Holy Cross overpowers SACS in second half; Southside wins Lock’s first game
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It’s hard to blame South San if it wants to continue its series with Holmes.
After losing three consecutive season openers to Harlandale, the Bobcats (1-0) resumed their series with Holmes Friday at South San Stadium. Just as it had the last time the teams met in 2009, South San prevailed.
The Bobcats scored twice in the first half and held on for a 14-6 win over Holmes (0-1).
Justin Acosta, who led South San with 73 rushing yards on 10 carries, dashed six yards for a 7-0 lead with 5:05 left in the first quarter. The Bobcats defense added a score in the second quarter when Ryan Hernandez ran 15 yards with a fumble.
Armed with a 14-point lead, South San had all the points it needed to record the win. The Bobcats limited Holmes to 231 total yards and recovered four fumbles. South San mustered 209 yards.
Holmes scored its touchdown on a two-yard run from Lawrence Jackson with 6:38 to play in the third quarter.
South San quarterback Isaiah Gutierrez passed for 53 yards. Tyrell Courtney caught two passes for 34 yards.
Holy Cross 31, San Antonio Christian 13
The Knights defense kept highly regarded San Antonio Christian quarterback Andrew Hawkins in check and their offense poured it on after halftime for an impressive win Saturday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.
Holy Cross (1-0) received more than 100 rushing yards from Greg Scott and Cisco Flores.
Flores passed 86 yard to T.J. Dennie for a go-ahead touchdown with 8:21 until halftime. The Lions (0-1) tied it 6-6 as time expired in the half, as Andy Griffes nailed a 27-yard field goal, his second in the game.
Holy Cross scored the next four touchdowns.
Genaro Coleman scored on a one-yard run with 6:35 remaining in the third quarter. David Sanchez recorded the first of three Knights touchdowns in the fourth quarter, catching a 20-yard pass from Flores (9 of 20, 151 yards).
Ahead 19-6, Holy Cross added a seven-yard scoring run from Flores (175 yards, 15 carries) and an 80-yard burst from Scott (138 yards, 15 carries) with 4:24 left.
San Antonio Christian back Christian Fornicola (95 yards, 8 carries) ran 62 yards for a touchdown little more than a minute later.
Hawkins, who passed for more than 2,000 yards last season, completed 14 of 24 throws for 120 yards and no touchdown passes. The Knights outgained the Lions 479-183.
Scott led Holy Cross with 61 yards on two receptions. Dennie and Sanchez each caught two passes for 33 yards.
Southside 36, Burbank 13
The Cardinals (1-0) won their first game under former Gonzales coach Ricky Lock, defeating Burbank (0-1) Friday in a non-district game at Southside.
Lock coached Gonzales to the Class 3A state quarterfinals in 2013.
No scoring or statistical information about the game was available.
Harlandale 17, Devine 7
Devine blocked a Harlandale field goal with 6:27 remaining Thursday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, but the Indians (1-0) made the most of a second chance.
Lenin Romero connected on a 23-yard field goal to seal the non-district victory with 2:02 to play.
Harlandale recovered two fumbles and produced an interception in the first half. The Warhorses drove to the Harlandale 1 on the game’s first possession before fumbling into the end zone.
The Indians capitalized with rushing touchdowns from senior back John Aguirre (109 yards, 28 carries) and junior quarterback Jacob Delgado, who made his first start. Delgado completed 10 of 15 passes for 140 yards.
Devine (0-1), which outgained the Indians 309-270 in total yartdage, cut the Indians’ lead to 14-7 with 3:14 until halftime. Joe Guerrero (116 yards, 19 carries) scored on a one-yard plunge.
Ian Martinez led Harlandale with 105 reception yards on five catches.
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