St. Michael’s edges Buttons in overtime
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Central Catholic, Lanier, Southside.
Burbank won its season finale, but wasn’t able to qualify for a second-consecutive playoff appearance.
The Bulldogs (5-5, 4-4) finished fifth in District 28-5A despite the 28-7 win over Lanier (2-8, 2-6) Friday at the SAISD Sports Complex.
Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello (132 passing yards, 3 touchdowns) hooked up with senior receiver Tru Bradford (110 yards, 4 receptions) twice for a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Tello (107 yards, 18 carries) also broke a 60-yard toucbhdown run 18 seconds before halftime to effectively put the game out of reach.
Bradford caught his third touchdown pass in the third quarter. He scored on a 25-yard pass play from Tello with 7:15 remaining in the quarter.
The Voks, who tied for seventh in the district, played without standout senior back Joe Orta (875 rushing yards). They scored their only touchdown on a 10-yard touchdown run from speedy Brandon Melchor with 2:20 remaining.
Julian Castillo led Lanier with 83 rushing yards on 15 carries. Phoenix Perez added 41 rushing yards. Rubyn Salazar ran for 46 yards on 12 attempts for Burbank.
Tello finished with 1,407 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. The senior also threw for 1,030 yards and 12 touchdowns with just four interceptions.
He has been selected to play in the San Antonio Sports All-Star game, along with Bulldogs tight end Jonathan Salazar and offensive lineman Roger Rodriguez. Brackenridge receiver Lee Terrell will join his Burbank rivals on the West team. Highlands defensive lineman Joshua Brown will play fof the East.
The all-star game will take place Jan. 3 at the Alamodome.
Austin St. Michael’s 35, Central Catholic 28 (OT)
Central Catholic (6-4, 3-2) couldn’t hang onto a late lead and fell in overtime to Austin St. Michael’s (5-5, 4-1) in its TAPPS District 2-I finale Friday at Benson Stadium..
The Crusaders scored on a four-yard run from Jameson Houston (81 yards, 4 carries) with 2:43 left in regulation. They recorded the game-winner on a 17-yard pass from John Albert Mansour (16 of 25, 139 yards) to Marcus Whipper in overtime.
Central Catholic took the lead with three touchdowns over a six-minute span.
Senior Troy Lozano (104 yards, 7 receptions) caught a 17-yard scoring pass from Joseph Nava (13 of 27, 146 yards) with just 50 seconds to play in the third quarter. Lozano also scored on an 18-yard reception in the second quarter.
On the Buttons’ next possession, senior Jimin Suh (63 yards, 17 carries) ran four yards for a touchdown that tied the score 21-21. Sophomore Thomas Palomera (99 yards, 16 carries) put Central Catholic ahead with a nine-yard touchdown run at the 7:15 mark of the final quarter.
Nava ran for 131 yards on 32 attempts.
The Buttons play host to Midland Christian (6-4) in a 7:30 p.m. TAPPS bi-district game at Benson Stadium.
Southside 40, Laredo Cigarroa 21
The Cardinals (8-2, 5-2) shut out Laredo Cigarroa (4-6, 2-5) after halftime Friday for a District 29-5A victory at Southside Stadium.
Southside, which finished third in the district, used touchdown runs from Matt Collier and Brandon Herrera to put some distance between itself and the Toros in the second half. Herrera ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns on 16 attempts. Collier finished with 224 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 27 carries.
Cigarroa led 14-7 after a flurry of activity following the opening kickoff. In less than three minutes, the Toros scored on a 43-yard run by Noe Medrano and a 59-yard pass from Eddie Guzman (21 of 36, 321 yards) to J.J. Salas. The Cardinals scored in between, on a one-yard run from Herrera.
The Cardinals scored the next two touchdowns, on a 51-yard run from senior Eliud Mendez and a 21-yarder by Colier. Cigarroa closed within 26-21 at halftime.
Southside amassed 483 total yards, all but 20 in rushing yardage.
The Cardinals were scheduled to face undefeated Corpus Christi Flour Bluff (10-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a home game.
Brackenridge 42, Highlands 6
The second-place Eagles (7-3, 7-1) took some momentum into the playoffs with a commanding District 28-5A victory over winless Highlands (0-10, 0-8) Thursday at Alamo Stadium.
Senior back Trey Mathis (119 yards, 13 carries) accounted for three touchdowns, including the game’s first two, and a two-point conversion for the Eagles.
Highlands senior Darnelle Odom scored the Owls’ only touchdown with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter. Highlands was within 15-6.
Macco Marble scored on an 11-yard pass and Terrell (61 yards, 8 receptions) had an 18-yard reception from Antonio Lopez (18 of 29, 149 yards), giving the Eagles a 28-6 advantage with 7:24 left in the game. Following a 17-yard scoring run, speedy cornerback Robert Allen returned an interception 54 yards to bring about the final score.
Brackenridge produced three interceptions and Highlands had two.
Owls back Jared Cephas ran for 75 yards on 16 attempts and Armando Ferguson adde 46 yards. Marble added 51 rushing yards for the Eagles. Jalen Davis caught two passes for 44 yards.
Brackenridge is scheduled to play Lockhart (6-4) in a bi-district game `1 p.m. game Saturday at San Marcos High School.