FOOTBALL: Brack rallies for seventh-straight win over Burbank

Bulldogs take lead into fourth quarter on Sanchez TD

Ramon Richards threw a 17-yard pass to Marco Marble with 5:52 remaining to lead Brackenridge (5-3, 3-1) to a 26-21 win over rival Burbank (3-6, 2-3) Saturday afternoon at the SAISD Sports Complex.

Burbank had taken the lead in a back-and-forth District 28-4A game on a four-yard run from senior Jeremy Sanchez (132 yards, 13 carries) with 7:15 to play. Sanchez had tied it 14-14 early in the third quarter with a 44-yard touchdown run.

Eagles junior running back Trey Mathis (151 yards, 19 carries) broke a 35-yard scoring run late in the quarter.

Brackenridge, which is tied for second place with Lanier, never trailed on their way to their seventh-consecutive victory in the series.

The Eagles took a 7-0 lead on a five-yard run by Richards with 4:25 left in the first quarter. The senior completed 13 of 23 passes for 236 yards.

The Bulldogs tied it initially on the ensuing possession with a 58-yard pass to speedy Marcos Luna from quarterback J.P. Barrera. Barrera passed for 100 yards in his first start, completing nine of 16 throws.

Twenty-three seconds later, Richards connected with Marble (169 yards, 7 catches) for a 63-yard score, which held up for a 14-7 halftime lead.

Despite the loss, Burbank holds fourth place in 28-4A.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Garcia returns to lead Lanier to victory over Edison

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Central Catholic, Holy Cross romp to district wins

TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, Edison, Holy Cross, Lanier.

Senior quarterback Nicholas Garcia was back in the Lanier lineup Friday at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, and that was good news for the Voks (3-5, 3-1).

Garcia (14 of 16, 220 yards) fired three first-half touchdown passes, providing the Voks with a lead they never relinquished on the way to their third win in four games. Lanier posted a 35-14 victory over Edison (3-5, 1-3) in the District 28-4A game.

The 6-foot-3, 216-pounder tossed a four-yard scoring pass to senior fullback Steven Veliz, who had replaced him at quarterback a week earlier, to open the scoring.

The turning point came in the final 43 seconds of the first half. With Lanier ahead 7-0, Garcia found tight end Steven Horton for a 15-yard strike. Little more than a half-minute later, the pair hooked up again, with Horton (134 yards, 5 receptions) scoring on a 42-yard pass play.

The Voks scored again before Edison recorded its first touchdown. Junior Joe Orta (106 yards,9 carries) ran in from five yards away with 7:10 remaining in the third quarter. Lanier led 28-0.

Edison scored on a 45-yard touchdown pass from from Jonathan Hernandez (21 of 34, 250 yards) to Marcello Zavala (124 yards, 10 receptions) with 3:26 remaining in the third quarter.

A 28-yard touchdown run by Orta with 10 seconds left in the quarter sealed the win for the Voks. The Golden Bears added a 14-yard pass from Hernandez to David Sanchez with two minutes left in the game.

Lanier’s balanced offense generated 428 total yards. Edison tallied 277.

Edison senior Rodrigo Garcia caught four passes for 48 yards. Andres Alcantar didn’t play for the second-consecutive game.

Holy Cross 35, Victoria St. Joseph 0

Junior Greg Scott ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries as the Knights (5-3, 3-1) claimed a share of second place in TAPPS District 3-II.

Holy Cross’ win in Victoria enabled it to rise to second-place tie with Austin Regents (7-1, 4-1), which lost 27-24 to Austin Hyde Park Baptist (8-0, 5-0).

David Sanchez caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Cisco Flores (12 of 21, 155 yards) for a 7-0 lead with 5:56 left in the opening quarter. Scott scored the Knights’ next two touchdowns on runs of three and 18 yards for a 21-0 halftime lead.

Flores, who also ran for a team-high 129 yards, threw 26 yards to senior Greg Kelly (92 yards, 6 catches) for the Knights’ first touchdown of the second half. Scott scored again on a four-yard run with 10:05 to play in the game.

Holy Cross outgained Victoria St. Joseph (1-7, 1-4) 415-65 in total yards. The Flyers gained just 17 yards on the ground.

Central Catholic 48, Corpus Christi John Paul II 0

The Buttons (4-4, 2-1) won their second-consecutive game, scored a season-high 48 points and rose to third place in TAPPS District 2-I Friday at Bob Benson Stadium.

Central Catholic’s homecoming never was in doubt against the Centurions (0-8, 0-3), who have not scored in the 2013 season.

The Buttons scored three touchdowns in the first quarter. Jacob Rodriguez (76 yards, 14 carries) found the end zone on a three-yard run, Jimin Suh (79 yards, 6 carries) ran 22 yards for a score and Will Barr caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Joseph Nava (5 of 7, 83 yards).

Justin Rodriguez nailed field goals of 23 and 30 yards in the second quarter. Jacob Rodriguez and Suh also notched their second rushing touchdowns as Central Catholic’s lead ballooned to 41-0.

Drake Burgon scored from nine yards out in the fourth quarter. Burgon finished with 58 rushing yards.

Central Catholic accumulated 363 total yards. The Buttons limited John Paul to 41 yards and forced five turnovers. They have not allowed a point in the last six quarters.

FOOTBALL: Week 8 previews (Friday’s games)

FRIDAY

Brennan (8-0, 4-0) vs. Highlands (3-4, 1-2) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Teams don’t seem to spend much time at the crest of the hill in District 28-4A.

Invariably, it seems, when a team gets hot, it’s destined to run into Brennan in a week or two. Highlands is the latest team to put its momentum to the test against the Bears, No. 2 in the Associated Press state Class 4A rankings.

As Brennan rolls toward the playoffs, expect the Bears to keep things fairly vanilla. Brennan quarterback Da’Shawn Key only attempted six passes last week.

Even so, the Bears outgained Lanier 437-49 in total yards in a 62-0 shutout, their third in four district games. Makai Green ran for 145 yards and Nathaniel Green Jr. added 95.

Highlands has adjusted to life without standout junior quarterback Jordan DeLuna, who is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. With progress in the offensive line and among the backs, the Owls have become a grind-it-out team.

Behind a 100-yard rushing game from Quindon Boston (his first), which included touchdown runs of 12 and 50 yards in a 41-22 win over Jefferson. He’s had two long touchdown runs in the last two games.

Senior Elijah Garces and junior John Cervantes are splitting the quarterback duties, and each is a running threat. However, the passing game is lacking a deep threat. That’s going to make it difficult to move the ball consistently against a Brennan defense that’s outstanding against the run (and pretty darned good against the pass, too).

Defensively, the Owls won in classic bend-but-don’t-break style against Jefferson. They gave up 263 total yards, but allowed just eight points and came up with stops at key times in the second half.

Last year’s game was the first in the series. 2012 score: Brennan 63, Highlands 3.

Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-7, 0-2) at Central Catholic (3-4, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.

With a game against Antonian a week away, Central Catholic will be looking for a stepping stone performance tonight.

That shouldn’t be much of a problem. The Buttons seem to be improving and they’ll be facing a Corpus Christi John Paul Il team that still is looking for its points in the TAPPS District 2-I season.

In fact, the Centurions haven’t scored THIS SEASON. They lost 44-0 last Friday to Austin St. Michael’s, a team that defeated the Buttons 28-17 a week earlier.

So, back to Central Catholic. The Buttons scored the last three touchdowns in a 38-13 win over St. Anthony last week. They’ve been a second half team all year. But this one should be in the bag by halftime.

Central Catholic ran for 249 yards with contributions from backs Jacob Rodriguez and Jimin Suh as well as  quarterback Joseph Nava. With wide receiver Will Barr back in the lineup, the Buttons may opt to throw a little more frequently this week to prepare for Antonian. Or they may keep things under wraps so that the Apaches don’t have too much to think about.

That may be the most intriguing element about this matchup. 2012 score: Central Catholic 35, Corpus Christi John Paul II 0.

Corpus Christi King (2-5, 0-2) at South San (2-5, 0-2), 7:30 p.m.

One team will emerge from this District 28-5A game with its first district win.

Basing too much on score comparisons can be a slippery slope, especially when the common opponent is far stronger than the teams in the comparison. Those qualifications aside, King fared a little better in their games at state powerhouse and district leader Steele.

King lost 49-20 two weeks ago. The score might be a tad misleading because King scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns after the outcome had long been decided. The Mustangs mustered 211 total yards to the Knights’ 395.

South San lost 49-7 last Friday. The Bobcats gained 131 yards while allowing 366.

The Bobcats’ fortunes in recent weeks have seemed to coincide with whether senior back Christian Morales  has a big game. Morales’ chances for a bounce back performance are good after Steele limited him to 11 yards.

By the same token, quarterback Darren Tinajero should have a little more time to throw, and find big-play receiver Juan Zamarripa.

South San appears to be a little stronger than the Mustangs defensively.

Quarterback Bronze Jackson is the focal point of King’s offense. Jackson is a run-pass threat. Kevin Dawson is the Mustangs’ top ballcarrier and Dominque Lane is their leading receiver.

Not to overestimate the importance of this game, but a win will keep playoff hopes alive but a loss here means that they’re probably dashed. It’s a small district. 2012 score: Corpus Christi King 31, South San 7.

Edison (3-4, 1-2) vs. Lanier (2-5, 2-1) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

The last six games in the series have been decided by 10 points or fewer, and this year’s District 28-4A contest shouldn’t break the mold.

Lanier enters the game tied for second place while Edison is tied for fifth, but just a game separates them and Edison has the better overall record.

The Golden Bears may have the edge, coming off a 14-6 win over Burbank last Friday. This also shapes up as a defensive-oriented game and Edison has proven that it can win that type of contest.

So has Lanier, with 20-14 win over Jefferson two weeks ago. In that game, though, the Voks had  quarterback Nicholas Garcia throwing for 205 yards. Garcia didn’t play last week.

Without Garcia, Lanier was one-dimensional in a 62-0 loss to Brennan last Friday. Fullback Steven Veliz shifted over to fill the void, but completed just two of 10 passes.

If Garcia returns, the Voks will be able to counter-balance the running threat posed by Joe Orta and open things up downfield for receiver Rodrigo Garcia.

Edison also had a key absence last week, senior running back Andres Aguilar. Without him quarterback Jonathan Hernandez carried the ball more often than usual and only threw eight times.

Like Garcia, Hernandez is able to make game-changing plays with his arm. Either could be a key factor, providing Garcia plays.

Without Aguilar, Edison wasn’t able to play the ball control style it prefers. And the team that controls the ball is the likely victor tonight.

Edison leads the series 29-11 and has won the last six games, although Burbank won on the field in 2008 and later had to forfeit the win. 2012 score: Edison 36, Burbank 13.

Holy Cross (4-3, 3-1) at Victoria St. Joseph (1-6, 1-3), 7 p.m.

The Knights’ road to a second-consecutive TAPPS District 3-II became a little more difficult when they lost 35-28 to Austin Regents. The loss ended 10-game district winning streak.

Holy Cross should get back in the win column this week against Victoria St. Joseph. The Flyers won’t be a pushover, though. They lost 28-16 to TMI two weeks ago and fell 42-6 to Austin Regents in their last two 3-II games.

The top priority for the Knights is to cut down on their turnovers. They committed an uncharacteristic five in the loss to Austin Regents. Holy Cross made none a week earlier against San Marcos Baptist.

Against Austin Regents, the turnovers in both the running and passing games hampered an offense that still managed 324 total yards. The 1-2 punch of Greg Scott and quarterback Cisco Flores out of the backfield has been Holy Cross’ greatest offensive strength. Earlier in the season, Flores had great success through the ari, particularly to senior receiver Greg Kelly.

Victoria St. Joseph is led by back Barclay Proctor. Denny Williams is the Flyers’ quarterback. 2012 score: Holy Cross 46, Victoria St. Joseph 14.

McCollum (3-4, 1-3) vs. Kennedy (5-2, 2-2) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Both teams are on the outside looking in, as far as the District 29-4A playoff picture is concerned. But that could change for the winner of tonight’s contest.

If Kennedy wins, the Rockets would gain a fourth-place tie with the loser of the Floresville-Medina Valley game. They’ll take a two-game winning streak into the game.

McCollum will be a worthy adversity, coming off relatively close games Medina Valley (48-23) and Uvalde (41-24) the last two weeks. The Cowboys were competitive against teams that are currently sharing third place, but they likely can’t afford another loss if they hope to make the playoffs this year.

Against Medina Valley, they gave up 24 unanswered points from the start of the game. They’ll need to avoid  an early deficit of 14 points or more against Kennedy. The Rockets’ defense only allowed a kickoff return touchdown in a 21-6 win over Southside last Friday.

The Cowboys will try to get their running game established early against the Rockets behind Mike Ramirez.  The Panthers limited McCollum to 46 rushing yards.

Meanwhile, junior quarterback Ralph Vidal completed 15 of 22 passes for 200 yards. Robert Salas finished with 96 reception yards, including a 52-yard touchdown.

McCollum’s defense has given up 952 yards in the last two weeks. Medina Valley passed for 323 yards last week, but that won’t be a great concern as the Cowboys prepare for Kennedy. Uvalde ran for 411 yards two weeks ago, and that’s an area where the defense will need to show great improvement..

Kennedy’s formula for victory has been to ride senior back Matthew Avalos, while its opportunistic defense creates extra possessions and often points.

Avalos scored all three touchdowns last week, while piling up 148 rushing yards. The passing game, though, reveted to its earlier ways, completing just four of 16 attempts for 91 yards

The Rockets will need to show more of a passing threat to keep McCollum from stacking the box for Avalos.

McCollum has an 11-2 edge in the series, although the Rockets won last year. The Cowboys had won the previous seven games. 2012 score: Kennedy 23, McCollum 17.

Memorial (3-4, 1-3) at Uvalde (4-3, 3-1), 7 p.m.

Despite the improvement Memorial has made this season, its back is to the wall, in terms of its playoff hopes.

It’s a tough must-win situation for the Minutemen, as Uvalde is one of the toughest places to play in District 29-4A. The fact that the Coyotes are coming off a 28-14 loss to Floresville and are battling for first in the district won’t make matters easier for Memorial.

Memorial is capable, though. That was reinforced in last Friday’s 42-23 loss to current district leader Harlandale.

A bounce-back game from back Raul Rangel (99 rushing yards) was the best sign for Memorial against Harlandale. The Minutemen are at their best offensively when Rangel is running the ball effectively.

Quarterback Alfred Ramos completed 10 of 15 throws for 159 yards, effectively utilizing four receivers. Senior Ivan DeAnda had his best game of the year with 72 reception yards.

A concern is that Harlandale back Nicholas Martinez ran for 202 yards. Uvalde’s attack is predicated on its ground game.

The Coyotes have had games with more than 400 rushing yards. Floresville held them to 216, but back Zach Sanchez still ran for two touchdowns of more than 60 yards apiece.

Uvalde quarterback Jerry Almaraz is a running threat who’s capable of mixing in passes for first downs or touchdowns when needed.

With a varied attack, Memorial should be able to score points against a Uvalde defense that has been somewhat inconsistent this year. 2012 score: Uvalde 45, Memorial 0.

Sam Houston (1-6, 0-1) at Pleasanton (7-1, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston breathed new life into its season last Saturday with a strong showing against Somerset.  Saturday in a 32-20 loss.

Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, their District 28-3A schedule isn’t getting any easier.

Pleasanton stomped Poteet 41-0 last week after a late comeback fell short against La Vernia in its 28-3A opener, resulting in a six-point loss. The Eagles rolled up 337 total yards while limiting Poteet to 154.

Unlike Somerset, Pleasanton does most of its offensive damage on the ground. Quarterback Jacob Arevalo and back Grant Jackson combined for 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns last week. They’re over 1,500 for the season.

Sam Houston witnessed the triumphant return of leading rusher Erin Mack against Somerset. Mack gained 129 yards on just nine carries, which helped to balance out the offense.

Quarterback Raymonte Prime threw for a season-best 220 yards. Khiry Darby and Jvoni Badie-Jones each gathered more than 90 reception yards.

The Hurricanes outgained Somerset and its prolific offense 377-310 in total yards, which provides hope for the trip to Pleasanton. 2012 score: Pleasanton 35, Sam Houston 0.

Southwest (4-3, 2-0) vs. Corpus Christi Carroll (2-5, 1-1) at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

Southwest is coming off its two best games of the season, and will face a Carroll team that played arguably its best last Friday.

The Dragons, who find themselves sharing first place in District 28-5A with Steele, defeated East Central 41-21 last Friday and South San 36-20 two weeks ago.

The wins coincided with the return of Nathaniel Scott, who rushed for 397 yards. He gained 193 against East Central and ran for four touchdowns.

Southwest quarterback Bowen Crisp has developed into an increasinly efficient passer. he running threat and find Cody Johnson and his other receivers for big gains.

Corpus Christi Carroll, which lost 31-28 to East Central two weeks ago, pulled away from crosstown Rival King in the second half for a 38-17 win last Friday.

The Tigers are led by quarterback Jesse Jones, who led them in both rushing and passing against East Central. The Hornets’ defense was able to hold back Noah Lisk to five yards.

Southwest’s defense also has been improving lately. It limited the Hornets to 270 total yards as well as just seven points over the last three quarters.

The game shapes up to potentially be a higher-scoring game, and that bodes well for the Dragons. They have the more prolific offense, and likely the more potent defense. 2012 score: Southwest 38, Corpus Christi Carroll 26.

Steele (6-1, 2-0) at East Central (3-4, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.

East Central is seeking to avoid back-to-back District 28-5A losses, and it wll be a tough task, despite the homefield advantage.

Steele might not be quite as powerful as in the last couple of seasons, but still is formidable – not to mention one of the top teams in the San Antonio area.

The Knights are led by back Justin Stockton (949 rushing yards), a Texas Tech commit. Stockton has scored 18 touchdowns, but Steele rested him with just four carries against South San in a 49-7 win last Friday.

Steele quarterback L.G. Williams also is dangerous. He has run for more than 500 yards and thrown for 786 yards. He only passed five times against the Bobcats and still totaled 80 yards through the air.

The Bobcats only mustered 131 total yards against Steele’s defense.

Despite a big game from East Central quarterback Justin Upshaw-Mendoza in just his second start, the Hornets never got rolling last week in a 41-21 loss last Friday at Southwest.  Upshaw-Mendoza threw three touchdown passes and completed 10 of 16 throws for 164 yards. He also was East Central’s leading rusher with 58 yards.

The Hornets have two Division I-calber backs in  Johnathan Jackson (102 yards, 3 touchdowns) and Javion Polk. Although the passing game is getting to where coach Clint Hartman needs it to be, restoring the running game will be a big priority.

Defensively, East Central will need to try to limit Stockton’s long gains.

Steele has won all three games in the series. 2012 score: Steele 28, East Central 0.

FOOTBALL: Harlandale inches into first place in 29-4A with close win over Southside

Trevino leads Cardinals to best performance of the season

Harlandale quarterback Brandon Ramon may not have played his best game of the season Thursday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, but his leadership skills shone – as always – and he had a hand in all of the Indians touchdowns.

That was what first-place Harlandale (7-1, 4-1) needed to finally subdue a determined Southside (0-8, 0-5) team that played, unquestionably, its best game of the season. Ramon scored on a two-yard plunge with 6:14 remaining and the Indians’ defense held off the Cardinals for a 21-14 victory in the District 29-4A game.

“Every inch counts,” Ramon said, referring to his second effort in short-yardage situations, “and that one inch counted today.”

With the win, Harlandale inched a half-game ahead of Floresville (5-2, 3-1), Medina Valley (5-2, 3-1) and Uvalde (4-3, 3-1) for sole possession of first place.

Eighth-place Southside, in its second game under interim coach Eddie Moreno, pulled within seven points on a long drive that culminated with 3:58 remaining.

Cardinals sophomore quarterback Johnny Trevino (10 of 18, 164 yards) set up the touchdown with a 27-yard pass to tight end Justin Escobar and a nine-yarder to Ruben Zavala on a fourth-and-4. An 18-yard run by Trevino moved Southside to the 5-yard line.

Two carries from senior back Omar Guadarrama cut Harlandale’s lead to 21-14.

The Indians took over on their own 22. Ramon (19 of 29, 212 yards) passed nine yards to junior Ian Martinez to give Harlandale a third-and-short situation. On the next play, Southside senior defensive lineman Jeffrey Sanchez penetrated into the backfield to tackle Ramon short of the first down. On fourth-and-1 from the Harlandale 31, however, the senior quarterback picked up the necessary yardage.

Two long runs by senior back Nick Martinez (76 yards, 20 carries) enabled the Indians to run out the clock.

Veteran Harlandale coach Isaac Martinez said the decision to try for the first down was a reflection of the faith he has in his team.

“When you’ve got units you have confidence in, offensively and defensively,” Martinez said, “I had confidence my offense would make it. But if they didn’t, you have to have confidence your defense will shut them down.

“When you have that, you can take chances with your team. Today, it paid off.”

Harlandale outgained Southside 276-256 in total yards. Southside ran for 92 yards. The Indians finished with 32.

Ramon put Harlandale in the lead with a pair of touchdown passes in the defensive struggle.

The senior broke a scoreless tie by threading a 22-yard pass to Ian Martinez (93 yards, 6 receptions) with 4:59 left in the first half. Martinez made an over-the-shoulder catch about five yards deep in the end zone for the touchdown.

The Indians improved their lead to 14-0 with 7:14 to play in the third quarter. Nick Martinez set the stage with a pair of runs that netted 17 yards. Then Ramon found Eddie Pedroza (56 yards, 5 receptions) for a six-yard score. They had hooked up for a 35-yard gain which pushed Harlandale across midfield earlier in the drive.

Southside answered on the opening play of the fourth quarter. Trevino threw 27 yards to Zavala (106 yards, 7 receptions) to slash Harlandale’s lead to 14-7.

VOLLEYBALL: Southwest takes outside approach to beat Carroll, move into third place

Freshmen stepping up for Dragons in 28-5A play

Game planning is an essential part of any sport, but sometimes nothing goes as anticipated.

Tuesday was one of those nights at Southwest. First, Corpus Christi Carroll’s bus was late, putting the Dragons off their normal pre-match routine. Then, when Carroll came out for warmups, Southwest coach Erin Dorgal found out that the focal point of her game plan, the Tigers’ Katherine Garza, wouldn’t be playing in the District 28-5A match.

The injured Garza had spearheaded Carroll’s middle attack in their first match against Southwest Oct. 4, which the Tigers won in five games.

“The entire week we worked on defending the middle, because that’s how they beat us last time,” Morgal said. “Then when they came out for warmups, I noticed (Garza) was on crutches. She’s the one that killed us.

“Once our kids got out there, they started believing they could beat them.”

The Dragons (15-23, 4-4) adjusted their focus defensively to Tigers middle blocker Cassie Valent. Offensively, that helped to open up their outside hitters which kept Carroll (16-14, 4-4) out of sync after Game 1. Southwest won 14-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-14.

“We tried to keep the ball away from (Cassie Valent) as much as possible,” Morgal said. “We were concerned a lot about matchups and court communication.”

The win enabled Southwest to tie Carroll for third place with two matches remaining.

In the first game, Carroll bolted to a 16-8 lead. Southwest closed to 19-11 with a kill from senior middle blocker Kassandra Cruz  in the first game. Valent got a sideout that put the Tigers at game point and Annisa Trevino finished it with a crosscourt kill.

“We definitely got off to a slow start,” Southwest senior defensive specialist/setter Elizabeth Phillips said. “I think, because their bus broke down and they got here later, it took us a little longer to get going. We didn’t have that (spark) when we were warming up. But we came out and did a good job after the first game.”

Game 2 developed point-by-point until Cruz put down a block and Carroll was charged with a net violation, giving Southwest a 9-7 advantage. Two kills from Valent in a three-point span swung the momentum back to the Tigers, which established a 14-11.

Southwest’s solid defense, however, led to Carroll errors and helped the Dragons catch up to tie it 18-18. After another tie, the Dragons took control, thanks to a long point which was extended by a dig from Phillips. Freshman Aashlyn Sulaica (11 kills) finished that point with a kill and Felisha Maldonado added another in the three-point run.

“Normally, we rely on our seniors,” Morgal said, “but it’s nice to know that the younger kids are able to rise to that role. That’s good to know, looking forward. That’s exciting.”

Senior middle blocker Kamarie Vidales ended the set with a kill and the teams were tied at a game apiece. Vidales also put the finishing touches on the match with consecutive kills for the last two points in Game 3.

Morgal pointed to effective hitting on the outside from Sulaica, junior Megan Hernandez, freshman Lindsey Calderon and Maldonado among others, which added up to a varied Southwest attack.

“That took pressure of Kamerie,” she said. “She could start swinging a little more freely. She had nine kills in 15 attempts, so her hitting percentage went up.”

Each of those players is new to the Dragons varsity.

“We have a lot of first-year (varsity) players and they’ve been learning since the beginning of the year,” Morgal said. “They’ve been working and improving. Now, we’re a confident team. Things are coming around.”

Hernandez, who went from junior varsity to a starting role, supplied two consecutive kills that lifted   Southwest to a 12-11 lead in Game 3. The junior then put the Dragons at game point (24-19) with third kill of the game.

In the decisive Game 4, Hernandez produced kills that increased Southwest’s lead to 6-1, 13-3 and 20-10. The latter resulted from a pancake dig by Phillips.

“She’s been bringing focus to the position,” Morgal said. “I never worry about her effort or execution. It’s great to see Megan step up and be one of the big people for us. It’s been great.”

Hernandez and Phillips are among four players who also compete for the Dragons’ three-time defending champion softball team. Phillips is the Dragons’ starting center fielder. Hernandez at second base and  Brandy Martinez at shortstop form the double play combination. Vidales probably needs no introduction. She’s not only Southwest’s ace pitcher, but one of the best in the region.

“If I didn’t come out (for volleyball), I don’t know what I’d do,” Phillips said. “They’re very different sports, but playing volleyball puts us in good position for softball.”

“Softball is definitely my passion, but I love volleyball.”

The most distinctive trait about the group is that they’re key players in both sports. Vidales has been the Dragons’ kill leader. Phillips contributed 23 digs in a recent match. The group’s diamond experience clearly translates well to the volleyball court.

“We share a lot of players,” Morgal said. “Miranda Medina last year was one of our top outside hitters. What I like about them is that, although they play softball too, when they’re here they give their all to volleyball. I never have to worry about (their commitment).”

Southwest took command of the last two games with extended service runs.

The Dragons ran off eight unanswered points which broke a 12-12 tie in Game 3.  The stretch included two kills from Sulaica and one from Vidales. It was reinforced by a pair of back-to-back aces from libero Zoe Marin (17 digs) that made it 20-15.

Southwest never trailed in Game 4 after the first point. A six-point spurt that included two kills and a block from Vidales, as well as a block from Calderon, manufactured a 14-3 advantage. Carroll’s comeback efforts were frustrated by a long rally that ended with a four-hits call against the Tigers and gave Southwest a 22-13 lead. “Coming into this match, since we lost at Carroll,” the third-year Southwest coach said, “we needed to win. I don’t want to come in fourth. I’m not going to be OK with just going to the playoffs. We need to come in second or third, or first.

“Last year we were fourth. This year, we have a pretty good shot at third. We’re going in the right direction.”

Yasmin Garcia led the Dragons with 20 assists.

Southwest finishes the 28-5A season with a home match against Corpus Christi (12-15, 0-6) King Friday at 7 p.m. and a  match against first-place Steele (24-15, 8-0) Tuesday in Cibolo. The Dragons defeated King in five games Oct. 8 in Corpus Christi and lost to the Knights Oct. 11 in three in the first round.

“Our district is a little strong,” Phillips said. “We needed to get this win. We did our best.”

Southwest will hope to avoid a slow start Friday against the Mustangs.

“(King) was up 2-0 last time,” Morgal said. “So, obviously, we needed to be ready when we hit the floor. For Steele, we’ll put our big hitters up on boxes in practice and tell the girls to go after it.”

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Harlandale sweeps into second place with win over Medina Valley

Jefferson bumps Brackenridge out of third place in 28-4A

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Edison, Harlandale, Jefferson, Memorial, Providence, Sam Houston, Southside.

When Harlandale lost three of four matches in a stretch that began Oct. 3, its chances for a District 29-4A championship seemed to have vanished. They resurfaced Tuesday when the Indians (23-10, 9-3) defeated Medina Valley (21-17, 9-3) 25-22, 25-13, 25-17.

The win lifted Harlandale into a three-way tie for second place with the Panthers and Uvalde (23-10, 9-3), which defeated Kennedy 25-7, 25-13, 25-14. It also clinched a playoff spot for the Indians.

Floresville (23-15, 10-2) leads the district. The Tigers defeated McCollum 25-20, 25-22, 26-24 Tuesday at McCollum. The loss eliminated the Cowboys from playoff consideration.

For Harlandale,senior Katie Neira led a platoon of effective frontline players with 18 kills and two blocks. Sabrina Esparza chipped in with 10 kills, 10 digs and four blocks. Madaline Mendez had five kills and two blocks. Erika Arredondo (2.5 blocks), Jackie Espinoza (4 digs, 1.5 blocks) and Yolanda Garcia (4 blocks) all finished with four kills.

Catherine Silva tallied 15 assists and seven digs. Kelly Landin finished with 10 digs and Sierra Sandoval made nine.

Each 29-4A team has just two remaining games, but there still could be plenty of jockeying for position in the time remaining.

Floresville plays at Medina Valley Friday, then plays host to Harlandale to conclude the regular season at 6 p.m. next Tuesday.

Harlandale will play host to Southside (6-25, 2-10) at 6 p.m. Friday.

Jefferson d. Brackenridge

The Mustangs (22-10, 10-4) wrested third place in District 28-4A away from Brackenridge (13-24, 9-5) Tuesday at Jefferson. The host team split the first two games with the Eagles, but pulled away over the last two for the victory.

Jefferson won Game 1 26-24, but Brackenridge recovered to take the second game, 25-23. The Mustangs put the match away by winning 25-15 and 25-19.

The Mustangs were led by junior Gabby Vasquez with 20 digs, nine kills and three aces. Melanie Sheppard slammed seven blocks. Courtney Garcia finished with 17 assists.

Brackenridge received 15 kills from Jolicia Shelton-Brown and 32 assists from Miranda Flores. Kathy Sifuentes produced 27 digs. Ana DeLeon made two blocks. Skyler Reyna contributed two aces.

Southside d, Memorial

The Cardinals (6-25, 2-10) outlasted Memorial (11-24, 2-10) for a 25-22, 25-12, 22-25, 21-25, 15-13 win at Southside Tuesday. The win forced a three-way tie for sixth place in District 29-4A between the two teams and Kennedy (7-22, 2-10).

Southside had three players with 10 or more kills and four with double-digit digs.

Ariana Cisneros led the Cardinals with 18 digs, 17 assists, 12 kills and seven aces. Alyssa Gallardo dealt 21 assists, made 16 digs and served five aces. Amber Munoz provided 13 kills and 10 digs. Cristina Guerra finished with 10 kills and two aces.

Defensively, Selena Raudales recorded 15 digs, Lisa Casarez added six and Briana Martinez had five.

The Minutemen received an outstanding game from Miranda Puente, featuring 14 blocks, nine kills and three aces. Larissa Lopez also served three aces. Bridget Gomez distributed 19 assists.

Edison d. Burbank

The Golden Bears (12-24, 8-6) swept Burbank (8-23, 3-11) 26-24, 25-22, 25-16 in a District 28-4A match Tuesday at Burbank.

Senior Karen Guerrero led Edison with 15 kills. Marissa Cortinas was credited with 18 assists. Joanna Benavidez hustled for nine digs. Liann Mayen and Destiny McCarty added 1.5 blocks apiece.

Senior Jenna Villanueva had team highs of nine blocks and nine kills for Burbank. Alejandra Martinez supplied 17 digs. Bekah Valma added 12 assists.

Steele d. East Central

Host Steele (24-15, 8-0) defeated the Hornets (19-15, 6-2) in a battle for first place Tuesday in Cibolo. The Knights won 29-27, 27-25, 19-25, 25-22 in a long District 28-5A match.

East Central was led by Nichole West with 16 kills, 13 digs and 1.5 blocks. Madison Simon added 14 kills and 14 digs. Brandi Campos led the Hornets with 41 digs. Dani Alvarez provided 26 assists and Alex Pena dished 14. Lindsey Lubianski added six blocks. 

Pleasanton d. Sam Houston

The Eagles (20-11, 5-3) broke a third-place tie in District 28-3A by defeating Sam Houston (20-12, 4-4) 25-15, 25-13, 25-16 Tuesday in Pleasanton.

Tashonna Williams led the Hurricanes with 12 digs and two blocks. Karisma Mitchell added 11 kills. Tiria Mackey provided 11 assists. Kanika Evans served two aces.

WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL REPORT: Edison clinging to slim playoff hopes in 28-4A

East Central, Highlands qualify for playoffs; nine potential qualifiers remain

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, East Central, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Lanier, Memorial, Providence, Southwest, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

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Edison is hoping to boldly go to the destination two other area teams reached last Friday. After splitting a pair of matches last week, though, that may require winning each of their last three remaining contests – a tall order indeed.

The fifth-place Golden Bears (11-24, 7-6) kept themselves on course for the playoffs Oct. 15 with a  25-7, 25-15, 25-7 District 28-4A win at Lanier (8-22, 5-9). However, their mission became a little more arduous last Friday when they lost 25-23, 25-16, 27-25 to Jefferson (21-10, 9-4), which shares third place with Brackenridge (13-23, 9-4).

“One game at a time,” third-year Edison coach Maricela Quesada said. “We have to just focus on that and keep winning. We have to take it one game at a time.”

East Central (19-14, 6-1) and Highlands (19-19, 12-2) became the first two area teams to clinch playoff berths last Friday.

Edison is one of nine playoff hopefuls that hope to make the cut by the end of the regular season next Tuesday. The others are Brackenridge, Harlandale (21-10, 7-3), Holy Cross (27-11, 5-4), Jefferson, McCollum (10-11, 5-6), Providence (12-18, 4-6), Sam Houston (20-11, 4-3) and Southwest (14-23, 3-4).

Jefferson was led by 12 kills and seven digs from Courtney Garcia. Melanie Sheppard recorded seven blocks. Selena Garcia distributed 12 assists.

The Golden Bears received 10 kills from senior Karen Guerrero and 20 digs from Juanita Gomez. Freshman Marissa Cortinas dealt 15 assists. Kalani Wood made four blocks.

“We’ve been working a lot on defense,” Quesada said. “To me, defense wins games. I only had two returning seniors, so we’ve improved a lot since the beginning of the year.”

Against Lanier, Gomez led the Golden Bears’ defense with nine digs. Cortinas supplied 14 assists and five kills. Guerrero contributed nine kills, seven digs and three aces. Lauren Gutierrez added nine assists.

“I feel like we started really, really strong,” Guerrero said. “Everybody was really on their game. Everybody was contributing. We were really focused on what we had to do.”

Injury-plagued Lanier, which was eliminated from playoff consideration, was led by three blocks from LeeAnna Martinez. Sarah Chavez chipped in with four digs and three assists.

The Golden Bears were scheduled to play Burbank (8-22, 3-10) Tuesday. Friday, they’ll play host to district-leading and state-ranked Brennan (31-4, 13-0) in a 7:30 p.m. match. Edison will close its 28-4A season next Tuesday at Fox Tech (10-31, 2-2).

Highlands d. YWLA

Second-place Highlands won its fourth-consecutive match last Friday defeating Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-29, 0-12) 35-26, 25-6, 25-16 at Lanier and qualifying for the playoffs out of 28-4A in the process.

The Owls had defeated Brackenridge 25-16, 25-20, 14-25, 22-25,15-8 Oct. 15 at Highlands.

Against YWLA, Jenna Thompson led the way with six kills and three aces. Bryten Mitchan also recorded six kills. Analisa Garza distributed 16 assists. Jessica Alvarez added 12 digs.

YWLA was led by Sabrina Cantu with seven kills and two blocks. Alejandra Ramirez made 13 digs. Karease Williams dealt nine assists.

East Central d. Southwest

The second-place Hornets swept fourth-place Southwest for the second time this season 25-12, 25-13, 25-17 to clinch a playoff spot in District 28-5A last Friday.

Kaylin Mills served a whopping 12 aces to lead East Central. Madison Simon contributed eight digs and eight kills. Brandi Campos produced a team-high 17 digs. Alex Pena was the assist leader with 16.

Leaders for Southwest were senior Elizabeth Phillips with 23 digs, senior Kamerie Vidales with 12 kills and Yasmin Garcia with 15 assists.

East Central also defeated Corpus Christi Carroll (16-13, 4-3) 28-26, 25-19, 25-15 Oct. 15 in Corpus Christi.

Jefferson d. Edison

The Mustangs (21-10, 9-4) kept pace with Brackenridge (13-23, 9-4) to remain in a third-place tie in District 28-4A. Jefferson defeated fifth-place Edison (11-24, 7-6) 25-23, 25-16, 27-25 to Jefferson (21-10, 9-4), which shares third place with Brackenridge .

Jefferson was led by 12 kills and seven digs from Courtney Garcia in its second win over Edison this season. Melanie Sheppard recorded seven blocks. Selena Garcia distributed 12 assists. Gabby Vasquez and Melanie Ybarra each served two aces.

The Golden Bears received 10 kills from senior Karen Guerrero and 20 digs from Juanita Gomez. Freshman Marissa Cortinas dealt 15 assists. Kalani Wood made four blocks.

Harlandale d. Memorial

The Indians (22-10, 8-3) maintained a tie for third-place by winning a District 29-4A match 25-8, 25-18, 25-23 over Memorial (11-23, 2-9) Friday at Edgewood Gym.

Harlandale received eight kills from Katie Neira. Erika Arredondo each served five aces. Catherine Silva and Alicia Garcia each contributed five digs. Madeline Mendez made three blocks.

Memorial senior Jatziry Duarte recorded five digs. Sophomore Mirande Puente had team highs of four kills and three blocks.

Holy Cross d. Corpus Christi Incarnate Word

The Knights (27-11, 5-4) won a hard-fought TAPPS District 3-4A match against Corpus Christi Incarnate Word. They lost the first game 25-12, but came back to win 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 Thursday.

Mallory Ozuna distributed 32 assists and served three aces. Erin Torralva also served three aces. Victoria Gonzalez and Anna Zuniga each made three blocks. Gonzalez also finished with 10 kills.

Senior Julia Ibarra led the Knights with 25 digs and Daisy Flores added 12. Freshman Henrianna Ibarra notched eight kills.

Providence d. Laredo St. Augustine

The Provets (12-19, 4-7) swept Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 25-14, 25-17, 25-20 in a TAPPS District 2-5A match Saturday at Providence.

Sabrina Casares and Logan Glick each supplied 13 assists. kills. Senor Davion Turella made four blocks. Juliet Alanis and Gabby Mitchell each served four aces. Alanis also recorded eight digs.

Sam Houston d. Hawkins

The Hurricanes (20-11, 4-3) moved into a third-place tie with Pleasanton, whom they play Tuesday, by  defeating Hawkins (0-7 in district) 25-15, 25-14, 25-12 Friday at Hawkins in 28-3A match.

Karisma Mitchell led Sam Houston with six kills and six aces. Chardonnay Green chipped in with six digs. Rita Davis dealt 16 assists.

Brackenridge d. Lanier

The Eagles (13-23, 9-4) defeated the Voks (8-22, 5-9) 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 last Friday at Brackenridge.

Jolicia Shelton-Brown led the Eagles with 13 kills and eight digs. Darlene Jackson contributed nine kills,11 digs and two blocks. Miranda Flores distributed 26 assists and made seven digs. Kathy Sifuentes provided 13 digs and Dominique Ramirez added seven. Jacklynn Nevarez made nine digs and served three aces. Sophomore Skyler Reyna added four kills and four digs.

Lanier statistics were not available.

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (Oct. 20-26)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Matches of Oct. 20-26

Tuesday’s results

District 28-5A

Southwest (15-23, 4-4) 3, Corpus Christi Carroll (16-14, 4-4) 1 (14-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-14)

Steele (24-15, 8-0) 3, East Central (19-15, 6-2) 1 (14-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-14)

Corpus Christi King (13-17, 2-6) 3, South San (12-17, 0-8) 1 (25-14, 25-27, 25-20, 25-23)

District 28-4A

Jefferson (22-10, 10-4) 3, Brackenridge (13-24, 9-5) 1 (26-24, 23-25, 25-15, 25-19)

Edison (11-24, 7-6) 3, Burbank (8-22, 3-10) (26-24, 25-22, 25-16)  

Brennan (32-3, 14-0) 3, Fox Tech (10-32, 2-13) 0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-10)

Lanier (9-22, 6-9) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-30, 0-13) 0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-22)

District 29-4A

Floresville (23-15, 10-2) 3, McCollum (10-22, 5-7) 0 (25-20, 25-22, 26-24)

Harlandale (23-10, 9-3) 3, Medina Valley (21-17, 9-3) 0 (25-20, 25-22, 26-24)

Southside (6-25, 2-10) 3, Memorial (11-24, 2-10) (25-22, 25-12, 222-25, 21-25, 15-13)

Uvalde (20-18, 9-3) 3, Kennedy (7-22, 2-10) 0 (25-7, 25-13, 26-14)

District 28-3A

Somerset (20-8 ???, 6-2) 3, Hawkins (4-20 ???, 0-8) 0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-4)

LaVernia (22-16, 8-0) 3, Poteet (2-21, 1-7) 0 (25-6, 25-6, 25-7)

Pleasanton (19-11, 4-3) 3, Sam Houston (20-12, 4-4) 0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-16)

TAPPS District 2-5A

Austin St. Michael’s (16-10, 7-5???) 3, Providence (12-20, 4-8) 0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-11)

Wednesday’s results

TAPPS District 2-5A

Incarnate Word (23-9, 11-1) 3, Corpus Christi John Paul II (???) 0 (25-6, 25-4, 25-12)

Friday’s results

District 28-5A

Steele (25-15, 9-0) 3, Corpus Christi Carroll (16-15, 4-5) 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-23)

East Central (20-15, 7-2) 3, South San (12-18, 0-9) 0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-19)

Southwest (16-23, 5-4) 3, Corpus Christi King (13-18, 2-7) 1 (25-23, 14-25, 25-16, 25-20)

District 28-4A

Brennan (33-3, 15-0) 3, Edison (11-25, 8-7) 0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-12)

Brackenridge (14-24, 10-5) 3, Burbank (8-24, 3-12) 0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-18)

Jefferson (23-10, 11-4) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-32, 0-15) 0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-6)

Highlands (20-19, 13-2) 3, Lanier (9-23, 6-10) 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-10)

District 29-4A

Medina Valley (22-17, 10-3) 3, Floresville (23-16, 10-3) 2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-13)

McCollum (11-22, 6-7) 3, Kennedy (7-23, 2-11) 1 (22-25, 25-14, 25-11, 25-18)

Uvalde (21-18, 10-3) 3, Memorial (11-25, 2-11) 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-12)

Harlandale (24-10, 10-3) 3, Southside (6-26, 2-11) 0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-17)

District 28-3A

LaVernia (23-16, 9-0) 3, Hawkins (4-21 ???, 0-9) 0  (25-1, 25-10, 25-3)

Pleasanton (21-11, 6-3) 3, Poteet (2-22 ???, 1-8) 0  (25-8, 25-6, 25-10)

Somerset (21-8 ???, 7-2) 3, Sam Houston (20-13, 4-5) 0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-12)

FOOTBALL: Second-half spurt lifts Highlands to 41-22 win over Jefferson

Mustangs forge halftime tie, but Owls pulled away to end three-game losing streak

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The second half of games had been a problem for Highlands, before Friday. During the Owls’ three-game losing streak, they had difficulty scoring after halftime and watched opponents pull away.

There was a reversal of roles  at the SAISD Sports Complex. Highlands (3-4, 1-2) came out out of the locker room in the District 28-4A game like a team on a mission.

Unlike earlier games against Burbank and Central Catholic, the Owls did their best work after halftime. They ended a three-game losing streak and kept their chances to make a second-consecutive trip to the playoffs. Highlands scored three unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away from fired-up Jefferson (0-8, 0-4) for a 41-22.

“We just tried to take away a win,” Highlands junior back Quindon Boston said. “It’s something we needed to do as a team. We did what we wanted to do tonight.”

The Mustangs were on a quest for their first win and it seemed more than possible at halftime, with the teams locked in a 14-14 tie.

Highlands capitalized on Jefferson’s difficulty with the center snap just 12 seconds into the second half. Defensive lineman Henry Rodriguez charged to hurry Jefferson quarterback Weston Redding as he tried to corral the football and Owls defensive back Malik Johnson picked it up for an 18-yard touchdown.

“I was downfield covering (D’Andre Melton) and I looked at the quarterback,” Johnson said. “I could see him bobble the ball. I could see henry Rodriguez hit him, so I scooped up the ball and ran for a touchdown.”

Following a Mustangs punt, Boston (100 yards, 21 carries) got through the line, cut back and was off on a 50-yard scoring run. In two minutes and one second, Highlands had built a 28-14 lead it never surrendered.

“I just followed my offensive line,” Boston said. “I just told my offensive line, give me some holes and I’ll get there. I’ll get them a touchdown. I just saw a chance to cut back. I saw that the linebacker was pursuing kind of slow, so I cut back.”

The two-touchdown advantage was a welcome infusion for a team that had struggled to find its identity after its quarterback Jordan DeLuna incurred a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury Sept. 26 against Burbank.

“When Jordan went down, we lost our momentum. We couldn’t pass as much,” Highlands coach Bert Lopez said. “But our running backs have stepped up and our offensive line has stepped up as well. Quindon made some good runs and (De-Morriay) Richardson did as well.”

A 20-yard run from Richardson added seven points to the Owls’ lead. Jefferson ended Highlands’ scoring run with a two-yard touchdown run from backup quarterback Brian Febus with 3:26 left in the game. Febus also threw to Jessi Brito for a two-point conversion that brought Jefferson within 35-22.

Junior John Cervantes, who split Highlands’ quarterbacking duties with Elijah Garces, tacked on the Owls’ final touchdown with a 32-yard interception return with 26 seconds to play.

“We needed this win,” Lopez said. “The seniors deserved it. We’re not really a 3-4 team. It showed a lot that we were able to come back and win, with Jordan still out. The kids have been working hard and we have good coaches.”

Highlands took a 7-0 lead on a 12-yard run from Boston. The drive covered 22 yards in two plays after Boston returned the opening kickoff 63 yards.

The junior has grown into the job as Highlands’ featured back as the season progressed. He has rushed for 189 yards in the last two games.

“I’ve just gotten more and more comfortable with it,” Boston said. “My team just gives me the ball and I put my faith in my offensive line to open the holes for me. We believe. We’re growing as a team.”

The Owls extended their lead to 14-0 with 1:59 left in the first quarter when Garces threw a 16-yard pass to Richardson. The senior quarterback also plays linebacker, just like Cervantes starts in the secondary, so Lopez said he wasn’t sure if the timeshare arrangement would continue in future games.

“Elijah was older, being a senior and he was always the backup,” Lopez said. “But it’s an adjustment, because we rely on him a lot at the linebacker position. We have to keep him healthy. John plays in the secondary, but he doesn’t play there as often as Elijah does at linebacker.

“It’s still a work in progress, but they’ve overcome a lot. They made a lot of turnovers when they first replaced Jordan, but they’re not doing that anymore.”

A 38-yard kickoff return from junior Drew Lopez set up Jefferson’s first touchdown. Redding (13 of 19, 123 yards) threw a 24-yard pass to Febus for the score with eight seconds to play in the quarter. It was just the fifth reception and first for a touchdown for Febus, whose role has been expanding throughout the season.

Jefferson tied the score with a 41-yard, six-play drive that ended 50 seconds before halftime. The Mustangs’ featured back Jesse Flores (125 yards, 21 attempts) scored on a six-yard run. Redding completed three passes for 30 yards to pave the way to the end zone.

“They have a lot of talent,” Lopez said. “They’re getting better as the year goes on. The numbers for Redding in passing are way up there. (D’Andre) Melton is a great receiver, although we were able to hold him down today.

“I think we contained (Flores) as well. He’s the No. 1 rusher in the district. Having two weeks to prepare helped. Getting our legs underneath us, that really helped.”

 

VOLLEYBALL: Area playoff picture (thru Oct. 25)

Volleyball playoff qualifiers

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

Through Oct. 26

ALREADY QUALIFIED: Brackenridge (14-24, 10-5), East Central (19-15, 6-2), Harlandale (23-10, 9-3), Highlands (19-19, 12-2), Holy Cross (27-10, 6-3), Jefferson (23-10, 11-4), Providence (12-20, 4-8), Sam Houston (20-12, 4-4), Southwest (16-23, 5-4).

FOOTBALL: Week 8 results (complete)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

WEEK 8 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 24-26)

Thursday’s results

FOOTBALL

District 29-4A

 Harlandale (7-1, 4-1) 21, Southside (0-8, 0-5) 14

Friday’s results

FOOTBALL

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi King (3-5, 1-2) 33,  South San (2-6, 0-3) 14

Corpus Christi Carroll (3-5, 2-1) 42, Southwest (4-4, 2-1) 35

Steele (7-1, 3-0) 38, East Central (3-5, 1-2) 10

District 28-4A

Brennan (9-0, 5-0) 64, Highlands (3-5, 1-3) 0

Lanier (3-5, 3-1) 35, Edison (3-5, 1-3) 14

District 29-4A

Floresville (6-2, 4-1) 14, Medina Valley (5-3, 3-2) 7

 Uvalde (5-3, 4-1) 46, Memorial (3-5, 1-4) 13

Kennedy (6-2, 3-2) 14, McCollum (3-5, 1-4) 10

District 28-3A

LaVernia (7-1, 2-0) 70, Poteet (1-8, 0-3) 0

Pleasanton (8-1, 2-1) 50, Sam Houston (1-7, 0-2) 36

TAPPS District 2-I

Central Catholic (4-4, 2-1) 48, Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-8, 0-3) 0

Antonian (7-1, 3-0) 54, St. Anthony (2-6, 0-3) 13

TAPPS District 3-II

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (8-0, 5-0) 27, Austin Regents (7-1, 4-1) 24

TMI (5-3, 2-3) 53, Cornerstone Christian (2-6, 0-5) 14

Holy Cross (5-3, 4-1) 35, Victoria St. Joseph (1-7, 1-4) 0

San Antonio Christian (4-4, 3-2) 42, San Marcos Academy (1-7, 1-4) 0

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (5-3, 3-1) 26, Burbank (3-6, 2-3) 21

TAPPS District 2-I

Austin St. Michael’s (5-2, 3-0) 48, Brownsville St. Joseph (4-4, 1-2) 21

FOOTBALL: 2013 Master schedule updated (weeks 9-10)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

WEEK 9 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi Carroll (3-5, 2-1) vs. Steele (7-1, 3-0) at Robert Lehnhoff Stadium, Schertz, 7:30 p.m.

East Central (3-5, 1-2) at South San (2-6, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest (4-4, 2-1) vs. Corpus Christi King (3-5, 1-2) at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-4A

Lanier (3-5, 3-1) vs. Brackenridge (5-3, 3-1) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-4A

Harlandale (7-1, 4-1) at Uvalde (5-3, 4-1), 7 p.m.

Kennedy (6-2, 3-2) at Floresville (6-2, 4-1), 7 p.m.

Medina Valley (5-3, 3-2) vs. Memorial (3-5, 1-4) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Southside (0-8, 0-5) vs. McCollum (3-5, 1-4) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

District 28-3A

LaVernia (7-1, 2-0) vs. Sam Houston (1-7, 0-2) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Pleasanton (8-1, 2-1) at Somerset (6-1, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Central Catholic (4-4, 2-1) at Antonian (7-1, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

TMI (5-3, 2-3) at San Marcos Academy (1-7, 1-4), 7:30 p.m.

Victoria St. Joseph (1-7, 1-4) at Austin Hyde Park Baptist (8-0, 5-0), 7:30 p.m.

Austin Regents (7-1, 4-1) at San Antonio Christian (4-4, 3-2), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Jefferson (0-8, 0-4) vs. Brennan (9-0, 5-0) at Farris Stadium, 7 p.m.

Highlands (3-5, 1-3) vs. Edison (3-5, 1-3) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Austin St. Michael’s (5-2, 3-0) vs. St. Anthony (2-6, 0-3) at Incarnate Word University, 7:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-8, 0-3) at Brownsville St. Joseph (4-4, 1-2), 3 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

Cornerstone Christian (2-6, 0-5) vs. Holy Cross (5-3, 4-1) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

WEEK 10 SCHEDULE

(Nov. 7-9)

Friday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi King at East Central , 7:30 p.m.

South San vs. Corpus Christi Carroll at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

Steele at Southwest, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-4A

Brackenridge vs. Highlands at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-4A

Floresville at Southside, 7 p.m.

McCollum vs. Harlandale at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Memorial vs. Kennedy at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Uvalde at Medina Valley, 7 p.m.

District 28-3A

Sam Houston at Poteet, 7:30 p.m.

Somerset at LaVernia, 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 2-I

Central Catholic at Brownsville St. Joseph, 6 p.m.

Antonian at Austin St. Michael’s, 7:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi John Paul II vs. St. Anthony at Incarnate Word University, 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS District 3-II

Holy Cross at Austin Hyde Park Baptist, 7:30 p.m.

San Marcos Academy at Victoria St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m.

TMI at Austin Regents, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

District 28-4A

Burbank vs. Lanier at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Edison vs. Jefferson at University of the Incarnate Word, 8 p.m.