gave Lanier 10 digs.

South San d. St. Anthony

The Bobcats (12-7) made short work of a difficult opponent Friday at St. Anthony (13-9). South San defeated the Yellowjackets 25-14, 27-25, 25-19.

No individual statistics were available for South San.

FOOTBALL: Week 3 schedule (Sept. 19-21)

WEEK 3 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 19-21)

Thursday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Jefferson (0-3) vs. Lee (2-1) at Heroes Stadium, 7 p.m.

South San (0-3) vs. Burbank (1-2) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Brennan (3-0) at Southwest (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

Del Rio (1-2) vs. Brackenridge (1-2) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston (1-2) vs. Edison (1-2) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Highlands (2-1) at Central Catholic (1-2), 7:30 p.m.

Judson (2-1) at East Central (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

Lanier (0-3) at Floresville (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Pearsall (0-3) vs. Kennedy (2-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.