FOOTBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Hornets eliminate Carroll from ranks of unbeaten

View of the south end zone at the renovated stadium

Brackenridge edges Burbank; Buttons romp


AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Lanier.




East Central (3-3, 1-0) launched into District 28-6A play in the best possible way – by defeating presumed district favorite Corpus Christi Carroll (5-1, 0-1) 50-49 Friday at East Central.

Although Hornets coach Clint Hartman suspended 15 players for disciplinary reasons during the week before the 28-6A debut for both teams, East Central was able to outlast the previously undefeated Tigers.

East Central senior Wanya Ward scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard run with 6:41 remaining. Defensive lineman Blake Nicholson recorded a sack on the Tigers’ last possession to seal the win.

Ward (150 yards, 7 receptions) had scored earlier in the quarter on a 53-yard run off a punt fake and a 40-yard pass from Justin Upshaw-Mendoza (20 of 27, 303 yards) early in the second quarter. Upshaw-Mendoza threw two touchdown passes.

Hornets sophomore back Jauwan Hall ran for 147 yards and four touchdowns on 23 attempts.

Brackenridge 40, Burbank 33

The second-place Eagles (4-3, 4-1), famous for their comebacks, successfully pulled off another one against Burbank (3-3, 2-2) Friday at the SAISD Sports Complex. The Bulldogs trailed 26-14 at halftime, but they made a late bid for their third-consecutive District 28-5A win.

Brackenridge’s comeback began after Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello (177 yards, 30 carries) ran 41 yards for his fourth touchdowns with 6:04 left in the game. The Eagles responded with a 65-yard drive that culminated in Trey Mathis’ third touchdown at the 1:01 mark. The senior back ran for 120 yards on 19 carries.

Eagles quarterback Antonio Lopez passed for 189 yards, completing 15 of 23 attempts. Jalen Davis caught two touchdown passes, while Lee Terrell (66 yards, 6 receptions) and Anthony Turner corralled one apiece.

Devin Gusme (112 yards, 6 carries) and Rubyn Salazar (81 yards, 12 attempts) helped the Bulldogs rush for 374 yards.

Central Catholic 55, St. Anthony 14

The Buttons (4-2, 1-0) stomped St. Anthony (1-5, 0-1) Friday at Central Catholic in the TAPPS District 2-I opener for both teams.

Central Catholic seized a 35-0 halftime lead, starting with senior Jimin Suh’s 29-yard touchdown run with 9:29 left in the first quarter.

Jacob Rodriguez (68 yards), sophomore Thomas Palomera (50 yards) and Tyler Acosta (45 yards) all scored on runs of 40 or more yards. Acosta ran for 71 yards and Rodriguez added 70.

Buttons quarterback Joseph Nava completed nine of 16 passes for 113 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Isenberg. Nava also ran for a 10-yard score. Jeffrey Flores returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown.

Central Catholic receiver Joe Barrera hauled in three receptions for 60 yards.

Lanier 40, Edison 14

Senior back Joe Orta ran for 177 yards and Lanier’s defense forced four turnovers as the Voks (2-5, 2-3) stunned Edison (2-4, 2-2) Friday in a District 28-5A contest at Alamo Stadium.

Orta scored the game’s first two touchdowns, but the Golden Bears closed within 14-7 at halftime thanks to a six-yard touchdown run from quarterback Jonathan Hernandez.

Lanier outscored Edison 26-7 in the second half.

Voks quarterback Jeremiah Esquivel (3 of 4, 60 yards) fired a 33-yard strike to Brandon Melchor with 7:02 left in the third quarter. A safety and Orta’s third touchdown, five seconds into the fourth quarter increased Lanier’s lead to 30-7.

Jorge Maldonado kicked a 32-yard field goal and a rushing touchdown from Phoenix Perez completed the Voks’ scoring. Hernandez ran nine yards for Edison’s final score.

The Golden Bears mustered 187 total yards. Lanier gained 249.

About Mike Considine (1584 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 12 years. I've been a sportswriter for more than 35 years, including two stints with the late, lamented San Antonio Light. 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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