BOYS BASKETBALL: Jefferson nips Memorial for Edgewood title

Mustangs avenge Minutemen’s double-OT win

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Fox Tech, Jefferson, Kennedy, Memorial.

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Expectations are a bit elevated for a young Jefferson team this year, and the Mustangs did nothing recently to lower them in the first week of the season.

Jefferson (4-2) avenged an earlier loss to Memorial in the Edgewood ISD Tournament to claim the championship with a 58-54 victory Nov. 22 at Edgewood Gym. The Minutemen (5-2) had defeated the Mustangs 78-77 in double overtime a day earlier in pool play.

“We’re a little inexperienced,” Jefferson coach Eric de los Santos said, “but we have some talent we haven’t had in a while. I’m looking forward to this group (developing).”

Kennedy (4-2) defeated Fox Tech (2-4) 60-50 in the third-place game for an all-area harvest of the trophies.

“We lost some seniors (to graduation) who were with me in our playoff year,” Kennedy coach David Alonzo said. “These kids were my sophomores on that playoff team.”

In the championship game, Jefferson closed the third quarter with a 17-3 run that broke open a tight game. Junior guard Anthony Friere nailed a three-point basket from the right wing with .4 seconds left in the quarter to cap the run.

Memorial whittled the 47-34 deficit down with an 8-1 spurt in the fourth quarter, thanks largely to its ability to get to the foul line and cash in. With 2:22 remaining, the Minutemen were within 52-46.

A technical on the Mustangs 11 seconds later enabled senior Bryan Obregon to sink four free throw attempts. Obregon converted both the foul shots from the technical and personal free throws.

Tournament most valuable player Noah Soto led Jefferson with 16 points. The 6-foot-3 sophomore scored the game’s last basket on a floater with 1:12 left.

Memorial made the closing seconds interesting.

Obregon (20 points) made 14 of 15 free throws. He was fouled on a three-point shot with 19.5 seconds left and the Minutemen trailing 56-52. The senior guard made the first two attempts, but missed the third. Soto claimed the rebound and secured Jefferson’s win.

“We were expecting a championship all the way,” Soto said. “We were a little disappointed that we lost one (game), but we didn’t expect anything less than a championship.”

Guards Dominic Perez and Friere supplied 15 and 11 points, respectively, for the Mustangs. Jacob Elias scored seven, including a layup with 1:39 remaining.

Memorial senior Xavier Abrigo scored 14 points and football standout Jose Pargas chipped in nine. The Minutemen played without backup point guard Cristobal Hernandez

“It was a pretty even tournament,” Memorial coach Jon Sanchez said. “We had a lot of tight games. I don’t know what it is with us and Jefferson. It always turns out to be a nail-biter.

“We’re learning, but it’s a great group of kids. We had been substituting five and five, but we decided to go with our normal subs (in the championship game). We’ve got to learn to play together.”

In the semifinals, Memorial defeated Fox Tech 63-50 and Jefferson edged Kennedy 48-46. The Rockets won Pool B, while the Minutemen won Pool A.

“I think, when we start playing together a little bit more, we’ll be more explosive,” Alonzo said. “We had some turnovers that need to be addressed. But the boys are doing what I’ve asked them to do.”

Isaac Castro and Julian Landeros led Kennedy with 13 points each against Fox Tech. Quentan Bell and Marc Esquivel scored eight apiece.

“I think they’re coming along slowly,” Alonzo said, “but they’re coming along well.”

Nick Buys led Fox Tech with 20 points. Jacob Ortiz and Gabriel Tirado each scored seven.

 

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FOOTBALL: Fort Worth Christian jumps on Knights’ mistakes for quarterfinal win

Holy Cross seniors finish 35-12

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Holy Cross.

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Holy Cross finally was presented with a set of circumstances, some of its own making, that it couldn’t overcome.

From the opening kickoff Friday at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown, the Knights (9-2) found the obstacles mounting against Fort Worth Christian (10-2). By halftime, Fort Worth Christian led by more than four touchdowns and Holy Cross’ season was in jeopardy.

It ended with a 45-20 loss to the Cardinals in the TAPPS state quarterfinal game. Fort Worth Christian snapped Holy Cross’ eight-game winning streak.

“We played badly in the first half,” Holy Cross coach Mike Harrison said. “We did a lot of uncharacteristic stuff. We gave up the opening kickoff. He went by three of our kids. We just missed him.”

Fort Worth Christian freshman Cade Garcia returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Garcia ran for two more touchdowns and finished with 110 rushing yards.

Holy Cross tied it on its opening possession with a well-executed drive. Knights senior back Greg Scott ran 11 yards for the touchdown with 9:14 left in the first quarter.

The Knights couldn’t sustain the momentum from the 7-7 tie. Meanwhile, Fort Worth Christian unveiled a spread offense it hadn’t shown in the three game films Holy Cross studied.

Two defensive offsides penalties on fourth down, including one on fourth-and-goal, led to Cardinals touchdowns. A Knights fumble set up a field goal by Fort Worth Christian. Harrison said a dropped would-be interception likely would have produced a Holy Cross touchdown.

All of that added up to first-half frustration.

“You’re talking about 24 of their 38 points came from us making mistakes and dropping passes,” Harrison said. “Their defense shut Greg down, so they took that away from us. I couldn’t tell you how many three-and-outs we had.

“They won on our defensive mistakes and their defensive line controlling the line of scrimmage.”

The Cardinals scored only once after halftime, on a 17-yard pass from Blaze Brownlow (16 of 22, 108 yards) to Kallen Walters. It came after Scott caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Holy Cross sophomore quarterback Steven Gutierrez (11 of 17, 111 yards) with 2:34 left in the third quarter.

Scott finished with 36 rushing yards on 19 attempts, but it was enough to put him over the 2,000-yard mark for the season. The senior rushed for 2,007 yards and 28 touchdowns.

David Sanchez (56 yards, 2 receptions) scored Holy Cross’ last touchdown of the season on a 50-yard pass play from Gutierrez with 8:36 left in the game.

“This is the most resillient team I’ve coached in my 27 years of coaching,” Harrison said. “We suffered numerous injuries and our kids found ways to overcome them. You lose an all-state quarterback (Cisco Flores) and go on an eight-game winning streak, that speaks pretty well of the kids.

“That’s what I’ll take away from this year’s group. They had an ability to overcome difficult situations. These kids taught me a lot about never giving up and never giving in.”

Fort Worth Christian outgained the Knights 307-167 in total yardage. Holy Cross’ defense produced three shutouts and held two other opponents to seven points.

“One of the things is that we played as a team,” Harrison said, referring to the strengh of the defense. “We had some good talent there. We had kids who had some real ability and were really tough. Our defensive line was the best we’ve had in a long, long time. Our linebackers as a whole, all four were excellent. Our secondary starrted a senior cornerback (Chris Rodriguez), who was an absolute gem, and a sophomore cornerback, who came along.

“I think the key was that the kids came to rely on each other.”

During the last four years, the Knights seniors have helped the program post a 35-12 record against a challenging schedule.

“We went into this year with a goal of making the state championship game,” Harrison said. “We had an all-state quarterback and an all-state running back (Scott). When Cisco went down (with an anterior cruciate ligament injury), we all took a collective step back. But these kids played at a level I was inspired by.

“These seniors have won four district championships, won four area championships and went to four area finals (or state quarterfinals). In most programs, that’s a pretty good run. I hope they will always be proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

Holy Cross will return six starters on offense and four on defense. The group includes quarterbacks Gutierrez and Nazario Coleman, in addition to four of the five offensive line starters.

“Offensively, we’re going to have about six kids back,” Harrison said, “but I don’t know how we’ll replace Greg Scott. But, you know what, somebody will have to step up and do the job.

“Our expectations will always be the same. Our JV was undefeated, our freshmen were undefeated and our middle school was undefeated. So, there’s some talent that’s coming up. I’m very excited about what we have here at Holy Cross and we’re going to do our very best in everything we do.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Nov. 19)

Through November 19

TOP 15:

 

1. Southwest

2. Highlands

3. East Central

4. Brackenridge

5. Lanier

6. South San

7. Southside

8. Kennedy

9. Sam Houston

10. Edison

11. Burbank

12. Harlandale

13. Holy Cross

14. Young Women’s Leadership Academy

15. McCollum

FOOTBALL: State quarterfinal previews (Friday’s game)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking

FRIDAY

TAPPS DIVISION II

State quarterfinal

Fort Worth Christian (9-2) vs. #1 Holy Cross (9-1) at Birkelbach Field, Georgetown, 7 p.m.

This is where the road to the TAPPS state championship becomes a bit treacherous.

For the fourth year in a row, Holy Cross has journeyed to this point. To date, the Knights haven’t gotten further.

Fort Worth Christian is expected to be a formidable opponent at full strength. The Cardinals will get quarterback Blaze Brownlow back. Brownlow was out when Fort Worth Christian defeated Austin Hyde Park Baptist 20-10 last weekend in the bi-district round.

The Cardinals defeated Holy Cross’ bi-district opponent, Arlington Pantego Christian, 35-21. The Knights beat Pantego Christian 43-22, despite trailing 16-14 at halftime.

However, after two sub-par first halves in a row (including a win over Hyde Park Baptist), Holy Cross likely won’t be able to afford another slow start.

Outstanding senior back Greg Scott has carried the Knights over the last three weeks, rushing for 900 yards and 15 touchdowns. For the season, Scott has rushed for 1,971 and scored 27 times.

To counter the Cardinals’ aggressive defense, Holy Cross sophomore quarterback Steven Gutierrez will need to be effective in play-action and throwing sideline routes.

Brownlow isn’t the running threat that Pantego Christian quarterback Hill Alexander was, but he has passed for 1,305 yards. Fort Worth Christian’s top receivers are Kallan Walters and Caleb Stone. Each of whom has about 500 receiving yards.

Freshman back Cade Garcia helps keep the Cardinals offense balanced.

Holy Cross will need to control the ball and avoid turnovers to take the next step in the playoffs.

State semifinal opponent: Grapevine Faith Christian (9-2)-Dallas Parish Episcopal (9-1) winner. Favorite: Holy Cross.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Nov. 22)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

 

Games of Nov. 16-22

 

Monday’s games

No games scheduled

Tuesday’s games

Non-district

O’Connor (5-2) 66, Harlandale (1-5) 42

South San (2-3) 60, Southside (2-3 ???) 55

Alamo Heights (1-1 ???) 61, Jefferson (0-5) 24

Pearsall (3-4) 44, Fox Tech (0-8) 10

Holy Cross (2-2 ???) 47, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (4-4) 29

Hawkins (1-2) 33, Brooks Academy (1-2 ???) 29

Roosevelt (5-1) 52, Highlands (3-4 ???) 49

Smithson Valley (1-0 ???) 57, East Central (1-1) 43

Burbank (3-2) 53, Providence (0-5 ???) 33

Cole (4-1) 71, Sam Houston (0-2 ???) 57

Southwest (2-1) 74, McCollum (0-5) 19

Lanier (3-3) 76, Holmes (1-4) 61

Marshall (5-1) 58, Edison (1-5) 51

Boerne (2-0) 63, Kennedy (3-3) 33

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games

Non-district

Cole Tournament

Cole 79, Edison (1-6) 38
Devine 65, Southside (2-4 ???) 52

Jaguar Classic

At Floresville

Falls City 39, Harlandale (2-6) 32
La Vernia 60, Lanier (4-4) 49
Austin High 58, Sam Houston (0-4 ???) 42
Brandeis 77, Brackenridge (2-6 ???)48
Southwest (4-1) 54, Marshall 38
Highlands (5-4 ???) 83, Uvalde 25
Seguin 49, Brackenridge (2-6 ???) 35
Port Lavaca Calhoun 58, Burbank (3-4 ???) 15
Marshall 64, Providence (0-7 ???) 20

Medina Valley 56, Sam Houston (0-4 ???) 54
Highlands (5-4 ???) 56, Floresville 50
Harlandale (2-6) 51, Holmes 43

Southwest (4-1) 74, Providence (0-7 ???) 10
MacArthur 55, Burbank (3-4) 38
Lanier (4-4) 60, Floresville JV 39

SAISD Tournament

East Central (3-1) 75, Memorial (0-3) 22
San Angelo Central 62, Memorial (0-3) 40
East Central (3-1) 38, Roosevelt 30

South San Tournament

Holy Cross (3-2 ???) 51, Lytle 26
Roma 52, Jefferson (0-6) 39
Mission 46, Kennedy (3-4) 43
Laredo Nixon 46, McCollum (0-6) 32

Friday’s games

Non-district

St. Gerard (4-2 ???) 59, Fox Tech (0-9) 46

Cole Tournament

Edison (2-7) 46, Comfort 27
Cleveland Tarkington 55, Edison (2-7) 49
Southside (4-4 ???) 61, Randolph 35
Southside (4-4 ???) 96, Somerset 76

Jaguar Classic

At Floresville

OTHER AREA TEAMS – Burbank (3-4), Lanier (4-4), Sam Houston (0-4 ???), Southwest (4-1). FINALS – Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Incarnate Word 55, Brackenridge (3-7 ???)44
Brackenridge (3-7 ???) 79, Providence (0-8 ???) 28
Harlandale (3-6) 44, Medina Valley 31
Highlands (7-4 ???) 56, La Vernia 39
Highlands (7-4 ???) 52, Austin High 44

SAISD Tournament

East Central (4-1) 52, Boerne 44
Lee 65, Memorial (0-4) 19

South San Tournament

South San (4-3) 52, Roma 30

Alamo Heights d. McCollum (0-7)

South San (4-3) 46, Holy Cross (3-3 ???) 32
Laredo United South 68, Kennedy (3-5) 38
Lytle 45, Jefferson (0-7) 34

Saturday’s games

Non-district

Cole Tournament

Edison (4-7) 52, Jourdanton 44
Edison (4-7) 51, Crystal City 43
Southside (6-4 ???) 61, Crystal City 50
Consolation championship
Southside (6-4 ???) 56, Cleveland Tarkington 44

Jaguar Classic

At Floresville

Southwest (5-1 ???) 65, La Vernia 33
Brackenridge (4-7 ???) 76, Holmes 49
Burbank (4-4 ???) 50, Floresville JV 20
Laredo Alexander 62, Harlandale (3-8) 43
Uvalde 33, Providence (0-9 ???) 27
Incarnate Word 56, Sam Houston (0-5 ???) 22
Lanier (5-4 ???) 37, Seguin 35
Floresville 59, Harlandale (3-8) 34

Championship

Brandeis 73, Highlands (7-5 ???) 40

SAISD Tournament

Smithson Valley 42, East Central (4-2 ???) 27
San Angelo Central 66, Memorial (0-5) 41

South San Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Holy Cross (3-3 ???), Jefferson (0-7), Kennedy (3-5), McCollum (0-7), South San (4-3). FINALS – Saturday, TBA.

Guaranteed bracket

Laredo Nixon 51, Holy Cross (4-4 ???) 47
Holy Cross (4-4 ???) 38, Poteet 11
Jefferson (1-8) 40, McCollum (1-8) 28
Kennedy (5-5) 52, Eagle Pass 16
McCollum (1-8) 45, Eagle Pass 35
Kennedy (5-5) 52, Jefferson (1-8) 29

Championship bracket

Semifinals

Taft 54, South San (4-5) 36
Johnson 59, Kerrville Tivy 33

Third place

Kerrville Tivy 55, South San (4-5) 49

Championship

Johnson 57, Taft 51

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Harlandale ISD Tourney unintentionally previews 28-5A season

Kennedy finishes fourth

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, South San.

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A bit of the mystery surrounding the District 28-5A season vanished over the weekend.

The brackets in the 16-team Harlandale ISD Tournament put the combatants on a collision course. Although none of them occurred in the first round, six games featured two district teams going head-to-head.

With six district representatives among the nine area teams participating, it was an unavoidable situation. Harlandale and McCollum, the host schools, were moved into the traditionally SAISD-heavy district in the most recent realignment – which took effect this year.

Burbank (2-2) was the team effected most by the sneak preview. The Bulldogs played three district opponents in four games, defeating Harlandale 52-41 and McCollum 54-49 back-to-back on Saturday.

“It’s good because it kind of gives us a sense of what the competition has,” said Lanier coach Laura Negrete-Fernandez, whose Voks defeated both district teams it faced. “That’s the main thing. But you also know you’re going to play these teams twice more in district, and it makes it harder to beat them later on because you know each other so well.”

It’s worth speculating whether some of the six 28-5A teams may ponder a different tournament destination next season. Edison coach Angie Alonzo indicated she was inclined to stay the course.

“I like the tournament,” Alonzo said. “Everybody from Harlandale and McCollum is great. We’ll have to see.”

In the championship game, Churchill (5-0) defeated Roosevelt (4-1) 53-47 in a battle of the unbeatens. The Chargers won 53-38 over Kennedy in the semifinals.

Kennedy was the area’s top finisher, placing fourth Saturday. The Rockets (3-2) won their first three games this season, including victories over Harlandale and Marshall Friday. Boerne Champion (4-1) downed Kennedy 52-30 in the third-place contest.

“Champion’s height took us out of our regular zone offense,” first-year Kennedy coach Steve Biddison said. “Their strength defensively is their height, and that’s not our strength.”

The Rockets won their two games Friday by nearly identical scores. They defeated Harlandale 48-40 and Marshall 48-39.

“We need these games to find out where we are,” Biddison said. “Marshall’s a 6A Northside team. Any time you can beat one of them, it’s a good thing. We just need some practice time to fix our mistakes and right the ship. To be 3-2 is a great start for where we’re at right now.”

Lanier (2-3) advanced to the consolation bracket championship, where the Voks fell 56-35 to Lee (3-2). Lanier advanced with a convincing 65-36 win over Edison. On Friday, the Voks defeated Burbank 49-41.

Against Lee, Lanier bolted to a 12-6 lead. However, the Volunteers ripped off 27 unanswered points before the Voks could silence the run.

“We’re going through some growing pains,” Negrete-Fernandez said. “I brought a lot of young sophomores and their making little mistakes from inexperience. It’s that team unity and coming together as a team that we lack now, but I have two very good players who are out right now.”

Edison lost a heartbreaker 38-35 to St. Anthony (5-2) in the consolation third-place game.

“We only have one returning starter,” Alonzo said. “We have kids who were on freshman and JV teams last year. We need to get games under our belt.”

It was a challenging weekend for the host schools. Harlandale (1-4) and McCollum (0-4) mustered one win between them.

“We’ve had a rough start,” Harlandale coach Jackie Contreras said. “We’re just trying to bring it together. We’re starting to use our guards a little more. We’re small, but fast.”

 

 

MORE TO COME

FOOTBALL PLAYOFF REPORT: Holy Cross rides second-half surge into quarterfinals

Lockhart squelches Brack comeback; Turnovers doom Hornets

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, East Central, Harlandale, Holy Cross.

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For the second week in a row, Holy Cross overcame a slow start to claim a decisive victory.

The Knights (9-1) trailed at halftime Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, just as they had six days earlier on the same field against Austin Hyde Park Baptist. Arlington Pantego Christian (6-5) watched its two-point halftime lead melt away as Holy Cross cruised to a 43-22 TAPPS Division II bi-district win behind four of senior back Greg Scott’s six touchdowns.

Scott ran for a whopping 397 yards on 38 carries. He has accumulated 900 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in the the Knights’ last three games.

“What a night,” Holy Cross coach Mike Harrison said. “Those are fantasy football numbers. That’s big time. If you look at what he’s done the last three weeks, it’s amazing.

“Everybody in the whole place knew he was going to get the ball. To do that in a playoff game says a lot about the kid. Not just as a football player and young man but, as a student, he has really grown.”

Holy Cross was the only area team among nine qualifiers to survive the first round of the playoffs.

Pantego Christian established a 14-7 lead in the first quarter. Panthers quarterback Hill Alexander threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doc Woodson and ran for a four-yard score. Scott’s first touchdown run was sandwiched between them.

Harrison said Alexander’s playing style reminded him of injured Holy Cross quarterback Cisco Flores. The Panthers senior completed 15 of 29 passes for 194 yards and ran for 106.

“Every play they have is a ‘read’ play,” Harrison said. “(Alexander) is the best quarterback we’ve seen this season. He’s very much like Cisco. He can make plays with his feet and arm.

“Their two slots (Eli Sherrill and Will Boyd) were fanastic athletes. Their tailback (Woodson) was one of the best we’d seen, before he got hurt.”

Scott dashed 59 yards for a tying touchdown 8:35 before halftime. Pantego Christian took a 16-14 lead on a safety before intermission.

“We didn’t play well in the first half,” Harrison said. “We hadn’t seen any thing like (Pantego’s offense) before. To try to put it in during a week of practice, is difficult.

“But the kids were resilient. They stayed with it and they started playing much better in the second half.”

Scott put the Knights in the lead with 58- and 32-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter. He also ran for the two-point conversion after each.

The Panthers closed within 30-16 on a 32-yard pass from Alexander to Boyd, but Holy Cross put the hammer down. Scott recorded his last two touchdowns on runs of 45 and seven yards.

Holy Cross manufactured 434 rushing yards and 462 total yards.

“We had a chance to go up three touchdowns,” Harrison said, “but, to their credit, Pantego Christian bounced back. We have a resilient group of kids. Eventually we just kind of wore them down.”

The Knights will travel to Birkelbach Field in Georgetown Friday for a 7 p.m. state quarterfinal game against Fort Worth Christian (9-2).

“Our hope is that our schedule has gotten us ready for this,” Harrison said. “The two teams we scrimmaged and the three we played in non-district all made the playoffs. It’s a testament to our kids and our coaches that they’ve fought through adversity. I think we’ve done a good job of preparing them for that.

“This is the fourth year we’ve been in this game. It’s time for us to take the next step.”

Fort Worth Christian is led by quarterback Blaze Brownlow, who is expected to play against the Knights after missing the Cardinals’ 20-10 win over Austin Hyde Park because of a concussion. The junior has thrown for 1,305 yards. Freshman back Cade Garcia has run for 475 yards since replacing injured Jack Roberson.

“They’re very talented and very skilled,” Harrison said. “Their offensive line is one of the best we’ve seen. Their defense is hard-nosed and very, very aggressive.”

Lockhart 42, Brackenridge 21

Brackenridge (7-4) pushed across three fourth-quarter touchdowns, but the Eagles (7-4) couldn’t overcome Lockhart’s deliberate, ground-oriented attack Saturday in a Class 5A bi-district game at San Marcos.

The Lions scored the game’s first 28 points behind their two-pronged rushing attack of Curtis Hawkins (183 yards, 31 carries) and D.J. Ellison (132 yards, 11 attempts). The pair combined for four touchdowns.

Stephen Huston also scored to help Lockhart build a four-touchdown cushion. Lockhart gained 394 of its 434 total yards on the ground.

District 28-5A runner-up Brackenridge came back with a vengeance in the final quarter.

Trey Mathis scored on a 10-yard run and Macco Marble (51 yards, 3 receptions) caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Antonio Lopez (19 of 33, 324 yards) 35 seconds apart in little more than the first minute of the quarter. The Eagles were within 28-14.

A costly interception enabled Lockhart to regain a three-touchdown advantage. Bailey Girouard returned the pickoff 40 yards for a touchdown with 6:40 remaining.

Brackenridge responded, as senior Lee Terrell (107 yards, 6 receptions) got free behind the defense for a 22-yard score at the 4:31 mark. Ellison officially closed the door on the Eagles’ comeback with a five-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds on the clock.

Stevens 51, East Central 22

Six turnovers came back to haunt East Central (6-5) in a Class 6A bi-district loss to Stevens (8-3) Saturday at Gustafson Stadium.

The Hornets also forced four interceptions, but couldn’t cash in enough of them to keep pace with the Falcons as the game wore on. East Central, which tied for first place in District 28-6A, was within 23-14 at halftime and 30-22 midway through the third quarter.

A 35-yard run by sophomore back Jauwan Hall (77 yards, 21 carries), who surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing standard later in the game, set up East Central’s first touchdown. A 14-yard pass from Justin Upshaw-Mendoza to Wanya Ward (138 yards, 11 receptions) gave the Hornets a 7-6 lead.

Stevens scored the next 17 points before East Central junior linebacker Dalton Tarr returned the Hornets third interception 35 yards for a touchdown.

Trailing 30-14, Upshaw-Mendoza (19 of 39, 220 yards) threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Polasek (43 yards, 5 receptions). The junior quarterback also threw to Ward for the two-point conversion with 6:51 left in the third quarter.

East Central also recovered the ensuing onside kick and drove to the Stevens 19, but an interception denied it a chance to tie the score. Stevens pulled away with 21 unanswered points.

Alamo Heights 48, Harlandale 17

The Mules (9-2) scored on their first seven possessions Friday at Alamo Heights to win the Class 5A bi-district game against Harlandale (6-5).

Alamo Heights quarterback Dalton Banks completed all 12 passes he attempted for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Banks also ran for two touchdowns.

Harlandale countered with a 32-yard field goal that put the Indians within 21-3 with 1:43 remaining in the first half. The Mules scored twice more before halftime. The touchdowns were separated by just nine seconds.

The Indians reached the end zone with 5:12 left in the third quarter on a three-yard pass from junior quarterback Jacob Delgado (19 of 29, 196 yards) to Noah Avina. Senior back John Aguirre (46 yards, 13 carries) added a one-yard rushing touchdown with 20 seconds remaining.

Vincent Hernandez was Harlandale’s leading receiver with three catches for 68 yards. Jacob Rodriguez hauled in four passes for 51 yards. Ian Martinez had 43 reception yards on three catches.

BOYS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Nov. 22)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

 

Games of Nov. 16-22

 

Monday’s games

Non-district

Jay (1-0) 87, Highlands (0-1) 56

Holmes (1-0) 74, Lanier (0-1)  63

Tuesday’s games

Non-district

McCollum (1-0) 60,  Southwest (0-1) 57

Pearsall (1-0) 71, Holy Cross (0-4 ???) 63

Harlandale (1-0) 51, Boerne Champion (0-1) 43

San Antonio Christian (1-0) 56, Sam Houston (0-1) 35

Alamo Heights (1-0) 64, Central Catholic (1-3 ???) 63

Burbank (1-0) 68, Kennedy (0-1) 48

Memorial (1-0) 82, Fox Tech (0-1) 53

Johnson (1-0) 110, East Central (0-1) 81

Brackenridge (1-0) 79, Lee (0-1) 77 (OT)

South San (1-0) 73, Jefferson (0-1) 51

Southside (1-0) 82, Poteet (0-1) 51

Steele (1-0) 73, Edison (0-1) 49

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games

Non-district

Edgewood ISD Tournament

Kennedy (1-1) 61, Athlos Academy 28
Fox Tech (1-1) 74, Memorial JV 64

Memorial (2-1) 63, Kipp Academy 52

Jefferson (1-1) 63, Gervin Academy 43

Dawghouse Invitational

At Magnolia

Katy Cinco Ranch 76, Edison (0-2) 49

NISD/NEISD Tournament

Central Catholic (2-3 ???) 50, Roosevelt 39
Wagner 74, McCollum (1-1) 50
Reagan 101, Highlands (0-2) 57

Adidas Classic Tip-Off Tournament

At San Antonio Christian

OTHER AREA TEAMS – Burbank (1-0 ???). FINALS – Saturday, TBA.

San Antonio Christian 60, Lanier (0-2) 56 (OT)
Harlandale (2-1) 55, Smithson Valley 54
Holmes 66, Harlandale (2-1) 38

St. Anthony Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Brackenridge (1-0), Holy Cross (0-4 ???). FINALS – Saturday, TBA. (scores unavailable)

 

Friday’s games

Non-district

Southwest (1-1) 64, Medina Valley (0-1) 48

South San (1-0) at La Vernia (1-0), 8 p.m. (score unavailable)

Adidas Classic Tip-Off Tournament

At San Antonio Christian

OTHER AREA TEAMS – Burbank (1-0 ???), Lanier (0-2 ???). FINALS – Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

Harlandale (3-2) 66, Houston Christian 53
Riverdale Baptist 74, Harlandale (3-2) 57

Edgewood ISD Tournament

Memorial (4-1) 78, Jefferson (2-2) 77 (2 OT)
Memorial (4-1) 86, Gervin Academy 56
Jefferson (2-2) 58, Kipp Academy 52
Kennedy (3-1) 57, Memorial JV 46
Kennedy (3-1) 60, Fox Tech (2-2) 46
Fox Tech (2-2) 55, Athlos Academy 46

Dawghouse Invitational

At Magnolia

Killeen d. Edison (0-4) (score unavailable)
Southlake Carroll 54, Edison (0-4) 37

NISD/NEISD Tournament

Highlands (2-2) 72, Alamo Heights 66 (OT)
Stevens 63, McCollum (2-2) 54
Brandeis 73, Central Catholic (3-4 ???) 59
McCollum (2-2) 57, Seguin 53
Highlands (2-2) 50, Laredo Martin 37
Central Catholic (3-4 ???) 52, MacArthur 41

St. Anthony Tournament

OTHER AREA TEAMS – Brackenridge (1-0 ???). FINALS – Saturday, TBA.

Floresville 67, Holy Cross (0-4) 47

 

Saturday’s games

Non-district

Adidas Classic Tip-Off Tournament

At San Antonio Christian

Lanier (2-2 ???) 77, Lee 61
Smithson Valley 62, Burbank (0-2 ???) 50
Harlandale (4-2) 57, Boerne Champion 52
Lanier (2-2 ???) 61, Boerne 36

Edgewood ISD Tournament

Championship bracket

Semifinals

Memorial (5-2) 63, Fox Tech (2-4) 40
Jefferson (4-2) 48, Kennedy (4-2) 46

Third place

Kennedy (4-2) 60, Fox Tech (2-4) 50

Championship

Jefferson (4-2) 58, Memorial (5-2) 54

Dawghouse Invitational

At Magnolia

Edison (1-4) 56, Humble Kingwood Park 53 (OT)

NISD/NEISD Tournament

McCollum (3-2) 74, Highlands (2-3) 73 (OT)
Churchill 51, Central Catholic (3-5 ???) 40

St. Anthony Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Brackenridge (1-0 ???), Holy Cross (0-4 ???). FINALS – Saturday, TBA. (scores unavailable)