FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Ramon sets tone for Harlandale in win over Lanier

DeLuna throws for 312 yards, but Owls fall to Uvalde

TEAMS INCLUDED: Harlandale, Highlands, Lanier.

Harlandale senior quarterback Brandon Ramon ran for two touchdowns and passed for one, leading the Indians (2-0) to a 28-19 win over Lanier Saturday at the SAISD Complex.

Lanier (0-2) took a 7-0 lead with 5:20 remaining in the first quarter on a pass from Nick Garcia (18 of 27, 206 yards) to Rodrigo Garcia (8 receptions, 94 yards). Ramon tallied the equalizer for Harlandale little more than three minutes later with a one-yard touchdown run.

The Indians gained the lead on a 37-yard pass from Ramon (10 of 24, 205 yards) to Nick Perez. Harlandale led 13-7 with 7:08 remaining until halftime. It was Perez’s only reception of the evening.

Harlandale increased its lead to 28-7 early in the fourth quarter with a pair of rushing touchdowns. Nick Martinez (81 yards, 7 carries) ran eight yards for the Indians’ third score. Ramon scored on a one-yard plunge.

The Voks closed the gap with a pair of late touchdowns. Nick Garcia connected with Steven Horton on a 10-yard pass play and Julian Castillo (50 yards) reached the end zone on a two-yard run.

James Mendoza led the Indians with five catches for 123 yards. Joshua Esquivel made four catches for 52 yards for Lanier.

Uvalde 45, Highlands 28

The Coyotes (1-1) erased a Highlands lead with six unanswered touchdowns Saturday at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex.

The Owls (1-1) scored their first two touchdowns on a pair of scoring passes from veteran quarterback Jordan DeLuna (21 of 43, 312 yards). The senior hit D’Quan Todd (45 rushing yards, 32 receiving yards) with an 11-yard strike 50 seconds into the game. After a Uvalde touchdown, Richard Santos was on the receiving end of a 20-yard pass play early in the second quarter.

Uvalde tied the game 14-14 with 8:20 until halftime on a nine-yard run from Zach Sanchez. It was the second of four touchdowns for Sanchez (13 carries, 101 yards).

Marco Blanco (177 yards, 28 attempts) and Sanchez each added rushing touchdowns before halftime, giving the Coyotes a 28-14 lead.

Malik Johnson accounted for Highlands’ final touchdown with a seven-yard reception from DeLuna with 10:40 remaining in the game.

Xavier Long led the Owls with seven catches for 112 yards. Sabian Santos made three receptions for 52 yards. Uvalde’s Jerry Almaraz threw for 175 yards. The Coyotes outgained Highlands 576-400 in total yards.

It was Highlands’ only appearance at Wheatley Heights this year.

FOOTBALL: Week 1 results (complete)

WEEK 1 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 5-7)

Thursday’s results

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Burbank (1-1) 34, Pearsall (0-2) 6

Friday’s results

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Carrizo Springs (2-0) 37, Edison (0-2) 28

East Central (2-0) 46, Marshall (0-2) 23

Floresville (1-1) 26, Brackenridge (1-1) 21

Antonian (1-1) 42, Holy Cross (1-1) 19

Fredricksburg (1-1) 57, Memorial (1-1) 14

Pleasanton (2-0) 53, Jefferson (0-2) 28

Sam Houston (1-1) 45, Southside (0-2) 29

McCollum (2-0) 14, South San (0-2) 5

Southwest (1-1) 48, Central Catholic (0-2) 27

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Harlandale (2-0) 28, Lanier (0-2) 19

Uvalde (1-1) 48, Highlands (1-1) 21

FOOTBALL: Week 1 results (complete)

 

WEEK 1 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 5-7)

Thursday’s results

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Burbank (1-1) 34, Pearsall (0-2) 6

Friday’s results

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Carrizo Springs (2-0) 37, Edison (0-2) 28

East Central (2-0) 46, Marshall (0-2) 23

Floresville (1-1) 26, Brackenridge (1-1) 21

Antonian (1-1) 42, Holy Cross (1-1) 19

Fredricksburg (1-1) 57, Memorial (1-1) 14

Pleasanton (2-0) 53, Jefferson (0-2) 28

Sam Houston (1-1) 45, Southside (0-2) 29

McCollum (2-0) 14, South San (0-2) 5

Southwest (1-1) 48, Central Catholic (0-2) 27

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Harlandale (2-0) 28, Lanier (0-2) 19

Uvalde (1-1) 48, Highlands (1-1) 21

SAN ANTONIO SOUTH SIDE SPORTS

WEEK 1 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 5-7)

Thursday’s results

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Burbank (1-1) 34, Pearsall (0-2) 6

Friday’s results

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Carrizo Springs (2-0) 37, Edison (0-2) 28

East Central (2-0) 46, Marshall (0-2) 23

Floresville (1-1) 26,Brackenridge (1-1) 21

Antonian (1-1) 42, Holy Cross (1-1) 19

Fredricksburg (1-1) 57, Memorial (1-1) 14

Pleasanton (2-0) 53, Jefferson (0-2) 28

Sam Houston (1-1) 45, Southside (0-2) 29

McCollum (2-0) 14, South San (0-2) 5

Southwest (1-1) 48, Central Catholic (0-2) 27

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Harlandale (1-0) vs.Lanier (0-1) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Uvalde (0-1) vs.Highlands (1-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

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FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Riggs carries Southwest to big win over Buttons

Defense keeps McCollum undefeated under Hinojosa with win over South San

 

Teams included: Brackenridge, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, McCollum, South San, Southwest.

 

A new standout running back may have been uncovered at Southwest.

Reilly Riggs ran for 116 yards on nine carries and caught a 32-yard touchdown pass, leading the Dragons (1-1) to a stunning 48-27 victory Friday at Central Catholic’s Bob Benson Stadium.

Central Catholic (0-2) struck first, scoring on a 30-yard pass from Josh Godfrey to Joseph Nava (86 rushing yards, 84 passing yards). The Dragons scored the next 28 points.

Senior Bryan Donnell (53 yards, 8 carries) ran for five yards and Jonathan Cruz (51 yards, 6 carries) went 25 for rushing touchdowns that gave Southwest a 14-7 edge. Quarterback Bowen Crisp (5 of 8, 113 yards) then threw 41 yards to Jaedon Johnson and 32 yards to Riggs to complete the first-half scoring.

The Buttons’ Noah Eppinger scored on a 52-yard fumble return, cutting Southwest’s lead to 28-12. Riggs put the game out of reach with a 60-yard run at the 6:06 mark of the third quarter.

On the Dragons’ next possession, Tyrone Middleton (49 yards, 7 carries) broke away for a 38-yarder that made it 41-12.

Will Barr (3 receptions, 44 yards) scored on a 34-yard reception and Ray Cortez (4 receptions, 34 yards) caught an 10-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Nava threw for both scores.

Alex Quesada returned a kickoff 86 yards for Southwest’s last touchdown.

McCollum 14, South San 5

The Cowboys improved to 2-0 under new coach Juan Hinojosa, having allowed just five points in their first two games.

McCollum’s defense limited South San (0-2) to 101 total yards, including 56 yards on 30 rushing attempts. The Cowboys gained 203 yards.

South San took a 3-0 lead on Alvaro Lira’s 25-yard field goal, 8:56 before halftime. However, McCollum sophomore Mike Ramirez scored twice before the half ended.

Ramirez (3 receptions, 100 yards) caught a 31-yard pass from junior Ralph Vidal (128 passing yards, 67 rushing yards) with 2:48 until halftime. Ramirez counted a 13-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds on the clock.

A Bobcats safety in the third quarter was the only score of the second half.

Christian Morales ran 14 times for South San, gaining 75 yards.

East Central 46, Marshall 23

The Hornets (2-0) also remained unbeaten under its new coach. East Central alum Clint Hartman won his second game as Jeremy Jones passed for three touchdowns and Javion Polk ran for three more.

Jones (12 of 26, 217 yards) threw 38 yards to Dallas Polasek and 24 yards to Wanya Ward (60 yards, 2 receptions) for the game’s first two touchdowns. Polk (79 rushing yards, 62 reception yards) added one- and seven-yard scoring runs, then caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Jones in the first half.

Dennis Chavez contributed a 44-yard field goal as East Central romped to a 37-0 halftime lead.

Another rushing touchdown and a EC safety increased the Hornets’ lead to 44 points. Then Marshall (0-2) completed the scoring with 23 points in 17 minutes.

East Central outgained the Rams 357-161.

Carrizo Springs 37, Edison 28

A 42-yard run from Jonathon Hernandez and a three-yard run from Andres Aguilar staked Edison (0-2) to a 14-0 lead, but Carrizo Springs scored 24 unanswered points and never trailed again Friday at the SAISD Complex.

Hernandez, who ran for 163 yards and passed for 110, scored on the long run 22 seconds into the game, raising hopes for an upset. But Jthe Wildcats’ Jesse Rodriguez and Freddie Longoria (142 yards, 15 carries) each scored two touchdowns to wrest the lead away from the Golden Bears.

Carrizo Springs (2-0) ran for 393 yards.

Edison scored the last eight points, on a 31-yard run from Aguilar (104 yards, 20 carries) and a safety. David Sanchez made two receptions for 47 yards for the Golden Bears.

Floresville 26, Brackenridge 21

Brackenridge senior quarterback Ramon Richards scored three touchdowns, including one on a 22-yard run that put the Eagles (1-1) ahead by a point with 2:15 left in the third quarter in a non-district game Friday at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, Floresville (1-1) notched the winning score with 6:22 remaining in the final quarter when Kyle Bippert hauled in a six-yard pass from Koby Wilkerson. Gilbert Ortiz ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers.

Richards (132 yards, 14 carries) also scored on runs of four and three yards. He also completed 10 of 18 passes for 146 yards.

FOOTBALL: Mack makes mark with Sam Houston in 45-29 win at Southside, which ends Hurricanes’ 12-game streak

Cardinals’ Brandon Herrera scores twice on returns

HERE’S A LINK TO THIS STORY ON THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/community/southside/news/article/Strong-Sam-Houston-breaks-losing-streak-4799695.php

Southwest transfer Erin Mack ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, leading Sam Houston to a 45-29 win Friday at Southside Stadium.

Mack transferred to Sam Houston at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Although it can be difficult to transfer to a new, unfamiliar school as a senior, Mack said he feels comfortable in his new surroundings.

“It’s been good,”Mack said. “I get along with all of the players. I really like it over here.”

In his second game with the Hurricanes (1-1), he’s already become a big part of their offense. Mack carried the ball 30 times in the non-district game. He scored the game’s first touchdown, helped Sam Houston build a 20-7 halftime lead and provided a two-touchdown lead midway through the third quarter.

The win ended a 12-game losing streak for the Hurricanes.

“We knew we had to come out strong,” Sam Houston senior running back-cornerback Tomaria Stringfellow said . “We don’t underestimate any team. They’ve got a good team. We had to come out and play with determination.”

Despite Mack’s heroics, Southside (0-2) closed within 32-29 with 5:32 remaining when junior Brandon Herrera scored his second special teams touchdown of the evening. Herrera blocked a punt and picked it out of the air for a 39-yard touchdown.

Herrera scored earlier on a long kickoff return.

“Brandon is probably our most consistent and has the most ability to make some big plays,” Southside coach Paul Haberer said. “We re looking to find ways to get him more involved offensively, but he has definitely given some great impact defensively and on special teams.”

The Cardinals narrowed the margin to three when quarterback Johnny Trevino (164 passing yards, 90 rushing yards) ran for the two-point conversion.

Sam Houston put the game away with two big plays.

“We definitely had our struggles offensively the first half,” Haberer said. “We needed to get our kids into a formation where we found some weaknesses and could have some success.

“We did a better job the second half . We just must eliminate the turnovers to be successful. When we become consistent, I think we can have some huge success.”

The Hurricanes scored on a 75-yard pass play from left-handed sophomore quarterback Raymonte Prime (9 of 19, 263 yards) to Taveon Jones (3 receptions, 134 yards). Jones made a nice cut to catch the ball on the Southside 35, spinning his defender around in the process and opening a clear path to the end zone.

“His poise was unbelievable for a sophomore,” Green said of Prime. “I think he’s still 15. I don’t think he’s 16 yet.”

Ahead 39-29, Sam Houston sealed Southside’s fate by producing two of Southside’s four interceptions. Donald Jackson returned the fourth 68 yards for an insurance touchdown with just 1:22 remaining.

“We working on everything,” Sam Houston coach Gary Green said with a smile, when asked about the team’s emphasis after losing 63-0 to Brackenridge in its opener.

“We have 17 sophomores on varsity. We’re still making a lot of mistakes, but our progress from last week to this week was very good.”

The Hurricanes overcame 13 penalties totalling 109 yards. Four of the Cardinals’ 15 first downs resulted from Sam Houston penalties.

Afterward, Green told his team that if it had eliminated mistakes it could have scored 20 more points.

“Sam’s running back and quarterback were big play threats,” Haberer said. “They did a good job of making things happen when it counted on third down. We, as a team, need to get better on big-play downs to be more successful.

Interceptions plagued Southside in a game whose kickoff was delayed 35 minutes by lightning. Stringfellow picked off a pass in the first quarter, setting up Mack’s first touchdown run.

“Our linebacker lined up wrong, so everybody was sort of out of position,” Stringfellow said. “I just watched the quarterback and reacted. I caught the ball and just ran with it.

“It felt great to get that ball, and then to get a touchdown, Our line did a great job. We came out excited and took over. We forgot that loss from last week.”

Mack scored from 13 yards out with 5:11 left in the quarter.

The Hurricanes’ first drive ended with an interception by Southside’s Alex Diaz, but Prime had stretched the defense with a pair of long completions.

“It gave us a lot more running room because they had to set up farther back,” Mack said. “They had to (respect) the pass, and that just opened up the run.”

Sam Houston rolled up 134 total yards and added two touchdowns to its lead in the second quarter.

“Defensively, we have to become to have the mindset to get off the field on third down,” Haberer said. “We did a good job on first and second, but made some mistakes that were costly on third down.”

Stringfellow scored the Hurricanes’ second touchdown, on a 14-yard sweep to the right side while Mack was taking a rest. The senior cornerback/running back capped a 76-yard, 10-play drive.

The victory ended a 12-game losing steak for Sam Houston.

“We knew we had to come out strong,” he said. “We don’t underestimate any team. They’ve got a good team. We had to come out and play with determination.”

Southside scored its first touchdown in response to Stringfellow’s score. Herrera picked up a loose ball on the ensuing kickoff and rambled 80 yards to the end zone to make it 13-7.

Sam Houston led by 13 at halftime after mounting another long drive. Mack scored on a three-yard run at the end of a 65-play march with 2:23 until the half.

Southside capitalized on a Hurricanes personal foul on the first drive of the second half. Cardinals junior receiver David Garza made a great belly-level catch on a deep curl route, ahead of a closing Sam Houston defender. The 37-yard pass on 3rd-and-9 from Trevino made it 20-14 with 9:54 left in the third period.

The Hurricanes responded with a 72-yard, eight-play scoring drive, culminating with a 24-yard run from Erin Mack on a third-down play. Mack’s third touchdown made it 26-14 with 6:55 left in the third quarter. On the drive, he gained 68 yards, doubling his total to 136 for the game at that stage.

“We always say don’t give up the big play defensively,” Haberer said, “end every possession offensively with a kick (field goal, extra point or punt) and win the special teams battle. I have seen us do this in glimpses but not consistent enough to win a game, I believe we will get there and get there soon.”

The Southside sophomore turned a quarterback draw into a 44-yard touchdown, keeping the Cardinals within striking range at 26-21 with a little less than 10 minutes to play. Trevino accounted for all of the Cardinals’ yardage on the drive. carried four times for 70 yards and passed four yards to Sergio Zuniga.

Sam Houston needed just four plays to pull itself out of danger yet again.

Mack raced 56 yards on the first play, then brought the Hurricanes to the 1. Sophomore fullback Xavier Morris (6-foot-2, 235 pounds) powered his way into the end zone for an 11-point lead with 7:43 left.

“He was just great,” Green said. “Our young guys needed to have some success. This was good for them.”

Sam Houston’s previous win was a 31-12 victory over Yoakum in the 2011 regular-season finale.

FOOTBALL: Week 1 previews

FRIDAY

Carrizo Springs (1-0) vs. Edison (0-1) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Veteran senior Andres Aguilar stepped up for Edison in Week 0 as both a featured back and receiver, but the Golden Bears will be gearing toward developing some reliable offensive company for him with an eye toward district season.

Carrizo Springs features Freddy Longoria, who rushed for 218 yards in the opener against Cotulla. The Wildcats gained 302 of their 452 total yards on the ground. After allowing Pleasanton to gain 555 yards last week, Edison will need to shore up its defense to prevent Carrizo Springs from controlling the ball and the clock. But the Wildcats aren’t one-dimensional. Quarterback Jesse Rodriguez threw for 151 yards and Angel Gonzalez reeled in two receptions for 90 yards.2012 score: Edison 44, Carrizo Springs 12.

East Central (1-0) vs. Marshall (0-1) at Farris Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

East Central concludes its tour of the Northside ISD with a trip to Farris Stadium to face Marshall, one of the surprise teams of 2012. Under new coach Clint Hartman, the expectation for the Hornets’ offense was an aerial display, but they were pretty balanced in the 21-14 win over Jay. Back Javion Polk emerged as the other half of a 1-2 punch with Jonathan Jackson. Now the expectation will be for more EC points on the board. The Rams also are under new leadership in first-year coach Tim Williams. Marshall back Dafida Jostin made a dazzling debut in the Rams’ 17-16 loss to Lee last week. Jostin ran for 177 yards. 2012 score: East Central 50 Marshall 0.

Floresville (0-1) vs. Brackenridge (1-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Brack returns to Wheatley Heights, the scene of Week O fireworks for the Eagles. They set the bar high for an expected test against always-solid Floresville. The Eagles averaged nearly nine yards per carry and 20 yards per catch in their opener against Sam Houston, so the Tigers defense will have its hands full with Ramon Richards and his crew. Floresville led after three quarters against Highlands, but lost on a last-second field goal  as the Owls scored the last 10 points. The Tigers’ defense gave up 319 yards to Highlands and will need to improve significantly to have a chance to beat Brack and it’s big-play capability. Floresville only averaged about two yards per rushing attempt in its opener and will face a defense that limited Sam Houston to fewer than 100 yards. 2012 score: Brackenridge 41, Floresville 14.

Fredricksburg (0-1) vs. Memorial (1-0) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Memorial did the things it needed to do to snap a losing streak last week. Despite returning home, the Minutemen will have a much greater task ahead against a Fredericksburg team that returns 19 starters from 2012. The Battlin Billies lost 40-27 to Burnet in their opener. Memorial, which also returned a bevy of 2012 starters, stayed fairly basic in their 31-14 win over Pearsall and should show more of their offense against the Billies. Fredericksburg has won all five games in the series to date. 2012 score: Fredericksburg 45, Memorial 12.

Holy Cross (1-0) at Antonian (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

A meeting between TAPPS District 3-II favorite Holy Cross and the 2-I favorite Antonian. Holy Cross won’t exactly catch a break after opening with a 21-14 win over Central Catholic. The Apaches will pose another tough test. Success for the Knights will start with ground game. Quarterback Cisco Flores and running back Greg Scott both ran for more than 100 yards last week, while Antonian gave up 299 rushing yards to Navarro in a 27-21 loss. Daniel Rosenfeld is a key player for Antonian, whether running or receiving the ball. 2012 score: Antonian 35, Holy Cross 6.

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

Both teams will be looking for growth from Game 1 to Game 2. Both offenses are capable of producing bigger numbers than they did in their openers. Both defenses could use some tightening. That should make for an intriguing contest at Southside. Watch for a more consistent performance from Southside sophomore quarterback Johnny Trevino. When the Hurricanes have the ball, watch who’s getting the snaps at quarterback, Raymonte Prime or Jvoni Badie-Jones. 2012 score: Southside 18, Sam Houston 12.

Southwest (0-1) at Central Catholic (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest has won all three games in the series and only one has been close. This should be the second, and don’t be surprised if the Buttons claim their first win.

Central Catholic had an encouraging start last week in a 21-14 loss to Holy Cross. Josh Godfrey has settled into the quarterback job and threw for 166 yards. Joseph Nava ran for 119. The Buttons biggest problem to overcome is commiting four turnovers to the Knights’ two.

Southwest musrtered little more than 200 total yards last week in a 42-14 loss to Laredo United, playing without running back Erin Mack. Mack gained 1,477 rushing yards last year and could make a big impact on the Dragons if he’s ready to go. 2012 score: Southwest 44, Central Catholic 7.

South San (0-1) vs. McCollum (1-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Both teams have looked stronger than their 2012 versions in their respective debuts last week, but McCollum was a revelation. The Cowboys limited Jefferson to 53 total yards while pitching a 35-0 shutout.

McCollum quarterback Ralph Vidal threw for 124 yards in Juan Hinojosa’s debut as Cowboys coach. Mike Ramirez ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns in his first start at running back. The Cowboys gained 352 total yards.

South San gained a respectable 242 total yards while Harlandale won 31-13 as Brandon Ramon threw for 215 yards. McCollum’s offense isn’t as potent as the Indians’, but the Bobcats will need to limit their turnovers. They commited four a week ago, including three interceptions.

The Bobcats picked up a huge win over McCollum last year and should be confident with a solid start behind them. The Cowboys have a 22-14-1 lead in the series, which dates to 1968. 2012 score: South San 21, McCollum 20.

Jefferson (0-1) at Pleasanton (1-0), 7 p.m.

Jefferson never got its offense rolling in a 35-0 loss to McCullom in Week 0. The Mustangs managed just 53 total yards. Quarterback Jacob Areval and running back Grant Jackson ran for o189 and 158 yards, respectively. The Eagles amassed 494 rushing yards in a 40-7 win over Edison. On paper, it looks like a mismatch, but Jefferson should have the ability to compete with Pleasanton. 2012 score: Pleasanton 27, Jefferson 6.

SATURDAY

Harlandale (1-0) vs. Lanier (0-1) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Harlandale was predictably tough in its opener last week and should be a handful for the Voks.

The Indians scored on both quick strikes and sustained drives in a 31-13 win over South San. Brandon Ramon threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Nick Martinez provided offensive balance with 150 rushing yards. Harlandale’s defense only allowed one touchdown until the Bobcats scored as time elapsed. Lanier gained 257 yards with a balanced attack, but only produced one touchdown in a 39-6 loss to Somerset. The Voks’ defense again will be under assault after Bulldogs quarterback Koy Detmer passed for 377 yards. The Voks haven’t won in the series since 1976, and the prognosis doesn’t look good for ending the Indians’ 10-game winning streak this year. 2012 score: Harlandale 58, Lanier 16.

Uvalde (0-1) vs. Highlands (1-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Highlands had a feel-good performance in its opening game against Floresville and will want to keep the goodwill flowing versus a team it beat handily last year. Uvalde, though, improved througout the year last year and is capable of making this a close game. Getting over the hump might be a challenge for the maturing Coyotes after losing a 21-20 decision to Eagle Pass Winn in Week 0. They ran for 259 yards, but passed for just 35 and were beaten by a more-potent running game. Winn gained 411 yards on the ground.

The Owls have a more balanced offense guided by third-year quarterback Jordan DeLuna. Their balance was admirable last week and they may be able to exploit Uvalde’s rush defense for bigger gains this week. Highlands will need to avoid a letdown and build on last week’s defensive effort. 2012 score: Highlands 55, Uvalde 19.

FOOTBALL: Burbank pounds Pearsall to end 13-game loss streak

Senior QB Sanchez rushes for 225 to lead Bulldogs 

Three long touchdown runs from Jeremy Sanchez propelled Burbank to a 34-6 non-district win over Pearsall Thursday.

Sanchez gained 225 yards on 10 carries while leading the offense to 319 total yards. Not to be outdone, Burbank’s defense limited the Mavericks to 219 yards and accounted for two touchdowns at the SAISD Complex as the Bulldogs brought a 13-game losing streak to a close.

The defense handed Burbank (2-0) a 7-0 lead with 4:33 remaining in the opening quarter when Andy Garcia dashed seven yards with a fumble return.

Little more than a minute later, Pearsall (0-2) had pulled within a point when quarterback T.J. Navarro ran 42 yards for the score. A two-point conversion pass attempt was unsuccessful, and Burbank did nothing but buind on its lead.

With 1:39 still to play in the first quarter, the Bulldogs broke the first of their big plays. Sanchez scored on a 68-yard keeper that made it 14-6 with Pedro Rodriguez’s extra-point kick.

Sanchez’s second touchdown run covered 51 yards with 9:38 until halftime. The 6-foot-3 senior only completed two passes for 27 yards, one week after throwing for 149 yards. Marcos Luna caught both passes.

Burbank didn’t need to take to the air much. Along with converted end Tru Bradford (45 yards) at running back, Sanchez helped the Bulldogs gained 292 yards on 33 rushing attempts.

A 64-yard interception return for touchdown from Joe Alvarado late in the third quarter preceded Sanchez’s last rushing touchdown. Sanchez ran 48 yards for the score 1:05 from the game’s end.

Burbank’s last previous win was Oct. 21, 2011, 39-6 over Memorial on the same field.

FOOTBALL: Week 1 previews

THURSDAY

Pearsall (0-1) vs. Burbank (0-1) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Memorial gave Minuteman coach Alex Guerra his first victory at the school by defeating Pearsall last week. Burbank has a chance to do the same for second-year coach Mark Perez Thursday, although the Mavericks won’t be willing victims in their second game under the direction of David Silva.

Establishing a ground game likely will be a top priority for the Bulldogs after Hays limited them to five rushing yards in their opener. On the other side of the coin, Pearsall ran for a respectable 237 yards against Memorial, and Burbank can’t afford to let the Mavericks control the ball if they hope to win.

Burbank senior quarterback Jeremy Sanchez showed promise in his first start. He threw for 149 yards and can give the Bulldogs a chance to stretch the field. It could be a big advantage. 2012 score: Pearsall 14, Burbank 6.

 

VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Harlandale slams Wagner to build on runner-up finish at SAISD

Lanier pulls out three-game win over Burbank in 28-4A

TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, East Central, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Lanier, Sam Houston, South San, Southside, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Harlandale (17-5) blasted Wagner (11-10) Tuesday in three games on the heels of an outstanding showing at the SAISD Tournament over the weekend.

The Indians won 26-24, 25-17, 25-19 over Wagner in a non-district match. Senior Cera Cerda led Harlandale with 15 kills.

Freshman Kianna Sandoval contributed 8 assists and eight digs. Sierra Sandoval made 16 digs. Sabrina Esparza chipped in with eight kills and eight digs. Catherine Silva added nine assists and seven digs. Madeline Mendez made five kills. Erika Arredondo led the Indians with three blocks.

Lanier d. Burbank

The Voks (4-13, 1-1)lost the first game, but fought their way through to secure a District28-4A victory Tuesday against Burbank at Lanier.

The Bulldogs (5-12, 0-2) defeated Lanier 26-24 in Game 1. The Voks collected a 25-19 decision in the second game and evened the match. They closed it out with hard-earned 26-24 and 27-25 wins.

LeeAnna Martinez had six kills and four blocks for Lanier. Sarah Chavez was credited with five assists and two aces. Elisa DeHoyos mustered nine digs, three aces and three blocks. Yulisa Beltran had five kills and two digs. Emily Huerta (8 digs) and Alejandra Mendoza made defensive contributions for Lanier.

For Burbank, Jenna Villanueva led the way with eight kills. Rebekah Valma dealt 10 assists. Adrianna Gutierrez served three aces. Antwanisha Riddle made four blocks. Adrianna Mendoza collected four digs.

Jefferson d. Sam Houston

The Mustangs (13-6) needed just three games to earn a non-district victory over tough SAISD rival Sam Houston (14-8) Tuesday.

Senior Gabby Vasquez turned in an outstanding match for Jefferson with 11 kills and 18 digs. Marissa Vargas used her vertical leap to make five blocks. Selena Garcia had 11 assists and served two aces.

Dionna Camino made 11 digs for Sam Houston. Tiaria Mackey smacked six kills. Rita Davis distributed seven assists. Tashonna Williams finished with two blocks and two aces. Tia Logan also made two blocks.

South San d. Southside

The Bobcats (10-6)n a 25-19, 25-19, 25-17 win over Southside (4-14) Tuesday behind 15 assists from Erica Jimenez at South San.

Angel Salazar made nine kills for South San. Senior Kimberly Tobias provided 10 digs. Giselle Mata served four aces. Kaitlin Serna had three blocks.

Southside statistics were not available.

East Central

The Hornets (11-10) defeated LaVernia (10-9) 25-16, 25-17, 23-25, 25-12 Tuesday in a non-district match.

Kaylin Mills dazzled for East Central with 18 digs, 17 assists and five service aces. Brittany Campos played her usual active defense, with 20 digs. Christi Crosper and Nichole West each put down five kills. Danny Alvarez provided 11 assists. Lindsey Lubianski was credited with two blocks.

Fox Tech d. YWLA

The Buffaloes (9-20, 1-1) notched their first 28-4A victory by defeating Young Women’s Leadership Academy 26-24, 25-18, 25-14 in a tight match at Jefferson.

Senior Elisabeth Crane made 16 kills and four blocks to lead Fox Tech. Adelind-Iris Sifuentes had a strong service game with six aces and Deanna Rodriguez added two. Ruby Chapa dealt 17 assists. Ruby Zavala made four digs.

For YWLA, Karesea Williams led with 14 assists. Clarissa Castro made seven kills.

Holy Cross

The Knights (17-5) stomped Hawkins Tuesday 25-9, 25-10, 25-6 at Holy Cross.

Stella Ramirez supplied 15 assists and nine aces for Holy Cross. Victoria Gonzalez also served nine aces and added six digs. Molly Ozuna also collected six digs. Megan Hernandez made two blocks.

FOOTBALL: Week 1 results

WEEK 1 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 5-7)

Thursday’s results

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Burbank (1-1) 34, Pearsall (0-2) 6

Friday’s results

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Carrizo Springs (2-0) 37, Edison (0-2) 28

East Central (2-0) 46, Marshall (0-2) 23

Floresville (1-1) 26, Brackenridge (1-1) 21

Antonian (1-1) 42, Holy Cross (1-1) 19

Fredricksburg (1-1) 57, Memorial (1-1) 14

Pleasanton (2-0) 53, Jefferson (0-2) 28

Sam Houston (1-1) 45, Southside (0-2) 29

McCollum (2-0) 14, South San (0-2) 5

Southwest (1-1) 48, Central Catholic (0-2) 27

Saturday’s games

FOOTBALL

Non-district

Harlandale (1-0) vs. Lanier (0-1) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Uvalde (0-1) vs. Highlands (1-0) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.