FOOTBALL: Week 2 previews (Saturday’s game)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking

SATURDAY

Antonian (1-0) vs. #1 Holy Cross (1-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m., Saturday

Other sources are referring to this as a matchup of Holy Cross senior quarterback Cisco Flores and explosive Antonian junior back Daniel Rosenfeld. It’s worth noting that Holy Cross also has a back with 200-yard rushing games on his resume.

The Knights’ Greg Scott has every right to feel slighted by the hype. He could well be a difference maker tonight.

Scott ran for 138 yards in Holy Cross’ 31–13 win over San Antonio Christian. He also was the Knights’ leading receiver.

With two prolific offenses sharing Harlandale Memorial Stadium, chances are that defense will be the deciding factor – as it is in most big games.

The Knights’ defensive front, led by Jeremy Martinez, played a major role against the Lions eight days ago. Their pressure helped Holy Cross hold San Antonio Christian’s highly regarded Andrew Hawkins to 120 passing yards.

Dealing with Rosenfeld, who carried for 204 yards in a 42-17 win over Jefferson, will be the more important task here than corralling first-year Antonian quarterback Peyton Bryan.

Rosenfeld ran for 183 yards and four touchdowns in nine carries last year in the Apaches win over Holy Cross. Included were scoring runs of 28, 33 and 39 yards – and those big gains are what the Knights will need to limit.

With linebacker Jeremy Perez and a veteran secondary returning, Holy Cross has the personnel to address that concern.

Flores ran for 175 yards and threw for 151 in his season debut. He and Scott, along with receiver P.J. Dennie, need to stretch Antonian’s defense and create mismatches.

The Knights’ veteran offensive line will need to keep Antonian defensive tackle Brandon Latham blocked and open lanes for their ballcarriers.

It’s a battle of the TAPPS District 2-I favorite versus the TAPPS District 3-II fave. More than that, for Holy Cross, it can give an indication of how deep the Knights are capable of advancing in the postseason.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: Antonian 42, Holy Cross 19. 2014 favorite: Antonian.

FOOTBALL: Unbeaten Bobcats stun Central Catholic with two late TDs

Buttons fall despite strong defense

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, South San.

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South San didn’t record its initial first down until late in the third quarter. Apparently, the Bobcats were just trying to make things exciting for a group of visiting students from Denmark.

Their visitors were treated to two touchdowns in the game’s last four minutes and nine seconds in a 14-7 Bobcats victory over Central Catholic Friday at South San Stadium. South San is 2-0 for the first time since 2009.

“I’m very proud of these boys,” third-year South San coach Marcus Booker said. “They’ve come a long way and worked very hard. They found a way to win.”

Neither team scored in the first half, although South San linebacker Steven Reyes stopped a Central Catholic drive at the South San 1 with 4:13 until halftime.

“I should have kicked a field goal there,” Buttons coach L.D. Green Sr. said. “I guess I got a little greedy.”

The Buttons (1-1) broke the ice on a one-yard dive from senior quarterback Joseph Nava with 7:55 left in the third quarter. On their final possession of the third quarter, South San moved to the Buttons 3 with help from two pass completions from quarterback Isaiah Gutierrez.

With about 2:30 left in the quarter, Central Catholic linebacker Joseph Barrera produced a fourth-down stop. At around the eight-minute mark of the fourth quarter, Barrera came up with an interception that seemed to fortify Central Catholic’s 7-0 lead.

South San junior Rafael Lopez changed the complexion of the game when he found himself in the right flat for a 33-yard pass play with 4:09 left. Although a bad extra-point snap kept the Buttons ahead 7-6, momentum was shifting.

“I had to make it up to my teammates,” Lopez said, “for dropping a pass on the first play of the game. I wanted to make it up to them.”

In the fourth quarter, the Buttons were unable to finagle a first down until after South San took the lead. Central Catholic actually outgained South San 243 total yards to 197.

The kids played the way we wanted them to,” Green said. “They didn’t quit. They gave 100 percent all the way to the end.”

A 20-yard screen pass from Gutierrez (10 of 17, 119 yards) to Justin Acosta launced the Bobcats’ final drive. Acosta scored on a 16-yard run up the middle with 1:27 remaining for the go-ahead score. Gutierrez threw to Willie Sanchez for the two-point conversion.

Jimin Suh and Nava carried Central Catholic to its 31 on the ensuing possession. There, with 39 seconds left, the Bobcats’ Jeremiah Prouty pounced on a loose fumble to seal the win.

I was playing my keys,” Prouty said. “I was the quarterback spy. I saw that the ball was coming loose. My teammates had knocked it loose. Then I saw it on the (turf), picked it up and got on top of it.”

After a brief team meeting, South San’s players advanced to midfield chanting “2-0.”

It’s just so much better now that we’re able to compete,” Booker said, referring to the program’s growth. “The defense played fantastic. The offense showed up late, but they came on at the right time.”

FOOTBALL: Week 2 previews (Friday’s games)

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FRIDAY

#6 Brackenridge (0-1) at Devine (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Brackenridge lost a 66-45 shootout to Jay in its season opener and will seek to tighten up its defense against Devine.

The Mustangs had six scoring plays of 35 yards or more and recorded 721 total yards. Their quarterback, Moses Reynolds, accounted for 575 yards of total offense.

Brackenridge produced enough offense to win. Quarterback Antonio Lopez threw for 347 passing and four touchdowns. He spent a little too much time on the ground, though, with -39 rushing yards.

Other offensive standouts for the Eagles included Trey Mathis (118 yards, 14 carries) and Lee Terrell (152 yards, 9 catches). Jordan Beasley and Macco Marble each had more than 80 receiving yards.

Unlike Jay, Devine isn’t explosive offensively. They’re traditionally a grind-it-out team. Running back Joe Guerrero ran for 116 yards on 19 carries in a 17-7 loss to Harlandale.

Quarterback Hunter DuBose also can make plays through the air, although the Indians held him to 45 passing yards last week. That will be an area Devine looks to improve in Week 2.

Devine commited three turnovers last week and Brackenridge lost two, so the turnover battle could be important.

The Warhorses limited Harlandale to 270 total yards last week. Although the game looks like a toss-up, I’m making Devine the favorite based on its defense and home field advantage.

Series leader (record): unavailable. 2013 score:  did not play. 2014 favorite: Devine.

Brooks Academy (0-1) vs. Hawkins (0-1) at Wheatley Heights Stadium, 7:30 p.m., Friday

Leakey defeated Brooks Academy 38-0 last Friday. No scoring or statistics were available from that game.

Hawkins lost 49-0 to St. Gerard in its opener. And, you may have guessed this … no scoring or statistics were available from that game.

Brooks Academy is looking for its first win since 2011, against St. Gerard. I don’t honestly know what the Bengals’ chances of winning this game are.

The Bengals will look to quarterback Dennis Perales and lineman Christien Pedraza for leadership. Alejandro Gonzalez could be a player to watch.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Hawkins.

Burbank (0-1) vs. #14 Kennedy (0-1) at Edgewood Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

This appears to be a game that could go either way.

Burbank lost 36-13 to Southside last Friday in its season debut, while Victoria
East handled Kennedy 43-14. So both will be looking to improve.

Kennedy had a couple of bright spots in its ground game, with junior Jesus Hernandez rushing for 100 yards in his first start and senior Nicholas Gonzalez breaking a 44-yard touchdown run.

The Rockets’ only other touchdown came on an 18-yard pass from Eric Lira to Raul Hale.

Kennedy gave up 451 yards to a fairly balanced Victoria East offense.

Scoring and statistical information on Burbank’s game is unavailable, so it’s hard to draw many conclusions. Although surrendering 36 points to Southside isn’t a good sign.

The team with the stronger defense may be the winner, but it’s hard to speculate which that would be.

Senior quarterback Daniel Tello could be a key for the Bulldogs.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Kennedy.

#4 Central Catholic (1-0) vs. #10 South San (1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Neither team gave up a point in the second half last week, so that could be the tipping point this week – determining which team flinches.

Central Catholic appears to have a stronger, more diverse offense than the Bobcats, based on its 30-0 win over Lanier last Thursday. The Buttons struggled at times to complement their solid ground game through the air, but expect a better effort from senior quarterback Joseph Nava.

Nava seems to have identified his primary target in senior Troy Lozano. Jaime Nava also can be drafted from the secondary in passing situations.

The Buttons’ ground game was rock solid against the Voks, led by senior Jimin Suh. Suh had some breakaways, and also showed an ability to run inside despite his slight frame.

Defensively, Central Catholic held Lanier to 154 total yards.

Both Central Catholic and South San wore down their opponents in the second half, so conditioning is a strength for both schools.

South San scored all of its points in the first half of a 14-6 win over Holmes. Defensively, the Bobcats limited the Huskies to 231 yards and scored a touchdown on Ryan Hernandez’s 15-yard fumble return.

Offensively, South San will try to control the ball behind Justin Acosta (73 yards, 10 carries). Quarterback Isaiah Gutierrez completed more than half of his pass attempts, but threw for more than 53 yards.

Like Central Catholic, South San will need to be more effective through the air to keep the defense honest.

South San won last year, snapping Central Catholic’s four-game winning streak in the series. 

Series leader (record): Central Catholic (14-10). 2013 score: South San 31, Central Catholic 24. 2014 favorite: Central Catholic.

#2 East Central (0-1) at New Braunfels Canyon (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

East Central lost a 59-56 shootout to San Marcos last Friday. The Hornets are employing the spread offense coach Clint Hartman wants to operate and had good success with it.

Quarterback Justin Upshaw-Mendoza threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns – two of them to exrlosive Wanya Ward (153 receiving yards).

Javion Polk (187 rushing yards) and newcomer Jauwan Hall (175 rushing yards) proved to be a dual threat out of the backfield. Upshaw-Mendoza also ran for 72 yards.

The young defense, which welcomed back just four starters, should be better with a game under its belt. The Hornets allowed 616 yards last year.

East Central amassed an unfathomable 807 yards and had five touchdowns of 30 yards or more. The Rattlers had six 30-yard-plus touchdowns.

New Braunfels Canyon had a late coaching change when former Southwest coach Matt Elliott departed. His replacement, Joe Moczygemba, was a longtime defensive coordinator at Smithson Valley, so the Cougars should improve defensively as the year progresses.

In a 34-0 loss to Round Rock Cedar Ridge last Friday, the Cougars gave up 424 total yards.

Canyon mustered just 130 total yards offensively. The Cougars struggled in the passing game, but receiver Kristian Drake could be a player to watch. Raynard Taylor is the featured back.

This should be a chance for East Central to get back on track.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: East Central.

#8 Edison (0-1) at Floresville (1-0), 7:30 p.m.

If Week 1 was an indication, this will be a low-scoring defensive battle.

Edison mustered just 150 total yards in a 13-7 loss to Pleasanton last Friday. On Saturday, Floresville prevailed 13-7 over Highlands.

The passing game is a crucial area in need of improvement for Edison after the opening loss. The Golden Bears completed just one of 20 throws for six yards against Pleasanton.

Edison will be trying to improve its numbers against a Floresville defense that limited Highlands to 122 yards.

After a strong opening week, the Golden Bears’ defense will need to keep Tigers quarterback Koby Wilkerson under wraps. The junior ran for 113 yards and threw for 111 against the Owls.

Alex Mermea is the Tigers’ top back. Luke Smith was Floresville’s leading receiver and one of its defensive standouts.

Edison back Michael Sanguino had a respectable first start with 64 yards.

Edison’s last win in what has become a traditional season opener was 26-23 in 2010. Pleasanton has won the last three meetings.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Floresville.

#3 Harlandale (1-0) at Somerset (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Harlandale’s defense, which limited Devine’s offense to seven points last Friday, will try to control another traditionally high-powered defense.

Somerset senior Koy Detmer Jr. threw for 2,292 yards last year and picked up where he left off in the Bulldogs’ opener. Despite passing for 328 yards and five touchdowns, Port Lavaca Calhoun defeated Somerset 60-41.

The Bulldogs’ Achilles heel may be a running game, which accounted for 165 yards. Detmer had 74 of those yards.

The Indians must keep Somerset from moving the chains on the ground, forcing Detmer to pass in obvious passing situations. If Harlandale can accomplish that, it has a chance to prevail in Somerset.

When Somerset throws, watch for Harlandale defenseive back Ramzey Martinez to step up.

Offensively, Harlandale should continue improving throughout the season. Junior lefty quarterback Jacob Delgado had a solid debut in a 17-7 win over Devine, efficiently throwing for 140 yards. Back John Aguirre (109 rushing yards) should keep the Indians steady on the ground.

The biggest question is whether Harlandale is capable of staying with Somerset if the game becomes a shootout. That hasn’t concerned the Indians in seasons past, but this is a younger Harlandale squad.

Based on Week 1, Harlandale’s best hope seems to be keeping it a reasonably low-scoring affair.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Somerset.

#7 Highlands (0-1) at Uvalde (1-0), 7:30 p.m., Friday

Highlands had difficulty getting its offense humming against a tough Floresville defense in a 13-7 loss last week. The Owls will need to be rolling from the start against Uvalde, which stopped McCollum three times in Coyotes territory during the first half.

The Owls only gained 122 total yards last Friday. One bright spot was senior back Quindon Boston, who ran for 52 yards and had a 17-yard reception.

Highlands, which has no shortage of receivers, only threw for 38 yards.

Uvalde’s offense runs through quarterback Jerry Almaraz, who ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns in the Coyotes’ 27-8 win over McCollum. Almaraz only threw for 51 yards, but that was largely because Uvalde stayed conservative with standout running back Zach Sanchez banged up.

Almaraz is similar to Floresville quarterback Koby Wilkerson, who had 224 yards of total offense against the Owls last week. If Sanchez is limited again, watch for McCrae Rutledge to have a bigger role.

If Sanchez is healthy, Uvalde will have a potentially explosive offense. Highlands, which held Floresville to 270 total yards, will need another solid defensive effort.

Series leader (record): tied (1-1). 2013 score: Uvalde 48, Highlands 21. 2014 favorite: Uvalde.

Lee (0-1) vs. #15 Jefferson (0-1) at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Jefferson was solid in its first week against a powerhouse Antonian team, although the 41-17 score doesn’t indicate it.

As the Mustangs hope to put 2013 behind them, Lee should be a good test. The Volunteers lost a 41-35 shootout to Taft in their opener. With continued improvement defensively, Jefferson should have a shot at its first win of 2014.

Back Jesse Flores should be a big asset in that quest, after running for 148 yards against Antonian. Lee gave up 328 rushing yards to Taft’s Christian Mallard.

Jefferson quarterback Weston Redding threw for 49 yards last week, but should fare better against Lee. The Vols gave up 164 passing yards last week.

Watch for a big game from Jefferson receiver Henry Bocko.

Lee lacks a big-play back like Daniel Rosenfeld, who ran for 204 yards against the Mustangs. Volunteers quarterback Kyle Fuller, however, threw for 279 yards and four scores.

A good start will be vital for Jefferson, which trailed 14-0 after a quarter and 34-3 at halftime against Antonian.

The Mustangs haven’t won in the series since 1989.

Series leader (record): Lee (30-5). 2013 score: Lee 42, Jefferson 16. 2014 favorite: Lee.

#9 McCollum (0-1) vs. Victoria West (1-0) at Victoria Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

The key for McCollum is going to be how healty back Mike Ramirez and quarterback Ralph Vidal are.

Ramirez should be ready to go after gaining 82 yards in three quarters in the Cowboys’ 27-8 loss to Uvalde. McCollum was winning when he sustained a minor injury.

Vidal may take a few games to get back to form, but was effective last Friday despite being limited in mobility. The senior was efficient and demonstrated that Robert Salas will be a good go-to option when the Cowboys need a completion.

Jeff Valdez should watch his offensive role continue to grow throughout the season.

McCollum’s defense put together three strong quarters against a potent Uvalde offense. It will need to go hard for four quarters against Victoria West, which defeated a good Southwest team 26-14 last Friday.

West put the game out of reach with two fourth-quarter touchdowns from quick quarterback Gamarquis Girdy, who threw for 133 yards and ran for 151 after moving from wide receiver.

Malcolm Peoples is another Warrior to watch, after racking up 86 receiving yards aganst the Dragons. Southwest was able to keep limit back Zevaughn Shelton, a 1,300-yard rusher, to 44 yards.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Victoria West.

Memorial (0-1) at Pearsall (1-0), 7:30 p.m., Friday

Memorial began last season with a 31-14 win over Pearsall that announced its improvement. A win tonight at Pearsall might loom as large, for this young team. The Minutemen had a difficult time in their first outing, a 30-8 loss to Carrizo Springs in their first outing. The Wildcats outgained Memorial 387-104 in total yardage.

Memorial will need to make more time for quarterback Alfred Ramos to throw. Ramos, who is capable of 200-yard games, passed for 69 yards last week.

Two of the bright sports for the Minutemen were Greg Rosmond, who caught a 69-yard scoring pass from Ramos, and Jacob Martinez, who ran for 49 yards.

Pearsall is a stronger opponent than last season, with coach David Silva in his second season at the school.

Matt Hernandez and T.J. Navarro each rushed for more than 100 yards for the Mavericks. Memorial will need to tighten its run defense after allowing 215 rushing yards to Carrizo Springs.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: Memorial 31, Pearsall 14. 2014 favorite: Pearsall.

#13 Lanier (0-1) at Pleasanton (1-0), 7:30 p.m., Friday

Lanier had a frustrating opener against Central Catholic, losing 30-0 last Thursday in the first game at renovated Alamo Stadium.

The Voks had some scoring opportunities in the first half, but were unable to capitalize. As the game wore on, Lanier seemed to wear down and the Buttons got stronger.

For the young Voks, getting a taste of competition could help against a solid Pleasanton team. The Eagles defeated Edison 13-7 last Friday.

Junior Julian Castillo may have to carry Lanier’s offensive load again. However, if yardage-eating senior back Joe Orta returns to action, the Voks’ outlook brightens considerably.

Until first-year quarterback Jeremiah Esquivel finds his comfort zone, the Voks will need to control the ball to have a chance against Pleasanton.

The Eagles limited Edison to 144 total yards.

Pleasanton received 160 yards from workhorse back Anthony Leal. Some hope for Lanier stems from the fact that Edison was able to force four Eagles turnovers. Edison’s last win in what has become a traditional season opener was 26-23 in 2010. Pleasanton has won the last three meetings.

Series leader (record): Pleasanton (8-3). 2013 score: Pleasanton 42, Lanier 14. 2014 favorite: Pleasanton.

#11 Sam Houston (0-1) at #12 Southside (1-0), 7:30 p.m., Friday

Both teams are coming off strong opening games, although not much information has surfaced about Southside’s.

Sam Houston lost a heartbreaker at Bandera 21-15 last Friday, when the Bulldogs scored with just three seconds on the clock.

The much-improved Hurricanes had taken the lead on a long touchdown pass to sophomore Leontrey Thomas. Sam Houston coughed up a fumble and an interception in the final quarter, however, allowing the momentum to swing Bandera’s way.

Junior quarterback Raymonte Prime continues to show promise. Back Devin Harris has breakaway speed, as evidenced by his 50-yard touchdown run versus Bandera.

The Hurricanes offense was expected to be dangerous. The surprise was how strong their defense played, with just two returning starters.

As for Southside, its 36-13 win over Burbank was impressive – judging by the score alone.

And that’s about all we have to judge from. No scoring or statistical information from the game is available.

Southside junior Johnny Trevino returns with a year of experience and a chance to be an impact player. Sophomore back Matthew Collier is a player to watch.

That’s all I’ve got about the Cardinals. Hopefully, they’ll be less of a mystery after this week.

This game could very well go down to the wire.

Series leader (record): Sam Houston (2-1). 2013 score: Sam Houston 45, Southside 29. 2014 favorite: Southside.

Taft (1-0) at #5 Southwest (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

The Dragons lost a tough opening game 26-14 to Victoria West, but had some performances to build on.

Foremost among them was sophomore back Tyrone Middleton, who ran for 149 yards and a touchdown in his varsity debut. Veterans Jon Cruz and Reilly Riggs each added more than 60 rushing yards.

The Dragons will need to improve its passing game. Senior quarterback Bowen Crisp completed just two passes for eight yards.

Crisp must become more of a threat through the air for Southwest to keep defenses honest. With four returning linemen, expect that to materialize.

Defensively, the Dragons will need to slow down Taft’s Christian Mallard, but still respect the Red Raiders’ passing threat. Everything starts with Mallard, though.

Taft defeated Lee 41-35 in a shootout last weekend. Mallard ran for a whopping 328 yards. Christian DeHoyos passed for 164 yards.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Southwest.

VOLLEYBALL: Area rankings (thru Sept. 3)

Through Sept. 3

TOP 15:

 

1. East Central

2. Holy Cross

3. Highlands

4. Southwest

5. Jefferson

6. McCollum

7. South San

8. Southside

9. Providence

10. Harlandale

11. Sam Houston

12. Brackenridge

13. Edison

14. Burbank

15. Kennedy

VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Hornets swarm to second in Ragin’ Rattler

Jefferson sweeps Harlandale in 28-5A opener

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: East Central, Harlandale, Jefferson, South San, Southwest.

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East Central seemed to unlock its considerable promise as a team last weekend at the Ragin’ Rattler Tournament in San Marcos. The Hornets (11-11) finished second in the two-day tournament, losing only to Mansfield Summit 22-25, 25-14, 25-15 in the championship match.

Before facing Summit, East Central had not lost a game all week, including a 25-19, 25-10, 26-24 non-district victory at Clemens Aug. 26. In the tournament, the Hornets breezed through last Friday with a 25-5, 25-6 decision over Kyle Lehman, a 25-7, 25-16 win over Manor and an impressive 25-12, 25-17 victory over Victoria West.

Last Saturday, East Central began the day with a 25-17, 25-21 win against Giddings. In the semifinals, the Hornets edged Keller Fossil Ridge 25-23, 25-21. Kaylin Milles contributed nine digs, three kills and seven assists. Freshman Skeyler Embry led a balanced offensive attack with five kills. Brandi Campos (12 digs) and Nichole West (10 digs) were East Central’s defensive standouts.

In the title match, Mills dealt 15 assists and Alex Pena added 12. Madison Simon chipped in with 10 digs and six kills. Embry produced 10 kills and Lindsey Lubianski drilled six. Campos led the Hornets with 16 digs.

Southwest (12-9) and South San (11-8) also competed at the tournament. They met Saturday, with Southwest prevailing 25-19, 24-26, 25-19.

The Dragons also defeated Cuero 21-25, 25-21, 25-13 on the tournament’s final day.

On Aug. 26, Southwest won 25-17, 25-12, 23-25, 25-19 at Southside (9-8). Kassy Cruz and Aashlyn Sulaica each provided 13 kills for the Dragons. Sulaica and Brandy Martinez both were credited with 25 digs and three aces. Yasmine Garcia also served three aces while distributing 20 assists.

Analee Uriegas led the Cardinals with 22 digs. Alyssa Gallardo made four digs and led Southside with 14 assists and six aces. Ashley Sanchez had a team-high eight kills.

Harlandale/Jefferson

Jefferson (14-4, 1-0) opened the District 28-5A season Aug. 26 with a hard-earned victory at Harlandale (8-9, 0-1). The Mustangs claimed a 25-19, 25-14, 25-20 decision in the battle of playoff contenders.

Senior Gabby Vasquez led Jefferson with nine kills and 17 digs. Madelyn Chavez added 15 assists. Kate Mojica served three aces.

For Harlandale, sophomore Kianna Sandoval supplied nine assists and five digs. Dominique Delgado led the Indians with 14 digs. Angel Huron drilled eight kills.

Harlandale rebounded to defeat Southside 27-25, 25-20, 25-20 at the Cardinals’ gym. Delgado led the way with 18 digs and three aces. Alicia Garcia provided nine assists and five digs. Madeline Mendez and Tanya Ramos each finished with eight kills and Huron had seven.

VOLLEYBALL: Resurgent Kennedy claims Game 5 from Memorial

Minutemen turned tide to force fifth set

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Kennedy, Memorial.

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Kennedy senior setter Amalee Ramos knew her team had reached the tipping point of their Aug. 26 match against rival Memorial, after seeing the Minutemen assemble back-to-back wins in the District 27-5A opener.

The Rockets (3-15, 1-0) had tipped the ball effectively, but had gone away from the sudden dump shots over the net after Game 2. Ramos reverted to record three kills in the decisive Game 5 for a 25-22, 25-16, 18-25, 20-25, 15-7 victory at the Rockets’ gym.

“I did a lot of tips,” said Ramos, who finished with eight set assists. “If I think I can take a real good (shot) that will stay down, I’ll do it.”

Memorial grew more aggressive throughout the match, leading to a comeback that began at a desperate time. After winning the first two games, the Rockets led 10-7 in Game 3 and were 15 points away from sweeping the match when Miranda Puente (11 kills, 3 aces) stepped up.

“It was a very emotional match,” said first-year Memorial coach Keelie Rader, who returned to San Antonio after a nine-year absence to take the job.

“I was Kennedy’s coach 13 years ago. It was my first job, right out of college. But now, I’m out for blood.”

After the Minutemen scored the last three points in Game 4, the Rockets scored four in a row in the last game as Ramos, Gayle Talamantez and Abigail Gomez smashed kills. Memorial’s Melissa Montiel cut the deficit to 4-2 with a kill, but Kennedy pulled away to an insurmountable 12-4 lead.

“We had all of last week off to practice,” said first-year Kennedy coach Kim Fernandez, who previously was McCollum’s softball coach. “I think it might have helped us come together, but I didn’t know how we’d come out for this match.”

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s schedule/results (thru Sept. 6)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Matches of Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Monday’s matches

no matches scheduled

Tuesday’s results

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (24-5, 2-0) 3, San Marcos (8-10, 0-2) 0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-11)

Kerrville Tivy (15-9, 1-1) 3, Boerne Champion (7-9, 1-1) 0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-22)

Floresville (17-10, 1-0) 3, Lockhart (13-12, 1-1) 0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-10)

Seguin (14-13, 1-1) 3, Memorial (3-25, 0-2) 0 (scores unavailable)

District 28-5A

Jefferson (15-4, 2-0) 3, Lanier (3-12, 0-2) 0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-21)

McCollum (9-8, 2-0) 3, Sam Houston (11-7, 1-1) 0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-13)

Highlands (12-9, 1-0) 3, Edison (4-13, 0-2) 0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-12)

Brackenridge (4-19, 2-0) 3, Harlandale (8-10, 0-2) 2 (25-13, 25-21, 15-25, 23-25, 15-9)

TAPPS 4-4A

Providence (11-8, 2-0) 3, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (3-6 ???, 1-2) 0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-18)

TMI (4-6 ???, 2-1) 3, Corpus Christi John Paul II (3-3 ???, 1-2) 0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-7)

Victoria St. Joseph (26-1, 4-0) 3, Cornerstone Christian (1-5 ???, 1-2) 0 (25-8, 25-12, 25-17)

Non-district

South San (12-10) 3, Southside (9-9) 0 (25-12, 25-21, 27-25)

Brooks Academy (1-0 ???)  at Johnson City (0-1 ???) (scores unavailable)

East Central (12-11) 3, La Vernia (6-14) 1 (25-14, 21-25, 25-22, 25-8)

Uvalde (3-11) 3, Kennedy (3-16) 0 (25-8, 25-19, 25-17)

Southwest (13-9) 3, Lee (11-9) 1 (25-19, 26-24, 20-25, 28-26) 

St. Anthony (7-2 ???) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (4-14) 0 (25-13, 25-6, 25-16)

Fox Tech (4-19) 3, Burbank (6-14) 2 (25-22, 17-25, 14-25, 25-17, 15-11)

Wednesday’s matches

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross (16-10, 3-1) 3, Corpus Christi John Paul II (2-4 ???, 0-2 ???) 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-20)

Thursday’s matches

no matches scheduled

Friday’s matches

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (8-9, 2-1) 3, San Marcos (8-11 ???, 0-3) 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-18)

Alamo Heights (25-5, 3-0) 3, Floresville (17-11, 1-1) 0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-18)

Seguin (15-13, 2-1) 3Kennedy (3-17, 1-1 ???) 0 (25-12, 25-5, 25-7)

Kerrville Tivy (15-9, 1-1) at Memorial (3-25, 0-2), 6 p.m. (scores unavailable)

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (5-19, 3-0) 3, Lanier (3-13, 0-3) 0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-18)

Jefferson (16-4 ???, 3-0) 3, Sam Houston (11-8, 1-2) 0 (25-17, 25-7, 25-23)

McCollum (10-8, 3-0) 3, Burbank (6-15, 0-2) 0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-9)

Highlands (13-9, 2-0) 3, Harlandale (8-11, 0-3) 2 (25-22, 17-25, 25-19, 25-27, 15-13)

TAPPS 4-4A

Providence (12-8, 3-0) 3, Cornerstone Christian (1-6 ???, 1-3 ???) 0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-17)

Non-district

Edison (5-13) 3, Fox Tech (4-20) 0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-18)

Hawkins (1-8 ???) at Brooks Academy (1-0 ???), 6 p.m.  (scores unavailable)

Smithson Valley (13-13) 3, East Central (12-12) 0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-20)

Roosevelt (10-17) 3, South San (12-11) 1 (25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15)

Southside (9-9) at Wagner (3-13), 7 p.m.  (scores unavailable)

Steele (18-10) 3, Southwest (13-10) 0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-14)

Young Women’s Leadership Academy (0-0) at Poteet (0-0), 7 p.m. (scores unavailable)

St. Mary’s Hall Tournament

Houston Kinkaid 2, Holy Cross (17-11) 1 (25-18, 24-26, 17-15)

Holy Cross (17-11) 2, Comfort 1 (24-26, 25-17, 15-10)

Holy Cross (17-11) 2, Fort Worth Country Day 0 (25-15, 25-14)

Saturday’s matches

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word Academy (3-6 ???, 1-2) at San Antonio Christian (2-7 ???, 0-3) (scores unavailable)

Victoria St. Joseph (28-1, 6-0) 3, Laredo St. Augustine (8-7 ???, 1-5) 0 (scores unavailable)

Victoria St. Joseph (28-1, 6-0) 3, Laredo St. Augustine (8-7 ???, 1-5) 0 (scores unavailable)

Non-district

St. Mary’s Hall Tournament

Houston Kinkaid 2, Holy Cross (19-12) 0 (25-22, 25-16)

Holy Cross (19-12) 2, Medina Valley 0 (25-19, 25-12)

Holy Cross (19-12) 2, St. Mary’s Hall 1 (27-25, 23-25, 25-20)

FOOTBALL: This week’s results (thru Sept. 6)

WEEK 2 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 4-6)

Thursday’s results

Non-district (out of area)

Boerne Champion (2-0) 48, Stevens (1-1) 24

Laredo Alexander (1-1) 33, Laredo Martin (0-2) 6

Lockhart (2-0) 44, Austin Crockett (0-2) 41

Victoria East (2-0) 43, San Marcos (1-1) 27

Friday’s games

Non-district

Devine (1-1) 34, Brackenridge (0-2) 28

Brooks Academy (1-1) 44, Hawkins (0-2) 6

Burbank (1-1) 38, Kennedy (0-2) 33

South San (2-0) 14, Central Catholic (1-1) 7

East Central (1-1) 21, New Braunfels Canyon (0-2) 6

Floresville (2-0) 42, Edison (0-2) 21

Somerset (1-1) 40, Harlandale (1-1) 15

Uvalde (2-0) 42, Highlands (0-2) 29

Pleasanton (2-0) 15, Lanier (0-2) 6

Lee (1-1) 55, Jefferson (0-2) 10

Victoria West (2-0) 52, McCollum (0-2) 6

Pearsall (2-0) 56, Memorial (0-2) 34

Southside (2-0) 15, Sam Houston (0-2) 14

Southwest (1-1) 35, Taft (1-1) 18

Non-district (out of area)

O’Connor (2-0) 34, Alamo Heights (1-1) 24

Austin St. Michael’s (1-1) 28, Austin Hyde Park Baptist (0-1) 14

Austin Regents (2-0) 32, Austin St. Stephen’s (0-1) 28

Brownsville St. Joseph (2-0) 38, Lyford (0-2) 27

San Antonio Christian (1-1) 54, Cornerstone Christian (1-1) 7

Kerrville Tivy (1-1) 41, Corpus Christi Calallen (1-1) 37

Corpus Christi Carroll (2-0) 43, Gregory-Portland (0-2) 22

Agua Dulce (1-1) 19, Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-2) 12

Corpus Christi King (1-1) 66, Corpus Christi Moody (1-1) 6

Corpus Christi Ray (2-0) 28, Corpus Christi Miller (0-2) 14

Eagle Pass (2-0) 30, Laredo Nixon (0-2) 6

Eagle Pass Winn (1-1) 30, Carrizo Springs (1-1) 13

George West (1-1) 27, Freer (0-2) 13

Goliad (2-0) 47, Odem (1-1) 7

Yoakum (2-0) 34, Hallettsville (0-2) 21

Refugio (2-0) 56, Mathis (1-1) 13

Boerne (2-0) 41, Medina Valley (0-2) 15

Cole (1-1) 33, St. Anthony (0-2) 6

New Braunfels (1-1) 42, Seguin (0-2) 21

Center Point (1-1) 46, TMI (1-1) 32

Shiner (2-0) 46, Victoria St. Joseph (0-2) 0

Saturday’s games

Non-district

Antonian (2-0) 30, Holy Cross (1-1) 0

Non-district (out of area)

Roma (2-0) 24, Laredo Cigarroa (1-1) 6

FOOTBALL: Area rankings (thru Aug. 30)

Through Aug. 30

TOP 15:

1. Holy Cross

2. East Central

3. Harlandale

4. Central Catholic

5. Southwest

6. Brackenridge

7. Highlands

8. Edison

9. McCollum

10. South San

11. Sam Houston

12. Southside

13. Lanier

14. Kennedy

15. Jefferson

FOOTBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Bobcats win season debut for first time since 2009

Holy Cross overpowers SACS in second half; Southside wins Lock’s first game

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, East Central, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Sam Houston, South San, Southside.

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It’s hard to blame South San if it wants to continue its series with Holmes.

After losing three consecutive season openers to Harlandale, the Bobcats (1-0) resumed their series with Holmes Friday at South San Stadium. Just as it had the last time the teams met in 2009, South San prevailed.

The Bobcats scored twice in the first half and held on for a 14-6 win over Holmes (0-1).

Justin Acosta, who led South San with 73 rushing yards on 10 carries, dashed six yards for a 7-0 lead with 5:05 left in the first quarter. The Bobcats defense added a score in the second quarter when Ryan Hernandez ran 15 yards with a fumble.

Armed with a 14-point lead, South San had all the points it needed to record the win. The Bobcats limited Holmes to 231 total yards and recovered four fumbles. South San mustered 209 yards.

Holmes scored its touchdown on a two-yard run from Lawrence Jackson with 6:38 to play in the third quarter.

South San quarterback Isaiah Gutierrez passed for 53 yards. Tyrell Courtney caught two passes for 34 yards.

Holy Cross 31, San Antonio Christian 13

The Knights defense kept highly regarded San Antonio Christian quarterback Andrew Hawkins in check and their offense poured it on after halftime for an impressive win Saturday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.
Holy Cross (1-0) received more than 100 rushing yards from Greg Scott and Cisco Flores.

Flores passed 86 yard to T.J. Dennie for a go-ahead touchdown with 8:21 until halftime. The Lions (0-1) tied it 6-6 as time expired in the half, as Andy Griffes nailed a 27-yard field goal, his second in the game.

Holy Cross scored the next four touchdowns.

Genaro Coleman scored on a one-yard run with 6:35 remaining in the third quarter. David Sanchez recorded the first of three Knights touchdowns in the fourth quarter, catching a 20-yard pass from Flores (9 of 20, 151 yards).

Ahead 19-6, Holy Cross added a seven-yard scoring run from Flores (175 yards, 15 carries) and an 80-yard burst from Scott (138 yards, 15 carries) with 4:24 left.

San Antonio Christian back Christian Fornicola (95 yards, 8 carries) ran 62 yards for a touchdown little more than a minute later.

Hawkins, who passed for more than 2,000 yards last season, completed 14 of 24 throws for 120 yards and no touchdown passes. The Knights outgained the Lions 479-183.

Scott led Holy Cross with 61 yards on two receptions. Dennie and Sanchez each caught two passes for 33 yards.

Southside 36, Burbank 13

The Cardinals (1-0) won their first game under former Gonzales coach Ricky Lock, defeating Burbank (0-1) Friday in a non-district game at Southside.

Lock coached Gonzales to the Class 3A state quarterfinals in 2013.

No scoring or statistical information about the game was available.

Harlandale 17, Devine 7

Devine blocked a Harlandale field goal with 6:27 remaining Thursday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, but the Indians (1-0) made the most of a second chance.

Lenin Romero connected on a 23-yard field goal to seal the non-district victory with 2:02 to play.

Harlandale recovered two fumbles and produced an interception in the first half. The Warhorses drove to the Harlandale 1 on the game’s first possession before fumbling into the end zone.

The Indians capitalized with rushing touchdowns from senior back John Aguirre (109 yards, 28 carries) and junior quarterback Jacob Delgado, who made his first start. Delgado completed 10 of 15 passes for 140 yards.

Devine (0-1), which outgained the Indians 309-270 in total yartdage, cut the Indians’ lead to 14-7 with 3:14 until halftime. Joe Guerrero (116 yards, 19 carries) scored on a one-yard plunge.

Ian Martinez led Harlandale with 105 reception yards on five catches.

MORE TO COME

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lamkin was a beacon of hope for Sam Houston

Veteran coach’s players vow to honor her legacy

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Sam Houston.

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Milyse Lamkin traveled far and wide, but her heart never left San Antonio’s east side.

The Sam Houston girls basketball coach died from cancer last Thursday at age 52. Although Lamkin was nearly four years into her battle with the disease and taking a medical leave of absence, she wasn’t ready to give up the job she loved. It was understood that Lamkin planned to coach the Hurricanes for her 10th season this winter.

“We lost a champion,” Sam Houston football coach and athletic coordinator Gary Green said. “She fought very, very hard – as she always has.”

After Lamkin battled her illness so bravely and so long, those around her were shocked by how suddenly cancer claimed her.

“The last time I talked to her (Aug. 18),” Hurricanes volleyball coach and girls athletic coordinator Courtney Davis said, “she was trying to get her body stronger so she could move forward a little more. To find it was coming to an end was truly a surprise to all of us.”

Green knew Lamkin from the time when he was a substitute teacher at Sam Houston and Lamkin was a student. Years later, when both were pursuing other careers, he and the 1982 graduate talked about returning to the school to teach and coach.

“She was like my little sister,” Green said. “We used to talk about, maybe, going back to Sam and getting everything back on track one day. And it ended up that we both applied there.

“Her biggest motivation was doing for the east side. She was very proud of being a Sam Houston Cherokee. You didn’t call her a Hurricane. She took a lot of pride in the east side. She never moved away.”

Although she was devoted to developing the young athletes she coached into responsible citizens, Lamkin’s commitment to her community didn’t end at the school’s doors. Like her mother, Mildred Lamkin, Lamkin believed in doing her part to make San Antonio’s east side a better place to live.

“After basketball practice, she would go right to church,” said Sam Houston senior Dajah Thomas, who played three years on Lamkin’s basketball team. “She was the choir director at her church. She just helped a lot of people. Most coaches don’t do as much as she did.

“At school, she would help people who didn’t even play sports. Her appearance and her presence were so strong, you couldn’t miss her walking down the halls or down the street.”

Davis was Lamkin’s assistant and succeeded her in the coordinator position. She knew Lamkin for her last 14 years and admired her devotion to improving the area.

“She was very well-known. There was nowhere you could go where people didn’t know Milyse, and she helped everyone,” Davis said. “I guess it was just her upbringing. She was not just there behind the scenes. She would go out and be supportive. She followed in her mother’s footsteps. She had a big-time commitment to the community.

“She spoke out and spoke up for the kids.”

In nine years as Sam Houston’s coach, Lamkin guided the team to a 172-118 record and six district titles. Last year, the Hurricanes qualified for the Class 3A playoffs and finished second in District 28-3A despite starting the season with a 2-15 record.

Lamkin had missed more than a month of the season, due to an unanticipated hip surgery. Her team’s turnaround coincided with her return to the bench.

“It was hard for me, because I wasn’t able to be there for the girls,” Lamkin said last February, “but I left it in the Lord’s hands.”

Before taking the coaching reins at her alma mater, Lamkin was one of Sam Houston’s greatest female athletes. She went on to play both basketball and softball at St. Mary’s University, helping the Rattlers win the

1986 NAIA softball national championship.

She was inducted into the St. Mary’s athletic hall of fame in 1999.

Green said Lamkin was so talented that his brother christened her “the female Dr. J,” a reference to high-flying NBA hall of famer Julius Erving. SAISD assistant athletic director Brian Clancy witnessed her abilities in pickup basketball games at King Middle School in the early 1990s.

“Milyse was a tremendous ballplayer,” Clancy said. “We played Saturdays and Sundays in the gym at King. She would play with the men of the east side, and she could hang with them. She could really play ball.”

Lamkin found her way back to Sam Houston as a special education teacher and coach after sampling other occupations. She sold ads for a radio station, worked as a flight attendant and managed a local department store before embarking on a 23-year SAISD career.

“I guess it was just wanting to experience everything,” Davis said. “She was a very well-rounded person. Everything she went through helped her become who she was.

“She made each one of us stronger.”

Lamkin helped shape Thomas from a strong-willed young teenager into the Hurricanes’ leader.

“Dajah was one of Coach Lamkin’s projects,” Davis said. “Lamkin worked with her until she became better and better and better. This year, she’ll be our leader. The other girls look up to her.”

When Thomas spoke to her coach on the first day of school, Lamkin expressed her intent to return and coach her basketball team this year.

The senior said she came to see Lamkin’s beliefs reflected in herself as their relationship became stronger.

Thomas spoke to her Sam Houston’s teammates last Thursday after they learned of Lamkin’s death. The senior passed along a message of hope and determination.

“What I basically (told the team) was that Coach Lamkin would not want you to cry,” Thomas said. “Stand up and be strong. Live for her. Don’t get down.

“We’re going to play our basketball games in her name. We’re going to state in her name. We’re going to do what it would take to make Coach Lamkin happy. We’re not going to give up.”

Memorial services for Lamkin will take place 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Methodist Church, 500 N. Center St.

FOOTBALL: Uvalde answers McCollum’s challenge for win over rival

Coyotes score last three touchdowns after Cowboys gain lead

 

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McCollum and Uvalde are no longer in the same district, but the rivalry remains strong.

Although the final margin wasn’t indicative, the non-district game between former District 29-4A rivals was about as close as could be through three quarters. Uvalde (1-0) scored the last three touchdowns for a 27-8 win Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

“It’s always a great game,” said Uvalde quarterback Jerry Almaraz, who ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns. “It was fortunate for us it worked out, but it’s a great rivalry. Both teams played hard.”

McCollum (0-1) took an 8-7 lead with 2:40 left in the third quarter when senior quarterback Ralph Vidal scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak. The Cowboys took the lead on a two-point conversion run by Jeff Valdez.

“(Uvalde) is a good team,” said Vidal, who worked out with Almaraz in the offseason. “We knew it’d be a close game. When we came back, we knew they’d come at us.”

Following a 30-yard kickoff return, the Coyotes drove 50 yards to regain the lead. Trae Garcia, who accounted for two of Uvalde’s last three scores, ran seven yards for the clincher, 50 seconds before the third quarter ended.

McCollum’s Noe Trevino returned the second-half kickoff 66 yards to the Coyotes 19. The Cowboys lost a fumble on the next play, but Valdez pounced on a loose ball near midfield six plays later. It launched a 13-play, go-ahead scoring drive.

Uvalde roared 62 yards in four plays after taking the opening kickoff. The Coyotes led 7-0 on a 25-yard run from Almarez. Almaraz ran on the last two plays of drive, covering 45 yards.

McCollum was stopped three times inside Uvalde territory in the first half, twice on fourth down.

“It hurt (Uvalde) a little bit, not having (Zach) Sanchez at full strength,” McCollum coach Juan Hinojosa said. “It made them a little one-dimensional, but Almaraz is a dual threat.”

Cowboys back Mike Ramirez sustained a minor knee injury that kept him out of the fourth quarter, but is expected back next Friday.

FOOTBALL: Central Catholic blanks Lanier in Green’s debut

Suh emerges as Buttons’ featured back

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, Lanier.

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Central Catholic vs Lanier HS played on 28 Aug at Alamo Stadium
Central Catholic back Jimin Suh carried the ball 16 times for 102 yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lanier back Julian Castillo ran 23 times for 84 yards.

Lanier back Julian Castillo ran 23 times for 84 yards.

 

Central Catholic tacklers swarm to the ball in their shutout of Lanier. Zachary Frey and Cesar Castro bring down the  Voks' Julian Castillo.
Central Catholic tacklers swarm to the ball in their shutout of Lanier. Zachary Frey and Cesar Castro bring down the
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Jimin Suh was visiting his native South Korea this summer when he got the news he would have a different football coach when he returned stateside.

Suh and his Central Catholic teammates seemed to have thrived under new coach L.D. Green’s regime. The former Buttons assistant returned in June after Don Byrd retired following his second season at the school.

Central Catholic (1-0) not only won Green’s head coaching debut, and the season opener for both teams. The Buttons pitched a shutout for the first time since last Oct. 25, defeating Lanier (0-1) 30-0 in the first game at venerable Alamo Stadium in two seasons.

“When Coach Byrd (retired), I wasn’t even thinking about who the new coach would be,” Suh said. “But Coach Green is really good at motivating. He’s a really good coach. I appreciate his work ethic, what he’s taught us and how he loves us.”

Suh was one of three Buttons who scored touchdowns on consecutive possessions coming out of halftime. Central Catholic crowded all of its scoring into the middle two quarters at the renovated Rock Pile.

“We had to get all the butterflies out,” Green said. “We made too many mistakes, but we showed great composure and played all four quarters. We didn’t give up. We played within ourselves.”

Meanwhile, Lanier threatened to score early, but crossed midfield just once in the second half. The Buttons held the Voks to 154 total yards and five first downs.

“The defense played hard,” Central Catholic senior quarterback Joseph Nava said. “They deserve all the credit for the second half .”

Central Catholic established a 10-0 halftime lead, then dominated the second half.

The Buttons increased their lead to more than two touchdowns with 6:35 left in the third quarter. Nava completed a 20-yard pass to Joe Barrera early in the drive and a critical 21-yard throw to Jaime Nava on fourth-and-8 that kept the series alive.

Tyler Acosta ran two yards for the score.

Suh (102 yards, 16 carries) recorded the next touchdown little more than three minutes later on a nine-yard run. The senior gained all 35 yards on drive on three carries after a short punt.

About two weeks ago, Green had tinkered with the idea of rotating several backs. Last year, Suh shared the position with junior Jacob Rodriguez, who’s concentrating on defense. Although sophomore Thomas Palomera (55 yards, 10 carries) played well in a backup role Thursday, the job is Suh’s.

“Jimin is a tough runner,” Green said. “He knows how to hit the hole very hard. He really stepped up and became the guy.”

Central Catholic increased its lead to 30 points with 40 seconds left in the third quarter, when Joseph Nava (51 yards, 14 attempts) scored on a 19-yard touchdown ramble.

Suh credited the Buttons’ second-half push to their offseason weight program, run by Buttons assistants Danny Sanchez and Randy Walker, before Green was hired.

“Our team worked really hard in the summer,” Suh said. “I think that’s what got us to win. We’re more used to the end – in hot conditions. I think that was the main thing.”

The Voks didn’t cross the 50 until less than three minutes remained. Phoenix Perez did the honors with a 16-yard scamper.

“I’m pretty proud of how those guys came together,” Green said of his defense. “One of our goals was to win third down. Winning third down was pretty important. We got a couple of takeaways, which helped us.”

Lanier took a shot at the end zone in its second possession, following an interception from Steve Torres. However, Jeremiah Esquivel (51 passing yards) was unable to connect with his pass.

Esquivel later had a 42-yard completion to Elijah Cortez, but the drive ended with a fumble at the Central Catholic 13.

While Esquivel made his first start under center, Julian Castillo (84 yards, 23 carries) was called on to be the Voks’ workhouse back. Joe Orta, who led the team in rushing last year as a sophomore, did not play.

Central Catholic took the lead five seconds into the second quarter on a 31-yard field goal from junior Ryan McColley-Perez.

The teams traded fumbles midway through the second quarter. Lanier’s Juan Palomino came up with the ball at the Voks 44. Following a Lanier penalty, Central Catholic reclaimed it and scored.

Acosta recovered the fumble at the Voks 31. One play later, Joseph Nava (9 of 21, 138 yards) threw a 31-yard scoring pass to Jaime Nava. The Buttons led 10-0 with 5:50 remaining in the half.

Tyler Acosta fumble recovery, shortly after fumble recovery by Lanier’s Juan Palomino.

“Something changed when we were able to take it over the top and get in the end zone,” Green said. “That was the turning point.”

Central Catholic didn’t capitalize immediately. The Buttons lost the ball on downs and Nava threw his second interception before the half ended.

“We were still up 10,” Joseph Nava said. “We were just trying to push through to the second half.”

The Buttons committed three first-half turnovers, while Lanier lost two.

“We got all that first game nervousness out,” Joseph Nava said. “We had a rough start, but we were really clicking by the second quarter.”

Troy Lozano made three receptions covering 62 yards for the Buttons.

BULLETIN: Sam Houston girls basketball coach Lamkin dies

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San Antonio South Side Sports extends our most sincere condolences to the family, friends and current and former players of Sam Houston girls basketball coach Milyse Lamkin — as well as the entire Hurricanes community.

Coach Lamkin, an alumna of the school who served many years at Sam Houston, died of cancer Thursday morning at age 52 after a three- to four-year battle. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all whose lives she touched.

“We lost a champion,” Sam Houston football coach and boys athletic coordinator Gary Green said. “She fought very, very hard, as she always has.”

In her nine years as Hurricanes coach, Lamkin guided the team to a 172-118 record and six district titles.

The 2013-14 Hurricanes qualified for the Class 3A playoffs and finished second in District 28-3A despite starting the season with a 2-15 record. Lamkin had missed more than a month of the season, due to an unanticipated hip surgery. Her team’s turnaround coincided with her return to the bench.

It was hard for me, because I wasn’t able to be there for the girls,” Lamkin said last February of the leave of absence, “but I left it in the Lord’s hands.”

Interim SAISD athletic director Frank Arnold confirmed that Lamkin was on a leave of absence from her teaching position at the time of her death,

She was one heck of a coach and a great person,” SAISD assistant athletic director Brian Clancy said. “This is a great loss for the district and for the young women on the east side of town.”

After her playing career ended at Sam Houston, Lamkin was a member of St. Mary’s University’s 1986 NAIA championship softball team. In 1999, she was inducted into the athletic hall of fame at St. Mary’s.

NOTE: I am currently working on a remembrance of coach Lamkin to be posted this weekend.