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FOOTBALL: Week 8 previews (Thursday’s game)

Southside senior Eliud Mendez helped the Cardinals' defense hold Medina Valley to 14 points.

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THURSDAY

McCollum (1-5, 1-3) vs. #7 Brackenridge (4-3, 4-1) at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

Brackenridge was famous for its comebacks earlier in the season. Last Friday, against rival Burbank, the Eagles showed they can also hold off a furious comeback.

Burbank was able to hold Brackenridge’s offense to a relatively modest 330 total yards. That will be the challenge McCollum will have to aspire to if it is to stay with the high-powered Eagles. The Cowboys also will have to force turnovers and capitalize on them, as they have in the past.

McCollum got off to a great start last Friday in a 41-14 loss to Jefferson, but the Cowboys weren’t able to sustain their intensity to follow it with a solid second half. Nonetheless, led by quarterback Ralph Vidal and receiver Robert Salas, McCollum was able to make surgical strikes to augment Mike Ramirez’s 132 rushing yards.

That’s a combination McCollum will need to draw on tonight. Time of possession will be key, in order to limit Brackenridge’s opportunities.

Eagles back Trey Mathis quietly has become one of District 28-5A’s most reliable backs. The senior ran for 120 yards and the game-winning touchdown last week.

Brackenridge’s potent passing game had kind of an off week against the Bulldogs, with two interceptions. Look for Antonio Lopez and his numerous receivers to get back on target this week.

Series leader (record): unavailable. 2013 score:  did not play. 2014 favorite: Brackenridge.

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About Mike Considine (1305 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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