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FOOTBALL: Southside stays undefeated with dramatic win in Somerset

Southside freshman Johnny Herrera (4) gets a Somerset runner in his grasp while Toby Segura Jr. (40) closes in to finish the play in a key regular season game for the Cardinals.

Henry field goal secures 29-5A win

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Southside senior receiver Eliud Mendez picks up yardage after the catch. He caught 2 passes for 51 yards against Somerset.

Southside senior receiver Eliud Mendez picks up yardage after the catch. He caught 2 passes for 51 yards against Somerset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southside center Jesse Longoria prepares to snap the ball.

Southside center Jesse Longoria prepares to snap the ball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southside freshman Johnny Herrera (4) gets a Somerset runner in his grasp while Toby Segura Jr. (40) closes in to finish the play.

Southside freshman Johnny Herrera (4) gets Somerset running back Joshua Avila in his grasp while linebacker Diego Avila (48) closes in to finish the play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undefeated Southside grounded Air Detmer Friday in Somerset.

Despite losing their starting quarterback a week earlier, the Cardinals (6-0, 3-0) regrouped to pull off a key 17-14 victory over one of their chief rivals for the District 29-5A championship. Southside is tied for first in the district with Uvalde (6-0, 3-0), which defeated Eagle Pass Winn 34-10 Friday.

Somerset (3-2, 2-1), which dropped into a three-way to third place, scored the first touchdown just 35 seconds into the game and tied it early in the fourth quarter. However, Southside would not be denied. Zachary Henry booted a game-winning, 26-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining.

The Cardinals limited standout Bulldogs quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. to a season-low 131 passing yards. Detmer’s father, Koy Detmer, is a former University of Colorado and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback who serves as Somerset’s offensive coordinator. His grandfather, Sonny Detmer, coaches the Bulldogs.

Somerset scored the game’s initial touchdown on a 54-yard run by speedy back Juan Avila (208 yards, 20 carries). However, Southside took control with a pair of scores before the first quarter ended.

Sophomore back Matt Collier (150 yards, 24 attempts) punched in a two-yard touchdown run with 1:18 left in the quarter. Forty-seven seconds later, freshman Johnny Herrera stepped in front of a Detmer pass and returned it 46 yards to the end zone for a 14-7 Spouthside lead.

It was Detmer’s second interception of the season and Herrera’s second touchdown in two weeks. He also scored on a 24-yard blocked punt return against Laredo Nixon.

Somerset recorded the equalizer little more than two minutes into the final quarter. Joey Sanchez tied it 14-14 with a four-yard scoring run.

The Bulldogs had a chance to take the lead. They tried a 31-yard field goal with 1:44 to play, but Southside’s Jacob Collier blocked it. The Cardinals took possession and drove for the winning field goal.

In his first regular-season start at quarterback in place of injured Johnny Trevino, Cardinals senior Brandon Herrera completed five of 11 passes for 62 yards and ran for 73 yards. Matt Collier also completed a pass for 41 yards.

Eliud Mendez caught two passes for 51 yards. David Garza made three receptions for 45 yards.

Interestingly, the total offense statistics were virtually even. Somerset netted 346 yards while Southside had 344.

Southside will play at Uvalde Oct. 31. This Friday, they’ll travel to Shirley Field in Laredo to play Laredo Martin (0-6, 0-3).

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About Mike Considine (1267 Articles)
I started this blog as an extension of the sports stories I've been doing as an independent contractor for the Southside Reporter the past five years. I've been a sportswriter for more than 35 years, including two stints with the late, lamented San Antonio Light. I cover high school football for the San Antonio Express-News in the fall. My purpose, in creating this blog, is to shine a light on the athletic achievements of teams and athletes on the south side of San Antonio.

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