# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking
Antonian (1-0) vs. #1 Holy Cross (1-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m., Saturday
Other sources are referring to this as a matchup of Holy Cross senior quarterback Cisco Flores and explosive Antonian junior back Daniel Rosenfeld. It’s worth noting that Holy Cross also has a back with 200-yard rushing games on his resume.
The Knights’ Greg Scott has every right to feel slighted by the hype. He could well be a difference maker tonight.
Scott ran for 138 yards in Holy Cross’ 31–13 win over San Antonio Christian. He also was the Knights’ leading receiver.
With two prolific offenses sharing Harlandale Memorial Stadium, chances are that defense will be the deciding factor – as it is in most big games.
The Knights’ defensive front, led by Jeremy Martinez, played a major role against the Lions eight days ago. Their pressure helped Holy Cross hold San Antonio Christian’s highly regarded Andrew Hawkins to 120 passing yards.
Dealing with Rosenfeld, who carried for 204 yards in a 42-17 win over Jefferson, will be the more important task here than corralling first-year Antonian quarterback Peyton Bryan.
Rosenfeld ran for 183 yards and four touchdowns in nine carries last year in the Apaches win over Holy Cross. Included were scoring runs of 28, 33 and 39 yards – and those big gains are what the Knights will need to limit.
With linebacker Jeremy Perez and a veteran secondary returning, Holy Cross has the personnel to address that concern.
Flores ran for 175 yards and threw for 151 in his season debut. He and Scott, along with receiver P.J. Dennie, need to stretch Antonian’s defense and create mismatches.
The Knights’ veteran offensive line will need to keep Antonian defensive tackle Brandon Latham blocked and open lanes for their ballcarriers.
It’s a battle of the TAPPS District 2-I favorite versus the TAPPS District 3-II fave. More than that, for Holy Cross, it can give an indication of how deep the Knights are capable of advancing in the postseason.
Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: Antonian 42, Holy Cross 19. 2014 favorite: Antonian.