FRIDAY FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Orta’s three TDs lift Lanier to first 2013 victory (complete)

Harlandale dominates second half to down Floresville, remain undefeated

TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, Sam Houston.

A star was born Friday at the SAISD Sports Complex, and Lanier (1-4, 1-0) is no longer winless.

Junior back Joe Orta rushed for 94 yards and all three Lanier touchdowns, leading the Voks to a 21-8 upset win over Highlands (2-4, 1-1). They gained a season-best 392 total yards in the District 28-4A.

The Owls, playing without standout junior quarterback Jordan DeLuna, took a 7-0 lead on a 61-yard gallop from junior back Quindon Boston (89 yards, 8 carries) with 10:33 still remaining in the first quarter. Backup quarterback John Cervantes ran for the two-point conversion.

DeLuna strained his knee in the second half against Burbank Sept. 26.

The Voks pulled within 8-6 with 7:39 left in the first quarter on a 12-yard from Orta. Lanier took the lead, 14-8, with 7:15 until halftime when Orta found the end zone from six yards away and Nicholas Garcia (10 of 17, 191 yards) passed to senior tight end Steven Horton for the two-point conversion.

Orta added another six-yard touchdown run with 5:37 left in the game.

Lanier senior Rodrigo Garcia had a phenomenal game with seven catches for 159 yards. Fellow senior Stephen Veliz ran 15 times for 74.

For Highlands, converted fullback Elijah Garces, who filled in for DeLuna, carried 14 times for 70 yards.

Harlandale 33, Floresville 14

For the second-consecutive week, the Indians (5-0, 2-0) knocked off a prime District 29-4A contender. Through the first two weeks of the district season, they’re tied for first with Uvalde (3-2, 2-0), which defeated Southside 45-14 Friday.

Floresville (3-2, 1-1) took a 7-0 lead on a three-yard run by its top player, back Gilbert Ortiz. Ortiz also scored on a four-yard jaunt that regained the lead with 9:40 left in the second quarter. However, Ortiz injured his ankle oin the play and did not return. He gained 65 yards on nine carries. He had been averaging about 125 yards a game.

Between Ortiz’s touchdowns, James Mendoza caught an 11-yard scoring pass for the undefeated Indians. Harlandale tied it 14-14 on a 13-yard touchdown run from Brandon Ramon on the next possession.

Floresville, which had won its previous three games, surged ahead 17-14 at halftime on a 25-yard field goal from Aaron Balles. The Tigers didn’t score again.

Harlandale’s defense forced them to go three-and-out on each of their third-quarter possessions. Meanwhile, the Indians seized control on a four-yard run from Nicholas Martinez (116 yards, 23 carries).

A seven-yard pass from Ramon (11 of 19, 170 yards) to Juan Moncivaiz provided insurance with 8:20 left at the end of a long drive.

Eddie Pedroza led Harlandale with four receptions for 91 yards. Ian Martinez caught four passes for 46 yards.

The Indians outgained Floresville 328-240 in total yards. The Tigers only threw for 26 yards.

Burbank 40, Jefferson 33

Burbank senior quarterback Daniel Tello played for the first time this year, and he made a big splash upon his return. Tello completed nine of 14 passes for 146 yards and ran 22 times for 244 yards, leading the Bulldogs (3-3, 2-0) to their second-consecutive District 28-4A victory.

Tello ran for two touchdowns and threw for two against the Mustangs (0-6, 0-2) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex.

Burbank 40, Jefferson 33

Burbank senior quarterback Daniel Tello played for the first time this year, and he made a big splash upon his return. Tello completed nine of 14 passes for 146 yards and ran 22 times for 244 yards, leading the Bulldogs (3-3, 2-0) to their second-consecutive District 28-4A victory.

Tello ran for two touchdowns and threw for two against the Mustangs (0-6, 0-2) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex.

Burbank scored three first-quarter touchdowns for  a 22-7 lead. Included were a 64-yard run by Tello and a 69-yard pass play from him to Marcos Luna (104 yards, 5 receptions).

D’Andre Melton (141 yards, 5 receptions) accounted for Jefferson’s first two touchdowns. Melton caught scoring passes of 17 and 26 yards. The first was thrown by junior Weston Redding  (6 of 14, 62 yards). The second was  from senior Brian Febus (4 of 9, 124 yards). The Mustangs were within 25-14 with 5:52 until halftime.

Tello struck again, breaking a 56-yard touchdown run. But, Jefferson answered before halftime. Redding threw five yards to Henry Bocko, cutting the Mustangs’ deficit to 33-20 at halftime.

Jefferson made a furious comeback attempt in the second half.

Burbank tacked on one more touchdown. With Tello finding Jeremy Sanchez (42 yards, 4 receptions), the Bulldogs scored from the Jefferson 14 less than four minutes into the second half.

The Mustangs cut the final deficit to a touchdown with a pair of fourth-quarter scores. Febus rambled 26 yards to the end zone, but Jefferson missed the extra point. The senior hooked up with Melton for 79 yards with  6:35 to play, but Jefferson couldn’t overcome the Bulldogs.

Burbank junior Tru Bradford ran 12 times for 47 yards. The Bulldogs finished with 534 total yards and 388 rushing yards.

For Jefferson, Jesse Flores gained 96 yards on 18 attempts. The Mustangs accumulated 348 total yard and ran for 162.

Medina Valley 34, Kennedy 26

Much like Jefferson, Kennedy (3-2, 0-2) made a strong comeback, but a bit too late.

Medina Valley (3-2, 1-1) manufactured a 31-6 halftime lead, but only produced a field goal thereafter. Rockets quarterback Blade Alvarado, who also scored late in the second quarter, plunged into the end zone for a second time. Sophomore quarterback Eric Lira (52 passing yards) threw a 13-yard pass to Matthew Guzman that made it 31-18 with 8:11 remaining in the game.

Panthers kicker Jonathan Groff booted a 32-yard field goal with just 1:27 on the clock. That clinched the win, but didn’t complete the scoring.

Guzman returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. It was his second kickoff return touchdown of the season.

The Rockets held the Panthers to 50 rushing yards and outgained them 318-315 in total offense. Kennedy senior Matthew Avalos ran 23 times for 136 yards. Guzman caught three passes for 64 yards. Alvarado threw for 93 yards.

Gonzales 36, Sam Houston 0

The Apaches (4-1) limited Sam Houston (1-5) to 39 total yards in winning this
non-district game in Gonzales.

Gonzales finished with 352 total yards. Quarterback Alyas Ramirez passed for 119 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on a one-yard dive play and gained 58 rushing yards.

Sam Houston played without featured back Erin Mack. The Hurricanes completed three passes, but gained no yardage through the air.

FOOTBALL: Week 5 previews (complete)


Burbank (2-3, 1-0) vs. Jefferson (0-5, 0-1) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

The key to this game may be what happens when Burbank’s offense goes against Jefferson’s defense. Those are the two biggest variables for both teams.

The Bulldogs offense made positive strides last week in a 43-21 upset of Highlands, although Burbank also scored on a fumble return, an interception return and a safety. Last year’s quarterback Daniel Tello is expected to return from a concusion to claim his old position, which would allow Jeremy Sanchez to return to a receiving position. There, Sanchez is likely to create mismatches the Bulldogs can exploit.

Jefferson’s defense has yielded 45.6 points a game this year. Brackenridge rolled to 601 total yards last Friday in a 55-11 win over the Mustangs. They gave up four touchdowns of 35 yards or more.

Burbank doesn’t have the quick strike ability of its rival Brack, but the Bulldogs should be a stronger running and passing team with the addition of Tello – and Sanchez and Marcos Luna have the ability to stretch a defense.

The Bulldogs’ defense was solid down-to-down last week, but also became opportunistic when it was apparent that Highlands wouldn’t be taking to the air. As Jesse Flores has developed as a running threat, Jefferson has shown some versatility offensively. Mustangs quarterback Weston Redding will need to bounce back from a tough outing against Brackenridge.

Jefferson has won the last five games in the series, which began in 1976, although the teams met in the postseason in 1957 and 1960. The Mustangs lead the series 27-4. Burbank’s last on-field win was 2007. The Bulldogs also won in 2008, but had to forfeit the win later. 2012 score: Jefferson 44, Burbank 13.

Floresville (3-1, 1-0) vs. Harlandale (4-0, 1-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Much was made of the Harlandale-Medina Valley game last week, but this could be the true battle to ultimately decide first place in District 29-4A.

If nothing else, Floresville has been the most consistent team in the district not named Harlandale since being surprised by Highlands in its season opener. The Tigers recorded an impressive 26-21 win over Brackenridge – a team somewhat comparable to Harlandale – the following week and rolled past their next two opponents. Floresville blitzed McCollum 42-7 last week.

Harlandale, No. 23 in the statewide Class 4A rankings, were challenged only until halftime against Medina Valley. The Indians outscored the Panthers 6-0 in the second half after taking a 27-14 lead just before the half.

The passing and leadership of Indians quarterback Brandon Ramon should be Harlandale’s big edge in the game. Ramon went over 1,000 yards for the season with 246 against Medina Valley. He utilized five receivers.

Running back Nick Martinez has been rock solid in his second season as a Harlandale starter.

The key to Floresville’s offense is back Gilbert Ortiz, who ran for 170 yards against McCollum and has  498 yards for the season. Tigers quarterback Koby Wilkerson is both a running and passing threat, but he’s probably most effective carrying the ball.

Defensively, Floresville has been somewhat inconsistent, but limited McCollum to 144 total yards and Brackenridge’s high-powered offense to 291. It will be interesting to see if the Tigers can be the first team to slow down a Harlandale offense that has averaged 35 points a game.

Harlandale, which leads the series 4-3, will have the revenge factor in mind. The Indians last won in 2009, before a three-year break in the series. 2012 score: Floresville 24, Harlandale 21.

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

Lanier surprised Highlands last year. That’s going to be a tougher assignment for the Voks to pull off Friday, although they are the only team to stay within 10 points of Harlandale so far this year.

Quarterback Nicholas Garcia threw for more than 200 yards in that game. He only threw for 36 in a 34-12 loss to Floresville Sept. 20. The Voks had a bye last week.

Through the non-district season, Lanier cycled through its backs trying to find a consistent running threat. Senior Joshua Esquivel has seemed to emerge as the primary back, but junior Johnny Glover stepped forward with 39 yards against Floresville.

Defensively, Lanier has struggled mightily. The Voks have allowed an average of 425 yards a game.

Although Highlands doesn’t have quite the explosiveness of Voks opponents Harlandale and Somerset or the yardage-eating ability of Floresville, the Owls can strike quickly with quarterback Jordan DeLuna (845 passing yards). DeLuna was hurt in the second quarter against Burbank, which opened the door for the Bulldogs’ comeback for a 43-21 Highlands loss.

The Owls will feel like they have something to prove after that game, although they got off to a flying start on the season. Since then Highlands has incurred bad losses to Uvalde (48-21 in Week 1) and Burbank. It also has gone scoreless in the second half of its last two games, including a 28-25 loss to Central Catholic.

So, this game will be a gut check for the Owls.

They’ll be looking for four consistent quarters, offensively and defensively. Fewer turnovers and a more effective ground game also will be important. Rotating Quindon Boston and De-Morriay Richardson-Jackson may be the answer to the latter.

Highlands had won the previous 16 games before the 2012 upset. The Owls lead the series 20-3 overall. 2012 score: Lanier 28, Highlands 24.

Medina Valley (2-2, 0-1) vs. Kennedy (3-1, 0-1) at Frank Mata Stadium, 7 p.m.

Kennedy was undefeated before its district opener at Uvalde last Friday. The Rockets return home Friday and will need to be at their best to avoid a losing streak.

It doesn’t help them that Medina Valley is coming off a 33-14 home loss to Harlandale and, therefore, will be looking not just to win, but to make a statement.

As proven by the loss in Uvalde, Kennedy needs to be able to move the chains consistently behind the running of senior Matthew Avalos to be effective offensively and prevent its defense from spending too much time on the field.

The Coyotes limited Avalos to 22 rushing yards in the 25-6 loss. He had averaged 184 yards through the first three games.

Blade Alvarado had his first extensive playing time at quarterback and ran for 46 yards, but with two interceptions.

Kennedy had a winning formula going previously with an opportunistic defense and a ball-control offense. It will be tough to make that work against Medina Valley’s defense unless the Rockets connect on passes in some key situations.

Offensively, the Panthers maintained their offensive balance although Harlandale limited their leading rusher Nathan Stein to 12 yards. Bradley Griggs picked up the slack with 93 rushing yards.

Medina Valley committed three turnovers against the Indians, which could be an equalizer for the Rockets if the Panthers don’t hang onto the ball this week.

The Panthers have won all three games in the series. 2012 score: Medina Valley 41, Kennedy 14.

Sam Houston (1-4) at Gonzales (3-1), 7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston concludes its non-district gauntlet.

Like most of the other teams the Hurricanes have faced so far, Gonzales puts a lot of points on the board. The Apaches scored 55 against Austin Lanier and 60 in their opener against Victoria East.

The Hurricanes mustered 45 points in their win against Southside, but have averaged just 11.3 in their losses. Their opponents have averaged 44.2 in the five games.

Gonzales is coming off a 45-37 shootout win over College Station last Friday.

Sam Houston lost 54-12 at Navarro last Friday. Leading rusher Erin Mack (yards) didn’t carry the ball in the game, but caught one pass for 16 yards. Sam Houston rushed for just 76 yards in 24 tries.

Raymonte Prime threw for 160 yards, but made three interceptions as the Hurricanes committed three turnovers for the second-straight week. 2012 score: Gonzales 61, Sam Houston 6.

Uvalde (2-2, 1-0) at Southside (0-4, 0-1), 7 p.m.

Uvalde got the jolt of adrenaline last Friday that Southside has been looking for. Coming off a loss, the Coyotes made big plays when they needed them to pull away to a 25-6 win over Kennedy last Friday in their District 29-4A opener.

Memorial monopolized the big offensive plays against Southside. The Cardinals didn’t score their only offensive touchdown until the fourth quarter, while the Minutemen recorded three touchdowns of 25 yards or more.

Southside gained 271 total yards to Memorial’s 283, but couldn’t overcome four turnovers. The Cardinals moved the ball well in the decisive third quarter, but couldn’t capitalize. However, sophomore back Timmy Rodriguez had his best game of the season with 116 rushing yards.

The Cardinals have thrown 13 interceptions this year and have seemed to limit their passing. Unfortunately, that left them a bit predictable. They’re still looking for the right mix offensively.

The Coyotes used a 71-yard run from Zach Sanchez and a 62-yard pass from Jerry Almaraz to Trae Garcia to separate themselves from Kennedy. Uvalde ran for 294 yards, including 162 from Sanchez.

Defensively, the Coyotes held the Rockets to a season-low 121 total yards and shut down their rushing attack. So, Southside will need to pick its spots and improve its passing efficiency.

Uvalde leads the series 11-2. Southside’s last win was in 2007. 2012 score: Uvalde 39, Southside 20.


Brackenridge (3-2, 1-0) vs. Brennan (5-0, 1-0) at Farris Stadium, 7 p.m.

There’s no doubt that Brackenridge is the best of the rest in District 28-4A. The question is how the Eagles compare to the unquestioned district favorite, Brennan.

Brackenridge has a more explosive offense than any the Bears’ superb defense has faced this year, featuring quarterback Ramon Richards and a bevy of weapons.

The Eagles have shown steady improvement in their ground game in recent weeks. Whether it has developed to the point that it can allow Richards to go to play-action passes when he needs them is a key to watch for Brack. It also will need to run the ball to sustain drives, something the Bears have routinely prevented their other opponents from doing.

Brennan quarterback Da’Shawn Key has similar traits to Richards’ (speed, poise and a solid throwing arm), but they’ve been honed by a couple of extra years of experience.

The Bears, No. 3 in the statewide Class 4A poll,  can score quickly, either with long runs or pass plays. They also have shown an ability to grind out drives, particularly when they need to run the clock.

Where Brackenridge might be able to capitalize is in converting turnovers into short fields and, hopefully, points. Although the Bears have shut out every team they’ve played except East Central, they’ve committed at least one turnover in each of the last three games. They made two against Edison last week in a 62-0 win and three against the Hornets.

On the flip side, the Eagles have coughed up eight turnovers in their last three games, compared to Brennan’s six. They’ll need to play error-free, or close to it, to have a chance of springing an upset.

Brennan won the only game in the series thus far, 42-21 last year. 2012 score: Brennan 42, Brackenridge 21.

TMI (3-1, 0-1) vs. Holy Cross (2-2, 1-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 3 p.m.

Holy Cross notched the kind of win it needed last Friday in its TAPPS District 3-II opener, defeating San Antonio Christian 22-14 on the strength of two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

The eight-point margin was a notification that the Knights were back on target to be a district contender, but the fact that they outgained the Lions by more than 100 total yards said more.

Texas Military Institute, on the other hand, took a punch to the chin that night, getting walloped 50-0 by undefeated Austin Hyde Park Baptist. Not only were the Panthers undefeated prior to the game. They had beaten their first three opponents by a 30-point average.

Holy Cross fortified itself by playing powerful Antonian and Navarro in the non-district schedule.

Back Greg Scott had a season-high 144 rushing yards against San Antonio Christian. The Lions didn’t allow quarterback Cisco Flores outside the pocket much, but he threw for 122 yards, completing 14 of 19 passes.  Greg Kelly and David Sanchez each made five catches.

Defensively, Holy Cross limited the Lions to 222 total yards.

TMI mustered just 97 total yards against Hyde Park, while allowing 447. Markell Henderson accounted for 53 of the Panthers’ 89 rushing yards. Still, TMI was within 14-0 at halftime.

Panthers quarterback Chuy Suday has thrown for 422 yards this year, but didn’t attempt a pass against Hyde Park. Will Cruse handled the passing. 2012 score: Holy Cross 42, TMI 6.

FOOTBALL: McCollum gets needed two points on second chance to upend Memorial

Safety allows Cowboys to end two-game losing streak, halt Minutemen’s win streak

A late safety enabled McCollum (3-2, 1-1) to pull off an improbable comeback victory Thursday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

The Cowboys scored the last 15 points to remain undefeated in the six-game series. McCollum triumphed 36-35 over Memorial (3-2, 1-1) in the District 29-4A game.

“Whenever you’re in a tight ballgame,” first-year McCollum coach Juan Hinojosa said, “little plays make the difference. Our defense needed to make a play and, fortunately, they made a play.”

Memorial, a slight favorite in the game with two-consecutive wins under its belt, appeared to have dodged a bullet with 5:38 remaining. The Cowboys had scored on a 30-yard run from sophomore back Mike Ramirez, who rushed for more than 156 yards on 25 carries, for a second-straight touchdown.

The Cowboys drove 71 yards on seven plays to get to the end zone. However, the two-point conversion run failed and the Minutemen led 35-34. Memorial had led by 14 points with 50 seconds to play in the third quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Ramirez broke a 90-yard touchdown run that made it 35-28 and kept the Cowboys’ hopes alive.

“Any time you’re down, your key players have to want to be successful,” Hinojosa said. “I always make the comment that key players step up in big games. I think, tonight, you saw that.”

Following Ramirez’s third touchdown, including an 11-yard reception in the first half, Memorial was unable to move the ball and was forced to punt. A bad snap rolled into the end zone for a McCollum safety with 3:36 remaining.

The Minutemen didn’t get the ball again until 15 seconds remained.

They took possession on their own 30 without any remaining timeouts. As time expired, Memorial quarterback Alfred Ramos was forced to scramble when trying to set up a deep pass. He ran 17 yards to the McCollum 42, but the Cowboys had ended their two-game losing streak.

McCollum tied it 21-21 eight seconds before halftime on a six-yard run by junior quarterback Ralph Vidal (127 yards, 12 carries). Memorial regained the lead for the fourth time with 6:25 remaining in the third quarter when back Raul Rangel rambled 25 yards to the end zone with a screen pass. A fumble recovery by Manases Cano set up the touchdown.

A 23-yard reception from David Manzano (74 yards, 5 catches) led to a two-touchdown margin for Memorial. Rangel scored on an eight-yard run in the waning seconds of the third quarter.

A key to the Cowboys’ victory, though, was that they didn’t allow either Rangel (29 rushing yards) or Ramos (51 rushing yards) to have a big game on the ground. The flip side was that McCollum ran for a season- high 291 yards.

“I’ve got to give credit to Memorial,” Hinojosa said. “They did a good job of defending what we wanted to do.

“Our kids were resilient. We didn’t make a lot of adjustments. We just decided to execute. But Memorial played a heck of a game.”

Memorial grabbed the lead 51 seconds into the game. Minutemen senior receiver Ivan DeAnda made a diving catch in the end zone.

McCollum tied it with 5:38 remaining in the first quarter on Ramirez’s touchdown catch. The sophomore had two runs of 20 yards or more on the drive.

Off the kickoff, Memorial constructed a scoring drive that culminated with an eight-yard reverse to the left side by Cano.

On a drive that covered 71 yards in nine plays and spanned the first two quarters, the Cowboys scored on a one-yard run from Vidal. It tied the score 14-14.

The Minutemen inched ahead on a 36-yard march following a short McCollum punt. Cano (72 yards) scored on a 14-yard pass play from Ramos (13 of 20, 184 yards) with 1:40 until intermission.

Vidal executed the two-minute drill to forge the third tie of the half. He kept the drive alive with a 28-yard run and capped it with the first of his two rushing touchdowns.

McCollum travels to Uvalde for a 7 p.m. game next Friday at the Coyotes’ Honey Bowl.

“We know it will be a big game,” Hinojosa said. “I’ve spent a lot of time at the Honey Bowl. I coached there for seven years, so I’m real familiar with how things work down there. Hopefully, that plays to our advantage. Uvalde has a great team and I’m excited to be going down there.”

It was a setback for Memorial, but the Minutemen retain their goal of making the school’s second playoff appearance and first since 1998. They host to Floresville next Friday in a 7 p.m. 29-4A game at Frank Mata Stadium.

FOOTBALL: Week 5 previews (Thursday’s game)


Memorial (3-1, 1-0) vs. McCollum (2-2, 0-1) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

These teams have been heading in opposite directions recently, but expect tonight’s game to be close just the same.

Memorial has to be considered the favorite, not just because it has won its last two games, but because of the way its offense and defense are shaping up.

McCollum got off to a solid start this year, but there has to be concerns in the Cowboys camp after being outscored 63-14 in the last two games. By the same token, the win 14-5 over South San in Week 1 looks better in hindsight.

Although the Bobcats have made adjustments since, the defense dictated that game as it will need to Friday if McCollum is to win. Even in the 21-7 loss to Highlands Sept. 13, McCollum outgained the Owls 252-187. However, in the 42-7 loss to Floresville last Friday the Cowboys gave up 375 yards of total offense and four touchdowns of 19 or more yards — not including a 42-yard interception return for touchdown.

Turnovers have become another concern for the Cowboys. They lost the turnover battled 4-2 to Highlands and 2-1 to Floresville. Additionally, McCollum mustered just 144 total yards against Floresville and only 48 rushing yards.

McCollum is capable of winning this game, but only if it limits turnovers and big plays. Junior quarterback Ralph Vidal will need to have a good game.

Although Memorial is more than capable of generating big plays, the Minutemen showed in last week’s 36-15 that they also are able to sustain long drives. Both will be important for success against McCollum’s defense.

Another impressive element to Memorial’s offense last week was that, although the Cardinals’ defense kept big-play specialist Manases Cano in check, quarterback Alfred Ramos found other targets and still managed to throw for 200 yards.

The Minutemen have the look of a team that’s improving every week. The Cowboys will want to get on the scoreboard early to head off some of that momentum.

McCollum has won all five games in the series. 2012 score: McCollum 39, Memorial 0.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: East Central comes back to defeat Southwest and set up 28-5A showdown

Harlandale, Highlands, Sam Houston keep winning streaks intact

TEAMS INCLUDED:Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston, South San, Southside, Southwest.

Host Southwest fought back from the brink of a sweep against East Central (15-13, 2-0) to gain the upper hand, but the Dragons (12-20, 1-1) couldn’t hold off the Hornets in a decisive fifth game. The Hornets claimed a 27-25, 28-26, 25-27, 16-25, 15-12 win Tuesday and retained a share of first place to set up a Friday showdown.

East Central will play host to Steele (18-15, 2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in a match whose winner will temporarily, at least, get custody of the district lead. The Knights defeated South San (12-11, 0-2) 25-11, 25-14, 25-19 in another District 28-5A match Tuesday at the Durbon Center. 

Senior Brandy Campos led East Central with 31 digs. Madison Simon produced 17 kills. Senior Danny Alvarez dealt 27 assists and Alex Pena had 17. Junior Nichole West contributed 10 kills and 19 digs. Christie Cosper and Kaylin Mills each served two aces. Lindsey Lubianski manufactured 1.5 blocks for the Hornets, who won their fourth-consecutive match.

For Southwest, senior softball standout Kamerie Vidales served seven aces, pounded 21 kills and chipped in with four blocks. Megan Hernandez and Zoe Marin each finished with 29 digs. Freshman Aashlyn Sulaica added 11 kills. Sophomore Angie Aguilar distributed a team-high 24 assists while Dori Martinez and Yasmin Garcia each dealt 13. Garcia also served three aces. Kassandra Cruz had a team-best five blocks.

Harlandale d. Southside

The first-place Indians (20-7, 6-0) extended their winning streak to 10 matches with a 25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 25-10 District 29-4A victory at Southside (5-20, 1-5).

Senior libero Sierra Sandoval led Harlandale with 23 digs. Katie Neira added 16 kills. Senior Cera Cerda served four aces. Junior Erika Arredondo made two blocks.

Southside received 10 assists, eight digs and two aces from Alyssa Gallardo. Cristina Guerra plastered seven kills and made seven digs. Freshman Analee Uriegas contributed 15 digs and two aces. Sophomore Selena Raudales added 10 digs and also served two aces. Ariana Cisneros finished with seven assists. Aimee Wood notched six kills. Mayra Sendejo made two blocks.

Highlands d. Burbank

The Owls (14-18, 7-1) notched their seventh-straight District 28-4A win, sweeping the Bulldogs (7-19, 2-7) 25-18, 25-7, 25-18 Tuesday at Highlands.

Junior outside hitter Emily Pearce helped Highlands remain in second place with 10 kills and 11 digs. Senior  Emily Pearce served four aces. Analisa Garza supplied 22 assists.

For Burbank, Antwanisha Riddle stepped forward with five blocks. Jenna Villanueva produced seven kills. Alejandra Martinez hustled for 15digs. Bekah Valma dealt six assists.

Sam Houston d. Hawkins

The Hurricanes (17-8, 1-0) stretched their winning streak to four matches with a home District 28-3A sweep of Hawkins 25-5, 25-12, 25-10.

Sophomore Rita Davis and junior Tiaria Mackey each served five aces to lead the Hurricanes. Davis also recorded eight assists while Mackey powered five kills. Jasmine Barden made nine digs and Karisma Mitchell recorded two blocks for Sam Houston.

Holy Cross d. Austin Regents

The Knights (23-10, 3-3) ended a two-match TAPPS District 3-4A losing streak with a 25-13, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18 victory over Austin Regents Tuesday at Holy Cross. No Holy Cross statistics were available.

Jefferson d. Lanier

The Mustangs (18-9, 6-3) swept Lanier (6-19, 3-6) 25-10, 25-12, 25-21 in the District 28-4A match in the Voks’ gym.

Krystin Garcia, Selena Garcia and Gabby Vasquez each served three aces. Vasquez also made 10 digs and produced 10 kills. Selena Garcia distributed 11 assists.

For the Voks, LeeAnna Martinez had team-highs of five kills and two blocks. Samantha Ibarra and Brenda Urbina added four assists apiece. Emily Huerta made five digs.

Brackenridge d. Fox Tech

The Eagles (10-22, 6-3) defeated Fox Tech (9-27, 1-8) 25-18, 25-12, 25-17 Tuesday at Brackenridge.

Senior Elisabeth Crane led Fox Tech with 11 assists, six kills and two aces. Ruby Zavala contributed six kills and three blocks. Ruby Chapa made six digs, Elizabeth Narezo added five and Adelind-Iris Sifuentes had four.

Brackenridge statistics were not available.

McCollum d. Kennedy

The Cowboys (7-19, 2-4) smacked Kennedy (6-19, 1-5) 25-13, 25-9, 25-14 for a 29-4A victory that snapped a four-match losing streak Tuesday at McCollum.

Jasmine Cordova led McCollum with 14 digs and four aces. Erin Stinnett dealt 14 assists. Danielle Saldivar pounded seven kills. All are seniors.

Seniors Ashley Garza and Clara Lopez led the Rockets with four digs apiece.

WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Harlandale withstands Medina Valley challenge to hold first in 29-4A

East Central, Sam Houston, Southwest win district openers

TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, Providence, Sam Houston, South San, Southside, Southwest, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.


Harlandale (19-7, 5-0) rose to the top of the District 29-4A standings last week with a five-game win in Castroville Friday. The victory extended the Indians’ winning streak to nine matches.

The Indians were tied with Medina Valley (16-15, 4-1) for first before the match, but outlasted the Panthers to win 25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 8-25, 15-11.

Erika Arredondo played an outstanding all-around match for Harlandale with 10 kills, six blocks, four digs and two aces. Katie Neira blasted 18 kills.

In the defensive department, Sierra Sandoval led Harlandale with 21 digs. Her sister, Kianna Sandoval, added 12 assists and 11 digs. Catherine Silva dealt a team-best 16 assists and made six digs.

Other contributors for the Indians included: Jackie Espinoza (6 kills, 5 assists, 2 blocks), Cera Cerda (8 kills, 9 digs), Madeline Mendez (5 kills) and Kelly Landin (4 digs).

East Central d. Corpus Christi Carroll

The Hornets (14-13, 1-0) opened District 28-5A play with a sweep of Corpus Christi Carroll (12-11, 0-1) by identical scores of 25-21 last Friday at East Central.

East Central sophomore Kaylin Mills had a team-high 10 kills to go with two aces. Madison Simon contributed nine kills and seven digs. Hornets leaders included Danny Alvarez (17 assists) and Brandy Campos (15 digs). Alex Pena supplied seven assists.

Sam Houston d. Poteet

The Hurricanes (17-8, 1-0) began District 28-3A play with a 25-10, 25-18, 25-18 win at Poteet.

Sophomore Rita Davis served five aces for Sam Houston. Senior Tashonna Williams contributed five kills and five blocks. Tiaria Mackey dealt eight assists. Tia Logan added four kills.

Highlands d. Jefferson

A share of second place was at stake Friday at Highlands, but the Owls (14-18, 7-1) held their ground against a determined opponent. Highlands defeated the Mustangs (17-9, 5-3) 29-27, 25-19, 25-27, 28-26 in the District 28-4A match.

Highlands sophomore setter Analisa Garza distributed a whopping 53 assists to go with 17 digs. Four Owls recorded more than 10 kills and five posted 15 or more digs.

Kill leaders for Highlands were: Jazmine Jackson (14 kills), Jenna Thompson (13), Melody Guzman (12), Bryten Mitchan (10) and Emily Pearce (7). Jessica Alvarez and Pearce each recorded 29 digs. Other defensive demons were: Genesis Garcia (19), Kiara Pesina (15), Jackson (10) and Thompson (7). Mitchan added six disgs and three blocks.

For Jefferson, junior Gabby Vasquez turned in team highs of 12 kills and 26 digs. Courtney Garcia was credited with 10 assists. Marissa Vargas made four blocks.

The Mustangs ended the week in a three-way tie for third place with Brackenridge (9-22, 5-3) and Edison (9-21, 5-3). Undefeated Brennan (27-3, 8-0) remained in first. The Bears defeated Brackenridge (9-22, 5-3) 25-10, 25-13, 25-11 Friday.

Memorial d. Southside

The Minutemen (10-18, 1-4) claimed their first 29-4A victory in a five-game marathon against Southside (5-19, 1-4), which was fresh from its first district win Tuesday. Memorial prevailed 11-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11 at Edgewood Gym.

Seniors Jatziry Duarte and Abigail Garcia led Memorial with 11 digs and six kills, respectively. Bridget Gomez distributed 11 assists. Larissa Lopez made three blocks.

For the Cardinals, Alyssa Gallardo contributed 28 assists and four aces. Analee Uriegas made 27 digs and also served four aces. Cristina Guerra recorded 16 kills.

Southwest d. South San

The Dragons (12-19, 1-0) swept South San (12-10, 0-1) 25-19, 25-16, 25-19 Friday at the Bobcats’ Durbon Center.

Junior libero Zoe Marin led Southwest with 10 digs and two aces. Freshman Aashlyn Sulaica fired eight kills. Dori Martinez dealt 10 assists. Melissa Garza finished with three blocks.

South San’s Lauren Estrada hammered a match-best 11 kills. Jaclyn Ozuna was credited with 14 assists. Angel Salazar and Kimberly Tobias each made nine digs. Giselle Mata added three aces.

Providence d. Lanier

The Provets (1014) won for the second-consecutive night Friday, winning a non-district match at Lanier (6-17).

Senior Logan Glick led Providence with 11 kills and 15 digs. Junior Mital Patel distributed 19 assists. Sabrina Casares and Gabby Mitchell each served three. Hannah Sasser added three blocks.

For the Voks, sophomore Samantha Ibarra distributed 14 assists and made 10 digs. Senior LeeAnna Martinez was credited with four kills, four blocks and three digs. Ana Escobedo made four kills and four digs. Sophomore Brenda Urbina made five digs. Jenny Flores finished with three blocks.

Edison d. Fox Tech

The Golden Bears finished the week in a three-way tie for third after defeating Fox Tech (9-26, 1-7) Friday at Edison.

Karen Guerrero (14 kills, 10 assists, 4 digs) and Marissa Cortinas (16 assists, 8 digs) led Edison. Senior Juanita Gomez contributed eight digs. Senior Elizza Torres put down four kills. Destiny McCarty added four digs.

Fox Tech was led by Ruby Chapa with12 assists, four digs and three kills. Valerie Villarreal led the Buffaloes with 12 digs. Elisabeth Crane manufactured five kills, five digs and three aces. Ruby Zavala slammed four kills. Brianna Campos made four digs. Adelind-Iris Sifuentes smashed two aces.

Burbank d. YWLA

The Bulldogs (7-18, 2-6) vanquished Young Women’s Leadership Academy 25-8, 25-27, 25-13, 25-9 Friday at Woodlawn Gym.

Senior Jenna Villanueva produced an outstanding match for Burbank, pounded 18 kills and 11 blocks. Defensive wizard Alejandra Martinez, also a senior, picked up a match-best 30 digs. Bekah Valma dealt 19 assists.

McCollum’s top servers were Leticia Gomez, Adrianna Gutierrez and Antwanisha Riddle, each of whom had two aces.

Junior Sabrina Cantu led the Cardinals with eight kills and four digs. Alejandra Ramirez made 17 digs. Karease Williams dealt 15 assists. Ashley Trevino and Serina Trevino each served two aces.

Floresville d. McCollum

Coming off a loss last Tuesday, the Tigers (17-14. 4-1) had to battle to avoid another defeat at home Friday against McCollum. Floresville pulled out a five-game, 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 17-25, 15-9 victory in 29-4A.

Jasmine Cordova led the Cowboys (6-19, 1-4) with 16 digs and three aces. Senior Erin Stinnett continued her hot hitting with 14 kills. Savannah Borjas finished with 15 assists. Neyda Sanchez made two blocks.

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (Sept. 29-Oct. 5)

Matches of Sept. 30-Oct. 5

Tuesday’s results


District 28-5A

East Central (15-13, 2-0) 3, Southwest (12-20, 1-1) 2 (27-25, 26-28, 25-27, 16-25, 15-12)

Corpus Christi Carroll (13-11, 1-1) 3, Corpus Christi King (11-13, 0-2) 1 (game scores unavailable)

Steele (18-15, 2-0) 3, South San (12-11, 0-2) 0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-19)

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (10-22, 6-3) 3, Fox Tech (9-27, 1-8) 0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-17)

Highlands (15-18, 8-1) 3, Burbank (7-19, 2-7) 0 (25-18, 25-7, 25-18)

Jefferson (18-9, 6-3) 3, Lanier (6-19, 3-6), 0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-21)

District 29-4A

Harlandale (20-7, 6-0) 3, Southside (5-20, 1-5) 1 (25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 25-10)

McCollum (7-19, 2-4) 3, Kennedy (6-17, 1-5) 0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-14)

Floresville (18-14, 5-1) 3, Medina Valley (16-16, 4-2) 2 (16-25, 23-25, 27-25, 25-18, 15-11)

Uvalde (15-17, 4-2) 3, Memorial (10-19, 1-5) 0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-16)

District 28-3A

Sam Houston (18-8, 2-0) 3, Hawkins (4-14 ???, 0-2) 0 (25-5, 25-12, 25-10)

LaVernia (16-16, 2-0) 3, Pleasanton (16-9, 1-1) 1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-20, 25-16)

Somerset (14-7, 0-1) at Poteet (1-15 ???, 0-1), 6:30 p.m. (scores unavailable)

TAPPS District 3-4A

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (???, 6-0) 3, San Antonio Christian (5-12???, 0-3) 0 (game scores unavailable)

Holy Cross (23-10, 3-3) 3, Austin Regents (???) 1 (25-13, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18)

San Marcos Academy (???) at Austin St. Dominic Savio (???), ??? p.m. (scores unavailable)

Wednesday’s matches

District 28-4A

Brennan (27-3, 9-0) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-26, 0-9) 0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-14)

TAPPS District 2-5A

Antonian (24-14, 5-1) 3, Providence (10-15, 2-3) 0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-12)

Incarnate Word (19-8, 7-0) 3, Austin St. Michael’s (???) 0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-19)

Laredo St. Augustine (???) at St. Anthony (15-11, 3-3), 7 p.m. (scores unavailable)

Thursday’s results

TAPPS District 2-5A

Antonian (24-14, 5-1) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (???), ??? p.m. (scores unavailable)

Friday’s results


District 28-5A

Corpus Christi King (12-13, 1-2) 3, South San (12-12, 0-3) 0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20)

Steele (19-15, 3-0) 3, East Central (15-14, 2-1) 0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-15)

Corpus Christi Carroll (14-11, 2-1) 3, Southwest (12-21, 1-2) 2 (23-25, 21-25, 24-26, 25-13, 15-9)

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (10-22, 6-3) 3, Edison (9-22, 5-4) 1 (25-22, 25-14, 17-25, 25-13)

Brennan (28-3, 10-0) 3, Highlands (15-19, 8-2) 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-3)

Lanier (7-19, 4-6) 3, Burbank (7-20, 2-8) 0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-19)

Fox Tech (10-27, 2-8) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-27, 0-10) 0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-16)

District 29-4A

Floresville (19-14, 6-1) 3 Harlandale (20-8, 6-1) 2 (25-18, 26-28, 18-25, 26-24, 15-13)

Medina Valley (17-16, 5-2) 3, Kennedy (6-18, 1-6) 0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-9)

McCollum (8-19, 3-4) 3, Memorial (10-20, 1-6) 0  (25-20, 25-8, 25-16)

Uvalde (16-17, 5-2) 3, Southside (5-21, 1-6) 0 (25-19, 25-8, 25-20)

District 28-3A

LaVernia (17-16, 3-0) 3, Poteet (1-16 ???, 0-2???) 0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-8)

Pleasanton (17-9, 2-1) 3, Sam Houston (18-9, 2-1) 1 (25-18, 25-6, 23-25, 29-27)

Somerset (15-7 ???, 1-1???) 3, Hawkins (4-14 ???, 0-3) 0 (25-4, 25-12, 25-12) 

Saturday’s results

TAPPS District 2-5A

Incarnate Word (20-8, 8-0) 3, Providence (10-16, 2-4) 0 (25-9, 25-16, 25-10)

TAPPS District 3-4A

Holy Cross (23-10, 3-3) at Cornerstone Christian (???), 7 p.m.

Austin St. Dominic Savio (???) at San Antonio Christian (5-11???, 0-2 ???), noon

FOOTBALL: WEEK 5 RESULTS (though Oct. 5)

Games of Oct. 3-5

Thursday’s results


District 29-4A

McCollum (3-2, 1-1) 36, Memorial (3-2, 1-1) 35

Friday’s results


District 28-4A

Burbank (3-3, 2-0) 40, Jefferson (0-6, 0-2) 33

Lanier (1-4, 1-0) 21, Highlands (2-4, 0-2) 8

District 29-4A

Harlandale (5-0, 2-0) 28, Floresville (3-2, 1-1) 17

Medina Valley (3-2, 1-1) 34, Kennedy (3-2, 0-2) 26

Uvalde (3-2, 2-0) 45, Southside (0-5, 0-2) 14

TAPPS District 3-II

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (5-0, 2-0) 56, San Marcos Academy (0-5, 0-2) 7

Austin Regents (5-0, 2-0) 55, Cornerstone Christian (2-3, 0-2) 14

San Antonio Christian (2-3, 1-1) 35, Victoria St. Joseph (1-4, 1-1) 0


Gonzales (4-1) 36, Sam Houston (1-5) 0

Saturday’s games


District 28-4A

Brennan (6-0, 2-0) 62, Brackenridge (3-3, 1-1) 6

TAPPS District 3-II

Holy Cross (3-2, 2-0) 34, TMI (3-2, 0-2) 20