Burbank edges Kennedy for first win; Southside is 2-0 after narrow escape vs. Sam Houston
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brooks Academy, Burbank, East Central, Kennedy, Sam Houston, Southside, Southwest.
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Brooks Academy (1-1) recorded its first win since 2011 last Friday at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, defeating Hawkins (0-2) 44-6 in a non-district game.
“We’ve been hoping three years for it,” third-year Brooks Academy coach Eric Hernandez said. “It finally came around. All that hard work the kids have been putting in paid off.”
The Bengals roared to a 22-0 halftime lead as they sought to end a 27-game losing streak.
Senior quarterback Dennis Perales threw 25 yards to Michael Galata for the first touchdown. Rafael Quezada ran 22 yards for the first of his two touchdowns, putting Brooks Academy in the end zone on its first two possessions. Perales scored on a one-yard run with about two minutes left in the half.
“On the play before, Dennis saw (Galata) open,” Hernandez said of the first score. “(Hawkins) was not able to give pressure, so we ran the exact same play. Dennis rolled out and Galata was waiting for the ball.
“Dennis understands the offense very well. He’s a very adept kid. He understands the plays very well and is able to make reads.”
The Wolfpack scored its touchdown on a 67-yard return of the second-half kickoff.
“We just tried to keep them hyped,” Hernandez said. “We’ve been in that situation before, where we’ve been up at halftime. Also, we have a different group of kids. We’ve got a good returning group of 14 or 15 seniors and big junior and sophomore classes.”
Brooks added a safety shortly thereafter to boost its lead to 18 points. Off the ensuing free kick, the Bengals broke a 30-yard touchdown run and led 30-6. Early in the fourth quarter, Perales scored on a 16-yard run and ran for the two-point conversion at the climax of a 54-yard drive.
Marco Reyes and Jordan Pena also scored in the second half for the Bengals.
“I think we were more excited about our first defensive shutout ever,” Hernandez said of the 44-point outburst. “To know that the defense could stop people and we could score that many points, shows the kids are more versatile in what they’re able to do.”
The Bengals’ defensive leaders included defensive linemen Christian Cordova and Christien Pedraza, junior Chandler Osborne and rover Galata.
Brooks typically has from 22 to 25 players in its program. This year, those numbers are pushing 50. The school is playing its first-ever junior varsity football game this year against Cornerstone Christian.
The Bengals will be challenged to extend their winning streak 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cornerstone Christian (1-1), but Hernandez and staff primarily are trying to sell the team on accountability. The Warriors will have an edge in athleticism, but Hernandez is confident his team will rise to the challenge.
“Friday was a very good example of perseverance,” Hernandez said of his first win as a varsity coach. “People don’t believe in Brooks. Our kids are trying to write their own history books.”
Burbank 38, Kennedy 33
The Bulldogs (1-1) scored the go-ahead touchdown on a six-yard run by Rubyn Salazar (53 yards, 7 carries) with 6:28 left in the non-district game Friday to defeat Kennedy (0-2) at Edgewood Veterans Stadium.
A two-point conversion run from senior quarterback Daniel Tello (194 rushing yards, 21 carries) helped Burbank stave off Kennedy’s comeback efforts. Tello (10 of 15, 174 passing yards) ran two yards for the game’s first touchdown and threw for a pair of scores.
Kevin Garduno kicked field goals of 27 and 32 yards for the Rockets. The latter, with 8:47 remaining, gave Kennedy a 33-30 lead.
Jesus Hernandez gained 92 yards on 25 carries for Kennedy. Rockets quarterback Eric Lira completed eight of 13 passes for 115 yards.
Southside 15, Sam Houston 14
The Cardinals (2-0) remained undefeated by the slimmest of margins, prevailing over Sam Houston (0-2) on a 28-yard field goal from Zach Henry with 2:29 remaining. It was the Hurricanes’ second loss in the waning moments.
Sam Houston built a 14-6 lead through three quarters.
The Hurricanes answered a one-yard touchdown from Southside quarterback Johnny Trevino with a 53-yard pass from Raymonte Prime to Dewayne Brown. Devin Harris (158 yards, 17 carries) dashed 71 yards with 2:31 left in the third quarter for Sam Houston’s second score.
The Cardinals closed within 14-12 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Trevino to defensive standout Diego Avila. There was 6:42 left in the final quarter.
Sophomore Matt Collier ran 27 times for 90 yards and had a 25-yard pass reception.
East Central 21, New Braunfels Canyon 6
The Hornets (1-1) certainly demonstrated their versatility in their first two games. After losing a shootout to San Marcos in Week 1 and surrendering 59 points, East Central essentially shut down New Braunfels Canyon (0-2), limiting the Cougars to 85 total yards and forcing two interceptions Friday in New Braunfels.
East Central never trailed, scoring on a 22-yard run from Jauwan Hall (72 yards, 7 carries) with 5:11 remaining in the first quarter. The Cougars cut the lead to 7-6 shortly before the quarter ended with a 38-yard punt return from Jordan Holmes.
Senior Javion Polk (65 yards, 20 carries) scored the Hornets’ second touchdown on a seven-yard run. Kyle Lamey (148 yards, 4 catches) accounted for the game’s final score on a 78-yard pass play from Justin Upshaw-Mendoza (9 of 13, 144 yards) with 1:26 remaining until halftime.
Upshaw-Mendoza also ran for 51 yards.
Southwest 35, Taft 18
The Dragons (1-1) used three touchdowns from sophomore back Tyrone Middleton and a strong defensive effort to defeat Taft (1-1) Friday at Southwest.
Southwest gained 320 yards on the ground while limiting Taft to 106 rushing yards. Taft senior back Christian Mallard, who ran for 328 yards in the Raiders’ opener, could only muster 69 yards in 17 carries.
Senior Reilly Riggs scored on a 32-yard run and Middleton added a 30-yarder, staking Southwest to a 14-0 lead. Following a three-yard scoring run from Taft quarterback Christian DeHoyos, who threw for 185 yards, Middleton hooked up with Bowen Crisp (3 of 5, 87 yards) on a 73-yard pass play. The Dragons led 21-6 at halftime.
In the second half, Southwest senior Jon Cruz (150 yards, 15 carries) and Middleton (113 yards, 10 attempts) added rushing touchdowns. Cruz broke a 68-yard run with 1:14 left in the third quarter. Middleton scored from 34 yards out just 54 seconds into the final quarter.