FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Ramon throws for five touchdowns to keep Indians undefeated

Central Catholic, Highlands and Memorial among seven area winners

Teams included: Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Holy Cross, Jefferson, McCollum, Memorial, Southside, Southwest.

In future years, Harlandale fans may refer to this as the Brandon Ramon era.

The Indians’ senior quarterback completed five touchdown passes in leading Harlandale to a 48-6 win over Burbank Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium. The Indians are off to a 3-0 start for the second-consecutive season, both with Ramon at the helm.

Last year was the first time Harlandale had opened 3-0 since 2001.

Joshua Mendoza made his first two receptions in an Indians uniform Friday, and each went for a long touchdown. Ramon (12 of 18, 266 yards) and Mendoza connected on a 61-yard score that gave Harlandale a 6-0 lead with 6:14 left in the first quarter. The senior scored on another 61-yard pass play with 9:44 remaining in the half.

James Mendoza (3 catches, 67 yards) also had two touchdown receptions. He reached the end zone on a 15-yard reception with 15 seconds to play in the first quarter and a nine-yarder with 1:37 left in the half.

Senior back Nicholas Martinez (12 carries, 97 yards) scored on a 19-yard pass from Ramon in the second quarter. Harlandale led 34-0 at halftime.

Burbank senior Jeremy Sanchez gave the Bulldogs (1-2) their first score on a five-yard fumble return. Offensively, Sanchez ran 17 times for 117 yards but Harlandale’s defense limited the Bulldogs quarterback to 13 passing yards.

Burbank committed four turnovers and gained 164 total yards. Harlandale finished with 460.

Junior John Aguirre (10 carries, 60 yards) ran for the Indians’ last two touchdowns.

Highlands 21, McCollum 7

The Owls (2-1) broke a scoreless tie with back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter. Highlands went on to hand McCollum (2-1) its first loss Friday at the SAISD Complex.

Highlands senior quarterback Jordan DeLuna (16 of 35, 172 yards) threw to speedy Elijay Garces for a 47-yard score with 8:08 remaining in the third quarter. It was the first touchdown McCollum had allowed under first-year coach Juan Hinojosa.

In 2 ½ minutes, Highlands was ahead 13-0. DeLuna passed six yards to Darrian Todd for the touchdown.

McCollum scored on a 79-yard pass play from Ralph Vidal to Mike Ramirez. Both are juniors. The Cowboys trailed 13-7 after three quarters.

Shortly after Highlands notched a safety, the scoreboard went out for five minutes. It didn’t prove to be a momentum-changer for the Cowboys.

Garces (2 receptions, 68 yards) caught his second touchdown pass with 3:05 left in the game. The senior scored from 21 yards out on DeLuna’s third scoring pass.

Despite the loss, McCollum won the total yardage battle, 252-187. The Cowboys limited Highlands to 15 rushing yards.

Central Catholic 28, Southside 0

The Buttons (1-2) earned their first victory of the season and their first shutout since Oct. 26, 2012.

Halfback option pass from Joseph Nava to Will Barr (69 yards, 3 receptions) accounted for Central Catholic’s first touchdown. Barr also caught a 30-yard scoring pass from Nava 29 seconds before halftime at Bob Benson Stadium.

Nava (182 yards, 22 carries) exploded 54 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter, giving Central Catholic a 21-0 edge. The junior completed eight of 13 passes for 137 yards.

Dillon Clemence caught a 20-yard pass from Nava to complete the scoring with 10:33 remaining in the game. Senior Ray Cortez had three catches for 39 yards.

Central Catholic finished with 354 yards in total offense, while limiting Southside to 224.

Cardinals sophomore quarterback Johnny Trevino passed for 120 yards. Timmy Rodriguez ran 14 times for 76 yards. Jake Ramos made four catches for 42 yards.

The Cardinals threw four interceptions for the third-consecutive game.

Memorial 27, Lytle 14

The Minutemen (2-1) scored the last 24 points Friday to drop Lytle from the ranks of the unbeaten. Although their big three offensive players (Alfred Ramos, Raul Rangel and Manases Cano) all made an impact, Memorial’s defense made the biggest splash – holding Lytle scoreless after halftime on its home field.

The Pirates (2-1) led 14-10 at the half. Cano (97 yards, 3 receptions) gave Memorial momentum, scoring on a 55-yard pass play from Ramos with 1:19 until halftime.

Steven Hernandez scored on a 16-yard pass from Ramos (7 of 15, 172 yards) late in the third quarter. Memorial put the game away with an 89-yard touchdown run from Rangel (136 yards, 14 carries) and a 42-yard field goal from Gabriel Robles. Robles made a 32-yard field goal with 6:15 left in the first quarter for Memorial’s first three points.

Lytle scored 94 points in its first two games, but mustered just 225 total yards against the Minutemen. Memorial gained 362.

Southwest 31, Lee 7

The Dragons (2-1) rushed for 255 yards and four touchdowns for a dominating win over previously undefeated Lee (2-1).

Reilly Riggs (76 yards, 12 carries) and Jon Cruz ran for touchdowns of 35 and 15 yards in the first quarter. A 24-yard field goal from Misael Higa increased the lead to 17-0 at halftime.

Bryan Donnell (153 yards, 11 attempts) gave the Dragons a 24-point lead early in the third quarter. Riggs completed the scoring for Southwest with a seven-yard run with 29 seconds left in the quarter.

The Volunteers averted the shutout with a 34-yard pass from Freedom Salas to Anthony Green, little more than a minute into the fourth quarter. Lee was limited to 136 total yards.

Edison 29, Pearsall 0

The Golden Bears (1-2) blanked Pearsall (0-3) for the second-consecutive year.

The Mavericks actually outgained Edison 223-173 in total yards. The Golden Bears took the lead with 15 second-quarter points, starting with a safety. David Sanchez (41 yards, 2 catches) caught two touchdown passes of three and 38 yards from Jonathon Hernandez

Francisco Gomez broke a 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and hauled in an 18-yard scoring pass from Hernandez (5 of 7, 86 yards) in the fourth.

Golden Bears senior Andres Aguilar ran for 68 yards.

Kennedy 43, Jefferson 13

The week away from competition certainly was beneficial for the Rockets (2-0). Coming off a bye week, Kennedy defeated Jefferson (0-3) for the second-straight year.

While the 2012 meeting was a nail-biter, there wasn’t much tension Friday at the Wheatley Heights Sports Complex. Kennedy scored the first 37 points to win the non-district matchup.

Three Rockets threw at least three passes, but that didn’t affect Kennedy’s ability to move the ball consistently. Senior back Matthew Avalos ran for 147 yards on 19 attempts, opening the scoring with a 60-yard run 20 seconds in the game.

A safety and a 43-yard interception return from Matthew Guzman built a 16-0 lead with 10:29 until halftime. Guzman (87 yards, 3 receptions) also caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Rangel (53 passing yards) shortly before the half.

Kennedy quarterback Eric Lira ran one-yard for a touchdown in the third quarter. Isaiah Garcia caught a 25-yard scoring pass from Blade Alvarado (71 passing yards) with 8:47 remaining in the game.

Jefferson scored its first points on the ensuing kickoff. Phillip Hudspeth returned it 85 yards to cut Kennedy’s lead to 37-7. On the Mustangs’ next possession, Jesse Flores (114 yards, 11 carries) tallied a 50-yard scoring run.

Avalos counted his second touchdown on a two-yard carry with 5:13 to play.

Weston Redding passed for 81 yards for Jefferson.

Navarro 40, Holy Cross 20

Holy Cross scored early, but host Navarro scored often Friday.

The Knights (1-2), who lost for the second-straight week, tied it 7-7 with 3:44 remaining in the first quarter on an eight-yard run from Greg Scott. The Panthers (3-0) scored the next 20 points.

Scott (122 rushing yards, 46 receiving yards) ran 34 yards for Holy Cross’ second touchdown with 8:34 remaining in the third quarter. The Knights were within 27-14, but Navarro scored twice more before Greg Kelly (85 yards, 6 receptions) completed their scoring with a six-yard catch from Cisco Flores (16 of 23, 192 yards).

Holy Cross finished with 340 total yards and committed no turnovers. Navarro gained 416 and overcame two lost fumbles.

FOOTBALL: Week 2 previews (complete)


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

Burbank faces a tough challenge as it tries to sustain the momentum from its win over Pearsall last Friday. Harlandale, No. 29 in the statewide Class 4A rankings, has won the last nine games in the series and boasts a powerful offense, like Week O opponent Hays.

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

Harlandale quarterback Brandon Ramon is averaging more than 200 passing yards. James Mendoza is his favorite target, but five Indians have made receptions in the first two games. Running back Nick Martinez is averaging more than 100 rushing yards.

Burbank quarterback Jeremy Sanchez is emerging as a run-pass threat. Marcos Luna averages 31 yards a catch. Burbank scored on three plays of 48 yards or more against Pearsall. Harlandale will want to curb those big plays, but is fully capable of winning a shootout. 2012 score: Harlandale 42, Burbank 21.

Edison (0-3) at Pearsall (0-3), 7:30 p.m.

Poor Pearsall. After being the victim as Memorial then Burbank ended long losing streaks, the Bulldogs now face the prospect of being on the losing end of Edison’s first 2013 victory.

Edison showed improvement in a 37-28 loss to Carrizo Springs last Friday and the Golden Bears should be ready to claim their first win. Jonathon Hernandez compiled 273 yards of total offense. Andres Aguilar ran for more than 100 for the second-straight week. Burbank limited Pearsall to 214 total yards in a 34-6 win. You can bet Edison’s defense is aiming to rise to or better those standards Friday in Pearsall. 2012 score: Edison 41, Pearsall 0.

Holy Cross (1-1) at Navarro (2-0), 7:30 p.m.

After an impressive opening win over Central Catholic, Holy Cross absorbed a setback against Antonian in a 42-19 loss last Friday. The Knights will need to step up their performance again this week. Navarro beat Antonian 27-21 in its opener. Quarterback Cisco Flores ran for 107 yards and passed for 150, but Holy Cross wasn’t able to run the ball consistently against Antonian, as it had against Central Catholic. Greg Kelly has been a reliable target, with 221 reception yards in two games.

Holy Cross will look for better efforts on defense and special teams after giving up touchdowns on a punt return, an interception return and three offensive plays of more than 20 yards. Class 3A Navarro is averaging more than 350 rushing yards per game, led by senior Luke Jaroszewski (171.5 average). The Panthers defeated Holy Cross’ district rival San Antonio Christian 42-26 last Friday. 2012 score: Navarro 68, Holy Cross 7.

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

Kennedy won its opener by a wide margin, 27-7 over Crystal City, then took a break from competition last week. Against former district rival, Jefferson the young Rockets should get a good idea of where they stand and how much that bye week helped.

Jefferson showed improvement despite the margin of its 53-29 loss to Pleasanton last week.  In his second start, Weston Redding completed 50 percent of his passes but only mustered 55 yards through the air. The Mustangs gained more than four times as many yards compared to their opener, but gave up 428 yards to Pleasanton. Defensive improvement will be a key as Jefferson seeks its first victory.

Kennedy was in control throughout its win over Crystal City but totaled 206 yards. The Rockets defense limited the Javelinas to 190. Interceptions by Fabian Flores and Tomas Garcia inflated the margin of victory.  The offense, led by receiver Isaiah Garcia, needs a better performance to beat Jefferson. In the “what to watch” department, whether Blade Alvarado or sophomore Eric Lira earns the quarterback job tops the list for Kennedy. 2012 score: Kennedy 28, Jefferson 26 (OT).

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

This is one of the most intriguing matchups of the weekend.

Defense has been McCollum’s best and most consistent area this year. The Cowboys have allowed five points and 154 total yards in two games this year.

They will be challenged by Highlands senior quarterback Jordan DeLuna, who threw for 312 yards last Saturday in a 45-28 loss to Uvalde. Xavier Long has been his favorite target. D’Quan Todd emerged as an offensive weapon, both running and receiving against the Coyotes.

McCollum needs to get its running game back on track. After rushing for 228 in their opening 35-0 win over Jefferson, the Cowboys only ran for 75 in a 14-5 win over South San last Friday. Quarterback Ralph Vidal is playing well in his second year as a starter.

Highlands needs to shore up its defense regardless, but this could be a classic clash of wills. The Owls will want a shootout while McCollum hopes to control the ball. 2012 score: Highlands 55, McCollum 26.

Memorial (1-1) at Lytle (2-0), 7:30 p.m.

Lytle has barely had to break a sweat in winning its first two games. The Pirates are averaging more than 430 yards of total offense and 47 points per game, while allowing 13.5 a game. Nathan Medrano is Lytle’s leading rusher while Cody Stephens has passed for more than 170 yards a game. Memorial is coming off a 57-14 loss to Fredericksburg. Manases Cano returned from an injury and scored the Minutemen’s only touchdown on a 68-yard run. Memorial’s offense was limited to 95 yards by the Battlin’ Billies while the defense gave up 403 yards. The Minutemen will need to be at their best to stay with Lytle.2012 score: Lytle 54, Memorial 23.

Lanier (0-2) at Pleasanton (2-0), 7:30 p.m.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That must have been the philosophy Lanier’s schedulemaker used.

After facing high-powered offenses from Somerset and Harlandale the first two weeks, the Voks  face an undefeated Pleasanton team that has defeated two of their district rivals (Edison and Jefferson) by an average margin of 29 points.

The good news for Lanier, is that they improved in their 28-19 loss to Harlandale and showed that they’re capable of making this a close game. Harlandale generated 334 total yards to Lanier’s 310.

Lanier’s veteran quarterback Nick Garcia threw for 206 yards last week and the ground game has been solid with Stephen Veliz and Julian Castillo. Pleasanton manufactured 402 total yards in a 53-28 win over Jefferson last Friday. Four backs gained at least 50 yards, but Grant Jackson is the featured back. Quarterback Jacob Arevalo doesn’t throw often, but is efficient. 2012 score: Pleasanton 42, Lanier 7.

Lee (2-0) at Southwest (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest seemed to find some answers in a 48-27 win over Central Catholic last Friday. The offense produced just 14 points a week earlier at Laredo United, but ran for 297 yards and gained 410 total yards against the Buttons.

Reilly Riggs produced his first 100-plus-yard rushing game for a team who’s standout back Erin Mack transferred in the offseason. Veteran leader Brian Donnell and Jonathon Cruz also rushed for more than 50 as the Dragons used their usual bevy of backs. Junior quarterback Bowen Crisp completed five of eight throws for 113 yards.

The undefeated Volunteers operate out of the spread offense and quarterback Freedom Salas has thrown for an average of 175.5 yards with just one interception. The Dragons will try to build on a solid defensive effort against Central Catholic and prevent big plays. Chris Saucedo had three touchdown receptions in a 44-13 win over Holmes last Friday. 2012 score: Southwest 59, Lee 28.

Central Catholic (0-2) at Southside (0-2), 7:30 p.m.

Both teams are in search of a statement win, but a victory of any kind would be a step in the right direction for these young squads.

Both Josh Godfrey and  Joseph Nava saw action at quarterback last week against Southwest. Nava threw two touchdowns in the second half, as the Buttons outscored the Dragons 21-20. Central Catholic cut down on its turnovers from Game 1 against Holy Cross.

Southside also needed a half to get rolling in a 45-29 loss to Sam Houston. Sophomore quarterback Johnny Trevino has been impressive in spurts, but has struggled with interceptions. Without their two leading rushers from 2012, Southside has been developing Timmy Rodriguez as its main ballcarrier.

This could come down to which defense is the most consistent.2012 score: Southside 33, Central Cathoic 28.

South San (0-2) at Victoria West (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

South San’s defense has seemed to make tremendous strides since last year. We’ll know for sure after it faces Victoria West.

The Warriors have averaged more than 30 points a game offensively, but they’ve given up 35 in each of their two games. Quarterback Anthony Navarro is the heart of their offense with team-highs of 359 passing yards and 211 rushing yards.

Christian Morales has proven to be a reliable back for South San. Isaiah Gutierrez relieved Darren Tinajero at quarterback and completed 66.7 percent of his passes against  McCollum.

The Bobcats will need to avoid turnovers. They’ve committed eight thus far, to their opponents’ three. 2012 score: Victoria West 45, South San 25.


Devine (1-1) vs. Sam Houston (1-1) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

These teams share a couple of common traits: they both have surprisingly balanced offenses and they’ve both defeated Southside by roughly the same score for their only victory to date.

Sam Houston defeated Southside 45-29 last Friday in sophomore lefty Raymonte Prime’s first start at quarterback. Erin Mack also rushed for more than 204 yards, so the Hurricanes have their explosiveness from two years ago back. That could give them the edge against a Devine squad that has discovered the forward pass this year with quarterback Eric Trogdon, who alternates with run-oriented Hunter DuBose. The Warhorses have an efficient, well-drilled offense, but are more likely to pop a big play on the ground than through the air.

Still, Sam Houston’s defense will need to continue to improve its play-to-play effectiveness after giving up 63 points to Brackenridge in its opener. 2012 score: Devine 40, Sam Houston 13.

Victoria East (0-2) vs. Brackenridge (1-1) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Last year in Victoria, this was a shootout that went down to the end and prepared Brack for its District 28-4A schedule.

Based on early returns, the Eagles may again put up a lot of points on a Titans defense that has allowed 98 in two outings. Brackenridge may have the edge defensively, after shutting out Sam Houston in its opener. But the Eagles will need to bounce back from a 26-21 loss to Floresville in which the Tigers put up 356 yards.

Oklahoma State recruit Ramon Richards put up big numbers for the Eagles with 146 passing yards and 132 rushing yards, but Brack needs junior Trey Mathis to step up as its main ballcarrier.

Victoria East will have had nine days to work on its deficiencies after losing 38-12 at San Marcos. Back Lanken Williams is the key player for East. The Eagles will be out for revenge. 2012 score: Victoria East 39, Brackenridge 38.

FOOTBALL: Week 2 results (complete)

Thursday’s games



Brennan (3-0) 49, East Central (2-1) 21

Friday’s games



Harlandale (3-0) 48, Burbank (1-2)  6

Edison (1-2) 29, Pearsall (0-3) 0

Navarro (3-0) 40, Holy Cross (1-2) 20

Kennedy (2-0) 43, Jefferson (0-3) 13

Highlands (2-1) 21, McCollum (2-1) 7

Memorial (2-1) 27, Lytle (2-0) 14

Pleasanton (3-0) 42, Lanier (0-3) 14

Southwest (2-1) 31, Lee (2-1) 7

Central Catholic (1-2) 28, Southside (0-3) 0

Victoria West (2-1) 42, South San (0-3) 13

Saturday’s games



Devine (2-1) 35,Houston (1-2) 21

Victoria East (1-2) 42, Brackenridge (1-2) 35

FOOTBALL: Brennan takes control early for convincing win over East Central

East Central gave up a touchdown on the first play Thursday at Farris Stadium, and that was all the momentum Brennan needed.

The Bears (3-0), No. 3 in the statewide Class 4A rankings, established the early lead and held it throughout a 49-21 non-district win over the Hornets, No. 29 in the website’s Class 5A rankings. However, East Central (2-1) was in striking range for most of the game.

“We came back and made it 7-7, but they came back to score three more touchdowns within the first half,” East Central coach Clint Hartman said. “We gave them a punt return, a long pass and a pick-six. You do that against them, and you’re not going to be in very good shape.”

Brennan took a 7-0 lead 15 seconds into the game when Joshua Luna intercepted a pass and returned it 20 yards to the end zone.

The Hornets scored the equalizer with 9:14 left in the quarter. Junior running back Javion Polk cashed in a three-yard run. One play earlier, Bears standout Grant Watanabe, a University of Colorado commit, made an apparent intereption in the end zone, but a Brennan penalty wiped it out.

At the time, it was a big turning point for the Hornets, but Brennan just kept driving.

Senior quarterback Da’Shawn Key, in his fourth year as a starter for the fledgling program, threw touchdown passes of 26 yards to Makai Green and 3 yards to Jeremy Kelleher to give Brennan a 21-7 lead.

A one-play, 33-yard scoring drive following 25-yd punt return extended the Bears’ lead to.28-7. Key connected with Green (76 yards, 4 receptions) for the touchdown with 3:46 until halftime.

The Hornets’ biggest play of the night followed quickly. East Central senior quarterback Jeremy Jones (81 passing yards) found junior Wanya Ward on 68-yard pass play. East Central was within 28-14 at halftime.

“We learned that when we block and execute, we’re a pretty good football team,” Hartman said. “On that touchdown pass, we did what we needed to do.”

Brennan opened the second half with a long, time-consuming scoring drive. Key scored on an 11-yard keeper around the right to give the Bears a 20-point leads with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter.

East Central senior defensive back Russell Brown was in perfect position to pick off a medium-deep throw to the right flat from Key. Brown returned it 85 yards for a touchdown, closing the Hornets within 34-21 with 5:34 to play in the third quarter

“We made a few mistakes here and there,” Brennan coach Stephen Bashore said. “East Central is explosive. If they get out in the open spaces, they’re gone. For the most part, though, we did a good job with our execution defensively.”

Luna scored his second touchdown on a one-yard run. Nathaniel Wells Jr. (85 yards, 14 carries) ran for the two-point conversion out of a swinging gate formation for 42-21 Bears lead late in the third quarter. Brennan finished with 427 total yards.

The Hornets were unable to mount a sustained drive during the game and mustered just 104 total yards. They played without senior back Johnathan Jackson. The New Mexico State University recruit has an ankle injury.

“He’ll be back next week, Hartman promised. “That will make us a little better.”
East Central sustained another injury during the game. Junior receiver Dallas Polasek corralled a pass over the middle from Jones for an apparent first down deep in Brennan territory with 7:59 remaining. However, Bears defensive back Christian Dillard knocked the ball free with a jarring hit.

Polasek was taken to a local hospital for observation, but Hartman said the injury wasn’t serious.

The failed fourth down attempt was East Central’s last gasp.

Brennan defensive end Derrick Roberson, a University of Texas commit, recovered bad snap on the East Central 1 with 4:30 to play. A. Bears penalty moved the ball back to the 16.

Still, Brennan worked its way back to the end zone. Key recorded his second rushing touchdown on a one-yard carry. He finished with 137 rushing yards and 141 passing yards.

“We felt good until early in the fourth quarter,” Hartman said. “When we were down 14 going into the fourth, that was not a big issue. When you lose a football game like that, it’s the coaches’ fault, not the kids’ fault. We’ve got to do a better job of coming up with preparation for them.”

The schedule won’t get any easier for East Central. The Hornets will play former district rival Judson next Friday at East Central. Nonetheless, Hartman isn’t pushing the panic button.

“We can’t worry about this,” he said. “My last two years (at Clear Springs) we started out 0-2 and 0-3, and we were district champions both years. This is not a big deal.”

MID-WEEK VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Providence stifles St. Anthony in district opener

McCollum, Highlands record big wins in Tuesday’s action

Teams included: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, McCollum, Memorial, Providence, Sam Houston, South San, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Providence (8-12, 1-0) launched its TAPPS 2-5A season with an impressive three-game victory over St. Anthony.

The Provets prevailed 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 at St. Anthony Wednesday behind six kills and four assists from senior Logan Glick. Sabrina Casares also made six digs. Emerald Rodriguez added two aces.

Brackenridge d. YWLA

The Eagles (6-20, 2-1) notched a 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 win against Young Women’s Leadership Academy Wednesday at Lanier.

YWLA was led four kills and two blocks from Clarissa Castro. Karease Williams dealt seven assists. Jylian Bolton served two aces.

Brackenridge statistics were unavailable.

McCollum d. Burbank

McCollum (5-15) concluded the non-district portion of its schedule Tuesday with a 25-16, 25-19, 25-21 home victory over Burbank (5-15).

Neyda Sanchez led the Cowboys with 15 kills. Savannah Borjas finished with 23 assists and three service aces. Jasmine Cordova made 15 digs.

For the Bulldogs, Antwanisha Riddle recorded eight kills and two blocks. Jenna Villanueva also contributed two blocks. Vanessa Vargas made 10 digs. Rebekah Valma served two aces. Leticia Gomez distributed five assists.

Highlands d. Edison

The Owls (10-17, 3-1) capitalized on Jefferson’s loss to district-leading Brennan Tuesday to surge into second place in District 28-4A. Highlands cooled off red-hot Edison (6-19, 2-1) 25-18, 25-18, 28-26.

Analisa Garza dealt 22 assists and Emily Pearce made 19 digs for Highlands. Jenna Thompson and Jazmine Jackson each recorded eight kills. Senior Melody Guzman served four aces.

Senior Karen Guerrero shone for Edison defensively and offensively with 27 digs and 12 kills. Paula Moreno and Elizza Torres manufactured 5.5 blocks apiece. Marissa Cortinas finished with 21 assists. Destiny McCarty served two aces.

The Golden Bears had defeated Edison in the Wagner Tournament.


Senior Katie Neira fired 16 kills, six digs, two aces and two assists to lead Harlandale (14-7) to a 25-11, 25-22, 25-23 Tuesday over Lockhart at the Indians’ gym.

Sabrina Esparza chipped in eight kills and three aces. Sierra Sandoval served a team-high four aces for the Indians. Senior Kelly Landin made six digs. Breanna Soto and Catherine Silva had five apiece. Junor Alicia Garcia led with nine assists.

Sam Houston d. Memorial

Memorial (9-14) employed its experience to secure a 25-18 win in Game 1 Tuesday at Sam Houston. The Hurricanes recovered to win 25-17, 25-14, 25-23 with help from 16 digs and two blocks from senior Tashonna Williams.

Junior Tiaria Mackey supplied 10 kills and three aces. Sophomore Rita Davis distributed 22 assists in the non-district match.

The Minutemen received six assists and two aces from senior Bridget Gomez. Classmates Jatziry Duarte (8 digs) and Abigail Garcia (4 kills) also made key contributions.

South San

The Bobcats (11-7) outlasted the host Thunderbirds in a marathon non-district match Tuesday at Wagner (12-11). South San won the five-set decision in rally scoring, 23-25, 25-17, 19-25, 25-23, 16-14.

South San received contributions from several players, including frontcourt players senior Rebekah Rodriguez (11 kills, 3 aces), junior Lauren Estrada (7 kills) and junior Giselle Mata (7 kills, 3 aces).

Bobcats sophomore Erica Jimenez finished with 18 assists and six digs. Junior Angel Salazar served four aces and Kim Tobias recorded three to go with 10 digs. Senior Jaclyn Ozuna was credited with four assists. Lanier d. Fox Tech

The Voks (5-14, 2-2) evened their District 28-4A record with a 25-20, 25-17, 16-25, 25-18 home win over Fox Tech (9-22, 1-3) Wednesday.

Senior LeeAnna Martinez led Lanier with four kills and four blocks. Sophomore Brenda Urbina provided seven assists and four aces. Emily Huerta made five digs and Elisa DeHoyos added four kills.

For the Buffaloes, senior Elisabeth Crane finished with nine digs, eight kills and three aces. Senior Ruby Chapa dished 12 assists and added five digs. Valerie Villarreal made 17 digs. Elizabeth Narezo (5 digs, 4 kills), Adelind-Iris Sifuentes (5 kills, 3 aces) and Ruby Zavala (4 kills) offered support. Juniors Breanna Campos (8 digs) and Carla Ponce (5 digs) contributed defensively.

FOOTBALL: Week 2 previews


East Central (2-0) vs. Brennan (2-0) at Farris Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

East Central, No. 23 in the statewide Class 5A rankings, once more matches itself against the Northside ISD with a game against District 28-4A favorite Brennan, ranked No. 3 in the website’s Class 4A poll. The Hornets will pit their diverse attack against the Bears’ ball-control oriented attack. The performance of EC’s defense, led by Dennis Sanchez, should be the best indicator of the Hornets’ chances to spring an upset and remain undefeated. Keeping mobile Bears quarterback Da’Shawn Key under control will be a top priority. Taking an early lead and/or producing big plays will be important for a potent Hornets offense. At the very least, the Hornets should be the first team to score on Brennan’s defense this year. 2012 score: Brennan 24, East Central 0.




WEEKLY VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Experience, depth lift Holy Cross to three wins, including 3-4A opener

Harlandale, Jefferson and Edison all win two matches

Teams included: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Sam Houston, South San, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.



By Mike Considine

Holy Cross’ volleyball team has relied on its senior leadership this season, but the Knights discovered Friday that – even without two of their key veterans – the same foundation for success is in place.

The Knights (19-5, 1-0) defeated a tough South San team 25-23, 25-22, 25-19 last Friday in a non-district match at Holy Cross. They played without seniors Julia Ibarra at setter and Mallory Ozuna at outside hitter, but still notched their third victory of the week.

“I think what we got out of it was that it was a pretty defining match for our season,” third-year Holy Cross coach Ruben Calderon said. “To play without Julia, who’s injured right now, and Mallory, it was a good reflection on us.

“We had a freshman start at outside hitter and our third setter starting. We had people who don’t really play a full starting rotation in there, and they stepped in and did a very good job.”

Victoria Gonzalez and Henrianna Ibarra each finished with eight kills for the Knights. Ibarra also made 14 digs. Setter Stella Ramirez  dealt 26 assists. Anna Zuniga collected two blocks.

For the Bobcats (10-7), Brittany Martinez and Rebekah Rodriguez each contributed eight kills. Rodriguez also served two aces, as did Erica Jimenez and Giselle Mata. Senior Kim Tobias made 15 digs and Jaclyn Ozuna distributed 12 assists. Kaitlyn Serna chipped in with two blocks.

Holy Cross freshman Daisy Flores served eight aces against South San, displaying the aggressive serving Calderon has set as a point of emphasis for the team. Last Thursday, in a 25-19, 23-25, 25-10, 25-10 TAPPS District 3-4A win over San Antonio Christian, Mallory Ozuna served a mind-boggling 22 aces to go with 13 kills and 15 digs. The 5-foot-4 outside hitter-setter has recorded more than 100 aces this year.

“There were points where she won almost the entire set by herself,” Calderon said. “Mallory’s a very exciting server. She’s a jump server, but she also has a side-spin serve and a top-spin serve. She’s very versatile. She’s very good about taking advantage of a certain player or a certain area of the court.”

Third-year starter Julia Ibarra had an outstanding first district match with 38 assists. Outside hitter Ariel Alvarado also is a senior starter.

“Julia has confidence and experience, knowing the system,” Calderon said. “Our senior class is a huge reason we’re doing so well. They have a strong commitment to the team and where we want to go. Mallory has previous (state) championship experience under her belt. That’s been a huge asset.

“Mallory knows what it takes to get there. She has the work ethic and expectations. All the girls are following her leadership.”

The Knights stomped Hawkins 25-9, 25-10, 25-6 Sept. 3 at Holy Cross.

Ramirez supplied 15 assists and nine aces. Gonzalez also served nine aces and added six digs. Ozuna also collected six digs. Megan Hernandez made two blocks.

“We have 14 girls on the team, and all 14 play,” Calderon said. “All 14 are going to determine whether we win or lose. It’s an interesting group we have on the bench. Everybody who comes in can help us lift our performance or maintain our momentum. It keeps everybody focused. At any given moment, anyone can be called to go into the game.”

South San recorded a 25-19, 25-19, 25-17 win over Southside (4-14) Tuesday behind 15 assists from  Jimenez and nine kills from Angel Salazar at South San.

The Bobcats had defeated Holy Cross Aug. 24 to place third in the South San Tournament.

Calderon said the Knights began working toward this season after losing their final match in 2012.

“They were disappointed with their last district match,” he said. “We knew what we had coming back, even though we’re still young. We have two freshmen in the rotation and two sophomores starting. We had a pretty good offseason and our summer league was pretty good as well.

“We knew we had a chance to do something special. Now we’re prepared to do this.”

Holy Cross hopes to battle for first in a highly competitive District 3-4A.

“I think we have a pretty fair chance at making a run,” Calderon said. “Victoria St. Joseph is the team to beat. They made it to the state championship last year. Right now, I think they’re 22-4, if I’m not mistaken.

“(Austin St. Dominic Savio) is very strong as well. They made it to the Final Four. It’s going to be tough to get in there, but I think we’re prepared to make a good run at it. If we can stay healthy, I think we’re going to be OK.”


Harlandale (13-7) claimed two victories last week, defeating Brackenridge 27-25, 25-18, 25-18 last Friday and blasting Wagner (12-10) 26-24, 25-17, 25-19 Sept. 3 to continue the momentum they gained two weeks ago at the SAISD Tournament over the weekend.

The Indians, who finished second in the tournament, extended their winning streak to three matchs by defeating Brackenridge in the non-district contest at Harlandale. Senior Katie Neira led her team to victory with 12 kills, seven digs and four assists.

Sabrina Esparza contirbuted 13 digs and eight kills. Catherine Silva had 14 assists and eight digs. Alicia Garcia added 13 assists and five digs. Sierra Sandoval made 11 digs, after contributing 16 against Wagner.

Brackenridge was led by 19 assists from Renee Osife, 17 digs from Kathy Sifuentes and nine kills from Darlene Jackson.

Harlandale defeated Wagner for the second time in three days. Senior Cera Cerda led the Indians with 15 kills. Freshman Kianna Sandoval contributed 8 assists and eight digs. Madeline Mendez made five kills. Erika Arredondo led the Indians with three blocks.


Jefferson (14-6, 2-0) remained undefeated in District 28-4A last week with a 24-26, 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 win over a very determined Burbank team (5-14, 0-3). Sam Houston also pulled together for an impressive 25-18, 25-12, 25-16 win over tough SAISD rival Sam Houston (14-8) Sept. 3.

Against Burbank, Jefferson senior Gabby Vasquez authored 22 digs, 17 kills and five aces. Courtney Garcia distributed 17 assists. Defensively, Melanie Sheppard stood out with five blocks.

The Bulldogs were led by 14 kills and four digs from Jenna Villanueva. Leticia Gomez had 20 assists. Audrianna Martinez collected 28 digs and served two aces.

Vasquez turned in another outstanding match for Jefferson versus Sam Houston with 11 kills and 18 digs. Marissa Vargas made 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.


Edison (6-18, 2-0) kept pace with Jefferson in 28-4A with a 25-17, 25-11, 25-13 home win over Young Women’s Leadership Academy (2-19, 0-3) last Friday.

The Golden Bears received 11 kills from Karen Guerrero and 19 assists from Marissa Cortinas. Juanita Gomez made eight digs.

For YWLA, Karease Williams had team highs of seven assists and two aces. Tatianna Sorwell put down five kills.

Edison edged Brackenridge Sept. 3 in its district opener 25-21, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19 at Edison.

Guerrero made 22 digs and blasted 12 kills for the Golden Bears. Cortinas had 14 assists and Gomez finished with 13 digs. For the Eagles, Osife was credited with 20 assists, eight digs and five kills. Jolicia Shelton-Brown had a match-best 13 kills and made seven digs. Sifuentes finished with 19 digs.

FOOTBALL: Week 2 schedule


(Sept. 12-14)

Thursday’s games



East Central (2-0) vs. Brennan (2-0) at Farris Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s games



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

Edison (0-2) at Pearsall (0-2), 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross (1-1) at Navarro (2-0), 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Memorial (1-1) at Lytle (2-0), 7:30 p.m.

Lanier (0-2) at Pleasanton (2-0), 7:30 p.m.

Lee (2-0) at Southwest (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Central Catholic (0-2) at Southside (0-2), 7:30 p.m.

South San (0-2) at Victoria West (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games



Devine (1-1) vs. Sam Houston (1-1) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Victoria East (0-2) vs. Brackenridge (1-1) at SAISD Sports Complex, 7 p.m.