Sam Houston sets up showdown with win over Jefferson
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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.