FOOTBALL: Jefferson hangs onto early lead to end season with first win

Golden Bears comeback falls short in Tommy Bowl

TEAMS INCLUDED: Edison, Jefferson.

Jefferson saved its best for last.

The Mustangs (1-9, 1-5) rode three first-quarter touchdowns from junior back Jesse Flores to a 28-22 win over Edison (3-7, 1-5) Saturday at Benson Stadium. It was Jefferson’s first win of the season and tied the teams for sixth place in District 29-4A.

Flores ran for 205 yards on 36 carries. He scored on a 24-yard run with 7:17 remaining in the third quarter. Before the quarter ended, he also scored on runs of three and one yards. The last two scores came in the final 43 seconds of the period, separated by an Edison turnover.

The Golden Bears pulled within 18-points when Jesus Banuelos kicked a 28-yard field goal late in the second quarter. Quarterback Jonathan Hernandez (87 yards, 21 carries) ran nine yards for a touchdown and threw an 11-yard scoring pass to senior Andres Aguilar (46 yards, 4 receptions) in the third quarter. Edison trailed 21-16 entering the final quarter of 2013 for both teams.

Brian Bolton gave Edison a 22-21 lead on his only carry of the game, with 4:31 to play. Only 10 second3 remained when D’Andre Melton (70 yards, 6 catches) caught the winning, 16-yard touchdown pass from Weston Redding (12 of 20, 123 yards).

Aguilar finished with 99 rushing yards on 25 attempts. Hernandez completed nine of 24 passes for 128 yards.

Jefferson outgained Edison 356-317 in total yards.

FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Holy Cross defends district title with win at Hyde Park

Sam Houston blanks Poteet to qualify for playoffs

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, East Central, Highlands, Holy Cross, Sam Houston.

Holy Cross won the TAPPS 3-II championship last year with an undefeated. This year, it will share the title because of its road win over a previously unbeaten team.

The Knights (7-3, 6-1) knocked off Austin Hyde Park Baptist (9-1, 6-1) with a 28-14 comeback victory. Holy Cross scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns Friday in Austin.

The finishing kick began with a 53-yard pass from senior receiver Greg Kelly to quarterback Cisco Flores on a flea-flicker. The touchdown broke a 7-7 tie, just 39 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Holy Cross’ Jeremy Martinez scored off a blocked punt little more than two minutes later. Hyde Park back Garrett Grissom broke a 16-yard touchdown run at the 7:02 mark to bring The Panthers within seven.

The Knights’ onslaught resumed with a 17-yard touchdown run from Flores (73 yards, 12 carries) with 1:24 to play.

The game was scoreless until Holy Cross junior Greg Scott (61 rushing yards) tallied a two-yard run with 2:02 remaining in the first half. The Panthers tied it with an 81-yard run from Jackson Effiom in the third quarter.

Hyde Park ran for 233 yards and had a 258-208 advantage in total yardage. Flores passed for 74 yards.

Sam Houston 39, Poteet 0

The Hurricanes (2-8, 1-3) only won one District 28-3A game this year, but their timing couldn’t have been better in snapping a seven-game district losing streak.

Sam Houston’s shutout win Friday in Poteet (1-9, 0-4) put the Hurricanes back in the playoffs after a one-year absence. The victory avenged a season-ending loss to the Aggies in 2012. Interestingly, the Hurricanes had lost to district champ LaVernia by an identical score a week earlier.

Neither individual nor team statistics were available for either team.

East Central 27, Corpus Christi King 20

Fifth-place King (3-7, 1-4) proved a worth adversary, but the host Hornets (5-5, 3-2) earned a ticket back to the playoffs with the seven-point win. The victory also enabled East Central to share second place in District 28-5A with Southwest (5-5, 3-2) – which lost 42-14 Friday to district champion Steele – and Corpus Christi Carroll (4-6, 3-2), which downed South San 38-6.

Hornets senior Johnathan Jackson (115 yards, 21 attempts) ran for four touchdowns and led a trio of East Central rushers who gained at least 97 yards. His one-yard run with 4:42 left in the third quarter turned out to be the game-winner.

King pulled within a touchdown on a one-yard run from quarterback Bronze Jackson, but the Hornets defense held the Mustangs in check thereafter.

Jackson scored on a pair of two-yard runs in the first half and added a 62-yarder with 10:02 remaining in the third quarter. He scored again after King closed within 20-14 on a nine-yard pass from Bronze Jackson to Tristian Price.

Javion Polk returned from an injury to rush for 111 yards on 18 carries. Hornets quarterback Jeremy Jones ran for 97 on 15 tries to contribute to East Central’s 323 rushing yards (6.0 yards a carry). Jones also completed 11 of 21 passes for 129 yards.

The Mustangs would have advanced to the playoffs if they had won.

Brackenridge 27, Highlands 10

Highlands (4-6, 2-4) got the start it needed to secure a playoff berth, but the second-place Eagles (7-3, 5-1) didn’t allow their District 28-4A rival to build on it Friday at the SAISD Sports Complex.

The Owls took a 3-0 lead on a 33-yard field goal by America Ayala and drove to the Brackenridge 3-yard line on their next possession. There, the Eagles made a defensive stand and scored on a 99-yard pass play from sophomore Anthony Lopez (218 passing yards) to speedy senior Romonique Anthony (170 yards, 5 receptions).

A one-yard run from Lopez increased Brack’s lead to 14-3 with 6:19 until halftime.

Highlands forced five Eagles turnovers, but committed six of its own. The Owls finished with 68 total yards, including minus-26 rushing yards.

The Owls narrowed the gap to 14-10 at halftime on a two-yard pass to D’Vante Patin (50 yards, 3 receptions) from John Cervantes (94 passing yards). Highlands didn’t score in the second half.

Brackenridge added to its lead with a 9-yard pass to Alex Leal and a 30-yard pass to Marco Marble. Lopez accounted for both touchdown passes. The Eagles gained 443 total yards. Highlands senior Xavier Long caught two passes for 42 yards.

FOOTBALL BOWL ROUNDUP: Harlandale claims Frontier title, earns playoff spot

Kennedy defeats fiery Memorial, denied postseason berth

TEAMS INCLUDED: Harlandale, Kennedy, McCollum, Memorial.

The 50th renewal of the Frontier Bowl might be remembered almost as much for McCollum’s gutty effort as for Harlandale’s dramatic win. If nothing else, it fit nicely within the framework of what is becoming the San Antonio area’s heartiest rivalry.

Harlandale (8-2, 5-2) wasn’t assured of the win Friday until 2:13 remained, when James Mendoza corralled a pass from Brandon Ramon for a three-yard touchdown. McCollum (3-7, 1-6), which was eliminated from playoff consideration last week, led 17-13 entering the final quarter – making its upset bid seem very plausible.

The Indians snared a 27-17 victory in the District 28-4A matchup at Harlandale Memorial Stadium. They finished as part of a three-way tie for second in the district with Medina Valley (7-3, 5-2) and Uvalde (6-4, 5-2).

Harlandale drew first blood when Ramon scored on a six-yard run less than two minutes into the game. The Cowboys signaled their readiness by putting together a drive that ended with Guillermo Carrillo’s 42-yard field goal – one the longest in the area this season.

The Indians extended their lead to 13-3 with 6:01 left in the first quarter. Ian Martinez (73 yards, 5 receptions) scored on a 19-yard pass from Ramon (15 of 19, 171 yards).

To that point, the game seemed to be morphing into a shootout. It eventually transformed to a defensive struggle.

McCollum sophomore back Mike Ramirez scored on a two-yard run with 8:52 until halftime, bringing the Cowboys within a field goal. They remained that close until Ramirez (141 yards, 17 attempts) reached the end zone again.

His 36-yard dash with 3:46 remaining in the third quarter gave McCollum a 17-13 lead.

The Indians wrestled the lead away from their rivals little more than a minute into the last quarter.

Ramon to Mendoza culmination of an eight-play, game-clinching touchdown drive. It began with a defensive stop at the end of a once-promising McCollum drive.

The Indians finished with a slight, 287-264 edge in total yards. In his second start in place of Ralph Leal, McCollum quarterback Nicolas Guerra completed nine of 18 passes for 79 yards. Nick Martinez ran for 49 yards for Harlandale.

The win put Harlandale ahead of fifth-place Kennedy (7-3, 4-3) for a playoff spot. The Rockets won the Salsa Bowl and had the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over the Indians.

Harlandale leads the all-time series against McCollum 25-23-2. The Indians’ bi-district opponent hadn’t been announced Friday night.

Salsa Bowl 

Kennedy 54, Memorial 33

The Rockets made the final margin deceptive but, for most of the 48 minutes, the Salsa Bowl was as tension packed as the Frontier Bowl.

Kennedy, which Floresville shut out in its previous game, scored four unanswered touchdowns before Memorial senior Richard Casares (76 yards, 8 receptions) caught a seven-yard pass from Alfred Ramos as time expired. The Minutemen (3-7, 1-6) led 27-25 with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter.

Rockets senior Mathew Avalos (273 yards, 31 carries) scored all of those four touchdowns and finished with six. He scored on a nine-yard run a little more than a minute later. Two fourth-quarter touchdowns of slightly less than 10 yards preceded a pair of two-point conversions. The sixth score, with 4:20 to play, was a coffin nail for Memorial, which will returns the bulk of its skill-position players.

Kennedy scored first, on a one-yard dive from sophomore quarterback Eric Lira. Memorial junior Raul Rangel (100 yards, 15 attempts) tied it with a two-yarder late in the first quarter.

Avalos regained the lead for the Rockets 48 seconds into the second quarter, but the extra-point failed. That opened the door for Memorial’s first lead, accomplished on a 55-yard pass to David Manzano (106 yards, 5 receptions).

Casares scored on the Minutemen’s next possession, catching a seven-yard pass from Ramos (21 of 34, 270 yards). Memorial led 21-14 with 6:56 left in the first half.

Kennedy scored twice before halftime, on a one-yard plunge by Avalos and a 44-yard pass to Isaiah Garcia from Lira, who completed eight of 12 attempts for a season-best 204 passing yards. The Rockets amassed 523 total yards.

Rangel broke the ice after halftime for Memorial, which finished with 382 total yards. His two-yard run seemed to trigger the late avalanche of scoring.

The Rockets have posted a winning record in the last three seasons, but have not advanced to the playoffs since 2009. Memorial’s three wins represented its best total in several years.

FOOTBALL: Week 10 previews (Saturday’s games)


Burbank (3-6, 2-3) vs. Lanier (3-6, 3-2) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

This District 28-4A game is for bragging rights and postseason preparation now.

During the week, the spectre of being a do-or-die shot to make the playoffs loomed over Burbank, but the Bulldogs qualified Friday night without playing a down. Highlands’ loss to Brackenridge punched Burbank’s ticket for its first playoff appearance since 1978.

Lanier qualified last weekend largely because it owned the tiebreaker advantage over prospective challengers Edison and Highlands. The Voks missed the postseason last year, but had been a regular before that.

The Voks are coming off a 23-14 loss to Brackenridge in a battle for second place. Lanier trailed 20-14 at halftime and was within striking range until the last 1:30, when the Eagles made a clinching field goal.

Junior back Joe Orta delivered for the Voks, rushing for 111 yards and two touchdowns. The ground game also got a boost from Julian Castillo.

Quarterback Nicholas Garcia threw for a respectable 97 yards and Jacob Munoz recorded 46 reception yards to join consistent targets Rodrigo Garcia and Steven Horton as Lanier receivers to watch. When Garcia is throwing well, the Voks can put points on the board quickly.

Lanier outgained Brack 362-227. It should be noted that the Eagles lost quarterback Ramon Richards to injury during the game, but nonetheless the performance could give it a good infusion of momentum for the final regular-season contest. .

Burbank lost 26-21 to rival Brackenridge Oct. 26 in its last game. The Bulldogs have seemed to have a knack for reinventing themselves in Coach Mark Perez’s second year, so who knows what type of wrinkles the Voks will see Saturday.

J.P. Barrera has been installed at quarterback and threw for 100 yards last week against Brackenridge. Former QB Jeremy Sanchez ran for 132 yards. Marcos Luna caught five passes for 75 yards.

Burbank hasn’t been a high-scoring team, for the most part, so it will want to keep the score manageable.

The Bulldogs allowed 475 total yards to an Eagles offense led by Richards. In their previous game, the Bulldogs limited Edison to 125 yards in a 14-6 loss. That’s the type of defense Burbank will need to secure a win Saturday.

The Voks are at their best when the offensive attack is balanced.

Lanier has a 26-19-1 leads in the series. Although the advantage has evened out over time, the Voks own an 11-game winning streak. Burbank’s last win was in 2001. 2012 score: Lanier 29, Burbank 0.

Edison (3-6, 1-4) vs. Jefferson (0-9, 0-5) at University of the Incarnate Word, 8 p.m.


The Tommy Bowl also will just be for bragging rights this year, along with final District 28-4A placing. Both teams have been eliminated from playoff consideration.

Edison would end up tied for fifth place if it wins Saturday in the rivalry’s new location at Incarnate Word. If Jefferson picks up its first win of the season, the Mustangs will share sixth place with Edison.

Golden Bears standout running back Andres Aguilar returned from an injury last Saturday in a 35-7 loss to Highlands. Although his 38 rushing yards don’t compare to the numbers he was putting up before the injury, having another week to heal could work wonders.

If healthy, Aguilar’s steady running might singlehandedly tip the scales. Or, at least, give Edison a formidable ground game with the other half of its 1-2 punch,  quarterback Jonathan Hernandez.

Hernandez threw for 250 yards against the Owls. Marcello Zavala made a splash with eight receptions for 81 yards.

When Jefferson’s clicking, the Mustangs can put up big numbers through the air, from quarterback Weston Redding, and on the ground, from back Jesse Flores. Unfortunately, they’ve had a persistent problem with bad snaps and turnovers.

The Mustangs’ defense has shown signs of improvement during the year, but will need to be at its best for Jefferson to finish its season with its first 2013 win.

2012 score: Jefferson 30, Edison 13.

FOOTBALL: Week 10 previews (Friday’s games)


Brackenridge (6-3, 4-1) vs. Highlands (4-5, 2-3) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Brackenridge, undoubtedly, would like to win to take some momentum into the playoffs. Highlands needs to win.

The Owls are tied for fourth in District 29-4A with Burbank. The Bulldogs defeated Highlands in their head-to-head meeting, however. So for Highlands to make its second-consecutive playoff appearance, a win alone won’t do the trick. Burbank also has to lose to Lanier on Saturday for Highlands to claim the fourth playoff spot.

As if that weren’t complicated enough, Brackenridge will pose a formidable challenge for the Owls, even though standout quarterback Ramon Richards is expected to miss the game because of a concussion.

Richards was hurt last Friday in Brack’s 23-14 win over Lanier. Sophomore Antonio Lopez stepped in and did an admirable job, throwing for 171 yards. The Eagles may not be quite as explosive without Richards, but back Trey Mathis and receivers like Romonique Anthony and Marco Marble will keep them dangerous.

Brackenridge will look for more production from Mathis, who was limited to 52 rushing yards by Lanier.

Highlands has adapted to life without standout quarterback Jordan DeLuna. The Owls took to the air regularly for the first time since DeLuna was injured. Junior John Cervantes threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Edison last Saturday.

That victory indicated that Highlands can make this a tight game against Brackenridge and has the capability of winning.

The Owls will need to establish its ground game with Quindon Boston and De-Morriay Richardson to take pressure off Cervantes and allow him to find Xavier Long and his other receivers.

It has been a very competitive series. Highlands has a 13-11 lead in the series, which began with a playoff game in 1962. The Owls’ most-recent win was in 2003, but it’s worth noting that the teams have only played twice since. 2012 score: Brackenridge 42, Highlands 17.

Central Catholic (4-5, 2-2) at Brownsville St. Joseph (5-4, 2-2), 6 p.m.

No one would have expected these teams to be tied at this stage of the season.

The long trip to Brownsville may make this seem like a playoff atmosphere Central Catholic, which may be exactly what the Buttons need. They will make the playoffs regardless of the outcome, but there’s something to be said for going in with a head of steam.

The Buttons had a two-game winning streak before running into TAPPS District 2-I leader Antonian last Friday. The Apaches won 40-14.

Joseph Nava and Jacob Rodriguez ran the ball well for the Buttons, although it wasn’t reflected in the team’s 171-yard rushing total largely because of a 32-yard loss on one play.  Antonian outgained Central Catholic 362-141 on the ground, with Apaches back Daniel Rosenfeld accounting for 309 rushing yards.

Bigger numbers in the passing game will be appreciated after throwing for just 129 yards against Antonian. A key factor against St. Joseph will be coming out on top in the number of big gains (20 yards or more).

The Bloodhounds tend to prefer a shootout, while Central Catholic’s style favors a defensive-oriented contest. St. Joseph defeated Corpus Christi John Paul II 73-14 last Saturday, giving up the Corpus school’s first touchdown of the season.

St. Joseph has scored 170 points (42.5 average) in four district games. The Bloodhounds have allowed 165 defensively (41.3 average). They lost 48-21 to Austin St. Michael’s and 55-14 to Antonian, which indicates they could be compeititive with the Buttons.  2012 score: Central Catholic 61, Brownsville St. Joseph 30.

Corpus Christi King (3-6, 1-3) at East Central (4-5, 2-2), 7:30 p.m.

East Central has won all seven games in the series and can assure itself of a spot in the playoffs by extending that streak.

A  loss could generate the same result, but only if Corpus Christi Carroll also loses. That’s where the Hornets’ 31-28 win over Carroll, which is tied for third in District 28-5A with East Central, could be a lifesaver.

King has been a bit up-and-down during the district season, but will be competitive with the Hornets. The Mustangs are coming off a 14-9 loss to second-place Southwest last Friday.

Quarterback Bronze Jackson can hit the deep pass for King and running back Daveion Boyer is solid.

East Central is coming off its best game, and first shutout, of the season and should have reinforcements available. Running back Javion Polk and receiver Wanya Ward are key offensive weapons who were injured for the Hornets’ 50-0 win last Friday at South San.

In their absence, Quarterback Jeremy Jones had his best offensive day, throwing for an efficient 116 yards and matching that total in rushing yards. Back Johnathan Jackson emerged as a receiver out of the backfield while rushing for 145 yards.

Defensively, the Hornets were spectacular, limiting the Bobcats to 59 total yards. 2012 score: East Central 40, Corpus Christi King 10.

Floresville (7-2, 5-1) at Southside (1-8, 1-5), 7 p.m.

Southside has the momentum from its first win behind it, but finishing the season with a winning streak will be a lot to ask of the resurgent Cardinals.

They have reinvented themselves as a defensive-oriented team, allowing 28 combined points to Harlandale and McCollum the last two weeks. Southside beat McCollum 10-7 last Friday.

Keeping District 28-5A co-leader Floresville, which shares first with Uvalde, in check will be a tougher assignment. The Tigers lost their top rusher, Gilbert Ortiz, to an injury a few weeks ago but have been able to get enough offense to feed a winning streak that stands at four games.

Quarterback Kobe Wilkerson has provided leadership and ran 69 yards for the only touchdown in a 7-0 win over Kennedy last week. Kyle Bippert and Alex Mermea split the remaining ballcarrying responsibilities as the Tigers ran for 169 yards and kept the Rockets to 196.

Southside had a solid ground game against McCollum with Omar Guadarrama and Timmy Rodriguez sharing the load. To beat Floresville, Cardinals quarterback Johnny Trevino needs to have a good game through the air.

Turnovers have plagued the Cardinals all year. They survived two against the Cowboys. Southside will need to be turnover-free to have a chamce against Floresville.

Floresville leads the series 18-5. The Cardinals’ last win was in 2009, 18-15. 2012 score:Floresville 28, Southside 7.

Holy Cross (6-3, 5-1) at Austin Hyde Park Baptist (9-0, 6-0), 7:30 p.m.

When Holy Cross lost to Austin Regents Oct. 11, the Knights couldn’t be sure they’d have a chance to defend their TAPPS District 3-II title, but that’s exactly what they’ll get tonight against district-leading Austin Hyde Park Baptist.

If the Knights are able to upend the Panthers on their home field, the teams will share first place. Holy Cross won the championship outright in 2012.

Since then, Holy Cross has won two shutouts by a combined 96 points. Hyde Park beat Regents 27-24 two weeks ago after the Knights lost 35-28 the previous week. So, expect a close game with both teams probably scoring in the 20s.

Holy Cross will need to establish its 1-2 punch on the ground with Greg Scott (1,265 rushing yards) and quarterback Cisco Flores (826 yards). Flores will need to get the ball to senior Greg Kelly and avoid interceptions.

The Knights’ defense has something to prove, coming off back-to-back shutouts. It has dominated weaker teams all year, but has seemed to surrender a few more points than would be comfortable against the more potent offenses, like Hyde Park’s.

The strength of the Panthers’ attack is a bevy of ballcarriers, including Jackson Effiom, Garrett Gibbons, Dustin Quigley and Deshawn Phelps. Undefeated Hyde Park Baptist has scored 50 or more points in four games. 2012 score: Holy Cross 14, Austin Hyde Park Baptist 7.

McCollum (3-6, 1-5) vs. Harlandale (7-2, 4-2) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Frontier Bowl

The intrigue surrounding the 50th annual Frontier Bowl has kept local TV stations buzzing all week – and there’s plenty to go around.

Will Brandon Ramon lead Harlandale back to the playoffs in potentially his final game at Harlandale Memorial Stadium? Can McCollum spring the upset and even the all-time series? Will the Indians play like it did in the non-district season? Will Cowboys quarterback Ralph Leal be able to play at all?

Let’s be honest. A case can be made that both of these teams peaked a few weeks ago, but don’t worry too much about that. It won’t matter at all once the ball is kicked off Friday night.

It has been a crazy year in District 29-4A, so don’t be surprised if the ending turns out to be chaotic, too.

Harlandale, which was ranked in one statewide poll’s top 30 earlier in the year, has lost two of its last four games and been outscored 48-42 in the last two. Now they must win to make the playoffs.

Still, the Indians have two proven playmakers on their side: Ramon, who will almost certainly exceed 2,00 passing yards in the game, and Ruben Zavala, who has six interceptions.

Ramon completed 23 of 46 passes for 252 yards last Friday in a 34-21 loss to Uvalde, but he also threw an uncharacteristic three interceptions. On the plus side, Ian Martinez and Eddie Pedroza combined for 18 catches. Steady second-year starter Nick Martinez ran for 113 yards and can catch the ball out of the backfield.

Playing without Leal, McCollum fell victim to Southside’s first win (10-7) and tumbled out of playoff contention. But this game can make the Cowboys’ season if first-year coach Juan Hinojosa finishes it with a win.

For that to happen, most likely McCollum will have to make some trick plays work – with or without Leal.

If Leal is back under center, though, McCollum’s chances increase expotentially. In his second year as a starting quarterback,

Leal has proven himself as both a runner and a passer. The Cowboys will need a big night from sophomore back Mike Ramirez, who has big-play capability, whether carrying or catching the ball. He ran for 113 and had 44 receiving yards against the Cardinals.

Harlandale leads the series 24-23-2, a fact seemingly everyone is aware of. McCollum had won five of the previous six before the Indians captured last year’s thriller. 2012 score: Harlandale 43, McCollum 36.

Memorial (3-6, 1-5) vs. Kennedy (6-3, 3-3) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Salsa Bowl

Much like the Frontier Bowl, there’s a lot riding on this year’s Salsa Bowl.

For Kennedy, District 29-4A’s second-most surprising team (next to Uvalde), this is a must-win. But the Rockets also will be rooting for McCollum, because unless the Cowboys upset Harlandale, Kennedy will miss the playoffs for the fourth-consecutive year.

For Memorial, it is an opportunity to pull off a surprising win, as it did against Pearsall and Lytle in the non-district season. More importantly, it can be a springboard for the Minutemen to a very promising 2014 season.

That’s enough to make this the most intriguing Salsa Bowl in several years.

Kennedy, and particularly it’s opportunistic defense, showed it’s equal to the challenge last Friday in a 7-0 loss at playoff-bound Floresville. Senior leader Matthew Avalos had his best performance in a big game this year, rushing for 113 yards to put him at 1,314 for the season.

The Rockets will also want to get the ball to playmaker Matthew Guzman.

Memorial was close to opening the 29-4A season with a 2-0 record, before McCollum nipped it by one with a late rally Oct. 3. With apologies to Barry Manilow, the Minutemen have looked high and low trying to get that feeling again in the games since.

A lot will rest on the shoulders of Memorial’s big three offensive weapons (quarterback Alfred Ramos, back Raul Rangel and receiver Manases Cano). Even more will depend on the Minutemen’s defense, which has had its moments this year.

Memorial cannot afford to let Avalos and Kennedy dominate the time of possession – even though it may have more big-play capability. The more the Rockets pass, the better the Minutemen’s chances become.

Kennedy leads the series 33-12. Memorial’s last win was in 1999. 2012 score: Kennedy 34, Memorial 27.

Sam Houston (1-8, 0-3) at Poteet (1-8, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.

Neither of these teams has won a District 28-3A game yet, but tonight’s winner will clinch a playoff berth. The winner will finish fourth in the district.

Sam Houston seems to be a bit stronger, based on score comparisons with their common district opponents. The Hurricanes also have the revenge factor on their side, after Poteet won by four last year in San Antonio.

The Hurricanes had been very competitive against Pleasanton and Somerset, but lost 39-0 to district-leading La Vernia last Saturday. Of course, the Bears defeated Poteet 70-0 a week earlier.

An injury to quarterback Raymonte Prime limited Sam Houston’s ability to exploit its speed with the deep passing game. The Hurricanes also will need to re-establish running back Erin Mack, who is capable of breakaway runs.

Speed gives Sam Houston a big advantage over Poteet, but the Hurricanes also need to win the battle on the lines.

The Aggies are led by senior running  back Derrick Santos.2012 score: Poteet 23, Sam Houston 19.

South San (2-7, 0-4) vs. Corpus Christi Carroll (3-6, 2-2) at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

South San resembled a different team offensively last Friday in a 50-0 loss to East Central. The  Bobcats were without starting quarterback Darren Tinajero and back Christian Morales, who is out for the season.

With the experience backs Justin Acosta and Jonathan Gonzalez gained, they should be more productive against Carroll Friday in a District 28-5A game.

Tinajero is expected to return as an understudy to quarterback Isiah Gutierrez, who made his first start. As a tandem, they’ll need to find a way to get the ball to Bobcats standout receiver Juan Zamarripa.

The main objective for South San coach Marcus Booker against the Tigers is to cut the turnovers down, or out

Carroll is led by quarterback Jesse Jones, a run-pass threat. Neil Campbell has stepped forward as a featured back.

The Tigers have been somewhat inconsistent this season, but will have plenty of motivation Friday. If the Tigers win, they’ll qualify for theplayoffs. South San will be looking for its first district win since Oct. 29, 2010. 2012 score: Corpus Christi Carroll 20, South San 15.

Steele (8-1, 4-0) at Southwest (5-4, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.

For Southwest, this meeting against District 28-5A leader Steele is for fun and experience heading into the playoffs. The Dragons qualified last week, taking the pressure off them as they pursue a share of first place.

The first requirement for the Dragons to make things interesting will be a big game from senior back Nathaniel Scott. Secondly, quarterback Bowen Crisp will need to be efficient with his passes, as he was last week versus Corpus Christi King, to keep the Knights from stacking the box. The third priority is to avoid turnovers.

The Dragons had scored 112 points in their first three district games. King was able to slow them down in a 14-9 defensive battle. Scott ran for 181 yards, which has been a more or less typical outing for him. Jon Cruz added a career-high 152 rushing yards.

Steele keeps rolling as its looking for a second-consecutive 28-5A championship.

The Knights are led by all-state candidate Justin Stockton, who is committed to Texas Tech. Stockton has run for 1,268 yards and a whopping 22 touchdowns. Quarterback L.G. Williams is Steele’s No. 2 rusher and has passed for 1,062 yards.

The Knights have won four games in the last five years in the series. The Dragons’ lone victory came in 2009. 2012 score: Steele 42, Southwest 14.

VOLLEYBALL: Brandeis uses momentum from Game 3 to eliminate Hornets


East Central came a long way with its competitiveness as a young team this season, but the Hornets couldn’t find away around a Brandeis team that proved in the bi-district round that it was in it for the long haul.

“Amazing,” East Central coach Todd Dorgan said of the improvement his . “They’ve done everything a coach could ask them to do. I wouldn’t change anything – other than a win.”

Brandeis eliminated East Central 25-14, 12-25, 25-23, 25-18 in a bi-district match Tuesday at South San’s Durbon Center. The Broncos (25-16) maintained their poise when the Hornets (21-16) established a 22-20 lead in Game 3 and when a call went against Brandeis midway through the fourth set.

“The main thing we worked on was staying focused, and forgetting that last point or last call,” Brandeis coach Maddie Williams said. “You’re going to make errors, so let’s just move on to the next point.”

In Game 4, the Hornets closed within 14-12 when a tip from Kaylin Mills (2 aces) was ruled to count, although the Broncos protested that it landed outside the line. East Central added another point on a long rally that libero Brandi Campos (33 digs) kept alive. It ended with a Brandeis hitting error, and the Hornets were within a point.

Two consecutive kills from Brandeis’ Morgan Williams (16 kills), followed by one from Kaylin Fey, (5 kills, 7 digs) lifted the Broncos out of trouble at 17-13. The Hornets never got closer the rest of the game, as Brandeis closed out the match.

After losing the first game by a wide margin, East Central turned the tables and won by 13 in Game 2. Adjustments in serve-receive helped, and Dorgan admitted his team needed some time to get up to playoff speed.

“They started believing a little more in themselves,” Dorgan said. “The biggest thing, I think, was having first-ball focus. You need to get that ball up quickly and try to make them make mistakes in execution.

“You saw that with Brandeis. When they had a lot of success was when they won that first ball.”

Mills made an outstanding dig and a perfect pass to Katelyn Gonzales for a kill that tied the score for the fourth time at 20-20 in Game 3. Mills made two impressive digs on the next point also, helping the Hornets finish a long rally with a kill from Nichole West (9 kills, 2 aces). A lift against Brandeis gave the Hornets a late two-point lead.

Momentum was on the Hornets’ side and they needed just three points to take a 2-1 advantage.

Then a ball Brandeis’ Valerie Gardner seemed to unintentionally hit over the net fell for a point. East Central committed an error on the next serve and Brandeis soon was at game point. The Hornets were able to get a sideout, but missed the resulting serve for a 25-23 loss.

“When you have opportunities to win,” Dorgan said, “you need to take advantage. We need to instill that feeling in the girls, and get everyone behind it.”

East Central took control early in Game 3 on a four-point service run from Mills that provided an 8-7 lead, From that point to the end of the match, the Hornets played with great intensity on defense.

“We just made a little adjustment,” Dorgan said. “I told them they’re 13 of the smartest girls that I’ve ever been around. They needed to be able to adjust to what the other team is doing.”

Brandeis regained the lead and went ahead 14-10, but Mills’ next turn at the service line wasn’t far away. The junior served back-to-back aces that tied the score 17-17.

Following a time out, East Central regained the lead.

“They were keeping the ball in play and we were making unforced errors,” Williams said. “I think East Central played a great match defensively. I tried to get the girls to stay “up” and not let down. Finally, we were able to get some momentum going.”

In Game 4, however, the Broncos took charge with a six-point service run from Krista Martin. They were able to run their middle attack offensively and block effectively on defense to maintain the lead.

“It helped us defensively, because it took away a lot of the court,” Williams said of Brandeis’ blocking in the decisive game. “When you do that, it forces them into more errors and more balls that it’s easier to dig.”

East Central sophomore Lindsey Lubianski logged two blocks. Senior Dani Alvarez distributed eight assists.

“The biggest thing we needed to improve was our block timing,” Dorgan said. “We had a couple of lapses, where they came after us.”

Alvarez, Gonzales and middle blocker Lisa Lopez will be the only players East Central loses to graduation. The Hornets, who took second place in District 28-5A with an 8-2 record, should be significantly improved next season.

“You’re always exited, but you can’t wait on anything,” Dorgan said. “They have a week and a half off, then we have to prepare for next year.”

Dorgan was a Hornets assistant last year. He got the job too late to plan an offseason. For 2014, he’ll be on  a mission to raise expectations, built on a foundation of dominating defense.

“We have a lot of natural leaders,” Dorgan said. “They’ve learned a lot from last year to this year. You can always better in your first-ball (attack). We need to work on our blocking system. And we need to learn to play more quickly.

“We’re not a really tall team but, I think if we play a little faster, we’ll quite a few more games.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: East Central edges Harlandale in extra session

Burbank beats Kennedy by a basket

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Kennedy, Lanier, Memorial, Providence, Sam Houston, Southwest,Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

While their volleyball teams were engaged in tough battles in different gyms, East Central and Harlandale locked horns at the Stan Bonewitz Center.

The host Hornets outscored Harlandale 7-4 in overtime to claim a 42-39 non-district win in the season opener for both teams. The Indians forged a 25-20 lead through three quarters, but East Central tied it at 30-30 by the end of regulation.

East Central lost each of its top four leading scorers to graduation, so it relied on some new faces to step up and secure the win.

Freshman Brittany Rodgers led East Central with 14 points. Senior Claudia Flores chipped in 12 points. Sophomore Janik Alexander-Smith added nine points.

Harlandale’s offense once again is anchored around senior post Connie Garza. Garza finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.

Justyne Perez provided nine points, four rebounds and two steals for the Indians. Elizabeth Herrera led Harlandale with 10 rebounds, to go with six points and two steals. Miranda Samarripa was credited with six points, five rebounds and three steals.

Burbank 40, Kennedy 38

Two of the Bulldogs top volleyball players appear to have had no difficulty making the transition to basketball.

Post Antwanisha Riddle scored 13 points and Alejandra Martinez added 10 to lead Burbank to a narrow victory over Kennedy. Burbank led 19-15 at halftime, but the teams were tied 28-28 after three quarters.

The Rockets received 18 points from Cameron Orta and 10 from Esmeralda Manzanares. It was the first game this season for both teams.

Fox Tech 48, Providence 32

The Buffaloes outscored the Provets 12-0 in the first quarter and pulled away to a 16-point, non-district win Tuesday at Providence.

Ashwani Bhakta scored 12 points and Elisabeth Crane supplied 11 for Fox Tech. Ruby Chapa contributed eight points.

For Providence, Gabriele Mitchell posted a team-high nine points. Gabriella Gutierrez finished with seven.

Southwest 74, Lanier 34

Dragons senior standout Tiffani Rodriguez got her season, and Southwest’s, off to a strong start Tuesday. Rodriguez scored 23 points in her home gym.

Sophomore Alexandra Busby supplied 11 points for Southwest. Melissa Lockridge and Briana Longoria each added eight.

Lanier was led by 10 points from senior LeeAnna Martinez. Sabrina Cortinas finished with six for the Voks.

Memorial 39, Young Women’s Leadership Academy 35

The Minutemen led the Cardinals at the end of each quarter in the season opener for both teams Tuesday at Lanier’s Alumni Center. No individual statistics were available for either team.

Brackenridge 76, Sam Houston 45

The defending District 28-4A champions got off to a rousing start with a non-district victory over Sam Houston Tuesday at Brackenridge. The Eagles benefited from strong outings from two of their returning veterans.

Miranda Acuna and Breeann Hernandez each scored 16 points to lead Brack. Brittany Morales and Tevis Thomas also were in double figures with 10 apiece. Sabrina Coronado scored eight points.

D. Green scored a game-high 21 points for the Hurricanes. Dajah Thomas added seven points.

La Vernia 56, Southside 47

The Class 3A Bears overcame a fast start by host Southside and went on to defeat their Class 4A opponent by nine points in the season opener for both teams. The Cardinals led 17-12 after a quarter and trailed 29-23 at the half.

Southside were led by 12 points from Desiree Rodriguez. Aimee Wood scored eight points and Brianna Wood added eight for Southside.

Autumn Light led La Vernia with 15 points.

PLAYOFF VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Harlandale stretches Calallen to 5 games, but falls short of upset

Five area teams eliminated

TEAMS INCLUDED:Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson.

After earning a rare home bi-district match, Harlandale (24-12) nearly rode the friendly crowd’s enthusiasm to an upset win over District 30-4A champion Corpus Christi Calallen (23-8).

The Indians, who were the fourth seed from 29-4A despite finishing just one win out of first, beat the Wildcats 25-19 in Game 1. Calallen rallied to take the next two games, 25-14 and 25-16, but Harlandale wasn’t done yet. Game 4 went to the Indians by a 25-21 count. In the abbreviated fifth game, Calallen escaped with a 20-18 win and the match.

In her final match, senior standout hitter Katie Neira led Harlandale with 17 kills, 14 digs and two aces. Sabrina Esparza chipped in 11 digs and nine kills. Senior Sierra Sandoval recorded a team-high 19 digs. Catherine Silva led the Indians with 21 assists and freshman Alicia Garcia dealt 14.

Other key contributors for Harlandale were: Erika Arredondo (4 kills, 4 blocks), Jackie Espinoza (6 kills, 2 blocks) and Madaline Mendez (6 kills, 3 blocks).

Hollan Hans made 24 kills for the Wildcats.

Unfortunately, none of the area’s nine playoff qualifiers advanced past the first match in their respective tournaments. Brackenridge, East Central, Highlands, Jefferson and Sam Houston, in addition to Harlandale, were eliminated Tuesday.


Hays (29-14) defeated the District 28-4A runner-up Owls (20-21) 25-10, 25-13, 25-10 in a Class 4A bi-district match in Buda.

Emily Pearce contributed five digs and three kills for Highlands, which took second place in District 28-4A. Setter Analisa Garza distributed 17 assists.


The Mustangs (24-11), the third-place finishers in District 28-4A, fell 25-11, 25-12, 25-10 to Boerne Champion (23-18) in a bi-district match at Littleton Gym.

Melanie Ybarra led Jefferson with 11 digs. Courtney Garcia dealt seven assists. Gabby Vasquez added five kills.

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Highlands holds off Holmes comeback to open season with victory

Hays defeats Jefferson

TEAMS INCLUDED: Highlands, Jefferson.

Holmes made a furious comeback, scoring 30 points in the fourth quarter, but Highlands held on for a season-opening victory Monday at Paul Taylor Gym. The Owls prevailed 65-63.

Highlands took a commanding 33-23 halftime lead. The Owls extended their lead to 14 points entering the final quarter.

Sophomore Aaliyah Prince led the Owls with 21 points. Junior guard Jina Lackey also had a strong first outing with 19 points. M. Reyes added 10 points.

Hays 62, Jefferson 20

The Rebels won the season opener for both teams handily behind 17 points from 6-foot-3 post Jill Borreson Monday in Buda.

Sasha Barrientos was the only double-figure scorer for Jefferson. Barrientos finished with 10 points.

The Mustangs played without volleyball players Krystin Garcia, Gabby Vasquez and Melanie Ybarra, who  have a bi-district match Tuesday against Boerne Champion (6 p.m. at Blossom Athletic Center).

PLAYOFF VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Clark sweeps Southwest in 5A bi-district match

District 27-5A runner-up Clark (26-14) swept Southwest (16-25) Monday in a Class 5A bi-district match at South San’s Durbon Center. The Cougars defeated the Dragons 25-14, 25-23, 25-15.

Senior Kamerie Vidales led Southwest with 14 kills and three aces. Zoe Marin scrapped for 15 digs. Setter Angie Aguilar dealt 13 assists.

Southwest finished third in District 28-5A.

FOOTBALL: Hornets dedicate South San win to injured Franckowiak



When a coaching change is made, a transition period necessarily follows. The rest of that equation is that the length varies from team to team.

Nine games into the 2013 season, everything seems to have fallen into place for East Central (4-5, 2-2). The Hornets demonstrated as much in a 50-0 rout of the host Bobcats last Friday at South San Stadium.

“It’s been a process,” East Central coach Clint Hartman said. “I know I wouldn’t want to coach any other team. When we play like that, we have a chance to beat any other team in the city.”

That transition was difficult by a continuing plethora of injuries, which didn’t spare the Hornets’ two top offensive players against South San (2-7, 0-4). Both Jeremy Jones, who produced 232 yards of total offense, and running back Johnathan Jackson, who ran for 145, are healthy now after missing a handful of games.

“As a team, we believed in our coaches and our game plan,” Jones said. “We really wanted this. We just wanted to come in here, play hard and play clean – play to win.”

Jones said a pep talk from senior Caid Franckowiak, who incurred a season-ending injury a week earlier against Steele, fueled the team. That was reflected in the Hornets’ 23-point, first-quarter explosion that buried South San.

“We dedicated this game to Caid Franckowiak,” Jones said.

Until the Steele game, the Hornets hadn’t lost a player for the season. Franckowiak is a member of a legacy East Central football family and was a team leader as well as a two-year starter in the secondary.

Franckowiak, who was recovering from surgery earlier in the week, called Hartman earlier in the day and asked if there was anything he could do to help the team. That led to the pre-game phone call.

“We lost a great player and and a great kid in  Caid Franckowiak,” Hartman said. “The guys trusted Caid more than anybody on the team. I think they bought in to what he told them.”

East Central was missing three injured offensive starters against South San. Receivers Douglas Polasek and Wanya Ward were out, along with back Javion Polk. In combination, that’s a lot of firepower to be sidelined, but their absence didn’t slow the Hornets.

On their second play from scrimmage, Jones found senior Treyvon Hinson (54 yards, 2 catches) for a 46-yard touchdown. Following a fumble recovery, Jackson’s two-yard run put the Hornets in the end zone again with 6:09 left in the quarter.

The New Mexico State commit saw an increased role in East Central’s offense Friday. The Hornets effectively employed him coming out of the backfield to catch dump passes from Jones (8 of 12, 116 yards). The senior went for 48 yards on three receptions.

“We wanted to give the ball to Jackson and make him earn it,” Hartman said. “We’ve been working on it for a while. He rose to the challenge tonight.”

The ensuing kickoff pinned South San at its own 3-yard line. On third down, Austin Allen fired through the Bobcats line and tackled Justin Acosta for a safety. The Hornets led 16-0.

“We ran into a buzzsaw,” Booker said. “That offense was the best I’ve seen all year. Just give me that line – whoever’s behind that line. And their defense was filling all the gaps.”

A 45-yard drive off the free kick resulted in a two-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Kyle Lamey. The short pass was set up by an earlier screen that Jackson took 31 yards.

“I feel like I’ve improved a lot (catching the ball out of the backfield),” Jackson said. “My game is better, and I rely on our offensive line. (South San) left me open a lot.”

South San couldn’t manage the deficit with an offense whose top player, senior back Christian Morales (661 rushing yards), had sustained a season-ending concussion. Justin Acosta and Gonzalez divided the ballcarrying duties against the Hornets. They combined for 31 rushing yards.

Quarterback Darren Tinajero also was out with a knee injury, but South San coach Marcus Booker said he should return for the season finale Friday at Corpus Christi Carroll (3-6, 2-2).

Isiah Gutierrez got his first start against East Central and showed enough to earn another opportunity.

“I’ll still stay with the new kid,” Booker said. “We still want to see what our young kids can do. He does well but, basically, we had too many turnovers. Like I try to tell Isiah and Darrin, “You don’t have to win the game, you just have to manage the game.’ ”

Jones ran five times for 44 yards and completed two passes for 18 on an 80-yard drive that opened the second quarter. The Rice University commit scored on a 14-yard keeper that made it 30-0.

“Johnathan and I were trying to run right at them,” Jones said. “It opened up the passing game.”

Jackson increased the Hornets’ lead to 37-0 with a nine-yard run up the middle on a sprint draw. The Hornets drove 59 yards off tehe second-half kickoff.

“I’m feeling a lot better,” Jackson said. “I’m proud of how we worked through our injuries.”

That was the last possession for the East Central starters. Jones gave way to Justin Upshaw-Mendoza, who had started two games at quarterback when Jones was hurt. Upshaw-Mendoza served as a receiver until that point Friday.

“It was difficult being out,” Jones said, “but our backup quarterback came in for me and did a great job.”

Jackson’s understudy was junior Dalton Zigmond, who gained 62 yards on 12 attempts. Zigmond scored on a six-yard run with 1:10 left in the third quarter.

“I figured out midway through the first quarter that we weren’t going to be able to stop them,” Booker said. “Then we fell into doing things we didn’t need to do. We were trying to throw the ball to come back. That’s just not us, with a young quarterback.”

The Bobcats crossed into East Central territory twice. The first was on a 27-yard run from Gutierrez near the end of the first quarter. The second nearly reached the red zone late in the second quarter, but Hornets cornerback Russell Brown produced an interception.

A 16-yard fumble return by East Central defensive back Lavon Price completed the scoring with 31 seconds remaining.

South San finished with three turnovers, while East Central made none. Booker said curbing turnovers was a top priority for the Carroll game.

“One thing I definitely want is a strong finish for our seniors.” he said. “They’ve done a great job, and we want to send them out properly. And I’d like to have one game with no turnovers.”

East Central limited South San to 75 total yards. The Hornets recorded its first shutout of the season.

“The defense set the tone,” Hartman said. “They shut down South San. We really played well on defense. We need to keep playing good defense.”

The Hornets can lock down a playoff bid with a home win Friday (7:30 p.m.) over Corpus Christi King (3-6, 1-3). Hartman indicated that the three injured offensive starters probably would return for the game.

“There haven’t been many things that haven’t been affected by the injuries,” Hartman said. “We’ve had three quarterbacks play in a new system. You never know when that defining moment might be, but I think we’ve turned the corner.”


GIRLS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (complete)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Nov. 3-9

Monday’s games


Highlands (1-0) 65, Holmes (0-1) 63

Hays (1-0) 62, Jefferson (0-1) 20

Tuesday’s games


Burbank (1-0) 40, Kennedy (0-1) 38

Fox Tech (1-0) 48, Providence (0-1) 32

East Central (1-0) 42, Harlandale (0-1) 39 (OT)

Antonian (1-0) 39, Holy Cross (0-1) 29

Southwest (1-0) 74, Lanier (0-1) 34

La Vernia (1-0) 56, Southside (0-1) 47

MacArthur (1-0) 62, McCollum (0-1) 24

Memorial (1-0) 39, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (0-1) 35

Brackenridge (1-0) 76, Sam Houston (0-1) 45

Victoria West (1-0) 63, South San (0-1) 37

Thursday’s games


Cole (1-0) 66, Kennedy (0-1) 31

Harlandale Tournament

McCollum (1-1) 38, Fox Tech (1-1) 24

Roosevelt (2-0) 52, Southwest (1-1) 46

Maya’s Texas Riviera Tournament

At Corpus Christi

Gregory-Portland (1-0 ???) 56, Brackenridge (1-1) 54

Corpus Christi Ray (1-0 ???) 64, Highlands (1-2) 36

Austin Vandegrift (1-0 ???) 59, Highlands (1-2) 56 

Friday’s games


Seguin (1-0) 68, South San (0-2) 62

Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-1) 40, Hawkins (1-1) 34

Maya’s Texas Riviera Tournament

At Corpus Christi

Brackenridge (2-1) 53, Corpus Christi King (0-2 ???) 43

Highlands (2-2) 51, Corpus Christi Miller (0-3) 33

Harlandale ISD Tournament

Lee (1-2) 40, Lanier (0-3) 35

Harlandale (2-1) 42, Jefferson (1-2) 31

Clemens (2-1) 68, Burbank (1-2) 22

Southwest (3-1) 74, Fox Tech (1-1) 18

Warren (1-3) 60, Memorial (1-2) 11

Churchill (3-0) 79, Edison (1-1) 22

Harlandale (2-1) 45, Lee (1-2) 33

Taft (2-1) 50, Holy Cross (1-2) 12

Southwest (3-1) 86, McCollum (1-2) 37

Jefferson (1-2) 44, Lanier (0-3) 41

St. Anthony (2-2) 46, Burbank (1-2) 31

Edison (1-1) 57, Memorial (1-2) 11

Holy Cross (1-2) 45, McCollum (1-2) 41

Temple Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Sam Houston (0-1). FINALS – Saturday. (scores unavailable)

Saturday’s games


Maya’s Texas Riviera Tournament

At Corpus Christi

Brackenridge (4-1) 66, Austin Vandegrift (???) 44

Highlands (4-2) 58, Providence (1-4) 15

Highlands (4-2) 58, Holmes (0-2 ???) 25

Providence (1-4) 37, McAllen Memorial (???) 36

Brackenridge (4-1) 62, Antonian (4-2) 48

Harlandale ISD Tournament

Consolation bracket

Burbank (2-2) 43, Fox Tech (1-3) 40

Lanier (0-3) vs. Memorial (1-2) (score unavailable)

McCollum (1-3) did not play

Edison (2-2) 32, Jefferson (1-3) 38 (consolation semifinals)

Southwest (5-1) 63, St. Anthony (2-3) 38  (consolation semifinals)

Southwest (5-1) 56, Edison (2-2) 32 (consolation championship)

Championship bracket

Churchill (5-0) 70, Harlandale (2-3) 31 (semifinals)

Roosevelt (4-1) 47, Harlandale (2-3) 8 (third place)

Churchill (5-0) 57, Taft (2-2) 35 (championship)

FINALS – Saturday.

Temple Tournament

AREA TEAMS Sam Houston (0-1). FINALS Saturday. (scores unavailable)

VOLLEYBALL: Area playoff results (complete)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Matches of Nov. 3-9

Monday’s results


Bi-district round

Clark (26-14) 3, Southwest (16-25) 0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-15)

Tuesday’s results


Bi-district round

Brandeis (25-16) 3, East Central (21-16) 1 (25-14, 12-25, 25-23, 25-18)


Bi-district round

Alamo Heights (37-8) 3, Brackenridge (14-26) 0 (25-6, 25-10, 25-9)

Corpus Christi Calallen (23-8) 3, Harlandale (24-12) 2 (19-25, 25-14, 25-16, 21-25, 20-18)

Hays (29-14) 3, Highlands (20-21) 0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-10)

Boerne Champion (23-18) 3, Jefferson (24-11) 0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-10)


Bi-district round

Wimberley (31-8) 3, Sam Houston (20-15) 0 (25-5, 25-9, 25-12)

FOOTBALL: Week 10 results (complete)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface


(Nov. 7-9)

Friday’s games


District 28-5A

East Central (5-5, 3-2) 27, Corpus Christi King (3-7, 1-4) 20

Corpus Christi Carroll (4-6, 3-2) 38, South San (2-8, 0-5)  6

Steele (9-1, 5-0) 42, Southwest (5-5, 3-2) 14

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (7-3, 5-1) 27,Highlands (4-6, 2-4) 10

District 29-4A

Floresville (8-2, 6-1) 42, Southside (1-9, 1-6) 21

Harlandale (8-2, 5-2) 27, McCollum (3-7, 1-6) 17   (Frontier Bowl)

Kennedy (7-3, 4-3) 54, Memorial (3-7, 1-6) 33 (Salsa Bowl)

Medina Valley (7-3, 5-2) 37, Uvalde (6-4, 5-2) 14

District 28-3A

Sam Houston (2-8, 1-3) 39, Poteet (1-9, 0-4) 0

LaVernia (9-1, 4-0) 38, Somerset (6-3, 2-2) 10

TAPPS District 2-I

Brownsville St. Joseph (6-4, 3-2) 24, Central Catholic (4-6, 2-3) 21

Austin St. Michael’s (7-2, 5-0) 36, Antonian (8-2, 4-1) 35

St. Anthony (3-7, 1-4) 46, Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-10, 0-5) 6

TAPPS District 3-II

Holy Cross (7-3, 6-1) 28, Austin Hyde Park Baptist (9-1, 6-1) 14

San Antonio Christian (6-4, 5-2) 55, Cornerstone Christian (2-8, 0-7) 7

Victoria St. Joseph (2-8, 2-5) 41, San Marcos Academy (1-9, 1-6) 7

Austin Regents (8-2, 5-2) 58, TMI (6-4, 3-4) 19

Saturday’s games


District 28-4A

Lanier (4-6, 4-2) 41, Burbank (3-7, 2-4) 0

Jefferson (1-9, 1-5) 28, Edison (3-7, 1-5) 22 (Tommy Bowl)

FOOTBALL: Area playoff picture (complete)

Football playoff picture

These are the area teams that have a chance to qualify for the playoffs (in alphabetical order):


QUALIFIERS: Brackenridge (7-3, 5-1), Burbank (3-6, 2-3), Central Catholic (4-6, 2-3), East Central (5-5, 3-2), Harlandale (8-2, 5-2), Holy Cross (7-3, 6-1), Lanier (3-6, 3-2), Southwest (5-5, 3-2).