VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Bobcats, Hornets win 28-6A openers

Highlands vaults Brack, Jeff into second place in 28-5A

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, East Central, Highlands, South San, Southwest.



East Central (15-15, 1-0) and South San (15-13, 1-0) each began their District 28-6A seasons with a win Friday, Sept. 26.

South San swept Corpus Christi Ray 25-18, 25-23, 25-23 in their home gym. The Hornets also were in their nest when they blanked Corpus Christi Carroll 25-8, 25-11, 25-17.

Skeyler Embry (9 kills), Madison Simon (8), Lindsey Lubianski (7) and Christie Cosper (6) were the offensive leaders for East Central. Kaylin Mills (4 digs) dealt 28 assists. Senior Alex Pena served a team-high five aces. Brandi Campos (14 digs) and Nichole West (13) excelled defensively.

South San stats were unavailable.

Southwest (15-13, 0-1) nearly made it a San Antonio sweep on opening night. The Dragons extended their hosts to five games Friday at Corpus Christi King before falling 25-14, 22-25, 20-25, 25-14, 15-9.

Defensive standouts for the Dragons were Brandy Martinez (30 digs), Megan Hernandez (22) and Aashlyn Sulaica (22). Sulaica also contributed eight kills and three aces. Angelina Aguilar (20 assists) also served three aces. Lindsey Calderon notched seven kills. Senior Yasmine Garcia added 11 assists. Candice Kelley had three blocks.

Highlands 3, Brackenridge 0

The Owls (18-10, 7-1) secured second place as the first round of District 28-5A games came to a close, defeating Brackenridge (9-21, 5-3) in four games Friday, Sept. 26 at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Highlands won 25-14, 19-25, 25-18, 25-14 as junior Jazmine Jackson delivered 20 kills and Analisa Garza logged 35 assists. Emily Pearce served five aces. Angela Garcia had a team-high 16 digs. Sara Denton added 4.5 blocks.

Jolicia Shelton-Brown led Brackenridge with 17 digs and eight kills. Skyler Reyna also made 17 digs. Marquanique Freeman distributed 17 assists. Eshe Malone made two blocks..

VOLLEYBALL: Indians need to avenge 28-5A losses

Harlandale steering toward late playoff push

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Harlandale, McCollum.



Revenge will be Harlandale’s motive in the second half of the District 28-5A season.

It’s not because the Indians feel they’ve been wronged. It’s because they have some catching up to do in order to return to the playoffs.

Harlandale (12-13, 4-4) finished the first half in fifth place after losing a heartbreaker 25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 25-14, 15-10 Friday Sept. 26 at district-leading McCollum (16-8, 8-0). The Indians also lost to second-place Highlands (18-10, 7-1) and co-third place teams Jefferson (19-7, 5-3) and Brackenrdige (9-21, 5-3) during the initial round of games.

“We definitely need to beat those teams,” Harlandale coach Sylvia Cardenas said. “We have to be able to split with them. We played Brackenridge and Highlands to five games. Jefferson was our first district match. We weren’t ready at all.”

Harlandale was able to rally after losing the first game to McCollum because of its serving. Sophomore Kianna Sandoval (14 assists) served a match-best four aces.

“Serving was the key for us,” Cardenas said. “(The Cowboys) were struggling with their passing, so that was the key for us to get back in the game.”

While disrupting the Cowboys’ serve-receive gained the Indians a 2-1 lead in the match, its own problems in that area enabled McCollum to snare the decisive game. Emily Solis served seven aces for the Cowboys.

“In the fifth game,” Cardenas said, “we struggled. We couldn’t get our offense going because they were serving tough.”

McCollum received nine kills, four digs and three blocks from senior leader Neyda Sanchez. Victoria Yzaguirre also made three blocks and had five kills. Miranda Rich contributed six kills. Setters Alysia Garcia and Savannah Borjas had 14 and 13 assists, respectively. Catie Gonzalez made 15 digs.

Lizette Pedroza led the Indians with nine kills. Dominque Delgado finished with 13 digs. Valeria Stokes recorded six blocks.

The Indians began the week with a sweep of Burbank (6-21, 0-8) Tuesday, Sept. 23. Harlandale won 25-16, 25-16, 25-16.

Sandoval again was Harlandale’s serving leader with five aces against the Bulldogs. Madeline Mendez slammed seven kills. Valeria Stokes made five blocks. Dominque Delgado and Kassandra Munioz each recorded four digs.

Sharriah Martinez led Burbank with five digs and four kills. Savannah Casiano chipped in with four kills and two blocks. Rebekah Valma was credited with six assists.

FOOTBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Tello leads Burbank to win over McCollum

Knights post second-straight shutout

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, East Central, Holy Cross, McCollum.




The Bulldogs (2-2, 1-1) picked up their first District 28-5A win Sept. 26 at the SAISD Sports Complex with a decision over McCollum (1-4, 0-2).

Senior quarterback Daniel Tello (110 yards, 21 carries) scored Burbank’s first two touchdowns on runs of 6 and 91 yards. McCollum’s Mike Ramirez (146 yards, 15 carries), who returned from a hyperextended knee and tibial fracture, responded with a 76-yard scoring run.

“Mike was only in there for a short time, but he definitely made a big impact,” McCollum coach Juan Hinojosa said. “We still weren’t able to win but, hopefully, it’ll be a big boost for our team.”

Rubyn Salazar (119 yards, 14 carries) capped his career-best rushing day with a 48-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Holy Cross 48, Cornerstone Christian 0

The Knights (3-1, 1-0) recorded their second-consecutive shutout in their TAPPS District 3-II opener against Cornerstone Christian (3-2, 0-1) Sept. 27 at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

Greg Scott ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Nazario Coleman passed for 103 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown to Steven Villela. The Holy Cross quarterback also ran for an 18-yard score.

East Central 34, Del Rio 24

The Hornets (2-3) won its final non-district game Sept. 26 at Del Rio (2-2), erasing a 10-7 halftime deficit as Justin Upshaw-Mendoza threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior Wanya Ward (155 yards, 4 receptions) was the recipient on East Central’s first two second-half scoring passes. Upshaw-Mendoza clinched the victory with a five-yard run with 4:14 remaining.

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (thru Oct. 4)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface


Matches of Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Monday’s matches

no matches scheduled

Tuesday’s matches

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Ray (17-12, 1-1) 3,Corpus Christi Carroll (1-12 ???, 0-2) 1 (25-19, 26-28, 25-21, 25-21)

Corpus Christi King (6-5 ???, 2-0) 3,South San (15-14, 1-1) 1 (25-16, 25-13, 19-25, 25-19)

East Central (16-15, 2-0) 3, Southwest (15-14, 0-2) 0 (25-15 25-20, 25-18)

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (13-10, 7-2) 3, Seguin (17-17, 4-5) 2 (25-14, 22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-9)

Memorial (4-30, 1-8) 3, Kennedy (3-24 ???, 1-8) 0 (scores unavailable)

Alamo Heights (31-5, 9-0) 3, Kerrville Tivy (22-10, 7-2) 0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-14)

San Marcos (11-14, 3-6) 3, Lockhart (16-18, 3-6) 0 (25-22, 28-26, 25-17)

District 28-5A

Sam Houston (13-12 ???, 3-6) 3, Burbank (6-22, 0-9) 0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-15)

McCollum (17-8, 9-0) 3, Lanier (4-18, 1-8) 0 (25-11, 25-6, 25-21)

Edison (12-18, 5-4) 3, Brackenridge (9-22, 5-4) 2 (19-25, 25-20, 26-24, 19-25, 15-13)

Jefferson (20-7, 6-3) 3, Harlandale (12-14, 4-5) 1 (25-20, 26-24, 20-25, 25-10)

District 29-5A

Laredo Martin (1-4 ???, 1-3 ???) 3, Eagle Pass Winn (5-12 ???, 0-4 ???) 1 (25-15, 25-22, 23-24, 25-9)

Laredo Cigarroa (15-16 ???, 2-3 ???) 3, Laredo Nixon (1-6 ???, 0-4 ???) 0 (25-19, 25-15, 29-27)

Uvalde (7-13 ???, 4-2) 3, Somerset (15-8, 5-1) 2 (25-14, 25-18, 25-21)

Medina Valley (19-8, 5-1) 3, Southside (14-12, 4-2) 2 (26-28, 20-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-9)

District 26-3A

Marion (14-9 ???, 3-0) 3, Brooks Academy (2-2 ???, 0-2 ???) 0 (25-9, 25-10, 25-13)

Natalia (18-7, 3-0) 3, Cole (4-16 ???, 0-2 ???) 0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-10)

Randolph (13-9 ???, 2-1) 3, Fox Tech (6-26 ???, 1-2) 0 (25-11, 25-8, 25-10)


Corpus Christi John Paul II (4-8, 1-8) at San Antonio Christian (5-10 ???, 3-6) (scores unavailable)

TMI (13-12 ???, 8-3) 3, Providence (14-15, 5-5) 0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-22)

Laredo St. Augustine (9-12 ???, 2-9) 3, Cornerstone Christian (4-9 ????, 4-6 ) 2 (13-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-13)

Holy Cross (28-13, 9-1) 3, Victoria St. Joseph (35-2, 11-1) 0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-20)


Highlands (19-10) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (6-18 ???) 0 (25-16, 27-25, 25-11)

Wednesday’s matches

no matches scheduled

Thursday’s matches


Holy Cross (29-13, 10-1) 3, San Antonio Christian (5-11 ???, 3-7) 0 (27-25, 25-17, 25-19)

Friday’s matches

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi King (7-5 ???, 3-0) 3, Corpus Christi Carroll (1-13 ???, 0-3) 0 (25-12, 25-7, 25-7)

East Central (17-15, 3-0) 3, Corpus Christi Ray (17-13 ???, 1-2),0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-14)

Southwest (16-14, 1-2) 3, South San (15-15, 1-2) 2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-13)

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (32-5, 10-0) 3, San Marcos (11-15, 3-7) 0 (25-4, 25-18, 25-9)

Floresville (22-13, 6-3) 3, Lockhart (16-19, 3-7) 0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-20)

Kerrville Tivy (23-10, 8-2) 3, Boerne Champion (13-11, 7-3)  0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-23)

Seguin (18-16, 5-4) 3, Memorial (4-31, 1-9) 0 (scores unavailable)

District 28-5A

Highlands (20-10, 8-1) 3, Edison (12-19, 5-5) 2 (24-26, 25-16, 25-24, 20-25, 15-12)

Brackenridge (10-22, 6-4) 3, Harlandale (12-15, 4-6) 2 (25-23, 14-25, 18-25, 25-12, 16-14).

McCollum (18-8, 10-0) 3, Sam Houston (13-13 ???, 3-7) 0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-14)

Jefferson (21-7, 7-3) 3, Lanier (4-19, 1-9) 0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-19)

District 29-5A

Medina Valley (20-8, 6-1) 3, Eagle Pass Winn (5-13 ???, 0-5 ???) 0 (scores unavailable)

Somerset (16-8, 6-1) 3, Laredo Martin (1-5 ???, 1-4 ???) 0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-17)

Southside (15-12, 5-2) 3, Laredo Nixon (1-7 ???, 0-5 ???) 0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-15)

Uvalde (8-13 ???, 5-2) 3, Laredo Cigarroa (15-17 ???, 2-4 ???) 2 (18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 26-24, 16-14)

District 26-3A

Natalia (19-7, 4-0) 3, Brooks Academy (2-3 ???, 0-3 ???) 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-11)

Marion (15-9 ???, 4-0) 3, Fox Tech (6-27 ???, 1-3) 0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-13)

Randolph (14-9 ???, 3-1) 3,Cole (4-17 ???, 0-3 ???) 0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-13)


Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (6-12 ???, 4-6) 3, Providence (14-16, 5-6) 1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-23)


Burbank (7-22) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (6-19 ???) 2 (14-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-12, 15-9)

Saturday’s matches


Laredo St. Augustine (9-12 ???, 2-9) at San Antonio Christian (5-10 ???, 3-6 ???)  (scores unavailable)

TMI (13-12 ???, 8-3 ???) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (4-8 ???, 1-8 ???) (scores unavailable)

FOOTBALL: This week’s results (thru Oct. 4)


(Oct. 2-4)

Thursday’s games

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (4-2, 3-1) 43, San Marcos (2-3, 1-2) 7

District 28-5A

Lanier (1-5, 1-3) 28, Highlands (0-5, 0-3) 24

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

Floresville (4-2, 2-2) 31, Lockhart (4-2, 2-2) 17

Boerne Champion (6-0, 4-0) 42, Kerrville Tivy (3-2, 2-1) 33

Seguin (2-3, 2-1) 62, Memorial (0-6, 0-4) 22 

District 28-5A

Edison (2-3, 2-1) 31, Harlandale (3-3, 2-2) 21

Sam Houston (4-2, 4-0) 40, Brackenridge (3-3, 3-1) 25

District 29-5A

Medina Valley (1-4, 1-1) 14, Eagle Pass Winn (1-4, 0-2) 7

Somerset (3-1, 2-0) 42, Laredo Martin (0-5, 0-2) 25 

Southside (5-0, 2-0) 14, Laredo Nixon (0-5, 0-2) 6

Uvalde (5-0, 2-0) 41, Laredo Cigarroa (3-2, 1-1) 21


Cornerstone Christian (4-2, 1-1) 41, Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-6, 0-2) 0 

Holy Cross (4-1, 2-0) 58, TMI (2-4, 0-2) 7

Austin Regents (4-1, 1-0) 41, Victoria St. Joseph (1-5, 1-1) 0


Cotulla (2-4) 51, Brooks Academy (1-5) 0

Non-district (out of area)

Antonian (4-1) 35, Schulenburg (0-5) 14

Columbus (3-3) 57, Hallettsville (3-3) 12

Falls City (4-2) 16, George West (1-5) 15

Mathis (5-1) 57, Freer (0-6) 7

San Antonio Christian (3-2) 28, Pleasanton (4-1) 10

Goliad (5-1) 56, Tidehaven (4-1) 20

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

Burbank (3-2, 2-1) 46, Jefferson (1-5, 1-3) 34

FOOTBALL: Area rankings (thru Sept. 27)

Through Sept. 27


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Holy Cross – 1

2. Southside – 2

3. Southwest – 4

4. East Central – 5

5. Central Catholic – 3

6. Sam Houston – 8

7. Brackenridge – 7

8. South San – 6

9. Harlandale – 9

10. Edison – 10

11. Burbank – 14

12. Jefferson – 13

13. Lanier – 15

14. McCollum – 12

15. Highlands – 11


NR = not ranked

FOOTBALL: Hurricanes pay tribute to Green with victory

Sam Houston sets up showdown with win over Jefferson

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Jefferson, Sam Houston.







Sam Houston coach Gary Green was honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday at Alamo Stadium. After the kickoff, it didn’t take his Hurricanes players long to pay their respect.

The Hurricanes (3-2, 3-0) scored on their first possession against Jefferson and went on to earn tie for first place in District 28-5A with Brackenridge heading into Friday’s head-to-head meeting. Sam Houston delivered what Green considered one of his team’s best performances of the season in the 55-34 win.

“Definitely, offensively it was the best,” Green said. “All in all, we played well..

Green was recognized along with 1979 Jefferson alum Gabe Rivera in the ceremony. Both will have commemorative plaques at the stadium as concensus collegiate all-Americans. Rivera played at Texas Tech and Green at Baylor.

“I didn’t know there were only 10 all-Americans from San Antonio and only five from the SAISD,” Green said. “I didn’t know I was that special.”

Hurricanes quarterback Raymonte Prime (13 of 21, 196 yards) connected with Travon Vaughns for a 20-yard touchdown to close the game’s opening possession. The junior threw for three touchdowns and ran for another.

Jefferson (1-4, 1-2) answered with a 65-yard drive, capped by Jesse Flores’ 13-yard run with 4:09 to play in the first quarter. Flores finished with 161 yards on 37 carries.

The Hurricanes separated themselves as Prime continued to find success through the air, although fullback James Citizen accounted for their second score with a three-yard run. Prime threw 18 yards to Dewayne Brown and 16 to Jawon Anderson for Sam Houston’s next two touchdowns.

“I feel that we’re coming together,” Prime said. “Right now, I feel like our passing game is our biggest strength. The running game has always been there..”

Trailing 27-7, Jefferson put together an impressive drive just before halftime. Weston Redding passed eight yards to Drew Lopez for the touchdown 14 seconds before halftime.

Sam Houston scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter. Brown, Devin Harris (149 yards, 17 carries) and Prime reached the end zone on running plays.

FOOTBALL: Week 5 previews (Saturday’s games)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking




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

Holy Cross is coming off a very impressive win over Hondo, and not just because it was a shutout. It was, effectively, a statement game.

The Knights’ 20-0 win at Hondo was their first full game without injured quarterback Cisco Flores. While they turned to senior back Greg Scott, who delivered 194 rushing yards to raise his season total to 481, it was equally important that Nazario Coleman was solid in his debut as Flores’ replacement.

Coleman completed nine of 14 throws for 52 yards.

Defensively, Holy Cross limited a Hondo team that had scored 69 points in fashioning a 2-1 record against quality opponents to just 182 yards.

The Warriors are an improved team that already has exceeded its 2013 win total. Their only loss, however, seems telling. San Antonio Christian, whom the Knights defeated 31-13, whipped Cornerstone Christian 54-7.

That doesn’t bode well for Cornerstone, heading into the TAPPS District 3-II opener for both teams.

Cornerstone has a balanced offense, with 674 rushing yards and 630 passing yards logged so far. Quarterback Steven Huerta is the triggerman, and he’s been effective with nearly a 60 percent completion rate and a 9-2 touchdown/interception ratio.

Elijah Salazar is the leading rusher with 265 yards. Davon Collins and Jared Flores each have more than 200 reception yards. Collins averages nearly 30 yards per catch.

With a backloaded District 3-II schedule, Holy Cross has about four weeks to work on fortifying its offense.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: Holy Cross 61, Cornerstone Christian 14. 2014 favorite: Holy Cross.


#13 Jefferson (1-3, 1-1) vs. #8 Sam Houston (2-2, 2-0) at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sam Houston has turned up the heat since it hit the District 28-5A portion of its schedule. The Hurricanes face a Jefferson squad tonight that’s riding high after edging Lanier 15-14 last Thursday in the waning seconds.

For the Mustangs to build on that momentum, their keys will be to limit Sam Houston’s big plays and find the right offensive mix to move the chains consistently.

Jefferson only sustained one drive against Lanier, but its timing couldn’t have been better. The Mustangs rode standout back Jesse Flores and Eric Flores on a ground-oriented final possession, in response to a Voks go-ahead touchdown.

Weston Redding has been more consistent at quarterback the last couple of weeks. Henry Bocko has developed into a receiver who can catch the ball in traffic and stretch the field. The blocking will need to be on point against a Hurricanes defense that can create big plays.

Sam Houston shut out McCollum 34-0 last Friday. Defense has been the team’s calling card all season, but the offense has become increasingly dangerous.

Raymonte Prime is in a comfort zone as a second-year starter at quarterback. Devin Harris has been a go-to back who can break long runs. Basketball standout Juwan Anderson emerged against McCollum as an explosive deep threat on pass routes, breaking free for a 60-yard touchdown.

The Hurricanes need a win to keep pace with first-place Brackenridge (3-0) heading into Friday’s showdown.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Sam Houston.

FOOTBALL: Cruz produces 6 TDs as Dragons prevail over Eagles

Southwest blanks Eagle Pass in 4th quarter for win

Southwest (2-3) scored 13 unnaswered points in the fourth quarter on two Jonathan Cruz touchdown runs to end a two-game losing streak with a 54-44 win Thursday at Eagle Pass (3-2).

Cruz ran for 289 yards and six touchdowns on 36 carries. The senior scored on an 11-yard run with 8:48 remaining and a 35-yarder to cap the scoring just 1:24 before the end.

Prior to Cruz’s fifth touchdown, the game had been tied six times.

Cruz matched the Eagles’ first two touchdowns with a pair of three-year runs, tying the score as the first quarter came to a close. Fellow senior back Reilly Riggs (103 yards, 18 carries) scored on a two-yarder for a 21-14 advantage with 9:19 until the half.

Eagle Pass’ Ty Chisum, who ran for four touchdowns and had a reception on a trick play for another, regained the lead with two touchdowns in the quarter. Cruz made it 28-28 at halftime with a 58-yard scoring dash.

Cruz also gave the Dragons the upper hand with the first touchdown of the second half, but Chisum (184 rushing yards) matched it with a 14-yard run and added a two-point conversion.

Trailing 36-35, Southwest scored on a 63-yard pass play from senior quarterback Bowen Crisp (2 of 4, 82 yards) to Levi Pompa with 1:38 remaining in the third quarter. Eleven seconds later, Eagle Pass led 44-41 after a 67-yard run from Mark Benejas.

The Eagles weren’t able to score again, despite outgaining the Dragons 530-488 in total yardage. Chisum passed for 207 yards, but Southwest had two interceptions.

FOOTBALL: Week 5 previews (Friday’s games)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking


#7 Brackenridge (2-2, 2-0) vs. #15 Lanier (0-4, 0-2) at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Brackenridge will not be going for a three-peat, in terms of winning its third-consecutive game in comeback fashion after falling behind 21-0.

You can be certain the Eagles will make it a priority to get off to a good start against Lanier, and that’s not just to break a bad pattern. The Voks’ best hope will be to control the ball on the ground with backs Joe Orta and Julian Castro.

Quarterback Antonio Lopez gives Brackenridge ample comeback ability, so there’s no guarantee, even if that goal is achieved. In fact, the Voks will need to supplement its ground game with air strikes from quarterback Jeremiah Esquivel.

Esquivel has been making good progress and receivers Elijah Cortez and Brandon Melchor are capable of making big plays downfield. If Lanier falls behind, it will be crucial for the Voks to get payoffs in that area.

Lanier has been solid defensively, but has suffered from that unit being on the field too long. With Brackenridge’s ability to score quickly and wear down opponents after halftime, that will be of particular concern.

The Eagles always has plenty of players who can make plays offensively, and this year is no different.

Lanier will need to keep pressure on Lopez to keep Lee Terrell (9 receiving touchdowns) from running free in its secondary. Macco Marble has been an underrated factor for the Eagles, both on the ground and as a reliable route runner.

Trey Mathis has rushed for 520 yards and four touchdowns. Lanier will need to try to contain him.

Brackenridge has a seven-game winning streak in the series. Lanier’s last win was in 2006.

Series leader (record): Brackenridge (22-6-1). 2013 score:  Brackenridge 23, Lanier 14. 2014 favorite: Brackenridge.

#3 Central Catholic (3-1) at Jourdanton (3-1), 7:30 p.m.

In its first four games, Central Catholic has made tremendous strides in its passing game. Senior quarterback Joseph Nava has thrown for 620 yards and seven touchdowns without an interception.

That passing game will need to continue its effectiveness against Jourdanton, which reached the area round of the Class 2A playoffs this year. It also gives the Buttons a big advantage over the Indians, who have run for 920 yards with a bevy of backs but thrown for just 294 this year.

Jourdanton’s Brandon Davis has run for 201 yards this season. Ray Ruiz (199 rushing yards) and Diego Huddleston (156) have given the Indians options. Through the air, the majority of passes have gone to Nathan Ramos (142 reception yards) and Edward Ruiz (75).

The Indians’ ball-control offense works well with a defense that has produced two shutouts this season and limited Hondo to 20 points. Central Catholic’s offensive balance can help in keeping the chains moving.

Nava has run for 280 yards and Jimin Suh adds 267 on the ground.

The Buttons will want to put forth a strong showing in Jourdanton to pave the way for their TAPPS 2-I district season, which begins next Friday against St. Anthony.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Central Catholic.

Cole (3-1) vs. Brooks Academy (1-3) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

The schedule is not getting any easier for Brooks Academy, and that’s just as well as the Bengals prepare for a tough district schedule.

Cole was a district opponent for the Bengals last year but realignment has separated them. The Cougars have lost only to Lytle 39-7 in their season opener. They extended their winning streak to three games with a 34-0 win over TMI last Friday.

Cole has only allowed 18 points in those three games, so the Bengals and quarterback Dennis Perales likely will need to do a good job of establishing things early. The Cougars held the Panthers to just 69 total yards, while producing 313.

Brooks Academy mustered 133 total yards in a 52-0 loss to St. Mary’s Hall last Friday. Michael Galata ran for 43 yards and Rafael Quezada gained 38. The Bengals will need to re-establish the pass against Cole.

The Bengals gave up 361 total yards to St. Mary’s Hall, which isn’t a bad number for the score. The undefeated Barons recorded three passing touchdowns and one on an interception.

Back Jerren Scott scored four of Cole’s five touchdowns last week, while amassing 152 rushing yards. Keeping him in check will be Brooks’ top assignment.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: Cole 51, Brooks Academy 16. 2014 favorite: Cole.

#5 East Central (1-3) at Del Rio (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

East Central has a chance to learn from rival Southwest’s experience last Friday in Del Rio.

The host Rams prevailed 28-16 with help from an 81-yard punt return from Albert Vasquez and a touchdown as time elapsed in the first half, followed by another score near the start of the fourth quarter. It was the only touchdown in the second half.

The Hornets should be more competitive with Del Rio and have a chance to get back on the winning track after taking a pounding the last two weeks against powerhouses Smithson Valley and Reagan. The Rattlers downed East Central 51-7 last Friday.

East Central displayed a balanced offense three weeks ago in a 21-6 win over New Braunfels Canyon. They’ll need to get back to that against a Rams team that wants to speed the tempo.

It seems the best route to keep the game from becoming a shootout.

Hornets quarterback Justin Upshaw-Mendoza completed 11 of 21 passes but wasn’t able to get the ball to playmaker Wanya Ward.

Watch for Javion Polk to have a big game running the ball.

Southwest set a standard for East Central by limiting the Rams to eight rushing yards. If the Hornets can duplicate that and force a turnover or two, it could be a winning formula for them. Del Rio didn’t commit a turnover last week, but the field should be waterlogged tonight.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Del Rio.

#11 Highlands (0-3, 0-1) vs. #9 Harlandale (2-2, 1-1) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

On paper, this shapes up as a defensive struggle, but that’s because neither offense has quite jelled.

Harlandale showed signs last week in a 24-21 loss to Brackenridge in its District 28-5A opener. The Indians raced to a 21-0 lead, but couldn’t score after halftime.

Coming off a bye week, Highlands outgained Edison 333-321 in total yards, but gave up the winning touchdown of a 23-20 loss to the Golden Bears with 50 seconds remaining.

A better sustained offensive showing will be essential for both teams. It’s probably more important for Highlands, as the Indians seem to have the advantage defensively – despite giving up 518 yards to potent Brackenridge (about the Eagles’ per-game average).

When Harlandale gets steady gains from back John Aguirre and gets the ball in receiver Ian Martinez’s hands, the Indians are at their best. After throwing for 150 yards and three touchdowns against the Eagles, quarterback Jacob Delgado could be on the verge of a breakthrough game.

Highlands’ key is explosive back Quindon Boston, who ran for 168 yards against Edison and has 323 this season. The Owls need to give Boston more help.

Quarterback John Cervantes threw for 52 yards against the Golden Bears, but is capable of quite a bit more. If Highlands is to win, it will need a big game from Cervantes throwing the ball.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Harlandale.

Kennedy (0-4, 0-2) at Kerrville Tivy (2-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

The high school that gave us Johnny Manziel now has Cade Dyal in the quarterback position. Dyal is averaging 273 passing yards a game as the Antlers have passed for 820 yards and ran for 747.

That’s the challenge facing a Rockets’ defense that allowed 90 points in its first two District 27-5A games and is surrendering 42.5 per game this season.

The best defense for Kennedy may well be a good offense.

The Rockets have established a solid ground game. Dominic Franco ran for 96 yards on four carries in a 49-7 loss to Floresville last Friday and steady Nicholas Gonzalez added 77.

Quarterback Eric Lira can throw the ball, given time. The Rockets will need to manufacture big plays to keep the margin managable against the Antlers.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Kerrville Tivy.

#12 McCollum (1-3, 1-1) vs. #14 Burbank (1-2, 0-1) at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Neither team has started the season the way it hoped to, but this looms as a potential turnaround game for both.

A victory could be important for their playoff hopes in District 28-5A, as well as re-establishing a positive tone.

McCollum had a setback last Friday with a 34-0 loss to Sam Houston. The Cowboys have shown that they have a solid defense at times this year, but they need to move the chains more consistently.

If back Mike Ramirez returns to the fold, it could be an instant solution to the problem. If not, help may be on its way in the form of quarterback Ralph Vidal returning to health.

A big key will be finding ways of getting the ball to speedy Jeff Valdez and increased consistency in the running game.

Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello holds the key to the Bulldogs’ offense. While Tello is a reliable performer, though, his teammates must step up to keep teams from keying on the senior.

No other Bulldog has 100 rushing yards. The No. 2 rusher has been receiver Jordan Santos on reverses. That’s a problem Mark Perez and his staff have addressed during the bye week following Burbank’s 26-6 loss to Sam Houston Sept. 12.

Defensive standout Devin Gusme could play a larger offensive role as the season progresses.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: McCollum.

San Marcos (1-2, 0-1) vs. Memorial (0-4, 0-2) at Edgewood Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Memorial showed signs of progress in a 42-12 loss to a strong Lockhart team last Friday. The Minutemen were within 14-6 midway through the second quarter

Quarterback Alfred Ramos threw a 13-yard pass to senior Jose Pargas for the key score. The Lions increased their lead to 21-6 at halftime and pulled away in the second half, despite an 82-yard punt return for touchdown from Greg Rosemond.

The biggest problem Memorial will seek to improve on against the Rattlers will be giving Ramos more time to throw. Increased development in the ground game will help. The Lions limited Memorial to minus-3 rushing yards.

San Marcos is a team that the Minutemen should be more able to compete with.

That’s not to imply that the Rattlers are weak. In fact, they showed toughness last Friday in losing a 27-24 battle to Seguin.

San Marcos’ offense revolves around quarterback David Hamilton, who engineered a 59-56 win over East Central in Week 1. Hamilton has run for 805 yards and passed for 367. Interestingly, he has only thrown for one touchdown and had four passes intercepted.

That means that the Minutemen will need to do a good job on the first and two downs to force the Rattlers to throw in obvious passing situations.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: San Marcos.

#2 Southside (3-0, 0-0) vs. Eagle Pass Winn (1-2, 0-0) at Cozel Foster Veterans Memorial Stadium, Eagle Pass, 7:30


Southside embarks on its District 29-5A schedule with its longest district road trip. The Cardinals will face a Winn team that notched its only win Sept. 5 over Carrizo Springs.

The Cardinals have looked like a playoff contender so far. The Mavericks are not one of the district’s stronger teams.

In their win over Carrizo Springs, however, they scored three second-half touchdowns on plays of more than 18 yards and got a 42-yard field goal Dante Valdez. Although the Mavericks had fewer total yardage than their hosts, they didn’t allow a point after halftime.

Quarterback Juan Elizondo will be a player to watch. Elizondo threw for 119 yards and ran for 97 against Carrizo Springs.

Southside is coming off a bye week as is Winn.

The Cardinals remained undefeated with a 51-28 win over Austin Travis after another long road trip. Southside has been kind of a chameleon team, prevailing in a defensive struggle over Sam Houston in Week 2 before outscoring Travis.

Sophomore back Matt Collier has been a revelation for the Cardinals. He rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns against Travis.

Quarterback Johnny Trevino provided three touchdowns in the game. He can make plays with both his arm and his feet in his second season as a starter.

With a favorable early district schedule, expect the Cardinals to rise to the top of 29-5A if they play as they had against non-district opponents.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Southside.

#6 South San (2-2) at Antonian (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

South San coach Marcus Booker upgraded the schedule in his third year to prepare his team, hopefully, for the postseason.

As the Bobcats enter the third game of the gauntlet, they’ve shown that they can compete with the opponents Booker has set in front of them. They haven’t quite found a way to get over the hump and control the flow of play yet, and this may be their biggest challenge in that regard.

One reason is that quarterback Isaiah Gutierrez is questionable after sustaining an injury in last Friday’s 32-13 loss to Lee. Another variable will be whether Antonian’s standout back Dan Rosenfeld returns from an ankle injury. If so, the Apaches will have an explosive offense to go with a strong defense.

If they’re without Rosenfeld, South San can play on relatively even terms if it can avoid offensive lulls. Willie Sanchez and Enrique Andrade took snaps at quarterback last week. Each had success, so the Bobcats may be able to cover Gutierrez’s absence if it has to.

Back Justin Acosta seems on the verge of a breakout game.

Antonian has been handling Rosenfeld’s duties by committee, and has the backs to pull it off. Senior quarterback Peyton Bryan is a strong leader.

Consistency also was an issue for the Apaches in a 34-0 loss to Boerne last Thursday. Antonian never recovered after falling behind by two touchdowns in the first quarter.

Although the Apaches’ defense is not to be underestimated, the Bobcats have a chance to put an exclamation mark on their non-district season, heading into a bye week. 

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Antonian.

VOLLEYBALL: Area rankings (thru Sept. 24)

Through Sept. 24

TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Holy Cross – 1

2. East Central – 2

3. Southwest – 3

4. McCollum – 4

5. Highlands – 6

6. Jefferson – 5

7. Southside – 7

8. South San – 8

9. Harlandale – 9

10. Providence – 10

11. Brackenridge – 11

12. Edison – 12

13. Sam Houston – 13

14. Burbank – 14

15. Kennedy – 15


NR = not ranked

VOLLEYBALL: Southside off to solid third-place start in 29-5A

Cardinals take first-place Somerset to five games in loss



Southside quickly has identified itself as one of the title contenders in revamped District 29-5A.

With two wins in its first three district matches, the Cardinals (12-11, 2-1) have shown that they’re ready to compete with the best in the district which stretches south to Laredo and west to Eagle Pass. Southside split two 29-5A matches last week, defeating Laredo Cigarroa (14-15, 1-2) Sept. 19 on its first road trip and falling in five games at home against fellow challenger Somerset (13-7, 3-0) Sept. 16.

“I think it’s going to come down between us, Medina Valley and Somerset,” Southside coach Anna-Rosa Soto said. “We had a tough preseason to prepare for this. It’s going to be a challenge – and I know the girls want to be challenged. I’m hoping they’ll keep fighting for it.”

Somerset and Medina Valley (17-7, 3-0) shared the district lead at the end of the first full week of competition. The Cardinals were alone in third place after defeating Cigarroa 27-25, 14-25, 27-25, 25-13 in Laredo.

A Sept. 16 match at Southside unfolded as essentially a battle of coaches’ daughters.

The Bulldogs won the first game 25-17 as Southside missed four serves, most of which were rally killers. The Cardinals then took charge, winning the next two sets 25-21 and 25-18 as they relied increasingly on Soto’s stepdaughter, freshman Mia Soto (25 kills, 2 aces).

“We got the momentum back our side in the second game and the third game,” Soto said. “We did a better job of receiving serve and a better job of serving.

“One of my biggest concerns was that Mia Soto had 25 kills, but we went away from her. Against teams like that, you need to keep finding your go-to person.”

Soto tied Game 2 15-15 with a block that sparked the Cardinals. Briana Martinez increased the lead with two-straight kills, the first on an alert play for a kill and the second that ended a long rally.

“She’s a big leader for us,” Soto said. “She’s very tenacious.”

Klaryssa Vela provided a lift for Southside in Game 3. With the Cardinals ahead 20-18, Vela supplied a crosscourt kill, two consecutive aces and another kill on a hustle play. Her efforts brought Southside to game point and the Bulldogs made an error to close it out.

“ Klaryssa worked really hard in the offseason,” Soto said. “Then she ended up stepping up. This is going to be a huge confidence booster for her.”

Southside led Somerset led 16-15 in Game 4, after trailing 9-2. The Bulldogs recovered to force a fifth game after Cierra Patlan (20 kills, 25 digs, 3 blocks) produced a sideout that gave Somerset the lead. The Cardinals fought valiantly, scoring six of the next seven from game point, but Patlan and Lauren Valero (13 kills) had back-to-back points. A Southside hitting error enabled Somerset to close it out, 31-29.

“(Patlan) is a great hitter and a great all-around player,” Soto said. “There are no words to describe her. She’s just a great competitor. We tried to get them out of system to keep the ball away from her, but they always found her.”

Patlan, Somerset coach Norma Patlan’s daughter, was dominant with four kills in Game 5. She scored the match point with a kill on a high, outside set that increased Somerset’s lead to 15-11.

“We were really flat at the start, so we changed up a couple of things,” Somerset coach Norma Patlan said. “We’re just to finish strong and play well. We’re still trying to find the right lineup.”

Against the Cigarroa Toros, Ashley Sanchez turned in an outstanding all-around match with 14 digs, 13 kills, four assists and three aces. Martinez recorded 10 kills, eight digs and four aces. Alyssa Gallardo hustled for 20 assists and 17 digs.

Analee Uriegas had a team-high 18 digs, while Vela (6 assists, 4 kills) chipped in with 12. Brianna Rodriguez added seven digs and three aces. Lisa Casarez had eight assists, eight digs and two aces. Chloe Davis nailed six kills.

The Cardinals will play Sept. 30 at Medina Valley.

WEEKLY VOLLEYBALL REPORT: McCollum seizes 28-5A lead with two key wins

Holy Cross tops rival; Edison wins pair

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston, South San.

Holy Cross junior Victoria Gonzalez produced seven digs against rival Providence.
Holy Cross junior Victoria Gonzalez produced seven digs against rival Providence.



In a week that could shape the District 28-5A race for the rest of the season, McCollum (14-8, 6-0) rose to the challenge and snared sole possession of first place.

The Cowboys handed Highlands (16-10, 5-1) its first district loss 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 25-11 Friday at McCollum. McCollum won 25-16, 15-25, 25-15, 25-12 Tuesday at Brackenridge (8-20, 5-1).

Freshman Miranda Rich led McCollum with nine kills against Highlands. Other big hitters were Victoria Yzaguirre (8 kills, 7 aces, 4 digs) and Neyda Sanchez (6 kills, 4 blocks). Savannah Borjas had a team-high 17 assists and Alysia Garcia supplied 11. Emily Solis served six aces and tallied six assists.

As a result of the loss, Highlands shared second place with Jefferson (19-5, 5-1).

The Owls were led by Jazmine Jackson with 12 kills and two blocks. Sara Denton also contributed two blocks. Analisa Garza distributed 20 assists and served two aces. Genesis Garcia also added two aces. Kiara Pesina made 22 digs.

Against Brackenridge, McCollum received nine kills, six aces, six digs and three blocks from Yzaguirre. Rich again led in kills with 10, while Sanchez pounded eight. and Cassandra Maldonado and Celeste Ramirez each finished with six kills. Borjas (21) and Garcia (16) were the assist leaders.

Jolicia Shelton-Brown led the Eagles with nine kills, nine digs and two blocks. Eshe Malone (4 kills) and Courtney Hansford also made two blocks apiece. Jacky Nevarez served four aces and made three digs. Junior Skyler Reyna made eight digs and Kathy Sifuentes added seven. Marquanique Freeman (17 assists) and Anesha Kincheon each had five digs.

Holy Cross/Providence

Holy Cross (24-12, 7-1) won two of three matches last week, including a TAPPS District 4-4A win over rival Providence (13-12, 4-3) 25-12, 25-18, 25-12 Tuesday. The Knights only loss was an impressive one, falling in five sets to powerful Boerne (25-5) Friday.

The Knights finished the week with a three-game sweep of Texas Military Institute. At Holy Cross, the hosts won by three identical scores of 25-18 Saturday.

In the Providence match, Victoria Gonzalez (7 digs, 3 aces, 2 blocks) and Henrianna Ibarra (19 digs, 3 aces) hammered 13 kills apiece. Erin Torralva added 4.5 blocks. Kimberley Butcher dealt 12 assists and Autumn Lopez (7 digs) was credited with 11. Daisy Flores finished with six aces and six digs.

For the Provets, senior Mital Patel notched a team-high 12 digs. Jazzmyne Williams produced seven kills. Sophomore Juliet Alanis dealt six assists.

In Friday’s match, the Knights got stronger as the match at Holy Cross went on. However, Boerne won 25-15, 25-22, 17-25, 26-28, 16-14.

Three Knights put up big numbers.Ibarra made 33 digs, had 26 kills, made four blocks and served two aces. Gonzalez recorded 20 kills, 20 digs and five blocks. Junior Anna Zuniga finished with 22 assists, 17 digs, six blocks and five kills.

Providence finished the week Saturday with a 4-4A win at Laredo St. Augustine 25-22, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20.

Williams led Providence with 24 kills and 30 digs. Mia Ybarra also contributed 30 digs. Freshman Baleigh Creighton distributed 32 assists. Junior Emily Pearson (2 blocks) and freshman Jessica Banelos each supplied four aces.


The Golden Bears (10-17, 3-3) registered two wins and ascended to a fifth-place tie in 28-5A with Harlandale (11-12, 3-3). The Indians also won two matches .

Edison downed Burbank (6-19, 0-6) 25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 25-13 Friday. The Golden Bears also stunned Sam Houston (11-12, 1-6) 25-20, 25-17, 25-22 Tuesday. Both matches were played at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Kalani Wood led Edison with 10 kills and five blocks against Burbank. Marissa Cortinas added 23 assists. Lauren Gutierrez had a team-best 19 digs.

For the Bulldogs, Katherine Regalado made a match-best 27 digs. Savannah Casiano finished with 10 blocks and 10 kills. Jessica Molina dished 10 assists and served two acess. Felicity Meskah also served two aces.

The Golden Bears received 18 assists and six digs from Cortinas. Gutierrez supplied a team-high 10 digs Elizabeth Robledo chipped in with seven. Wood (2 blocks) finished with seven kills and Samantha Garza added five.

Karisma Mitchell led Sam Houston with seven kills and five blocks. Rita Davis added 10 assists. Senior Dajah Thomas made seven digs.


The Indians (11-12, 3-3) pushed past Sam Houston 25-14, 25-22, 25-16 Friday in a District 28-5A match. Harlandale also defeated Lanier (3-16, 0-6) 25-8, 25-15, 25-10 in a district match Tuesday.

Harlandale’s Dominique Delgado (7 digs) served four aces and Kianna Sandoval (12 assists) delivered three against Sam Houston. Alicia Garcia contributed 11 assists. Madeline Mendez led the Indians with seven kills. Other top hitters were Kassandra Munoz (9 digs) and Angel Huron with five kills apiece and Keana Ramos with four.

Natalie Coburn led Sam Houston with two blocks and 15 digs. Mitchell pounded nine kills. Thomas provided 11 digs. Tiaria Mackey added six assists and served two aces. Davis (4 assists) had eight digs and Jasmine Darden provided five.

Against Lanier, Garcia distributed 17 assists for the Indians. Up front, the leaders were Huron (8 kills), Valeria Stokes (7 kills, 2 blocks) and Tanya Ramos (5 kills, 2 blocks). Delgado led with 12 digs and Breanna Soto was credited with five. Sandoval added five digs, four assists and two aces.

For the Voks, Emily Huerta had a team-best 10 digs. Rae Ann Douglas dealt four assists. Jackie Juarez served two aces.

Lanier defeated Fox Tech (5-24) 23-25, 25-15, 27-25, 25-19 Friday at the Buffaloes’ gym.

Carla Ponce led Fox Tech with eight kills and seven assists. Melody Gutierrez had a team-high18 digs. Lilliana Capistran contributed 12 assists. Mercedes Villarreal added five kills, three blocks and two aces. Deanna Rodriguez added five digs.

Lanier statistics from the Fox Tech match were unavailable.

South San

The Bobcats (14-13) swept Laredo LBJ 25-21, 25-16, 25-18 Friday in a non-district match at South San.

Lauren Estrada led the Bobcats with 13 kills, four digs and three blocks. Miranda Gonzalez also finished with four digs. Clarissa Ruiz led South San with four aces. Erica Jimenez recorded 18 assists.

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (thru Sept. 27)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface


Matches of Sept. 21-27

Monday’s matches

TAPPS District 4-4A

Victoria St. Joseph (32-1, 11-0) 3, San Antonio Christian (5-9 ???, 3-5) 0 (scores unavailable)

Tuesday’s matches

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (11-10, 5-2) at Lockhart (16-16, 3-4) 0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-13)

Floresville (21-12, 5-2) 3, Memorial (3-29, 0-7) 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-6)

San Marcos (9-14 ???, 1-6) 3, Kennedy (3-22 ???, 1-6) 1 (25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18)

Kerrville Tivy (21-9, 6-1) 3, Seguin (17-16, 4-4) 0 (25-18, 25-9, 25-13)

District 28-5A

Highlands (17-10, 6-1) 3, Jefferson (19-6, 5-2) 1 (33-31, 25-20, 19-25, 25-20)

Harlandale (12-12, 4-3) 3, Burbank (6-20, 0-7) 0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-16)

McCollum (15-8, 7-0) 3, Edison (10-18, 3-4) 0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-16)

Sam Houston (12-12, 2-6) 3, Lanier (3-17, 0-7) 1 (25-23, 23-25, 29-27, 25-16)

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa (14-15 ???, 1-2) at Eagle Pass Winn (5-10 ???, 0-2 ???) (scores unavailable)

Southside (13-11, 3-1) 3, Laredo Martin (0-4 ???, 0-3 ???) 0 (25-6, 25-14, 25-11)

Somerset (14-7, 4-0) 3, Medina Valley (17-8, 3-1) 0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-16)

Uvalde (5-13 ???, 2-2) 3, Laredo Nixon (1-4 ???, 0-2 ???) 1 (scores unavailable)

District 26-3A

Natalia (16-7, 1-0) 3, Marion (11-10 ???, 0-1) 2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 15-10)

Randolph (13-8 ???, 1-0) at Brooks Academy (2-1 ???, 0-1) 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-14)

Fox Tech (6-24 ???, 1-0) 3, Cole (4-15 ???, 0-1) 1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17)  

TAPPS District 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (4-12 ???, 2-6) 3, Corpus Christi John Paul II (4-7 ???, 1-7) 0 (scores unavailable)

Holy Cross (25-12, 8-1) 3, Cornerstone Christian (4-8 ????, 4-5) 0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-21).

TMI (11-11 ???, 6-3) 3, Laredo St. Augustine (8-11 ???, 1-8) 0


Southwest (15-12) 3, Devine (16-10) 0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-10)

St. Anthony (11-4 ???) 3, Providence (13-13) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-22)

East Central (14-15) 3, Judson (14-15) 1 (25-14, 25-23, 18-25, 27-25)

South San (14-13) at Incarnate Word (13-15) (scores unavailable)

Brackenridge (9-20) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (6-17 ???) 0 (25-19, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20)

Wednesday’s matches


Holy Cross (26-12) 3, Pleasanton (12-10 ???) 0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-16)

Thursday’s matches


Holy Cross (27-12) 3, St. Anthony (12-5 ???) 0 (25-13, 28-26, 28-26)

Friday’s matches

District 28-6A

East Central (15-15, 1-0) 3, Corpus Christi Carroll (1-11 ???, 0-1) 0 (25-8, 25-11, 25-17)

Corpus Christi King (5-5 ???, 1-0) 3, Southwest (15-13, 0-1) 2 (25-14, 22-25, 20-25, 25-14, 15-9)

South San (15-13, 1-0) 3, Corpus Christi Ray (4-6 ???, 0-1)0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-23)

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (11-10, 5-2) 3, Floresville (21-12, 5-2) 1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 25-10)

Kerrville Tivy (22-9, 7-1) 3, Kennedy (3-23 ???, 1-7) 0 (25-8, 25-10, 25-6)

Alamo Heights (30-5, 8-0) 3, Lockhart (16-17, 3-5) 0 (25-9, 25-12, 25-14)

San Marcos (10-14 ???, 2-6) 3, Memorial (3-30, 0-8) 0 (25-19, 25-9, 25-13)

District 28-5A

Highlands (18-10, 7-1) 3, Brackenridge (9-21, 5-3) 0 (25-14, 19-25, 25-18, 25-14)

Edison (11-18, 4-4) 3,  Jefferson (19-7, 5-3) 0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-21)

McCollum (16-8, 8-0) 3, Harlandale (12-13, 4-4) 2 (25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 25-14, 15-10)

Lanier (4-17, 1-7) 3, Burbank (6-21, 0-8) 0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-21).

District 29-5A

Laredo Martin (0-4 ???, 0-3 ???) at Uvalde (5-13 ???, 2-2) (scores unavailable)

Medina Valley (18-8, 4-1) 3, Laredo Cigarroa (14-16 ???, 1-3 ???) 1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 28-26)

Somerset (14-7, 4-0) at Laredo Nixon (1-4 ???, 0-2 ???)  (scores unavailable)

Southside (13-11, 4-1) at Eagle Pass Winn (5-11 ???, 0-3 ???) 0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-9)

District 26-3A

Natalia (16-8, 1-1) 3, Fox Tech (6-25 ???, 1-1) 0 (25-19, 25-8, 25-14)

Marion (13-9 ???, 2-0) 3, Randolph (12-9 ???, 1-1 ) 0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-20)

Cole (4-15 ???, 0-1) at Brooks Academy (2-0 ???, 0-1 ???) (scores unavailable)

TAPPS District 4-4A

TMI (12-12 ???, 7-3) 3, Providence (13-14, 4-4) 1 (25-18, 25-14, 14-25, 25-17)


Sam Houston (11-12) vs. Young Women’s Leadership Academy (6-17 ???) (scores unavailable)

Saturday’s matches

TAPPS District 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (3-12 ???, 1-6 ???) at Laredo St. Augustine (8-11 ???, 1-8) (scores unavailable)

WEEKEND FOOTBALL REPORT: Scott carries Knights in shutout of Hondo

Buttons blitz Devine; Edison garners first win

TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, Edison, Highlands, Holy Cross, McCollum, Sam Houston, South San, Southside.



Senior back Greg Scott (194 yards, 18 attempts) ran for three touchdowns, leading the Knights (2-1) to a 20-0 shutout victory Friday at Hondo.

Scott put the Knights in the lead with 8:35 left in the opening quarter, when he scored on a 19-yard run.

He also dashed 33 yards for a score with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter and reached the end zone on a 64-yarder late in the game.

Holy Cross limited the Owls (2-2) to 182 total yards.

The Knights’ Nazario Coleman completed nine of 14 passes for 52 yards in his debut as Holy Cross’ quarterback.

Central Catholic 35, Devine 12

The Buttons (3-1) kept Devine (1-3) scoreless after halftime to run away with a non-district victory Friday at Benson Stadium.

Central Catholic quarterback Joseph Nava (99 yards, 13 carries) drew first blood on a 14-yard keeper with 7:52 to play in the first quarter. Devine tied it with an 11 yard pass to Joe Guerrero from Hunter DuBose at the 4:18 mark, but the Buttons scored on the ensuing possession and never were challenged again.

Senior back Jimin Suh (65 yards, 13 carries) ran 25 yards for the first of his two touchdowns for a 14-6 lead.

Nava (15 of 24, 179 yards) threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter, connecting on a 21-yarder to William Prouse (5 catches, 69 yards) and an 18-yarder to Joe Alderete,

The Buttons amassed 366 total yards offensively and limited the Warhorses to 249.

Edison 23, Highlands 20

Receiver Bryan Bolton scored on a two-yard run with 50 seconds remaining, giving the Golden Bears (1-3, 1-1) their first victory of the season. Highlands (0-3, 0-1) had taken the lead in the District 28-5A game Friday at Alamo Stadium little more than six minutes earlier.

The Owls took the lead on a 48-yard run from Quindon Boston (168 yards, 24 carries) with 8:04 left in the first quarter. Edison tied it 7-7 on a 49-yard pass play from Jonathan Hernandez (13 of 27, 203 yards) to David Sanchez (87 yards, 3 receptions) before the quarter ended.

Highlands quarterback John Cervantes scored on a nine-yard run, but the Golden Bears gained a 15-14 halftime lead on a 17-yard run from Hernandez (79 yards, 19 attempts). Hernandez also ran for the two-point conversion with 6:35 until halftime.

The Owls regained the lead on a 28-yard pass from Cervantes (6 of 10, 52 yards) to Bruce Moody.

Highlands outgained Edison 333-321 in total yardage. Owls back De-Morriay Richardson-Jackson gained 77 yards on eight carries. The Golden Bears overcame five turnovers to even their district record.

Sam Houston 34, McCollum 0

The Hurricanes (2-2, 2-0) opened some eyes with their second shutout in their last five regular-season games Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium. Sam Houston limited McCollum (1-3, 1-1) to 107 total yards in a 28-5A game.

Sam Houston unveiled a couple of new weapons in its passing game. Receivers Trenton Jones and sophomore Juwan Anderson, a basketball standout. Junior quarterback Raymonte Prime (15 of 24, 240 yards) connected with Jones (74 yards, 3 receptions) for a 20-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Anderson (96 yards, 3 catches) streaked down the left sideline for a 60-yard touchdown with 11:50 until halftime.

James Citizen scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter.

The Cowboys’ defense held Hurricanes back Devin Harris to 31 rushing yards, but the junior scored the game’s last two touchdowns. Harris scored on a 20-yard run and a 10-yard reception.

McCollum senior quarterback Ralph Vidal completed 9 of 19 passes for 55 yards.

Sam Houston has outscored opponents 62-6 in its first two district games and only allowed 42 points this season.

FOOTBALL: This week’s results (thru Sept. 27)


(Sept. 25-27)

Thursday’s games


Southwest (2-3) 54, Eagle Pass (3-2) 44

Non-district (out of area)

Corpus Christi King (4-1) 51, Laredo United South (2-3) 21

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (5-0, 3-0) 31, Floresville (3-2, 1-2) 14.

Kerrville Tivy (3-1, 2-0) 64, Kennedy (0-5, 0-3) 7

Alamo Heights (3-2, 2-1) 52, Lockhart (4-1, 2-1) 20 

San Marcos (2-2, 1-1) 38, Memorial (0-5, 0-3) 6 

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (3-2, 3-0) 20, Lanier (0-5, 0-3) 13

Burbank (2-2, 1-1) 18, McCollum (1-4, 1-2) 7

Harlandale (3-2, 2-1) 20, Highlands (0-4, 0-2) 0

District 29-5A

Uvalde (4-0, 1-0) 48, Laredo Martin (0-4, 0-1) 24

Laredo Cigarroa (3-1, 1-0) 35, Medina Valley (0-4, 0-1) 12

Southside (4-0, 1-0) 34, Eagle Pass Winn (1-3, 0-1) 7.


Victoria St. Joseph (1-4, 1-0) 48, Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-5, 0-1) 0

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (2-2, 1-0) 49, TMI (2-3, 0-1) 7


Jourdanton (4-1) 28, Central Catholic (3-2) 6

Cole (4-1) 57, Brooks Academy (1-4) 2

East Central (2-3) 34, Del Rio (2-2) 24

Antonian (3-1) 33, South San (2-3) 0

Non-district (out of area)

Port Isabel (5-0) 44, Brownsville St. Joseph (4-1) 21

Goliad (4-1) 47, Vanderbilt Industrial (0-5) 0

Hebbronville (4-1) 42, George West (1-4) 23

Houston Second Baptist (2-2) 34, Austin Regents (3-1) 20

Corpus Christi Ray (5-0) 35, Laredo LBJ (2-3) 7

Corpus Christi Carroll (5-0) 51, Laredo United (2-3) 44

Hallettsville (3-2) 62, Luling (1-4) 15

Mathis (4-1) 28, Stockdale (1-4) 14

Wimberley (2-2) 48, Austin St. Michael’s (1-4) 33

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

Sam Houston (3-2, 3-0) 55, Jefferson (1-4, 1-2) 34

District 29-5A

Somerset (2-1, 1-0) 44, Laredo Nixon (0-4, 0-1) 17


Holy Cross (3-1, 1-0) 48, Cornerstone Christian (3-2, 0-1) 0

Non-district (out of area)

Austin St. Stephen’s (2-2) 28, St. Anthony (1-4) 7

FOOTBALL: Area rankings (thru Sept. 20)

Through Sept. 20


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last week

1. Holy Cross – 1

2. Southside – 3

3. Central Catholic – 5

4. Southwest – 4

5. East Central – 5

6. South San – 6

7. Brackenridge – 8

8. Sam Houston – 9

9. Harlandale – 7

10. Edison – 12

11. Highlands – 11

12. McCollum – 10

13. Jefferson – 15

14. Burbank – 14

15. Lanier – 13


NR = not ranked

FOOTBALL: Brack overtakes Harlandale in second half of 28-5A showdown

Indians build three-touchdown lead through air


There’s no doubt that Brackenridge is a second-half team.

After wiping out a three-touchdown deficit against Edison in its district opener, the Eagles (2-2, 2-0) scored 24 points after halftime Saturday at Alamo Stadium. In a battle of preseason District 28-5A co-favorites, Brackenridge prevailed 24-21 over Harlandale (2-2, 1-1).

As they had a week earlier, the tandem of Eagles quarterback Antonio Lopez (20 of 28, 282 yards) and receiver Lee Terrell (133 yards, 6 receptions) fired the comeback. They hooked up on touchdowns of 27 and 24 yards in the first seven minutes of the third quarter after the Indians had established a 21-0 halftime lead.

Brackenridge tied it 21-21 when senior back Trey Mathis (119 yards, 16 carries) broke loose for a 52-yard touchdown with 3:52 left in the third quarter. The Eagles had scored twice in less than two minutes and three times in little more than seven minutes.

Eagles senior Jesus Millan iced the win with a 35-yard field goal with 6:56 remaining in the game.

Brackenridge overcame four turnovers, including three interceptions, to build a two-game winning streak. The Eagles have outscored their first two 28-5A opponents 51-3 in the second half.

Harlandale, which committed two turnovers, opened the scoring with a 27-yard pass from Jacob Delgado (12 of 20 for 150 yards) to Ian Martinez (79 yards, 5 receptions) at the 10:23 mark of the first quarter.

The Indians increased their lead to 14-0 on a 32-yard pass from Delgado to John Aguirre with 7:23 until halftime. Aguirre also ran for 113 yards on 18 attempts.

Fifteen seconds before halftime, Harlandale upped their scoring advantage to 21 points. Noah Avina hauled in Delgado’s third touchdown pass, covering just four yards.

The Eagles outgained the Indians 480-397 in total yards. Senior Macco Marble contributed 63 rushing yards and 59 reception yards. Jalen Davis caught four passes for 50 yards.

Vincent Hernandez added 96 rushing yards on nine carries for Harlandale.

FOOTBALL: Week 4 previews (Saturday’s game)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking


#7 Harlandale (2-1, 1-0) vs. #8 Brackenridge (1-2, 1-0) at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

Before the season, by consensus, this was projected to be a battle of the co-favorites for the District 28-5A title. After the first week of the district season, it looms as large, even though both teams struggled a bit out of the gate. The chase pack might be a little closer than expected, though.

There is one common opponent to base this year’s comparisons on.

Harlandale defeated Devine 17-7 in Week 1. The Warhorses edged Brackenridge 34-28 a week later.

Harlandale took its lumps in Week 2 also, falling 40-15 to Somerset. The Indians bounced back to defeat Jefferson 34-25 last week.

The Eagles gave up 21 unanswered points to Edison from kickoff last week, but recovered to defeat the Golden Bears 48-31 on the strength of its passing game.

Tonight’s contest may hinge on ability of each to move the ball on the ground, as well as turnovers and other residual factors.

Harlandale’s offense absolutely relies on back John Aguirre. The senior bounced back from a rough ouiting against Somerset to run for 131 yards against Jefferson. The Indians need to be able to control the ball behind Aguirre and get surgical strikes from first-year quarterback Jacob Delgado (153 passing yards vs. Jefferson).

Defensively, the Indians can’t allow Brack’s Antonio Lopez and Lee Terrell to carve them up as they did against Edison. Lopez threw for 382 yards a week ago and Terrell caught 230 yards worth of passes, including two long touchdowns.

That’s a concern for Harlandale because Somerset quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. threw for 228 yards (not an outrageous figure for Detmer, by the way) and Jefferson’s Weston Redding had his season high against the Indians.

While Aguirre is more of a straight-ahead runner, Brack back Trey Mathis also can bounce outside and go to the house. The Eagles also have solid runner Macco Marble in the backfield, who’s an outstanding possession receiver.

The Eagles defense was dinged for 504 yards by Edison, including 264 on the ground. Although the Golden Bears only mustered three points after halftime, Brack can’t afford early defensive lapses.

In short, Harlandale must control the ball (which includes short passes to Ian Martinez) and keep the score low to win. They can’t afford to let the Eagles hang around because of their quick-strike capability.

The series has a rich history that dates back to 1928 (thank you warpath1.com). Brackenridge has a 32-17 edge, having incredibly won the first 20 games through 1952. Harlandale didn’t score a point against the Eagles until the eighth meeting.

The pendulum swung toward Harlandale, thereafter. The Indians notably defeated Brack’s 1962 state championship team. Their last game was in 2004, when they met for the bi-district championship. Harlandale won 28-0, giving the Indians a three-game winning streak.

Series leader (record): Brackenridge (32-17). 2013 score:  did not play. 2014 favorite: Harlandale.

VOLLEYBALL: Area rankings (thru Sept. 19)

Through Sept. 19


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last week

1. Holy Cross – 1

2. East Central – 2

3. Southwest – 3

4. McCollum – 6

5. Jefferson – 5

6. Highlands – 4

7. Southside – 7

8. South San – 8

9. Harlandale – 9

10. Providence – 10

11. Brackenridge – 11

12. Edison – 13

13. Sam Houston – 12

14. Burbank – 14

15. Kennedy – 15


NR = not ranked

FOOTBALL: Lee survives lull to defeat South San 35-12

Bobcats defense slows, but can’t stop Vols





During a stretch of the first half, South San’s defense forced Kyle Fuller into throwing eight consecutive incomplete passes Friday at South San Stadium.

The Bobcats (2-2) eventually saw what district rival Southwest and other previous opponents learned about the promising Lee junior quarterback. Fuller (25 of 43, 430 yards) is tough to keep in check throughout an entire game.

He threw for five touchdowns as Lee pulled away to a 32-13 victory over South San. The first touchdown came on a 37-yard pass to Mark Sullivan just 52 seconds into the non-district game.

“I think what happened on the first series, was the defense wasn’t used to their speed,” South San coach Marcus Booker said. “As soon as we got used to their speed, we didn’t really control (Fuller), but we were able to contain the guy.”

South San’s defense recovered two fumbles in addition to the incomplete passes, which spanned the first and second quarter. However, the Bobcats couldn’t cut into the deficit.

They were stopped at the Lee 13 on their first possession and lost a fumble on the second. After a South San defensive stop, another fumble struck. This time, though, Joe Alcorta pounced on a fumble and got the ball back three plays later.

With 7:37 remaining until halftime and the Volunteers leading 7-0, South San quarterback Isaiah Gutierrez completed passes to Tyrell Courtney and Joseph Miera into Lee territory. Two Vols penalties propelled the drive, but two from the Bobcats helped stall it at the Lee 35.

“I thought we played well,” Booker said. “What killed us was that every time we were (35 yards from scoring), we had a penalty or a fumble or a missed assignment. We had three missed blocks, all on fourth down.”

Lee marched 99 yards to score six seconds before the half on a 22-yard pass from Fuller to Sergio Solis. The Volunteers led 14-0.

The Bobcats closed to within 14-6 little more than two minutes into the second half. Efrain Medina blocked a punt to set South San up 41 yards from the end zone. Junior back Justin Acosta (86 yards, 14 carries) covered the distance in two runs, scoring from 34 yards out.

Fuller and company regrouped again to score at the 5:02 mark of the third quarter. Sullivan scored once more on a 38-yard pass play. Following an interception, the junior threw 45 yards to Chris Adams for a 26-6 advantage.

“We just stuck with what we were doing,” Fuller said. “It feels good (to win). It kept us rolling, going into district next week.”

With Gutierrez out because of a shoulder injury, replacement Enrique Andrade threw 22 yards to Rafael Lopez to complete the scoring with 3:51 remaining. Lopez stretched out in the end zone to make the catch.

FOOTBALL: Week 4 previews (Friday’s games)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking


Brooks Academy (1-2) at St. Mary’s Hall (3-0), 7:30 p.m.

St. Mary’s Hall will be the toughest challenge yet for Brooks Academy.

Barons quarterback Gus Rowland is a run-pass threat who scored on runs of 2 and 54 yards in last Friday’s 13-6 win over TMI. Thomas Casey, Deion Locklear and Jesse Llamas also are runners to watch. Rowland’s favorite targets include Jordon Miller, Joe Alcido and Joe Heath.

The Bengals will need a big game from quarterback Dennis Perales and its defense on the heels of a 50-6 loss to Cornerstone Christian last Friday. Brooks Academy mustered just 125 total yards, 85 on passes from Perales, so re-establishing the ground game in its multiple attack will be a key priority.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: St. Mary’s Hall.

Devine (1-2) at #5 Central Catholic (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

The Buttons unveiled a new offensive wrinkle last Saturday in a 35-19 win over Holmes.

Senior quarterback Joseph Nava threw for 342 yards and five touchdowns. Joseph Barrera, Troy Lozano and William Prouse combined for 15 catches and 244 reception yards. Coupled with the backfield combination of Jimin Suh and emerging Thomas Palomera, and Nava’s running ability, Central Catholic should be able to keep Devine’s defense off balance.

Defense has been the Warhorses strongest asset this season, although the offense put up 28 points on Brackenridge. Laredo Johnson defeated Devine 14-2 last week.

Although the offense doesn’t seem to have clicked yet, Devine put up 290 total yards against Johnson.

Quarterback Hunter DuBose can run and pass effectively. He threw for 100 yards and ran for 59 in the Warhorses’ third game. Reagan Anderson was Devine’s top receiver with seven catches for 78 yards.

Central Catholic will need to keep DuBose in check defensively. The Buttons limited Holmes to 160 total yards last week, but allowed the Huskies to climb back into the game in the second half.

They’ll need a more consistent effort this Friday.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Central Catholic.

#12 Edison (0-3, 0-1) vs. #11 Highlands (0-2, 0-0) at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Edison made forward strides offensively in public last week during a loss to Brackenridge, while Highlands may have made its improvements in private.

In a 48-31 loss to Brackenridge, Edison unveiled sophomore back Matthew Garcia, who ran for 145 yards on 30 tries. Garcia’s presence allowed the Golden Bears to open up their no-huddle offense and took some pressure off senior quarterback Jonathan Hernandez, who had been Edison’s top running threat.

Bryan Bolton also stepped forward for Edison as a deep receiving threat.

Although the Golden Bears’ offense should be more potent six days later, its defense needs to make similar gains. Edison did an admirable job against Brackenridge’s high-powered offense in the early stages of the game, as the Bears scored the first three touchdowns.

In the second half, though, the Eagles wore Edison down. The Golden Bears will need four good quarters against a Highlands defense that stacks up as a little stronger than Brack’s.

The Owls limited Floresville to a touchdown in a 13-7 loss but wasn’t as impressive in a 42-29 loss to Uvalde, which runs a similar offense to Edison’s.

Senior back Quindon Boston is averaging about six yards per carry for Highlands. The Owls need to give him more help in the passing game, which certainly was a point of emphasis for coach Bert Lopez and his staff in the past week.

It will be interesting to see what Highlands comes up with offensively after a week to prepare for Edison.

Series leader (record): Highlands (19-11-1). 2013 score: Highlands 35, Edison 7. 2014 favorite: Uvalde.

Floresville (2-1, 0-1) vs. Kennedy (0-3, 0-1) at Edgewood Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Floresville is a familiar foe in a new district for Kennedy.

The Rockets have shown improvement in their first three games under new coach Michael Insco, but this will be a tough assignment. However, it’s one of the District 27-5A games they have a chance to win, so a Kennedy team in need of its first victory must step up to the plate.

is appears to be a game that could go either way.

The Rockets were overwhelmed 41-0 by Alamo Heights last Friday in their district opener, but showed spunk in a 38-33 loss to Burbank a week earlier.

Jesus Hernandez ran for 92 yards in that game and Raul Hale went for 63 on three carries. Being able to run the ball consistently could be a huge factor for the Rockets.

The passing game is a work in progress. Kennedy mustered just 40 total yards and 29 passing yards while completing five of 15 throws. Quarterback Eric Lira threw for 115 against the Bulldogs and needs to at least match that to keep Floresville’s defense honest.

A word of caution. Kennedy allowed Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello to ring up 368 yards of total offense. Floresville quarterback Koby Wilkerson plays a similar style and the Rockets must do a better job of containment.

Wilkerson has run for a team-best 535 yards this year and thrown for 231, but he proved last year that he’s capable of throwing when needed.

Luke Smith is Floresville’s leading receiver (107 reception yards) and one of its defensive standouts.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: Floresville 7, Kennedy 0. 2014 favorite: Floresville.

#1 Holy Cross (1-1) at Hondo (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross has had a week to prepare for life without quarterback Cisco Flores, at least temporarily.

Sophomore Steven Gutierrez will play his first full game under center after getting three quarters in relief of Flores in the Knights’ 30-0 loss to Antonian Sept. 6. By the fourth quarter, Gutierrez appeared more comfortable in his role and was able to hit some short passes.

However, Holy Cross will need to rely heavily on senior back Greg Scott and a veteran defense.

Holy Cross’ defense gave up 300 yards to the Apaches after a strong showing against San Antonio Christian. The Knights will need to get back on track against a solid Hondo offense.

The Owls are coming off a 27-21 win in their rivalry game against Medina Valley. Their only loss was 38-22 in the opening week to a Boerne team that routed Antonian Thursday.

Quarterback Carson Stoner has thrown for 496 yards so far, but with four touchdowns. Holy Cross must keep a strong pass rush on and be opportunisitc.

All-state linebacker Jon Koch leads Hondo’s defense.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Hondo.

Lee (2-1) at #6 South San (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

What we have here is heralded Lee quarterback Kyle Fuller versus South San’s swarming defense.

Central Catholic coach Marcus Booker wanted to test his team against Northeast ISD 6A squads and the ever-improving Volunteers should live up to expectations. The Bobcats will need to apply lessons learned in last Friday’s 42-14 loss to MacArthur.

The Bobcats fell behind the Brahmas 21-7 in the first half and never could catch up. They gave up 420 total yards, as quarterback Josh Jung completed 10 of 13 passes for 223 yards in a balanced MacArthur offense.

Fuller already has thrown for 1,064 yards with 14 touchdowns and just one interception. Back Sammy Davis is effective enough to keep defenses honest, but the quarterback and his receiving corps will be the primary concern. Sergio Solis has been a possession receiver. Fuller looks to Mark Sullivan and Chris Adams to stretch the field.

Southwest’s defense held Fuller below 50 percent accuracy, but he still threw four touchdown passes and amassed 191 yards in a 42-27. South San will aim to be more effective, as it doesn’t have the Dragons’ quick-strike capability.

The Bobcats have thrown effectively with Isaiah Gutierrez at times, but only completed one pass for two yards against MacArthur. Keeping drives alive with short passes will be a necessity while Gutierrez, Willie Sanchez and Justin Acosta must improve on the Bobcats’ 138 rushing yards versus the Brahmas.

Series leader (record): tied (1-1). 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Lee.

Memorial (0-3, 0-1) at Lockhart (3-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Memorial had a rough introduction to District 27-5A last Friday in a 42-2 loss to Boerne Champion. Undefeated Lockhart will be no picnic either.

The Lions scored 90 points in their first two games, before prevailing 14-13 in a defensive struggle at Seguin in their 27-5A debut.

The Minutemen will try to slow Lockhart’s two-pronged running attack of Curtis Hawkins and D.J. Ellison. Each is averaging more than 100 yards a game. The Matadors held Hawkins to 76 rushing yards last week, but Ellison went for 163.

The Lions seem to only throw when they need to. They had four attempts against Seguin.

Defensively, Lockhart only allowed Seguin 229 total yards and kept them scoreless after falling behind 13-0 less than four minutes into the second quarter.

Memorial has been a little too reliant on its passing game, behind veteran quarterback Alfred Ramos would welcome the idea.

Ramos has thrown for a respectable 353 yards so far, but has as many interceptions as touchdowns. Jose Pargas (258 reception yards) and Greg Rosemond (131 yards) have been solid receivers.

Further growth from back Jacob Martinez will be needed as Memorial gets deeper into its district schedule..

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Lockhart.

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

East Central never really got out of the starting gate in the lightning delayed 39-3 loss to a motivated Smithson Valley team. Reagan will be no less of a challenge for the Hornets.

The Rattlers have thumped two consecutive opponents after falling 28-23 in a barnburner of an opener against O’Connor.

Quarterback Kellen Mond is the Rattler to watch, with 301 passing yards and 271 yards on the ground. Reagan has a veteran line and no shortage of weapons, all of which helped it to compile 369 total yards in a 42-14 win over Warren last Friday.

Skyler Wetzel contributed more than 10 yards a carry while compiling 167 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

East Central back Jauwon Hall ran for 90 yards against Smithson Valley, but was one of East Central’s few bright spots.

The Hornets gained 232 total yards. They must find ways to get the ball to explosive Wanya Ward, who had one catch for five yards. The Rangers geared up to stop featured back Javion Polk and Reagan can be expected to as well.

East Central will need a big night from quarterback Justin Upshaw-Mendoza in addition to a solid ground game if it is to prevail.

After holding New Braunfels Canyon to 85 total yards. East Central allowed Smithson Valley to produce 457. The Hornets will need a stronger showing against an even more balanced Rattlers offense.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Reagan.

#9 Sam Houston (1-2, 1-0) vs. #10 McCollum (1-2, 1-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

If McCollum has Mike Ramirez in the lineup, this will be a much different game. Otherwise, the scales tip to Sam Houston, after the Hurricanes notched a 26-6 win over Burbank last Friday in its District 28-5A opener.

The Hurricanes finished with 303 total yards, 86 from back Devin Harris. A welcome development was an 155-yard passing performance from junior quarterback Raymonte Prime. Achieving that kind of offensive balance elevates the Hurricanes.

The defense had been ahead of the offense in Sam Houston’s first two games. It remained solid, holding the Bulldogs to 196 yards and preventing senior leader Daniel Tello from having a big game.

McCollum also has been led by its defense. Lanier was only able to muster 191 total yards and a late fourth-quarter score in the Cowboys’ 19-7 win last Friday. The big factor was that Noe Trevino and Alex Herrera each returned fumbles for touchdowns, which would have produced a victory by itself.

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they only gained 175 yards without Ramirez. On the plus side, Edward Mora and Rudy Anthony now have been indoctrinated to varsity play.

The saving grace was quarterback Ralph Vidal, who threw for a season-best 193 yards and ran the ball a bit more as he returns to health. Expect Vidal and receivers Robert Salas and Allen Ojeda to build on that performance.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Sam Houston.

#4 Southwest (1-2) at Del Rio (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

It’s hard to get a handle the Dragons, after losing to their two strongest opponents, Lee and Victoria West by two touchdowns apiece.

It’s a good sign that a young Southwest team kept those games close but, with their talent, they need to be able to get over the hump.

Del Rio doesn’t seem to be the same caliber of opponent, but the Rams do have speed. They lost 36-0 to San Angelo, but bounced back to hammer Holmes 41-7.

Quarterback Steven Salinas completed 19 of 29 throws for 262 yards and six touchdowns, so the Dragons will need to do a better job of pressuring the quarterback. Shane Cramer had three receiving touchdowns and Gaston Flores had two.

No Ram rushed for more than 26 yards, so that will simplify the Dragons’ task defensively.

In the 42-27 loss to Lee, Southwest put up 405 yards of total offense, but allowed Lee to score five unanswered touchdowns and put the game out of reach in the second half. The Dragons had led 21-7 before Volunteers quarterback Kyle Fuller (191 passing yards) got rolling.

On the plus side, senior quarterback Bowen Crisp completed 10 of 16 passes for a career-best 159 yards. That bodes extremely well for the Dragons moving forward.

Jon Cruz carried the ball 31 times, emerging as an every down back with 120 rushing yards. Sophomore Tyrone Middleton added 101 yards.

Defensively, the Dragons gave up 345 yards.

Mostly, though, it comes down to fine tuning for the Dragons, as they prepare for the district season. Finishing strong will be the top priority.

The Rams essentially are coming off a bye week. They faced Holmes Sept. 5. Their Sept. 12 game against Jay was canceled because of lightning.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Southwest.

FOOTBALL: Mustangs overtake Lanier in final minute for first win

Voks outscore Mustangs 14-8 after halftime, but come up empty

Lanier back Julian Castillo carried the ball 14 times for 85 yards against Jefferson.
Lanier back Julian Castillo carried the ball 14 times for 85 yards against Jefferson.

The Mustangs line up for a scrimmage against Laredo United.
The Mustangs line up for a scrimmage against Laredo United.





Jefferson didn’t throw a pass on its time-consuming final drive until it needed to win the game.

The Mustangs (1-3, 1-1) cut Lanier’s lead to a point with 58 seconds remaining on an 11-yard touchdown run from senior Jesse Flores. Jefferson then took to the air for the two-point conversion.

Weston Redding threw to Drew Lopez in the left corner of the end zone for a 15-14 District 28-5A victory Thursday at Alamo Stadium.

“It was time to believe in the team,” said Flores, who ran for 152 yards on 25 carries. “We had to do what we worked hard for in practice. We put it all together.”

The Voks (0-4, 0-2) had driven 62 yards in eight plays to overtake Jefferson with 6:25 remaining. Adrian Losoya caught a 27-yard pass from Jeremiah Esquivel for the touchdown and a 14-7 lead.

Jefferson’s Eric Flores returned the ensuing kickoff 16 yards from the end zone to begin the winning drive. He also carried the ball three times for 21 yards, taking the Mustangs to 50.

“They were running the same plays they ran all game,” Lanier coach Don Gatian said. “We just over-ran the ballcarrier or lined up wrong. It wasn’t Jeff. It was us.

Jesse Flores took over on the Lanier 26. On his fifth-consecutive carry, he darted right and found blocking ahead. Utilizing the blocks of Arturo Garcia and Cruz Salazar, Flores made a sharp cut and scored untouched.

“Whatever they get for me,” Flores said of his linemen, “that’s where I am.”

Lanier put together a 13-play, 76-yard drive to erase Jefferson’s halftime lead. Joe Orta powered over a would-be tackler on a three-yard scoring run with 23 seconds to play in the third quarter.

Eric Flores was the only player to reach the end zone in a penalty riddled first half. The junior returned a punt 54 yards down the left sideline, with help from Davion Clark’s block.

Lanier outgained Jefferson 162-111 in total yardage in the first half, but an illegal substitution added five yards to an unsuccessful field-goal attempt and had a touchdown wiped out by a holding penalty. The Voks were rejuvenated in the second half by the running of Orta (132 yards, 20 carries), who returned from an ankle injury, and Julian Castillo.

“Being healthy helps. My younger guys are getting better each game,” Gatian said. “For the most part, we’ve played pretty good defense all year. It’s just that, offensively, we weren’t moving the ball. Now we’re moving the ball and getting some points.”

Despite the touchdown, Jefferson only mustered three first downs in the first half and ran just one play in Lanier territory.

The Voks attained nine first downs, but two were courtesy of Jefferson penalties. Lanier had a touchdown taken away by a holding penalty with 32 seconds left in the half and an illegal substitution added five yards to an unsuccessful field-goal attempt.

The Voks were penalized six times for 55 yards in the first half. The Mustangs were flagged five times for 49 yards.

The Mustangs had lost a close game to Harlandale six days earlier in their 28-5A opener.

“We knew we had unfinished business,” Jesse Flores said. “No one believed in us. We had to show everyone what we were capable of.”

FOOTBALL: Week 4 previews (Thursday’s game)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking


#13 Lanier (0-3, 0-1) vs. #15 Jefferson (0-3, 0-1) at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

Both teams showed signs of growth against Harlandale ISD opponents last week. One will pick up its first victory tonight in this District 28-5A matchup.

Lanier welcomed back senior back Joe Orta. Although Orta ran for just 33 yards in the 19-7 loss to McCollum last Friday, which was his season debut, he’s more than capable of being a big factor against Jefferson.

The combination of Orta and Julian Castillo should help the Voks offset Jefferson’s steady Jesse Flores.

Mustangs quarterback Weston Redding had one of the best passing games of his three-year career last Friday in a 34-25 loss to Harlandale.

Redding and tight end Henry Bocko have emerged as a combination that can move the chains. For Lanier, continued growth in the passing game may be a key tonight.

Turnovers have been a problem for Jefferson and Lee. Each will need to limit them to pull off their first win.

The Voks have won two of the last three games in the series, which began in 1972.

Series leader (record): Jefferson (25-9). 2013 score: Lanier 20, Jefferson 14. 2014 favorite: Lanier.

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (thru Sept. 20)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Matches of Sept. 14-20

Monday’s matches

No matches scheduled

Tuesday’s matches

District 27-5A

Lockhart (15-15, 2-3) 3, Kennedy (3-20 ???, 1-4) 0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-13)

Alamo Heights (28-5, 6-0) 3, Memorial (3-27, 0-5) 0 (25-, 25-9, 25-5)

Kerrville Tivy (19-9, 5-1) 3, San Marcos (8-13, 0-5) 0 (scores unavailable)

Floresville (19-12, 3-2) 3, Seguin (16-15, 3-3) 1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-19, 25-21)

District 28-5A

Edison (7-14, 2-3) 3, Sam Houston (11-11, 1-5) 0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-22)

Harlandale (10-12, 2-3) 3, Lanier (3-16, 0-6) 0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-10)

Highlands (16-9, 5-0) 3, Burbank (6-18, 0-5) (25-15, 25-16, 12-25, 25-9)

McCollum (13-8, 5-0) 3, Brackenridge (8-19, 5-1) 1 (25-16, 15-25, 25-15, 25-12)

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn (5-8 ???, 0-0 ???) at Uvalde (3-12 ???, 0-1) (scores unavailable)

Laredo Cigarroa (14-14 ???, 1-1) 3, Laredo Martin (0-3 ???, 0-2) 0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-13)

Somerset (12-7, 2-0) 3, Southside (11-11, 1-1) 2 (25-17, 21-25, 18-25, 31-29, 15-11)

Medina Valley (16-7, 2-0) at Laredo Nixon (1-3 ???, 0-1 ???) 0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-17)

TAPPS District 4-4A

Cornerstone Christian (4-7 ????, 3-4) 3, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (3-11 ???, 1-5) 1 (scores unavailable)

Victoria St. Joseph (30-1, 9-0) 3, Corpus Christi John Paul II (4-6 ???, 1-6) 0 (25-9, 25-12, 25-9)

Holy Cross (23-12, 6-1), 3, Providence (12-11, 3-3) 0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-12)

TMI (9-10 ???, 5-2) 3, San Antonio Christian (5-8 ???, 3-4) 0 (scores unavailable)


Boerne (23-5) 3, South San (13-12) 0 (25-19, 25-19, 27-25)

St. Mary’s Hall (18-9) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (6-16 ???) 0 (25-21, 25-8, 25-19)

Jefferson (18-5) 3, Fox Tech (4-23 ???) 0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-6)

Incarnate Word (13-14) 3, East Central (12-15) 0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-22)

Wednesday’s matches

No matches scheduled

Thursday’s matches

TAPPS District 4-4A

Victoria St. Joseph (31-1, 10-0) 3, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (3-12 ???, 1-6) 0 (scores unavailable)

Friday’s matches

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (28-5, 6-0) 3, Boerne Champion (10-10, 4-2) 1 (25-18, 25-16, 23-25, 25-21)

Floresville (20-12, 4-2) 3, Kennedy (3-21 ???, 1-5) 0 (25-16, 25-8, 25-10)

Lockhart (15-15, 2-3) 3, Memorial (3-27, 0-5) 0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-16)

Seguin (17-15, 4-3) 3,  San Marcos (8-14 ???, 0-6) 0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-16)

District 28-5A

Edison (10-17, 3-3) 3, Burbank (6-19, 0-6) 1 (25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 25-13)

Harlandale (11-12, 3-3) 3, Sam Houston (11-12, 1-6) 0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-16)

McCollum (14-8, 6-0) 3, Highlands (16-10, 5-1) 1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 25-11)

Jefferson (19-5, 5-1) 3, Brackenridge (8-20, 5-2) 0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-21).

District 29-5A

Somerset (13-7, 3-0) 3, Eagle Pass Winn (5-9 ???, 0-1 ???) 0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-10)

Laredo Nixon (1-3 ???, 0-1) at Laredo Martin (0-3 ???, 0-2) (scores unavailable)

Medina Valley (17-7, 3-0) 3, Uvalde (3-13 ???, 0-2 ???) 0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-16)

Southside (12-11, 2-1) 3, Laredo Cigarroa (14-15 ???, 1-2) 1 (27-25, 14-25, 27-25, 25-13)

TAPPS District 4-4A

San Antonio Christian (5-8 ???, 3-4) at Cornerstone Christian (4-7 ????, 3-4) (scores unavailable)


Boerne (25-5) 3, Holy Cross (23-13) 2 (25-15, 25-22, 17-25, 26-28, 16-14)

South San (14-13) 3, Laredo Johnson (1-4???) 0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-18)

Boerne Geneva (17-8) 3, Providence (12-12) 0 (scores unavailable)

Antonian (27-9) 3, East Central (12-16) 1 (19-25, 25-5, 25-18, 25-22)

MacArthur (15-16) 3, Southwest (14-12) 1 (25-7, 25-18, 24-26, 25-13)

Lanier (4-16) 3, Fox Tech (4-24 ???) 1 (23-25, 25-15, 27-25, 25-19)

Saturday’s matches

TAPPS District 4-4A

Providence (13-12, 4-3) 3, Laredo St. Augustine (8-10 ???, 1-7) 1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20)

Holy Cross (24-12, 7-1) 3, TMI (9-11 ???, 5-3) 0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-18)

WEEKLY VOLLEYBALL REPORT: McCollum knocks Jefferson out of first in 28-5A

Brackenridge benefits from Cowboys win

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston, South San, Southside.



In a match destined to shake up District 28-5A, McCollum (12-8, 4-0) outlasted Jefferson (17-5, 4-1) for a 21-25, 25-13, 25-16, 23-25, 15-12 win last Friday at the Cowboys’ gym.

The Cowboys’ win dropped Jefferson out of first place and elevated surprising Brackenridge (8-18, 5-0) to sole possession of the district lead. McCollum and Highlands (15-9, 4-0) were tied for second.

McCollum’s Neyda Sanchez and Victoria Yzaguirre each pounded 13 kills. Savannah Borjas and Alysia Garcia distributed15 assists apiece. Emily Solis led the Cowboys with 20 digs. Cassandra Maldonado served five aces.

Jefferson received 19 kills and two blocks from Gabby Vasquez. Marisol Montejano also made two blocks. Cecilia Campos made a whopping 36 digs. Angela Hardcastle produced 20 assists and three service aces for the Mustangs.

Brackenridge 3, Burbank 0

The Eagles, who only won three non-district matches, now rule the roost in 28-5A. They downed Burbank (6-17, 0-4) 26-24, 25-16, 25-12 last Friday in the nightcap at Alamo Convocation Center.

Senior Jolicia Shelton-Brown led Brackenridge with 10 digs, nine kills and two aces. Other top hitters for the Eagles were Eshe Malone (8 kills) and Skyler Reyna (7 kills). Jacky Nevarez served four aces and made four digs.

Marquanique Freeman dealt 24 assists for the Eagles. Kathy Sifuentes added 10 digs. Jasmin Gutierrez made two blocks.

For Burbank, Savannah Casiano was the team leader with five kills and three blocks. Katherine Regalado added five digs.

Southside 3, Uvalde 0

The Cardinals (11-10, 1-0) began their District 29-5A season with an impressive 25-13, 25-20. 25-21 win over Uvalde (3-12, 0-1) last Friday at Southside.
Briana Martinez (11 kills), Mia Soto (11 kills, 4 digs) and Ashley Sanchez (10 kills, 8 digs, 3 aces) all recorded double-digit kills for Southside. Analee Uriegas (2 aces) led the Cardinals with 18 assists.

Alyssa Gallardo contributed 16 assists, six digs and two aces. Tyler Bolton supplied 14 assists, five digs and three aces. Amanda Esparza had four digs.

South San 3, Harlandale 2

Junior Erica Jimenez had 20 assists and senior Nicolette Lopez made four blocks as the Bobcats (13-12) came from behind to defeat Harlandale (9-12) 20-25, 25-18, 24-26, 25-13, 15-10 in a non-district match Friday at Harlandale.

Mariah Gonzalez chipped in with 11 digs and Angel Salazar dished seven assists for South San.

Harlandale was led by Dominique Delgado with 22 digs. Kianna Sandoval finished with 12 assists and nine digs. Keana Ramos served five aces and Alicia Garcia (7 kills) served four. Brandie Herrera had 10 assists.

Other kill leaders for the Indians were Tanya Ramos (13 kills, 5 blocks), Madeline Mendez (9 kills, 2 blocks),

Lauren Gutierrez (8 kills), Angel Huron (6 kills, 4 digs) and Valeria Stokes (4 kills, 5 blocks).

Edison 3, Lanier 0

The Golden Bears (8-17, 1-3) notched their first District 28-5A win Friday, defeating Lanier (3-15, 0-5) in 25-8, 25-14, 28-26 at Alamo Convocation Center.

Marissa Cortinas led Edison with 19 assists and nine digs. Lauren Gutierrez also had nine digs while Destiny McCarty recorded seven. Kalani Wood had eight kills.

For Lanier, Emily Huerta tracked down 25 digs and served two aces. Elisa DeHoyos also recorded two ace. Lauren Viduarri had a team-high two blocks.

Highlands 3, Sam Houston 1

The Owls (15-9, 4-0) held second-place with a 25-14, 25-27, 26-24, 25-15 victory over Sam Houston (11-10, 1-4) Friday in a 28-5A match at Alamo Convocation Center.

Highlands’ Bryten Mitchan and Emily Pearce each smacked 12 kills. Analisa Garza contributed 37 assists. Libero Kiara Pesina chipped in with 26 digs. Sara Denton and Jenelle Rodriguez each had two blocks.

Sam Houston received eight kills from Jordyn Stewart. Rita Davis distributed 20 assists. Dajah Thomas and Karisma Mitchell led the Hurricanes with seven digs and 2.5 blocks, respectively.

VOLLEYBALL: Hornets battling doldrums at end of non-district schedule

East Central falls to Steele, Canyon



Maybe it’s best to be in a district with eight to 10 teams.

That’s a question the UIL might want to consider at some point. For the area’s District 28-6A representatives – East Central, South San and Southwest – being among the few teams not already engaged in district play appears to be exacting a toll.

Combined, the three teams posted a 2-4 record in their matches last week.

“This is the hard part of the season,” East Central coach Todd Dorgan said. “They start to get tired legs. I’m trying to find some (motivation techniques) to keep them playing with enthusiasm.”

The Hornets (12-14) lost both of their matches last week, falling 25-20, 26-24, 25-15 at Steele (15-16) Tuesday and 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 25-22 to New Braunfels Canyon (15-16) Friday at East Central.

Playing without defensive wizard Brandi Campos, who had a minor injury, the Hornets took the early lead in the first two games at Steele.

Madison Simon put down a kill to end a long point and Lindsey Lubianski added another kill that staked East Central to an 11-8 lead in Game 1. The Hornets committed a serving error and a hitting error on consecutive points, enabling the Knights to seize a 15-14 advantage. Two straight kills from Jessica Stohlman (5 kills, 2.5 blocks) gave Steele separation.

The Hornets’ Alex Pena served an ace on game point, sparking a mini-rally. Junior Kaylin Mills recorded a block to make it 24-19, but the Knights’ standout hitter Jada Gardner finished the game with one of her 21 kills.

East Central capitalized on two Steele hitting errors and a crosscourt kill from freshman Skyeler Embry to build a 4-2 lead in Game 2. Senior Christie Cosper added a block and a kill on a slide play off a set from Mills to increase the lead to 8-3.

Steele quickly erased its deficit, but East Central rallied in response. Embry slammed a kill and Nichole West served an ace to give the Hornets a 14-13 lead. Mills set Embry for a kill and a Steele passing error re-established it at 17-16. After a three-point Knights run, however, the Hornets never led again in the match.

East Central tied it at 19-19, 20-20 and 23-23. Cosper appeared to tally a kill down the out-of-bounds line with Steele ahead 25-24, but it was ruled out and the Knights was a game away from victory.

“We’ve got to execute all phases together,” Dorgan said. “We’re struggling with consistency. Right now, we’re struggling with offense, more than anything else.”

Gardner carried the Knights in Game 3, crunching seven kills.

“I like playing Steele,” Dorgan said, “because I feel like they’re good competition for us. The girls always get up for them. For some reason, I think we’re closer to them than we are.”

Against Canyon, Campos returned to the lineup with 26 digs. Mills finished with 22 assists, 13 digs and two aces. West also served two aces and had 17 digs.

Embry led with 11 kills. Simon had 12 digs, two aces and seven kills.