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.


About Mike Considine (1439 Articles)
I started this blog as an extension of the sports stories I've been doing as an independent contractor for the Southside Reporter the past five years. I've been a sportswriter for more than 35 years, including two stints with the late, lamented San Antonio Light. I cover high school football for the San Antonio Express-News in the fall. My purpose, in creating this blog, is to shine a light on the athletic achievements of teams and athletes on the south side of San Antonio.

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