Laredo Martin stuns Southside; Bulldogs edge Highlands
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First-place Sam Houston (6-2, 6-0) clinched a playoff berth for the second-consecutive season with a 21-13 District 28-5A win over Edison (2-5, 2-3) Oct. 17 at the SAISD Sports Complex.
Despite the relatively modest scoring total, by its recent standards, Sam Houston amassed 470 total yards in the victory. However, the Golden Bears hung in until the end, led by a strong performance from senior quarterback Jonathan Hernandez.
Hernandez ran for 100 yards and completed nine of 12 passes for 118 yards. He rushed for both Edison touchdowns.
The first tied the score 6-6 late in the first quarter, after Devin Harris (116 yards, 16 carries) scored for Sam Houston. A safety and a 17-yard touchdown run boosted the Hurricanes’ lead to 15-6 with 8:53 left in the second quarter.
Hernandez brought Edison within 15-13 at the half with an 11-yard touchdown run. Harris’ third touchdown, with 2:52 remaining in the third quarter, accounted for the only points after halftime.
Sam Houston quarterback Raymonte Prime completed 18 of 24 passes for 294 yards. Harris, Dewayne Brown, Jawon Anderson and Trenton Jones all accumulated more than 50 reception yards.
Bryan Bolton caught six passes for 67 yards for the Golden Bears, who lost their second-consecutive game.
Laredo Martin 28, Southside 21
The previously winless Tigers (1-6, 1-3) shocked Southside (6-1, 3-1) in a District 29-5A Oct. 17 contest at Shirley Field in Laredo.
A week earlier the Cardinals took the lead in the first quarter for an important road victory in Somerset. Southside also led Martin most of the way.
The Cardinals held a 15-14 halftime lead, thanks to a two-yard scoring run and a 32-yard touchdown reception by Matt Collier (148 yards, 22 carries). Reliever David Garza passed to the sophomore off a reverse.
Two turnovers turned the tide against Southside, after it increased the lead to 21-20 with a third quarter touchdown from Collier.
Juan Valdivia (57 yards, 13 carries) ran for the winning touchdown with little more than two minutes remaining. The Tigers’ Ricardo Cisneros (9 of 16, 106 yards) passed to Javier Hernandez for the two-point conversion.
Burbank 40, Highlands 34
The Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2) maintained third place in District 28-5A by winning a tight battle against winless Highlands (0-7, 0-5) Oct. 17 at Alamo Stadium.
Big plays from Armando Ferguson and Bruce Moody (134 yards, 4 catches) kept the Owls within striking range until midway through the fourth quarter.
Ferguson returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, including a 77-yarder that put Highlands ahead 14-6 with six minutes until halftime. Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello scored on a six-yard run and ran for the two-point conversion to tie the score at the half.
Tello (8 of 17, 96 yards) hoisted a 17-yard pass to Tru Bradford about three minutes into the third quarter, but the 21-20 lead was short-lived. Moody scored on a 78-yard pass play from John Cervantes (7 of 15, 172 yards) that gave Highlands its last lead with 7:45 to play in the quarter.
A 30-yard pass to Rubyn Salazar and a fumble return by Patrick Sanchez enabled Burbank to overtake the Owls 32-21. Moody answered with a 49-yard reception, but Tello (164 yards, 28 carries) delivered the crushing blow with a 27-yard run with 7:04 left.
Ferguson returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards to the end zone.
Holy Cross 58, Victoria St. Joseph 21
The Knights (5-1, 3-0) remained unbeaten and tied for first place in TAPPS District 3-II a commanding win over Victoria St. Joseph (1-7, 1-3) Friday in Victoria. Senior back Greg Scott (280 yards, 17 carries) ran for three touchdowns of more than 40 yards to lead Holy Cross.
Scott got started early, breaking a 74-yard touchdown run 27 seconds into the game. After a 35-yard scoring pass from Chris Rodriguez to Genaro Coleman, Scott found the end zone with an 88-yard run just 14 seconds into the second quarter.
Ahead 21-0, Steven Gutierrez (13 of 23, 166 yards) threw 28 yards to David Sanchez before St. Joseph scored its first touchdown with 46 seconds until halftime.
Holy Cross senior T.J. Dennie ran four times for 72 yards and a touchdown. Jay Nava caught four passes for 49 yards.