Southside stays undefeated with rout of Austin Travis
TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Central Catholic, Harlandale, Jefferson, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston, Southside.
Central Catholic receiver William Prouse catches a pass in an earlier game.
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Sam Houston scored enough in the early stages of the game Friday that it was immune from the late heroics that plagued it the first two weeks of the season.
The Hurricanes (1-2, 1-0) jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first half of its District 28-5A opener. Although Sam Houston wasn’t able to build on its lead in the last 24 minutes, it hung on to defeat Burbank (1-2, 0-1) 26-6 at Alamo Stadium.
Sam Houston had lost to Bandera with three seconds left in its Week 1 game and on a field goal to Southside with 2:29 to play last Friday.
“We got off to a good start and we kind of held on,” Sam Houston coach Gary Green said. “In the second half, we didn’t do nearly as well as we had early on.”
Sam Houston amassed 303 total yards with a balanced offensive attack.
Junior back Devin Harris (85 yards, 16 carries) accounted for two of the first three touchdowns, with a one-yard run near the end of the first quarter and a 42-yard reception from Raymonte Prime 2:21 before halftime.
“Devin Harris had a couple of long runs that got us going in a big way,” Green said. “Our defense really played well. We were able to limit their drives. I think we were able to go three-and-out the first three times they had the ball and our offense capitalized.”
Prime (5 of 9, 155 yards) connected with Travon Vaughns (80 yards, two catches) on a 78-yard pass play with 5:08 left in the second quarter.
“We tried to stay within ourselves,” Green said. “The run being more successful, we were able to play off that and get a couple of touchdown passes.”
Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello turned in another strong performance, running for 87 yards and passing for 85. For the most part, however, the Hurricanes’ defense was able to limit Tello’s big plays.
“He is a very big weapon in their arsenal,” Green said. “He got loose two or three times, but we were able to keep him from having a big game. We sent a lot of people at him. We had to stop him to stop them.
“We were always aware of where Tello was on every play.”
Tello engineered the Bulldogs’ only scoring drive. The senior escaped a possible sack to throw seven yards to Rubyn Salazar, who scored Burbank’s winning touchdown a week earlier, with 11:12 left in the game.
“We needed to be more consistent,” Green said of the second half. “We had an opportunity to sack Tello seven or eight times, but we let him get away. We really didn’t let up. We just got a little sloppy.”
Sam Houston added an insurance touchdown when Marquis Keno ran 15 yards on a faked field goal.
The Hurricanes will face McCollum 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys which also won their 28-5A opener, defeating Lanier by 12.
“They’ve got some big boys,” Green said. “We’ll have to make sure to win the line of scrimmage, which is one of our big goals. They have an athletic defense. They returned two fumbles for touchdowns. It was hard for Lanier to get anything going after that, from what I could see.”
Southside 51, Austin Travis 28
After a defensive-oriented win in Week 2, the undefeated Cardinals (3-0) showed their versatility by winning a scoring fest Friday over Austin Travis. Southside is the area’s last undefeated team.
Although the host Rebels (0-3) scored in each quarter at Burger Stadium in Austin, they couldn’t work off a 22-7 first-quarter deficit. Southside broke a 7-7 tie on a 22-yard touchdown run from Eluid Mendez and a 33-yard pass from Johnny Trevino to Erik Luna to close the quarter.
Trevino ran for three touchdowns, including the game’s first, and finished with 92 yards. Sophomore Matt Collier ran for 206 yards and two scores on 31 attempts.
Austin Travis quarterback Vondel Hargrove (200 yards, 15 carries) ran for 95 and 79 yard touchdowns. Hargrove reportedly has 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash.
Southside’s Marc Garza caught three passes for 44 yards and threw for 50 yards. Trevino passed for 40 yards.
The Cardinals will take the coming week off and then put their unbeaten record on the line Sept. 26 at Eagle Pass Winn in their District 29-5A opener.
Harlandale 34, Jefferson 25
The Indians (2-1, 1-0) found winless Jefferson (0-3, 0-1) to be a tough opponent in their District 28-5A opener Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.
Harlandale couldn’t claim victory until senior back John Aguirre (131 yards, 24 carries) scored his second touchdown, 48 seconds into the fourth quarter. That score gave the Indians a 34-19 lead.
The Mustangs were within 14-6 after a quarter and 21-13 at halftime.
Senior receiver Ian Martinez (50 yards, 3 receptions) gave Harlandale two first-half touchdowns. He caught a nine-yard pass from junior quarterback Jacob Delgado (11 of 23, 153 yards) with 6:29 to play in the opening quarter. He also corralled a pass for a 26-yard score as time elapsed in the half.
Jefferson closed within 7-6 with 4:18 left in the opening quarter when junior Jesse Flores (199 yards, 26 carries) scored the first of his two touchdowns on an eight-yard ramble. Weston Redding answered a touchdown pass from Delgado to Vincent Hernandez with a 33-yard strike to Henry Bocko (81 yards, 6 catches) to again cut the margin to a point.
Martinez’s second tally and a six-yard touchdown from Aguirre gave Harlandale breathing room at 28-13 in the third quarter. Flores broke a 64-yard run with 3:46 remaining in the third to keep Jefferson in striking distance. Bocko also scored on a seven-yard reception.
Redding produced one of the best games of his three-year career, completing 13 of 19 throws for 137 yards. Eric Flores finished with 51 rushing yards on six attempts. The Mustangs committed four turnovers.
McCollum 19, Lanier 7
Defense was the key for the Cowboys (1-2, 1-0) as they downed Lanier 19-7 in a District 28-5A game at the SAISD Complex. Although the Voks (0-3, 0-1) outgained McCollum 191-175 in total yardage, the visitors scored two touchdowns on fumble returns and didn’t allow a Lanier score until 3:50 remained.
Noe Trevino returned a fumble 53 yards for McCollum’s first touchdown at the 10:42 mark of the first quarter. Alex Herrera cashed in a fumble with a five-yard return with 8:28 left in the second quarter.
That took pressure off the Cowboys’ offense, which was performing without junior back Mike Ramirez. Allen Ojeda built a 19-point advantage with 10:39 left in the fourth quarter when he hooked up with senior quarterback Ralph Vidal (3 of 7, 83 yards) for a 31-yard pass play.
Senior back Joe Orta, in his first action this year, scored Lanier’s touchdown. Orta reached the end zone on a two-yard run.
Central Catholic 35, Holmes 19
The Buttons (2-1) recorded season highs in passing yardage and points scored Saturday at Gustafson Stadium, as they smashed Holmes (0-3).
Central Catholic senior quarterback Joseph Nava completed 21 of 33 passes for 342 yards and five touchdowns. Four Buttons receivers scored touchdowns, with Troy Lozano (81 yards, 5 receptions) notching two scores on passes of 49 and seven yards.
William Prouse (71 yards, 4 receptions) started the scoring less than three minutes into the game on a 24-yard pass from Nava. Sophomore Thomas Palomera was targeted on the second score, 55 seconds into the second quarter.
The Huskies cut the lead to 14-13 with 31 seconds left in the half, but Central Catholic responded with the 49-yard throw to Lozano.
Jaime Nava scored on a 40-yard pass play late in the third quarter.
Joe Barrera led the Buttons with six receptions for 92 yards. Joseph Nava ran for a team-high 72 yards and Jimin Suh added 60.