FOOTBALL: Week 1 previews

FRIDAY

Carrizo Springs (1-0) vs. Edison (0-1) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Veteran senior Andres Aguilar stepped up for Edison in Week 0 as both a featured back and receiver, but the Golden Bears will be gearing toward developing some reliable offensive company for him with an eye toward district season.

Carrizo Springs features Freddy Longoria, who rushed for 218 yards in the opener against Cotulla. The Wildcats gained 302 of their 452 total yards on the ground. After allowing Pleasanton to gain 555 yards last week, Edison will need to shore up its defense to prevent Carrizo Springs from controlling the ball and the clock. But the Wildcats aren’t one-dimensional. Quarterback Jesse Rodriguez threw for 151 yards and Angel Gonzalez reeled in two receptions for 90 yards.2012 score: Edison 44, Carrizo Springs 12.

East Central (1-0) vs. Marshall (0-1) at Farris Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

East Central concludes its tour of the Northside ISD with a trip to Farris Stadium to face Marshall, one of the surprise teams of 2012. Under new coach Clint Hartman, the expectation for the Hornets’ offense was an aerial display, but they were pretty balanced in the 21-14 win over Jay. Back Javion Polk emerged as the other half of a 1-2 punch with Jonathan Jackson. Now the expectation will be for more EC points on the board. The Rams also are under new leadership in first-year coach Tim Williams. Marshall back Dafida Jostin made a dazzling debut in the Rams’ 17-16 loss to Lee last week. Jostin ran for 177 yards. 2012 score: East Central 50 Marshall 0.

Floresville (0-1) vs. Brackenridge (1-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Brack returns to Wheatley Heights, the scene of Week O fireworks for the Eagles. They set the bar high for an expected test against always-solid Floresville. The Eagles averaged nearly nine yards per carry and 20 yards per catch in their opener against Sam Houston, so the Tigers defense will have its hands full with Ramon Richards and his crew. Floresville led after three quarters against Highlands, but lost on a last-second field goal  as the Owls scored the last 10 points. The Tigers’ defense gave up 319 yards to Highlands and will need to improve significantly to have a chance to beat Brack and it’s big-play capability. Floresville only averaged about two yards per rushing attempt in its opener and will face a defense that limited Sam Houston to fewer than 100 yards. 2012 score: Brackenridge 41, Floresville 14.

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

Memorial did the things it needed to do to snap a losing streak last week. Despite returning home, the Minutemen will have a much greater task ahead against a Fredericksburg team that returns 19 starters from 2012. The Battlin Billies lost 40-27 to Burnet in their opener. Memorial, which also returned a bevy of 2012 starters, stayed fairly basic in their 31-14 win over Pearsall and should show more of their offense against the Billies. Fredericksburg has won all five games in the series to date. 2012 score: Fredericksburg 45, Memorial 12.

Holy Cross (1-0) at Antonian (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

A meeting between TAPPS District 3-II favorite Holy Cross and the 2-I favorite Antonian. Holy Cross won’t exactly catch a break after opening with a 21-14 win over Central Catholic. The Apaches will pose another tough test. Success for the Knights will start with ground game. Quarterback Cisco Flores and running back Greg Scott both ran for more than 100 yards last week, while Antonian gave up 299 rushing yards to Navarro in a 27-21 loss. Daniel Rosenfeld is a key player for Antonian, whether running or receiving the ball. 2012 score: Antonian 35, Holy Cross 6.

Sam Houston (0-1) at Southside (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Both teams will be looking for growth from Game 1 to Game 2. Both offenses are capable of producing bigger numbers than they did in their openers. Both defenses could use some tightening. That should make for an intriguing contest at Southside. Watch for a more consistent performance from Southside sophomore quarterback Johnny Trevino. When the Hurricanes have the ball, watch who’s getting the snaps at quarterback, Raymonte Prime or Jvoni Badie-Jones. 2012 score: Southside 18, Sam Houston 12.

Southwest (0-1) at Central Catholic (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest has won all three games in the series and only one has been close. This should be the second, and don’t be surprised if the Buttons claim their first win.

Central Catholic had an encouraging start last week in a 21-14 loss to Holy Cross. Josh Godfrey has settled into the quarterback job and threw for 166 yards. Joseph Nava ran for 119. The Buttons biggest problem to overcome is commiting four turnovers to the Knights’ two.

Southwest musrtered little more than 200 total yards last week in a 42-14 loss to Laredo United, playing without running back Erin Mack. Mack gained 1,477 rushing yards last year and could make a big impact on the Dragons if he’s ready to go. 2012 score: Southwest 44, Central Catholic 7.

South San (0-1) vs. McCollum (1-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Both teams have looked stronger than their 2012 versions in their respective debuts last week, but McCollum was a revelation. The Cowboys limited Jefferson to 53 total yards while pitching a 35-0 shutout.

McCollum quarterback Ralph Vidal threw for 124 yards in Juan Hinojosa’s debut as Cowboys coach. Mike Ramirez ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns in his first start at running back. The Cowboys gained 352 total yards.

South San gained a respectable 242 total yards while Harlandale won 31-13 as Brandon Ramon threw for 215 yards. McCollum’s offense isn’t as potent as the Indians’, but the Bobcats will need to limit their turnovers. They commited four a week ago, including three interceptions.

The Bobcats picked up a huge win over McCollum last year and should be confident with a solid start behind them. The Cowboys have a 22-14-1 lead in the series, which dates to 1968. 2012 score: South San 21, McCollum 20.

Jefferson (0-1) at Pleasanton (1-0), 7 p.m.

Jefferson never got its offense rolling in a 35-0 loss to McCullom in Week 0. The Mustangs managed just 53 total yards. Quarterback Jacob Areval and running back Grant Jackson ran for o189 and 158 yards, respectively. The Eagles amassed 494 rushing yards in a 40-7 win over Edison. On paper, it looks like a mismatch, but Jefferson should have the ability to compete with Pleasanton. 2012 score: Pleasanton 27, Jefferson 6.

SATURDAY

Harlandale (1-0) vs. Lanier (0-1) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Harlandale was predictably tough in its opener last week and should be a handful for the Voks.

The Indians scored on both quick strikes and sustained drives in a 31-13 win over South San. Brandon Ramon threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Nick Martinez provided offensive balance with 150 rushing yards. Harlandale’s defense only allowed one touchdown until the Bobcats scored as time elapsed. Lanier gained 257 yards with a balanced attack, but only produced one touchdown in a 39-6 loss to Somerset. The Voks’ defense again will be under assault after Bulldogs quarterback Koy Detmer passed for 377 yards. The Voks haven’t won in the series since 1976, and the prognosis doesn’t look good for ending the Indians’ 10-game winning streak this year. 2012 score: Harlandale 58, Lanier 16.

Uvalde (0-1) vs. Highlands (1-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Highlands had a feel-good performance in its opening game against Floresville and will want to keep the goodwill flowing versus a team it beat handily last year. Uvalde, though, improved througout the year last year and is capable of making this a close game. Getting over the hump might be a challenge for the maturing Coyotes after losing a 21-20 decision to Eagle Pass Winn in Week 0. They ran for 259 yards, but passed for just 35 and were beaten by a more-potent running game. Winn gained 411 yards on the ground.

The Owls have a more balanced offense guided by third-year quarterback Jordan DeLuna. Their balance was admirable last week and they may be able to exploit Uvalde’s rush defense for bigger gains this week. Highlands will need to avoid a letdown and build on last week’s defensive effort. 2012 score: Highlands 55, Uvalde 19.

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