FOOTBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Sam Houston outlasts Edison to clinch playoff spot

Laredo Martin stuns Southside; Bulldogs edge Highlands

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Edison, Highlands, Holy Cross, Sam Houston, Southside.


First-place Sam Houston (6-2, 6-0) clinched a playoff berth for the second-consecutive season with a 21-13 District 28-5A win over Edison (2-5, 2-3) Oct. 17 at the SAISD Sports Complex.

Despite the relatively modest scoring total, by its recent standards, Sam Houston amassed 470 total yards in the victory. However, the Golden Bears hung in until the end, led by a strong performance from senior quarterback Jonathan Hernandez.

Hernandez ran for 100 yards and completed nine of 12 passes for 118 yards. He rushed for both Edison touchdowns.

The first tied the score 6-6 late in the first quarter, after Devin Harris (116 yards, 16 carries) scored for Sam Houston. A safety and a 17-yard touchdown run boosted the Hurricanes’ lead to 15-6 with 8:53 left in the second quarter.

Hernandez brought Edison within 15-13 at the half with an 11-yard touchdown run. Harris’ third touchdown, with 2:52 remaining in the third quarter, accounted for the only points after halftime.

Sam Houston quarterback Raymonte Prime completed 18 of 24 passes for 294 yards. Harris, Dewayne Brown, Jawon Anderson and Trenton Jones all accumulated more than 50 reception yards.

Bryan Bolton caught six passes for 67 yards for the Golden Bears, who lost their second-consecutive game.

Laredo Martin 28, Southside 21

The previously winless Tigers (1-6, 1-3) shocked Southside (6-1, 3-1) in a District 29-5A Oct. 17 contest at Shirley Field in Laredo.

A week earlier the Cardinals took the lead in the first quarter for an important road victory in Somerset. Southside also led Martin most of the way.

The Cardinals held a 15-14 halftime lead, thanks to a two-yard scoring run and a 32-yard touchdown reception by Matt Collier (148 yards, 22 carries). Reliever David Garza passed to the sophomore off a reverse.

Two turnovers turned the tide against Southside, after it increased the lead to 21-20 with a third quarter touchdown from Collier.

Juan Valdivia (57 yards, 13 carries) ran for the winning touchdown with little more than two minutes remaining. The Tigers’ Ricardo Cisneros (9 of 16, 106 yards) passed to Javier Hernandez for the two-point conversion.

Burbank 40, Highlands 34

The Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2) maintained third place in District 28-5A by winning a tight battle against winless Highlands (0-7, 0-5) Oct. 17 at Alamo Stadium.

Big plays from Armando Ferguson and Bruce Moody (134 yards, 4 catches) kept the Owls within striking range until midway through the fourth quarter.

Ferguson returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, including a 77-yarder that put Highlands ahead 14-6 with six minutes until halftime. Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello scored on a six-yard run and ran for the two-point conversion to tie the score at the half.

Tello (8 of 17, 96 yards) hoisted a 17-yard pass to Tru Bradford about three minutes into the third quarter, but the 21-20 lead was short-lived. Moody scored on a 78-yard pass play from John Cervantes (7 of 15, 172 yards) that gave Highlands its last lead with 7:45 to play in the quarter.

A 30-yard pass to Rubyn Salazar and a fumble return by Patrick Sanchez enabled Burbank to overtake the Owls 32-21. Moody answered with a 49-yard reception, but Tello (164 yards, 28 carries) delivered the crushing blow with a 27-yard run with 7:04 left.

Ferguson returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards to the end zone.

Holy Cross 58, Victoria St. Joseph 21

The Knights (5-1, 3-0) remained unbeaten and tied for first place in TAPPS District 3-II a commanding win over Victoria St. Joseph (1-7, 1-3) Friday in Victoria. Senior back Greg Scott (280 yards, 17 carries) ran for three touchdowns of more than 40 yards to lead Holy Cross.

Scott got started early, breaking a 74-yard touchdown run 27 seconds into the game. After a 35-yard scoring pass from Chris Rodriguez to Genaro Coleman, Scott found the end zone with an 88-yard run just 14 seconds into the second quarter.

Ahead 21-0, Steven Gutierrez (13 of 23, 166 yards) threw 28 yards to David Sanchez before St. Joseph scored its first touchdown with 46 seconds until halftime.

Holy Cross senior T.J. Dennie ran four times for 72 yards and a touchdown. Jay Nava caught four passes for 49 yards.

VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY REPORT: McCollum chasing perfection in 28-5A

Southside holds fourth in 29-5A; East Central cruising in 28-6A

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Brooks Academy, Burbank, East Central, Highlands, Jefferson, McCollum, Sam Houston, Southside, Southwest.

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Burbank's Sharriah Martinez makes a dig against Brackenridge.
Burbank’s Sharriah Martinez makes a dig against Brackenridge.















Brackenridge senior Jolicia Shelton-Brown serves against Burbank.
Brackenridge senior Jolicia Shelton-Brown serves against Burbank.



















Highlands freshman setter Jazlyn Losoya (8) makes a play at the net.
Highlands freshman setter Jazlyn Losoya (8) makes a play at the net.















Sam Houston setter Rita Davis serves against Highlands.
Sam Houston setter Rita Davis serves against Highlands.





















McCollum (21-8, 13-0) is closing in on a perfect perfect District 28-5A season after recording a pair of victories last week.

The first-place Cowboys knocked off third-place Jefferson (24-8, 9-4) 25-14, 25-22, 25-10 Tuesday and fourth-place Brackenridge (13-23, 9-5) 23-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-21 Friday. The Cowboys had three matches remianing in their district schedule, which concludes Oct. 28 at rival Harlandale.

Victoria Yzaguirre led McCollum with 11 kills, eight digs and two aces against Jefferson. Savannah Borjas added 16 assists and seven digs. Neyda Sanchez contributed nine kills, four blocks and five digs.

Catie Gonzalez logged a team-best 23 digs and Emily Solis chipped in 17 for the Cowboys. Alicia Garcia finished with 14 assists and eight digs. Celeste Ramirez smashed five kills and Cassandra Maldonado had two blocks.

For Jefferson, Cecilia Campos made 18 digs. Gabby Vasquez crunched seven kills. Madelyn Chavez distributed 11 assists. Angela Hardcastle served two aces.

McCollum is one of four area teams that have qualified for the playoffs. East Central (21-15), Highlands (24-10) and Holy Cross (34-13) also have qualified.


The Cardinals (17-14, 7-4) picked up a pair of straight-sets wins last week to hold down fourth-place in District 29-5A.

Southside swept fifth-place Laredo Cigarroa (19-19, 6-6) Oct. 14 at Southside. The Cardinals finished the week with a 25-15, 25-16. 25-10 win at Laredo Martin (1-10 in district).

Against Cigarroa, Southside junior Ashley Sanchez had a team-high 16 kills and nine digs. Alyssa Gallardo distributed 32 assists, served four aces and made eight digs. Mia Soto contributed 14 kills and three aces.

Analee Uriegas led the Cardinals with 17 digs. Klaryssa Vela supplied seven assists and four digs. Chloe Davis had four kills.

East Central

The Hornets (7-0 in district) wrapped up a playoff berth and remained undefeated in District 28-6A with a pair of victories.

First-place East Central defeated Southwest (18-16, 3-4) 25-22, 25-18, 25-27, 25-15 Oct.18 at the Dragons’ gym. The Hornets began the week with a 25-6, 25-13, 25-12 win over Corpus Christi Carroll (0-7 in district) at East Central.

Against Southwest, Hornets senior Kaylin Mills dealt an eye-popping 43 assists and served three aces — as did Madison Simon and Nichole West. Skeyler Embry notched 15 kills and Simon made 13.

Defensive leaders for East Central were Brandi Campos (22 digs) and West (20). Christie Cosper and Mills each had 2.5 blocks.

Southwest shared third-place with Corpus Christi Ray.

Megan Hernandez led the Dragons with 26 digs and two aces. Zoe Marin had a team-best three aces and Candice Kelley led with three blocks. Kassy Cruz (8 kills), Eliana Ponce and Aashlyn Sulaica (12 kills) each provided two blocks.

Angie Aguilar and Yasmine Garcia distributed 16 and 15 assists, respectively.


The Owls (12-1 in district, who have already nailed down a playoff berth, picked up two wins last week to head into their Tuesday home match against District 28-5A leader McCollum with a chance to grab a share of first.

Second-place Highlands survived a tough match against Sam Houston (14-16, 4-10) to win 15-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-10, 15-4 Tuesday and Burbank (7-26, 0-13) 25-11, 25-8, 25-14 Friday.

Senior Emily Pearce led Highlands with 21 digs and nine kills. Bryten Mitchan added 13 kiills, nine digs and two aces. Jazmine Jackson contributed 13 kills, nine digs and two aces.

Analisa Garza dished 25 asssists and made six digs, as did Genesis Garcia. Angela Garcia had 10 digs and a team-best three aces. Kiara Pesina made 11 digs.

For the Hurricanes, Tiaria Mackey distributed 11 assists and served two aces. Jordyn Stewart finished with six kills and two blocks. Jasmine Darden was credited with five digs.

Brooks Academy

The Bengals (9-8, 2-6) kept themselves in the playoff hunt by sweeping Cole (6-19, 2-6) for their second District 26-3A victory Tuesday at Cole. Brooks defeated the Cougars 25-14, 25-11, 25-17.

With the win, Brooks Academy moved into a second-place tie with Cole.

No Bengals statistics were available.

FOOTBALL: Southwest grounds rival Hornets

Dragons run for 426 yards, hold E. Central to 78

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: East Central, Southwest.


Southwest did a lot of groundwork in its upset victory Oct. 17 at East Central.

Afterward, it was difficult to choose which was the most important factor: That the Dragons (3-4, 1-1) held the high-powered Hornets (3-4, 1-1) to a mere 78 rushing yards or that they ran for 426 themselves.

Cast a vote for the defense as the key element in Southwest’s 34-16 District 28-6A decision.

“Our defensive coaches had a great game plan and our kids executed it,” Southwest coach Peter Wagner said. “We played like we knew we could. We played a couple of young kids, and they made plays.

“We knew East Central would play very physical and fast, and we did a good job with that.”

One of those kids, sophomore safety John Blaz, scored Southwest’s first touchdown on a two-yard run. In addition to converting some key fourth downs in the offensive backfield, Blaz was one of the Dragons’ leading tacklers, along with classmate John Garcia and veteran Oscar Salinas.

Southwest backs Tyrone Middleton (153 yards, 12 carries), Jon Cruz (129 yards, 21 carries) and Reilly Riggs (122 yards, 17 carries) also scored a touchdown apiece. Riggs helped the Dragons secure a 17-3 halftime lead with a four-yard run.

Middleton broke off an 85-yard scoring run after Kyle Lamey (87 yards, 3 receptions) brought the Hornets within a touchdown with a 35yard reception from Justin Upshaw-Mendoza (12 of 24, 117 yards). Cruz, who surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season, followed with a four-yarder with 31 seconds left in the third quarter for a 31-10 edge.

“It’s really kind of a three-headed monster,” Wagner said. “You never know who’s going to make the big run.”

Jauwan Hall led East Central with 58 rushing yards on 13 carries.

VOLLEYBALL: Holy Cross’ win over Provets nets share of title

Knights, Providence play tiebreaker matches Tueday

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Holy Cross, Providence.



Beating your archrival always is sweet, but Holy Cross’ win Saturday at Providence had an added dimension. The Knights’ victory clinched at least a share of their first TAPPS district title.

Holy Cross (34-13, 15-1) won three matches last week to lock in a share of the TAPPS 4-4A championship. Victoria St. Joseph (39-2, 15-1) defeated Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (7-9 in district) Monday to earn a co-championship and force a championship match 6:30 p.m.Tuesday at Holy Cross.

“It has been a long time,” Holy Cross coach Ruben Calderon said of the nine-year-old program’s first title. “But it’s just Step 1 in the process.”

The Knights are one of four area teams that have qualified for the playoffs. East Central (21-15), Highlands (24-10) and McCollum (21-8) also have qualified.

Providence (16-19, 7-9) downed Laredo St. Augustine (3-12 in district) 25-5, 25-21, 25-21 Monday to earn a share of fourth place. The Provets will play a 6 p.m. tiebreaking match at Cornerstone Christian (7-9).

Holy Cross defeated Providence 25-19, 25-21, 25-20. The Knights also swept TMI (11-4 in district) 25-23, 25-20, 26-24 last Thursday at the Panthers’ gym and Incarnate Word 25-20, 25-13, 25-8 last Tuesday at Holy Cross.

The Knights will take an 11-match winning streak into the postseason. Calderon is pleased that they avoided a letdown after tagging St. Joseph with its first district loss since 2012 on Sept. 30 in Victoria.

In fact, Holy Cross swept all of its district matches after losing to St. Joseph in their first meeting, Aug. 27 at the Knights’ gym.

“It was obvious one of the big (accomplishments) of the season to do that in Victoria,” Calderon said. “My immediate concern was to see how the reacted to that. We talked a lot about that. It was just one win, and we still needed to stay focused.

“They did a good job of moving on to the next challenge and responding to it.”

Victoria St. Joseph defeated the Provets 25-14, 25-19, 25-17 last Tuesday at Providence.

Against Holy Cross, Providence freshman Jazzmyne Williams had 10 kills and three aces for Providence. Senior Mital Patel led Provets with 13 digs. Mia Ybarra dealt 14 assists..

“They have a couple of young kids that are going to be good in the years to come,” Calderon said. “Providence was playing for a playoff spot. They were very aggressive and had everything to gain and nothing to lose. Our kids were playing for pride.

“It was a good test for our preparation. I liked the poise we showed. We’re finding ways to finish a set. We’re not pushing the panic button. We’re keeping our unforced errors down, playing smart and being aggressive when we need to.”

Holy Cross sophomore Henrianna Ibarra produced 21 kills, 19 digs, three blocks and two aces in the match. Victoria Gonzalez contributed 12 digs and 11 kills. Anna Zuniga added nine assists, six digs and four kills.

Knights setters Kimberly Butcher and Autumn Lopez chipped in 14 and 11 assists, respectively. They supplied nine digs apiece. Daisy Flores had 12 digs.

“We were able to get everybody in and get them some playing time,” Calderon said. “If we win Tuesday, we’ll be off for a week, so it was important for timing.”

If there is a championship match on Tuesday, as expected, the winner will get a bye through the TAPPS tournament bi-district round to the area round. The loser will play a bi-district match later in the week.

“We went through the tough non-district matches and developed confidence,” Calderon said. “Beating St. Joseph was a big boost, but we understand it’ll be a different situation Tuesday. They’ve been on top a number of years and they’ve been to the state semifinals the last two years.

“This is going to be a great match. We’ll have to stay focused throughout the entire match.”

FOOTBALL: Indians’ defense regroups to hold Lanier in check

Harlandale earns share of third with win

TEAMS INCLUDED: Harlandale, Lanier.





Harlandale earns share of third with win

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Harlandale, Lanier.

A week away from competition gave Harlandale a chance to shore up its defense and revive its playoff hopes. Now, Lanier has to hope for similar results.

The Indians (4-3, 3-2) held Lanier to 75 total yards in the first half and their offense rose to the occasions when it needed to thereafter for a District 28-5A victory Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium. A late touchdown by the Voks’ Phoenix Perez cut into Harlandale’s final margin, but it moved into a third-place tie with a 28-17 win.

“We came in with a loss (to Edison Oct. 3),” said Harlandale senior back John Aguirre, who scored two second-half touchdowns. “We were pretty upset. Being able to come back and win, I can’t explain what it means.”

Harlandale is tied with Burbank heading into a meeting with first-place Sam Houston Friday at Alamo Stadium.

“We’re in the hunt,” Harlandale coach Isaac Martinez said. ”We still have a horse in the race.”

Lanier (2-6, 2-4) has a week off before tackling Sam Houston Oct. 31 and Burbank No. 7 in its quest to snare a playoff spot. The loss left the Voks are in seventh place.

“Getting guys healthy and back on the field,” said Lanier coach Don Gatian, when asked what he hoped to accomplish in the bye week. “We had two or three starters that didn’t play Friday because they were banged up. We’ll bounce back.”

Aguirre (102 yards, 21 carries) was the Indians’ horse after halftime, and he enabled them to build on a 14-3 lead.

Harlandale drove 53 yards off the second-half kickoff. The senior accounted for 22 rushing yards, including an eight-yard touchdown run set up by a 26-yard reception from Ian Martinez.

“The key was to win the second half,” Aguirre said. “We wanted to compete and not lose sight of what we needed to do to win the game.”

In hindsight, that touchdown looked like a backbreaker for the Voks. Lanier put together a promising drive in response, but it stalled out at the Harlandale 12 with 3:39 left in the third quarter.

“We just came up short on those two drives,” Gatian said. “Were hoping to put six on the board and we didn’t do it. It was just a tough game all around.”

Voks senior Joe Orta finished a drive on a short field following a fair-catch interference penalty against Harlandale. It was one of the Indians’ rare mistakes. Orta (128 yards, 25 carries) scored on a nine-yard run with 31 seconds to play in the third quarter.

“I thought our defense did a nice job of containing them,” Isaac Martinez said. “They like to keep the ball on the ground, but we got them behind the sticks and the point differential got away from them, so we forced them to do some things they aren’t as comfortable doing.”

Lanier played its second-consecutive game without junior back Julian Castillo, who has rushed for 467 yards. Castillo is more of an elusive, outside-oriented back than Orta, although Orta is capable of big gains when he gets outside containment.

Harlandale made Orta work for his yardage.

“We had to plug down inside,” Martinez said, “but we told our linebackers that he can squirt and spill outside.”

Another long kickoff return left Harlandale 52 yards from the end zone as the fourth quarter opened. Aguirre ran for the last 13 yards after a key completion from junior quarterback Jacob Delgado to David Rodriguez.

Brandon Rodriguez’s second interception of the game ended Lanier’s next possession and sealed the win. The Indians surrendered 31 points and 392 total yards in the loss to Edison. They outgained Lanier, which had scored 40 in its previous game, 267-265 in total yardage.

“Brandon made couple of picks and we had nice pressure on their quarterback,” Martinez said. “I think we took them a little out of their game plan.”

Delgado scored on a one-yard dive with 4:06 left in the first quarter. The left-hander increased Harlandale’s lead to 14-0 with a 23-yard pass to Ian Martinez. The senior standout appeared to lose his footing, but caught the ball on the goal line in a seated position.

Lanier cut its halftime deficit to 14-3 on a 39-yard field goal from senior Jorge Maldonado. Harlandale called timeout to ice the kicker, but he cleared the uprights with plenty to spare nine seconds before the half.

“They didn’t do anything different than they’ve been doing,” Gatian said. “Our offensive line just wasn’t firing off the ball. We weren’t blocking the way we’ve been.”

FOOTBALL: Week 8 previews (Friday’s games)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking


#8 Burbank (3-3, 2-2) vs. #15 Highlands (0-6, 0-4) at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Burbank can hold third place with a win, while Highlands needs to stop its slide.

Burbank also is coming off a loss, albeit a hard-fought 40-33 decision against second-place Brackenridge. The Bulldogs battled back impressively in the second half and limited the Eagles’ powerful offense to a manageable 330 yards, so there were positives to take out of the loss.

If Highlands is to have a chance to notch its first win, it will have to keep Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello relatively contained. However, that strategy is becoming less and less of a way to control the Bulldogs.

Tello ran for 177 yards against Brackenridge, but that eye-popping total was supplemented by 112 yards from Devin Gusme (a new wrinkle) and 81 from Rubyn Salazar.

Burbank only threw seven passes against Brack, but Tello is effective when he needs the short pass to move the chains.

Highlands started quarterback Thomas Salame for the first time in a 48-0 loss to Sam Houston last Thursday, but De-Morriay Richardson finished the game taking snaps. John Cervantes may still be in the picture. So, the Owls will have the element of surprise in their starting quarterback.

Richardson looked confident in the role and gave the Owls a more effective running game, in combination with Quindon Boston.

Receiver Bruce Moody also stepped forward for the Owls.

The biggest obstacle for Highlands, offensively, has been limiting turnovers and penalties. Defensively, Highlands has had a problem with big plays.

Until last year, the Bulldogs hadn’t defeated the Owls since 1978.

Series leader (record): Highlands (21-2). 2013 score: Burbank 43, Highlands 21. 2014 favorite: Burbank.

#5 Central Catholic (4-2, 1-0) at Antonian (5-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Central Catholic has had an admirably balanced offense this year, with 1,092 rushing yards and 1,047 passing yards. That versatility could serve the Buttons well against the toughest defense they’ve seen so far.

Antonian has allowed 21 points in its last three games, including an impressive 42-7 win over Austin St. Michael’s in its TAPPS 2-I opener.

Central Catholic began its district season with a 55-14 slaughter of St. Anthony.

The Buttons had a chance to play their subs a lot, so the stats from that game aren’t particularly revealing. But everything will need to start against Antonian with an effective running game led by Jimin Suh and quarterback Joseph Nava.

That will be essential so Nava can be effective in play action. He may also need to take a few deep shots to keep the Apaches honest.

Antonian has a three-game winning streak and hasn’t lost with standout junior back Dan Rosenfeld in the lineup. However, an experienced defense has been the Apaches’ strongest asset this season.

Despite missing time because of an injury, Rosenfeld has rushed for 1,095 yards and is the Apaches’ leading receiver with 125 yards.

Peyton Bryan is a veteran leader, who can throw when necessary. For the most part, though, Antonian will try to grind it out and rely on its defense to limit the length of opponents’ possessions.

As usual, this should be a key game in determining the district champion.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: Antonian 40, Central Catholic 14. 2014 favorite: Antonian.

Corpus Christi King (5-1, 1-0) at #9 South San (2-4, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Things couldn’t have gone much better for Corpus Christi King in its District 28-6A opener, while South San struggled to its fourth-consecutive loss following a 2-0 start.

In a six-team district, there isn’t time to overcome mounting losses, so this looms as an important home game for a Bobcats team with legitimate playoff aspirations.

Undefeated Corpus Christi Ray downed South San 36-14. The Texans put up 331 total yards with a balanced offense, aided by a blocked field goal they returned for a touchdown.

On the bright side, Bobcats senior Isaiah Gutierrez returned from an injury and turned in a solid game. Gutierrez led the Bobcats with 105 rushing yards on 11 carries and threw for 53 yards. Gutierrez scrambled for a 58-yard touchdown that gave Souh San a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.

Combined with Willie Sanchez and Justin Acosta, the Bobcats should be able to run the ball against the Mustangs. Being able to pass well enough to offset big gains from King could be a key.

The Mustangs showed they could score in a hurry in a 33-21 win at Southwest last Friday. King led 33-7 five minutes into the second half after scoring twice in less than two minutes midway through the second quarter.

Spencer Manuel passed 11 times, but threw for 95 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 47.

The Mustangs rely on back Tristian Price, who gained 131 yards on 20 carries.

With its best team in several seasons, King owns a five-game winning streak this year and also has won the last five games in the series.

Series leader (record): Corpus Christi King (5-1)2013 score:  Corpus Christi King 33, South San 14. 2014 favorite: Corpus Christi King.

#10 Lanier (2-5, 2-3) vs. #12 Harlandale (3-3, 2-2) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Lanier has steadily been improving since senior back Joe Orta returned from an injury. Harlandale had been riding a roller coaster before its bye week.

It will be interesting to see what Harlandale coach Isaac Martinez comes up with in a game that could go either way and could greatly impact both teams’ playoff hopes.

First, the Indians will need to be able to move the chains with their running game, led by John Aguirre. Harlandale quarterback Jacob Delgado has had to deal with the issues every first-year starter faces, but is improving. Delgado likely will need a big game if Harlandale is to win, as he had against Edison Oct. 3 with 270 passing yards.

At the beginning of the season, Harlandale’s defense rated ahead of its offense, but the unit had an off day against Edison. The Golden Bears won 31-21, amassing 392 total yards and scoring all of their points in the second half.

Although Lanier’s offense isn’t as diverse as Edison’s, Harlandale will need to limit the Voks’ time of possession.

The Voks’ improving defense is coming off its best game of the season, against Edison last Friday. Lanier limited the Golden Bears to 187 total yards and outscored them 26-7 after halftime.

Orta ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns. Lanier’s other key back, Julian Castillo, did not play against Edison.

Lanier quarterback Jeremiah Esquivel only completed three passes, but they went for 60 yards.

Harlandale has won the last 11 games in the series. Lanier’s last win was in 1976.

Series leader (record): Harlandale (17-3). 2013 score: Harlandale 28, Lanier 19. 2014 favorite: Lanier.

#4 Sam Houston (5-2, 5-0) vs. #11 Edison (2-4, 2-2) at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Edison had been steadily showing signs of improvement until it stumbled to a 40-14 loss to Lanier last Friday. Because of that game, the Golden Bears are in need of some urgency against Sam Houston, which has avoided any pitfalls offensively and defensively in building an undefeated District 28-5A record.

Running the ball consistently against the Hurricanes has been a challenge, but its one Edison must master if it’s going to win. Matthew Garcia, Livan Hernandez and quarterback Jonathan Hernandez will have to share the load.

If Edison can’t pick up first downs on the ground, Sam Houston will put relentless pressure on Jonathan Hernandez.

Sam Houston will need to maintain its intensity as the season winds down. Although the Hurricanes will be favored in each of their three remaining games, each is a trap game.

So far, that hasn’t been a problem, which seems to improve in a different area each week.

At times, Sam Houston has spent a quarter or so developing its passing game behind Raymonte Prime with an eye toward the playoffs. If the Hurricanes need to rely on back Devin Harris to slow things down and preserve a victory, he’s come through.

What they’ve shown is that theirs is a balanced offense that’s capable of scratching where it itches. That’s going to be a challenge for Edison’s defense.

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

#1 Southside (6-0, 3-0) vs. Laredo Martin (0-6, 0-3) at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7:30 p.m.

Managing the extra-long road trips will be one key to accomplishing the quest Southside has set for itself – winning the District 29-5A title.

That said, this trip to Laredo doesn’t loom as daunting for the Cardinals, who share first with Uvalde, in light of their 17-14 win at Somerset last Friday.

Senior quarterback Brandon Herrera was effective running and passing in his debut. Meanwhile, Cardinals back Matthew Collier remained a mainstay of the offense, rushing for 150 yards.

Southside’s dominating defense, led by Diego Avila and featuring big-play freshman Johnny Herrera, faces a Tigers team that has been a bit of a mystery.

Martin scored points in its first two 29-5A games, losing 48-24 Uvalde and 44-25 to Somerset. However, the Tigers were shut out 24-0 by Laredo Cigarroa last Friday.

The Tigers’ strength is their passing game with quarterback Ricardo Cisneros and big play receivers Javier Hernandez and Juan Valdivia. Martin’s leading rusher is Jonathan Brooks.

Series leader (record): unknown2013 score: did not play. 2014 favorite: Southside.

#6 Southwest (2-4, 0-1) at #3 East Central (3-3, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

East Central is coming off its best game of the season, while Southwest remains a bit of an enigma.

The Hornets handed Corpus Christi Carroll its first loss, 50-49, in its District 28-6A opener. With a win over the preseason district favorite, East Central goes into this rivalry game with a lot of momentum.

Southwest opened 28-6A play with a 33-21 home loss to Corpus Christi King. The Dragons trailed 26-7 at halftime, despite outgaining the Mustangs 342-272 in total yards.

Southwest quarterback Bowen Crisp threw for a career-best 159 yards, which was a very encouraging sign. Jonathan Garcia and Jay Thueson each had more than 50 receiving yards.

Jonathan Cruz again rushed for more than 100 yards and the Dragons welcomed back sophomore running back Tyrone Middleton, so Southwest should be more potent on the ground.

Defense is going to be a key factor for Southwest. The Dragons gave up three touchdowns of 20 yards or more against King and East Central has similar big-play capability, so Southwest’s secondary will need to keep the Hornets in front of them.

East Central also had an outstanding game from its quarterback, Justin Upshaw-Mendoza. The junior completed 20 of 27 throws for 303 yards. Explosive Wanya Ward had 150 reception yards (in addition to a touchdown off a punt fake) and Dallas Polasek caught five passes for 88 yards.

East Central back Jauwan Hall complemented them nicely with 147 rushing yards.

Expect the rivalry to bring out the best in both teams.

Series leader (record): East Central (13-8). 2013 score: Southwest 41, East Central 21. 2014 favorite: East Central.

FOOTBALL: Marble helps Brack fend off McCollum

Late surge puts Eagles over the top in wild 28-5A game

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Brackenridge receiver Jordan Beasley (85) makes a leaping catch over a McCollum defender.
Brackenridge receiver Jordan Beasley (85) makes a leaping catch over a McCollum defender.




















McCollum back Mike Ramirez recorded one rushing and one receiving touchdown against the Eagles.
McCollum back Mike Ramirez recorded one rushing and one receiving touchdown against the Eagles.















Brackenridge safety Javier Arispe (9) makes an open-field tackle on McCollum's Mike Ramirez.
Brackenridge safety Javier Arispe (9) makes an open-field tackle on McCollum’s Mike Ramirez.















McCollum quarterback Ralph Vidal unleashes a pass against Brackenridge.
McCollum quarterback Ralph Vidal unleashes a pass against Brackenridge.
















It’s funny how tags and labels hung on teams don’t always stand the test of time.

Earlier in the year, the Eagles were Cardiac Brack. A team known for its comebacks.

The last two weeks, however, Brackenridge has demonstrated that it also can hold leads when other District 28-5A teams rally. The Eagles (5-3, 5-1) did it against Burbank Oct. 10 and repeated the feat Thursday at Alamo Stadium to defeat an inspired McCollum team 44-28.

“Coach (Willie Hall) came to the sideline,” Brackenridge senior receiver Lee Terrell said, “and told us to keep pushing. He said, ‘when we get down toward end zone, we have to keep pushing it.’ ”

Brackenridge scored two consecutive touchdowns after McCollum (1-6, 1-4) took a brief second-half lead.

The Cowboys forged a 22-21 lead with 5:24 left in the third quarter at the end of a time-consuming drive. Steven Sanchez provided McCollum the opportunity by recovering a muffed punt.

Junior back Mike Ramirez scored on a six-yard run. Cowboys quarterback Ralph Vidal dove inside the right pylon on the two-point conversion to put McCollum ahead.

The Cowboys had a chance to extend their lead when Alex Herrera blocked a 36-yard field goal attempt near the end of the quarter. However, McCollum was unable to capitalize.

Three plays after the Cowboys punted, Macco Marble (83 yards, 12 carries) regained the lead for Brack with a 13-yard scoring run. Terrell (166 yards, 6 receptions) gained most of the 67 yards on a screen pass from Antonio Lopez (16 of 28, 294 yards) early in the fourth quarter.

“I know our offense can be explosive,” Hall said. “I had no doubt that, at some point in time, they’d kick in. It’s just frustrating, sometimes, until it gets started.”

McCollum had a chance to regain the lead, but an apparent touchdown was overturned. Vidal (11 of 32, 268 yards) rolled out to find John Martinez in the end zone. However, officials ruled that the quarterback threw the ball when he was past the line of scrimmage.

Marble scored his second touchdown with a seven-yard run on the ensuing possession. The senior appeared to be down at the 2-yard line, but his second effort pushed him across the line with 4:36 remaining.

McCollum had one more big play to break. Ramirez (210 yards, 5 receptions) caught a screen pass, broke a tackle and streaked down left sideline for a 75-yard touchdown 30 seconds later.

The Eagles put the game out of reach with a 16-yard touchdown run from Trey Mathis, following an interception from Spencer Sherwood and a 33-yard field goal from Hernan Cabral.

Brackenridge scored twice and McCollum once at the outset, before either team was able to record a defensive stop.

With some determined running by Mathis (128 yards, 13 carries) on a 19-yard touchdown, Brackenridge led 7-0 on the game’s first possession. The Cowboys tied it just 33 seconds later, when Ramirez got behind the defense for a 60-yard score.

Lopez passed twice to Terrell to reach the McCollum 1, then scored on a quarterback sneak for a 14-7 advantage with 7:56 left in the opening quarter.

Then the teams settled into a defensive phase, which included a touchdown-denying interception from the Cowboys’ Steve Retana.

Following a fumble recovery by Brack’s Josh Leal, Jalen Davis made a catch in traffic for a 20-yard touchdown reception that provided the Eagles a 21-7 lead with 1:45 until halftime.

Three times on the ensuing kickoff, McCollum’s Noe Trevino appeared to be stopped. Each time he made a great cut to find running room and continue on his journey to a 99-yard kickoff return.

Trevino also broke up a pass in the end zone to keep the Cowboys within 21-14 at the half.

FOOTBALL: Week 8 previews (Thursday’s game)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking


McCollum (1-5, 1-3) vs. #7 Brackenridge (4-3, 4-1) at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

Brackenridge was famous for its comebacks earlier in the season. Last Friday, against rival Burbank, the Eagles showed they can also hold off a furious comeback.

Burbank was able to hold Brackenridge’s offense to a relatively modest 330 total yards. That will be the challenge McCollum will have to aspire to if it is to stay with the high-powered Eagles. The Cowboys also will have to force turnovers and capitalize on them, as they have in the past.

McCollum got off to a great start last Friday in a 41-14 loss to Jefferson, but the Cowboys weren’t able to sustain their intensity to follow it with a solid second half. Nonetheless, led by quarterback Ralph Vidal and receiver Robert Salas, McCollum was able to make surgical strikes to augment Mike Ramirez’s 132 rushing yards.

That’s a combination McCollum will need to draw on tonight. Time of possession will be key, in order to limit Brackenridge’s opportunities.

Eagles back Trey Mathis quietly has become one of District 28-5A’s most reliable backs. The senior ran for 120 yards and the game-winning touchdown last week.

Brackenridge’s potent passing game had kind of an off week against the Bulldogs, with two interceptions. Look for Antonio Lopez and his numerous receivers to get back on target this week.

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

FOOTBALL: Area playoff picture (thru Oct. 17)

Football playoff picture

These are the area teams that have a chance to qualify for the playoffs (in alphabetical order). Teams must have at least one district win to be considered a potential qualifier:

Through October 17

ALREADY QUALIFIED: Sam Houston (6-2, 6-0).

LIKELY QUALIFIERS: Brackenridge (5-3, 5-1), Burbank (4-3, 3-2), Harlandale (4-3, 3-2), Holy Cross (5-1, 3-0), Southside (6-1, 3-1).

POSSIBLE QUALIFIERS: Central Catholic (4-3, 1-1), East Central (3-4, 1-1), Edison (2-5, 2-3), Jefferson (2-5, 2-3), Lanier (2-6, 2-4), McCollum (1-6, 1-4), Southwest (3-4, 1-1).

VOLLEYBALL: Area playoff picture (thru Oct. 18)

Volleyball playoff picture

These are the area teams that have a chance to qualify for the playoffs (in alphabetical order):


Through October 18


ALREADY QUALIFIED: East Central (21-15, 7-0), Highlands (24-10, 12-1), Holy Cross (34-13, 15-1), McCollum (21-8, 13-0).

LIKELY QUALIFIERS: Brackenridge (13-23, 9-5), Jefferson (24-8, 9-4), Southside (17-14, 7-4), Southwest (18-16, 3-4).

POSSIBLE QUALIFIERS: Brooks Academy (9-8, 2-6), Fox Tech (6-30 ???, 1-6), Harlandale (14-16, 6-7), Providence (15-19, 6-9), South San (16-18, 2-5).

VOLLEYBALL DIGEST (Sept. 30-Oct 11): East Central, McCollum maintain district leads

Brackenridge, Jefferson hold their ground in 28-5A

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, East Central, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Lanier, Kennedy, McCollum, Memorial, Sam Houston.

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Edison's Marissa Cortinas (6) goes up for a kill against Brackenridge's Skyler Reyna (11) in a Sept. 30 match at Alamo Convocation Center.
Edison’s Marissa Cortinas (6) goes up for a kill against Brackenridge’s Skyler Reyna (11) in a Sept. 30 match at Alamo Convocation Center.

























Two unidentified Burbank players put up a block against Sam Houston's Rita Davis.
Two unidentified Burbank players put up a block against Sam Houston’s Rita Davis.

















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Karisma Mitchell (8) and Natalie Coburn (3) go up for a block against Burbank
Karisma Mitchell (8) and Natalie Coburn (3) go up for a block against Burbank


















The area’s district leaders, East Central (0-0, 5-0) and McCollum (0-0, 11-0), continued to cruise along in first place last week.

East Central registered two District 28-6A victories, defeating Corpus Christi King (3-1 in district) 25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22 Oct. 7 and South San (16-16, 2-3) 25-16, 25-21, 28-26 Oct. 10. McCollum (19-8, 11-0) thumped Burbank (7-23, 0-10) 25-7, 25-12, 25-13 Oct. 7, but was idle last Friday.

At South San, Nichole West led East Central with 20 digs and served four aces. Madison Simon added 11 digs and eight kills. Other defensive standouts for the Hornets were Kirstin Bradley with eight digs, Skyeler Embry (12 kills) with seven digs and Kaylin Mills (26 assists) and Christie Cosper (4 kills, 3 aces, 1.5 blocks) with five digs apiece.

Lindsey Lubianski recorded nine kills and 2.5 blocks. Alex Pena served a team-high nine aces and produced 11 assists.

For South San, Kristen Farias contributed eight digs and four aces. Lauren Estrada smacked eight kills. Eric Jimenez dealt 18 assists. Kaitlyn Serna added two blocks.

King was the first 28-6A team to win a game against East Central.

Embry (13 kills), Simon (9 kills), Lubianski (8 kills) and Kaylin Mills (4 kills) were the Hornets’ offensive leaders against King. Mills added a team-high 32 assists. Brandi Campos led East Central with 23 digs. Pena (13 digs), Simon (10 digs), West (8 digs) and Mills (6 digs) were the top defenders. Cosper had 1.5 blocks.

For McCollum against Burbank, Catie Gonzalez secured 13 digs and served nine aces. Emily Solis (7 aces) and Victoria Yzaguirre (4 aces) also had strong serving matches. Yzaguirre added six digs, five kills and two blocks.

Alyssa Dimas finished with seven kills, Neyda Sanchez had six and Celeste Ramirez five. Savannah Borjas dealt 10 assists.

The Bulldogs were led by Antwanisha Riddle with five kills. Bianca Aguirre and Katherine Regalado each made four digs.


The Eagles (12-22, 8-4) solidified their hold on fourth place in District 28-5A with wins over eighth-place Lanier (4-21, 1-11) 1 Oct. 7 and seventh-place Sam Houston (13-15, 3-9) Oct. 10.

Meanwhile, the teams directly below Brackenridge in the standings Edison and Harlandale each split a pair of matches last week.

The Eagles swept Sam Houston 25-16, 25-13, 25-21 at Alamo Convocation Center.

Senior Jolicia Shelton-Brown led Brackenridge with eight kills and seven digs. Marquanique Freeman dealt 16 assists. Jasmin Gutierrez made two blocks.

For the Hurricanes, Tiaria Mackey distributed seven assists. Jasmine Darden and Natalie Coburn each made eight digs. Coburn also slammed four blocks.

Against Lanier at the ACC, Brackenridge won 14-25, 26-24, 25-10, 25-20.

Kathy Sifuentes led the Eagles with 17 digs. Freeman distributed 21 assists. Shelton-Brown added nine kills. Eshe Malone produced two blocks.

For Lanier, Emily Huerta recorded 26 digs. Elisa DeHoyos smashed nine kills. Rae Ann Douglas contributed 26 assists.


The third-place Mustangs (23-7, 9-3) had to answer a challenge from ninth-place Burbank District -5A loser (7-24, 0-11) Oct. 10 to claim a District 28-5A win at Alamo Convocation Center.

The Bulldogs battled to win Game 1 27-25. Jefferson triumphed 25-20, 25-12, 25-11 in the remaining games.

Senior Gabby Vasquez led Jefferson with 10 kills. Cecilia Campos finished with 11 digs and served a match-best eight aces. Madelyn Chavez dished 16 assists. Marisol Montejano executed three blocks.

Burbank was led by Katherine Regalado’s 23 digs. Savannah Casiano produced four blocks. Antwanisha Riddle delivered six kills. Sharriah Martinez served two aces. Jessica Molina was credited with six assists.

Jefferson also defeated Sam Houston 25-18, 25-9, 25-20 Oct. 7 at Alamo Convocation Center.

Angela Hardcastle led the Mustangs with six kills. Cecilia Campos and Katie Mojica each served three aces. Vasquez produced 16 digs. Chavez had 10 assists.

The Hurricanes were led by middle blocker Karisma Mitchell with eight kills and two blocks. Rita Davis recorded 10 assists. Jasmine Darden made eight digs.


The second-place Owls (22-10, 10-1) concluded the week with a four-game win over pesky District 28-5A rival Lanier Oct. 10 at Alamo Convocation Center. Highlands prevailed 25-13, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21.

Senior setter Angela Garcia finished with 26 assists for Highlands. Junior Bryten Mitchan added 12 kills. Kiara Pesina roved to make 20 digs. Jazmine Jackson served four aces.

Lanier was led by Douglas with 12 assists and four aces. Yulisa Beltran and Jenny Flores each produced two blocks.

The Owls’ scheduled Oct. 7 match at Highlands was delayed by a day because of a broken water main. However, the problem didn’t deter Highlands from giving a strong performance. The Owls won impressively 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 27-25 over fifth-place Harlandale (13-16, 5-7).

Pesina led the Owls with 15 digs and six aces. Analisa Garza distributed 34 assists. Jackson slammed 14 kills and two blocks.

Harlandale’s leading hitters were was Madaline Mendez (12 kills), Angel Huron (10 kills), Tanya Ramos (6 kills) and Kassandra Munoz (6 kills). Munoz also chipped in eight digs and three blocks. Huron had four digs and three aces.

Kianna Sandoval notched 16 assists and nine digs. Alicia Garcia had a team-best 19 assists and four digs. Dominique Delgado (12 digs) and Breanna Soto (5 digs) also were defensive standouts for the Indians.


The sixth-place Indians picked up a key 28-5A win Friday over fifth-place Edison (13-20, 5-6) at Harlandale.

Garcia led Harlandale with 23 assists while producing 10 digs and two aces. Delgado had a team-high 17 digs and served three aces. Sandoval contributed 17 assists and four digs.

Mendez led the Indians with 14 kills and had three blocks. Lauren Gutierrez finished with 10 kills and eight digs. Munoz chipped in four kills and 14 digs. Ramos added six kills. Jezell Dimas had seven digs.

Edison was led by setter Marissa Cortinas with 26 assists. Samantha Lara crunched 10 kills. Lauren Gutierrz had 22 digs. Liann Mayen finished with four blocks.


The Minutemen (4-31, 1-9) racked up their first District 27-5A win and avenged a first-round loss to rival Kennedy (3-24, 1-8) Sept. 30 at Edgewood Gym. Memorial prevailed 25-20, 27-25, 25-19.

“We basically played some really good volleyball,” first-year Memorial coach Keelie Rader said. “I was really excited about it. We started playing as a whole team, instead of six individuals.”

Memorial’s solid performance in a previous match against San Marcos seemed to carry over. Miranda Puente, Larissa Lopez, Susan Vasquez, Melissa Montiel and libero Sarah Trevino were among the Minutemen’s standouts.

“We could have won that (match),” Rader said. “I told the girls we didn’t want to start this year at the top of the mountain, because then there was no place to go. It has taken us a little bit of time to get where we needed to be.”

The Minutemen lost in three games to Seguin Oct. 3. Game scores were not reported.

FOOTBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Hornets eliminate Carroll from ranks of unbeaten

Brackenridge edges Burbank; Buttons romp


AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Lanier.



East Central (3-3, 1-0) launched into District 28-6A play in the best possible way – by defeating presumed district favorite Corpus Christi Carroll (5-1, 0-1) 50-49 Friday at East Central.

Although Hornets coach Clint Hartman suspended 15 players for disciplinary reasons during the week before the 28-6A debut for both teams, East Central was able to outlast the previously undefeated Tigers.

East Central senior Wanya Ward scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard run with 6:41 remaining. Defensive lineman Blake Nicholson recorded a sack on the Tigers’ last possession to seal the win.

Ward (150 yards, 7 receptions) had scored earlier in the quarter on a 53-yard run off a punt fake and a 40-yard pass from Justin Upshaw-Mendoza (20 of 27, 303 yards) early in the second quarter. Upshaw-Mendoza threw two touchdown passes.

Hornets sophomore back Jauwan Hall ran for 147 yards and four touchdowns on 23 attempts.

Brackenridge 40, Burbank 33

The second-place Eagles (4-3, 4-1), famous for their comebacks, successfully pulled off another one against Burbank (3-3, 2-2) Friday at the SAISD Sports Complex. The Bulldogs trailed 26-14 at halftime, but they made a late bid for their third-consecutive District 28-5A win.

Brackenridge’s comeback began after Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello (177 yards, 30 carries) ran 41 yards for his fourth touchdowns with 6:04 left in the game. The Eagles responded with a 65-yard drive that culminated in Trey Mathis’ third touchdown at the 1:01 mark. The senior back ran for 120 yards on 19 carries.

Eagles quarterback Antonio Lopez passed for 189 yards, completing 15 of 23 attempts. Jalen Davis caught two touchdown passes, while Lee Terrell (66 yards, 6 receptions) and Anthony Turner corralled one apiece.

Devin Gusme (112 yards, 6 carries) and Rubyn Salazar (81 yards, 12 attempts) helped the Bulldogs rush for 374 yards.

Central Catholic 55, St. Anthony 14

The Buttons (4-2, 1-0) stomped St. Anthony (1-5, 0-1) Friday at Central Catholic in the TAPPS District 2-I opener for both teams.

Central Catholic seized a 35-0 halftime lead, starting with senior Jimin Suh’s 29-yard touchdown run with 9:29 left in the first quarter.

Jacob Rodriguez (68 yards), sophomore Thomas Palomera (50 yards) and Tyler Acosta (45 yards) all scored on runs of 40 or more yards. Acosta ran for 71 yards and Rodriguez added 70.

Buttons quarterback Joseph Nava completed nine of 16 passes for 113 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Isenberg. Nava also ran for a 10-yard score. Jeffrey Flores returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown.

Central Catholic receiver Joe Barrera hauled in three receptions for 60 yards.

Lanier 40, Edison 14

Senior back Joe Orta ran for 177 yards and Lanier’s defense forced four turnovers as the Voks (2-5, 2-3) stunned Edison (2-4, 2-2) Friday in a District 28-5A contest at Alamo Stadium.

Orta scored the game’s first two touchdowns, but the Golden Bears closed within 14-7 at halftime thanks to a six-yard touchdown run from quarterback Jonathan Hernandez.

Lanier outscored Edison 26-7 in the second half.

Voks quarterback Jeremiah Esquivel (3 of 4, 60 yards) fired a 33-yard strike to Brandon Melchor with 7:02 left in the third quarter. A safety and Orta’s third touchdown, five seconds into the fourth quarter increased Lanier’s lead to 30-7.

Jorge Maldonado kicked a 32-yard field goal and a rushing touchdown from Phoenix Perez completed the Voks’ scoring. Hernandez ran nine yards for Edison’s final score.

The Golden Bears mustered 187 total yards. Lanier gained 249.

VOLLEYBALL: Brooks Academy finishes strong to claim first district win

Fox Tech stumbles after winning Game 2

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brooks Academy, Fox Tech.




Brooks Academy’s sports teams have been bandying about the idea of accomplishing things the school either hasn’t done previously, or recently.

The football team took one of those talks beyond the conversation level last month when it won the Bengals’ first game since 2011. The volleyball squad reached a milestone Oct. 7 when it defeated Fox Tech 25-19, 17-25, 25-20, 25-16 at Brooks Academy (8-7, 1-5) for its first district win in three seasons.

“The biggest thing I plan to target is setting a new standard for the school,” first-year Brooks Academy coach Raul Hernandez said. “I’d like to see us qualify for the playoffs. That’s something none of our teams have been able to achieve.”

Brooks Academy and Fox Tech (6-29, 1-5) were tied for fifth place behind Cole (2-4 in district) in District 26-3A after Friday’s matches. Cole defeated Fox Tech in four games. Randolph (15-10, 4-2) defeated the Bengals 25-19, 25-12, 25-17.

The top four finishers in the district will advance to the postseason.

Brooks Academy finished Game 1 impressively against Fox Tech. After eight ties, consecutive kills from Hailey Rinewalt and Jackie Sanchez started a six-point, game-breaking run. Bengals senior Bethany Santiago contributed two kills to the spurt and had eight in the game.

Santiago also served two aces in the four-point run that ended the game.

“Bethany transferred in last year, but she (wasn’t eligible) to play varsity,” Hernandez said. “I want us to make noise for her, because I believe she can play at the next level. She doesn’t shy away from anything.”

The Buffaloes recovered to dictate the flow of play in Game 2 and most of Game 3.

Fox Tech landed six aces in Game 2, including two from Deanna Rodriguez in a four-point service run that opened a 14-11 lead. Liliana Capistran set Mercedes Villarreal for back-to-back kills, then served a pair of aces as the Buffaloes claimed a 22-14 advantage.

The Buffaloes capitalized on three straight Brooks errors to inch ahead 13-10, but the Bengals bounced back to win by five points. In Game 4, Fox Tech led 13-9 as Amber Martinez delivered a kill. The Buffaloes couldn’t hold it, however.

“We couldn’t get over that hump,” Fox Tech coach Dustin Graves said. “They were hitting well. We’re just working on our offense. The defense is coming along. The offense has to step up.”

Brooks’ Makayla Quintanilla broke Fox Tech with an eight-point service run that carried the Bengals from a 15-11 deficit into a comfortable lead. Two consecutive kills from Santiago, followed by one from Alyssa Quintanilla brought the Bengals to match point.

“They did a really good job tonight,” Hernandez said. “I’m very proud of them. We only had one girl who’d ever won a district match before.”

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (thru Oct. 18)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface


Matches of Oct. 12-18


Monday’s matches

no matches scheduled

Tuesday’s matches

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Ray (18-15 ???, 2-4) 3, South San (16-17, 2-4) 1 (25-19, 25-14, 24-26, 25-21)

East Central (20-15, 6-0) 3, Corpus Christi Carroll (1-16 ???, 0-6) 0 (25-6, 25-13, 25-12)

Corpus Christi King (9-6 ???, 5-1) 3, Southwest (18-15, 3-3) 0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-21)

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (34-5, 12-0) at Kennedy (3-27 ???, 1-11) 0 (25-7, 25-8, 25-10)

Kerrville Tivy (26-10, 11-2) 3, Floresville (23-15, 7-5) 0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-23)

Boerne Champion (16-11, 10-3) 3, Memorial (4-34, 1-11) 0 (25-5, 25-4, 25-6)

Seguin (20-17, 7-5) 3, Lockhart (16-21, 3-9) 0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-19)

District 28-5A

Highlands (23-10, 11-1) 3, Sam Houston (13-16 ???, 3-10) 2 (15-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-10, 15-4)

Brackenridge (13-22, 9-4) 3, Burbank (7-25, 0-12) 1 (28-26, 19-25, 25-13, 25-19)

McCollum (20-8, 12-0) 3, Jefferson (23-8, 9-4) 0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-10)

District 29-5A

Southside (16-14, 6-4) 3, Laredo Cigarroa (18-19, 5-6) 0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-11)

Medina Valley (23-8, 9-1) 3, Uvalde (11-15 ???, 7-3) 1 (17-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-14)

Somerset (19-8, 9-1) 3, Eagle Pass Winn (5-19, 0-11) 0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-14)

Laredo Nixon (3-8 ???, 2-6 ???) 3, Laredo Martin (1-7 ???, 1-6 ???) 2 (23-25, 13-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-11)

District 26-3A

Brooks Academy (9-7, 2-5) 3, Cole (6-19 ???, 2-5) 2 (25-21, 25-14, 20-25, 20-25, 15-11)

Natalia (22-7, 6-1) 3, Fox Tech (6-30 ???, 1-6) 0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-7)

Marion (18-9 ???, 7-0) 3, Randolph (15-11 ???, 4-3) 2 (20-25, 25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12)


Holy Cross (32-13, 13-1) 3, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (8-14 ???, 6-8) 0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-8)

Laredo St. Augustine (10-14 ???, 3-11) 3, Corpus Christi John Paul II (4-13 ???, 1-13) 2 (scores unavailable)

TMI (15-12 ???, 10-3 ???) 3, Cornerstone Christian (5-11 ???, 5-8) 1 (scores unavailable)

Victoria St. Joseph (37-2, 12-1) 3, Providence (15-18, 6-8) 0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-17)

Wednesday’s matches

District 28-5A

Lanier (5-21, 2-11) 3, Edison (13-21, 5-7) 2 (24-26, 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 15-13)

Thursday’s matches


Holy Cross (33-13, 14-1) 3, TMI (14-13 ???, 9-4 ???) 0 (25-23, 25-20, 26-24)

Friday’s matches

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll (1-16 ???, 0-6) at Corpus Christi Ray (18-15 ???, 2-4) (scores unavailable)

East Central (21-15, 7-0) 3, Southwest (18-16, 3-4) 1 (25-22, 25-18, 25-27, 25-15)

Corpus Christi King (10-6 ???, 6-1 ) 3, South San (16-18, 2-5) 0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-18)

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (36-5, 14-0) 3, Memorial (4-34, 1-11) 0 (25-8, 25-13, 25-10)

Floresville (24-15, 8-5) 3, Seguin (20-18, 7-6) 0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-20)

Lockhart (17-21, 4-9) 3, Kennedy (3-28 ???, 1-12) 0 (25-16, 25-8, 25-10)

Kerrville Tivy (27-10, 12-2) 3, San Marcos (11-18, 3-10) 0 (25-9, 25-19, 25-23)

District 28-5A

Highlands (24-10, 12-1) 3, Burbank (7-26, 0-13) 0 (25-11, 25-8, 25-14)

McCollum (21-8, 13-0) 3, Brackenridge (13-23, 9-5) 0 (23-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-21)

Sam Houston (14-16 ???, 4-10) 3, Edison (13-22, 5-8) 1 (26-24, 18-25, 25-19, 25-21)

Harlandale (14-16, 6-7) 3, Lanier (5-22, 2-12) 2 (25-18, 25-27, 18-25, 25-14, 15-12)

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa (19-19, 6-6) 3, Eagle Pass Winn (5-20, 0-12) 0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-12)

Uvalde (12-15, 8-3) 3, Laredo Nixon (5-9 ???, 4-7) 0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-16)

Medina Valley (24-8, 10-1) 3, Somerset (19-9, 9-2) 2 (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 16-14)

Southside (17-14, 7-4) 3, Laredo Martin (1-11 ???, 1-10) 0 (25-15, 25-16. 25-10)

District 26-3A

Marion (19-9 ???, 8-0) 3, Brooks Academy (9-8 ???, 2-6) 0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-8)

Natalia (23-7, 7-1) 3, Cole (6-19 ???, 2-5 ???) 0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-17)

Randolph (16-11 ???, 5-3) 3,  Fox Tech (6-31 ???, 1-7) 0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-13)


Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (9-14 ???, 7-8) 3, Cornerstone Christian (6-12 ???, 6-9) 1 (25-16, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19)


Jefferson (24-8) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (6-21 ???) 1 (20-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-11)

Saturday’s matches


Victoria St. Joseph (38-2, 14-1) 3, Corpus Christi John Paul II (4-14 ???, 1-14) 0(25-11, 25-15, 25-8)

Holy Cross (34-13, 15-1) 3, Providence (15-19, 6-9) 0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-20)

TMI (17-14 ???, 12-4) 3, San Antonio Christian (7-15 ???, 5-11) 2 (20-25, 18-25, 25-11, 25-20, 15-9)

BOYS BASKETBALL: McCollum alum returns to succeed Mackay

Former Cowboys coach joins Sooners staff




Since he was graduated from McCollum in 2002, Marcus Alvarado said he’d made it a goal to get back to his alma mater.

Therefore, when he learned that Luke Mackay had accepted a job as a graduate assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma, Alvarado had no hesitancy. McCollum football coach/athletic coordinator Juan Hinojosa said the former Cowboy was chosen about three weeks ago from a pool of about 20 applicants for the boys basketball job.

“At the time, I had a pretty good job where I was at,” Alvarado said, “but when this opportunity came up, I couldn’t.pass it up.”

Alvarado had been the lead assistant coach at Marshall High School the last two seasons. Previously, he was an assistant at Southwest. He is a Texas A&M University-San Antonio graduate.

“He’s an energetic guy and a McCollum grad,” Hinojosa said. “He knows what the expectations are. I think what impressed the (search) committee was his organization and enthusiasm.”

Mackay took the job at McCollum before the 2010-11 season. He coached the Cowboys to a 72-60 overall record and a 31-21 mark in district games. Under the Perth, Australia native’s guidance, McCollum qualified for the playoffs twice and never finished lower than fifth in its league.

However, Mackay felt much the same way about the Oklahoma opening as Alvarado did about the chance to go back to McCollum. He is joining veteran coach Lon Kruger’s staff with the Sooners.

I simply could not turn down an opportunity like this to be a part of a great program in such a great league,” he said in an e-mail.

Mackay added that it was difficult to leave McCollum because of the relationships he had built with the players, parents and those connected with the school. However, he feels good about his time at the Harlandale ISD school.

“(Assistant coach) Rudy Fernandez and I worked very hard to build the program on and off the court,” Mackay said. “I feel like the amount of kids wanting to play basketball is a good indicator of the interest and support for the program and the values that we tried to represent. Last year we had over 90 kids in the basketball program.

“I believe the program is in a good place with interest at such a high level, very talented young players and a culture of hard work and discipline surrounding the kids. I am very excited to follow the Cowboys this year and can not wait for the season to get underway for them.”

Alvarado also expressed his enthusiasm for the season that soon will be at hand.

“Coach Fernandez has filled me in on what I needed to know,” he said. “I like what I see. We have pretty good potential to do some good things this year. It’s just about gettting in there and getting to work.”

Mackay’s teams played at a relentless pace and ran an offense baed on ball movement and three-point shooting. Alvarado said he is aiming to play even more intense defense and incorporate post play a little more in his offense than his predecessor.

“I don’t want to re-invent the world too much,” he said. “We want to get into the paint and get to the (foul) line. We want to be very disciplined and very well-prepared in our plan of attack.”

He wants to re-create the level of intensity the Cowboys teams he played for had under ex-coach Randy Evans.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” Alvarado said. “It’s something I’ve always worked toward, to be able to come back and give back to the community, as best I can. I’m glad it worked out.”

FOOTBALL: Southside stays undefeated with dramatic win in Somerset

Henry field goal secures 29-5A win


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Southside senior receiver Eliud Mendez picks up yardage after the catch. He caught 2 passes for 51 yards against Somerset.
Southside senior receiver Eliud Mendez picks up yardage after the catch. He caught 2 passes for 51 yards against Somerset.




















Southside center Jesse Longoria prepares to snap the ball.
Southside center Jesse Longoria prepares to snap the ball.















Southside freshman Johnny Herrera (4) gets a Somerset runner in his grasp while Toby Segura Jr. (40) closes in to finish the play.
Southside freshman Johnny Herrera (4) gets Somerset running back Joshua Avila in his grasp while linebacker Diego Avila (48) closes in to finish the play.
















Undefeated Southside grounded Air Detmer Friday in Somerset.

Despite losing their starting quarterback a week earlier, the Cardinals (6-0, 3-0) regrouped to pull off a key 17-14 victory over one of their chief rivals for the District 29-5A championship. Southside is tied for first in the district with Uvalde (6-0, 3-0), which defeated Eagle Pass Winn 34-10 Friday.

Somerset (3-2, 2-1), which dropped into a three-way to third place, scored the first touchdown just 35 seconds into the game and tied it early in the fourth quarter. However, Southside would not be denied. Zachary Henry booted a game-winning, 26-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining.

The Cardinals limited standout Bulldogs quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. to a season-low 131 passing yards. Detmer’s father, Koy Detmer, is a former University of Colorado and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback who serves as Somerset’s offensive coordinator. His grandfather, Sonny Detmer, coaches the Bulldogs.

Somerset scored the game’s initial touchdown on a 54-yard run by speedy back Juan Avila (208 yards, 20 carries). However, Southside took control with a pair of scores before the first quarter ended.

Sophomore back Matt Collier (150 yards, 24 attempts) punched in a two-yard touchdown run with 1:18 left in the quarter. Forty-seven seconds later, freshman Johnny Herrera stepped in front of a Detmer pass and returned it 46 yards to the end zone for a 14-7 Spouthside lead.

It was Detmer’s second interception of the season and Herrera’s second touchdown in two weeks. He also scored on a 24-yard blocked punt return against Laredo Nixon.

Somerset recorded the equalizer little more than two minutes into the final quarter. Joey Sanchez tied it 14-14 with a four-yard scoring run.

The Bulldogs had a chance to take the lead. They tried a 31-yard field goal with 1:44 to play, but Southside’s Jacob Collier blocked it. The Cardinals took possession and drove for the winning field goal.

In his first regular-season start at quarterback in place of injured Johnny Trevino, Cardinals senior Brandon Herrera completed five of 11 passes for 62 yards and ran for 73 yards. Matt Collier also completed a pass for 41 yards.

Eliud Mendez caught two passes for 51 yards. David Garza made three receptions for 45 yards.

Interestingly, the total offense statistics were virtually even. Somerset netted 346 yards while Southside had 344.

Southside will play at Uvalde Oct. 31. This Friday, they’ll travel to Shirley Field in Laredo to play Laredo Martin (0-6, 0-3).

FOOTBALL: Area rankings (thru Oct. 11)

Through Oct. 11


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Southside – 2

2. Holy Cross – 1

3. East Central – 4

4. Sam Houston – 5

5. Central Catholic – 6

6. Southwest – 3

7. Brackenridge – 7

8. Burbank – 10

9. South San – 8

10. Lanier – 12

11. Edison – 9

12. Harlandale – 11

13. Jefferson – 13

14. Memorial – 15

15. Highlands – 14


NR = not ranked

FOOTBALL: Jefferson bolts into 28-5A playoff picture

Mustangs overcome early deficit against McCollum

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Jefferson, McCollum.




When District 28-5A coaches and area fans talk about teams with killer speed, they’re generally referring to Brackenridge and Sam Houston.

Jefferson proved Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium that it has game-breaking speed, too. More than the get-away quickness flashed by Eric and Jesse Flores – as well as A’Marion Carter – the lasting impression formed by the Mustangs (2-5, 2-3) was just how fast they turned a close game into a decisive 41-14 victory over McCollum (1-5, 1-3).

“We knew if they got to the next level,” McCollum coach Juan Hinojosa said, meaning past the line of scrimmage and into the secondary, “their speed could cause problems for us. There were a couple of times they were able to take advantage of that.

“I give Jefferson all the credit.”

The Cowboys held a 14-7 lead as the first quarter ended. The score was tied 14-14 when Jefferson scored back-to-back touchdowns before halftime.

Carter turned a screen from Weston Redding (6 of 15, 106 yards) into a 46-yard pass play with 57 seconds left in the half. Following a McCollum fumble, Jesse Flores broke a 58-yard scoring run for a two-touchdown Mustangs halftime lead. Flores finished with four touchdowns.

` “All the hard work that we’ve been putting in during practice is paying off,” said Jefferson linebacker Davion Clark, who had an important sack and an interception. “It was great to have a win.”

The Mustangs had lapses in recent games, but never relinquished control after that late first-half surge. Jefferson added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns from Jesse Flores (210 yards, 19 attempts) on runs of 44 and 12 yards to ice the win and climb back into the playoff hunt.

The 44-yard run was a masterpiece. Following blocks from Eric Flores and Arturo Garcia, the junior turned his body sideways to slice through the line, then used a burst to leave Cowboys defenders behind.

“Those guys can’t do by themselves,” Doyle Redding said, referring to backs Jesse and Eric Flores. “The guys on the offensive line have dominated all year.

“Our defense stepped up when we needed them to. We made some mistakes but, overall, I’m very proud of the way we played.”

Jefferson is tied for sixth in the district with Lanier (2-5, 2-3) a half-game off the pace for the final playoff berth. McCollum is in seventh place.

“Whatever happens, our destiny’s in our hands,” Jefferson coach Doyle Redding said. “That’s what we want our kids to know. We’ve got a very important game coming up in two weeks against Brackenridge.”

McCollum led 7-0 on a 21-yard run from Mike Ramirez (137 yards, 21 carreis) with 6:03 left in the first quarter. Jesus Juarez sprung Ramirez with a devastating block.

Eric Flores answered for Jefferson with a 21-yarder of his own on the ensuing possession. Jesse Flores set up the score with a 37-yard kickoff return.

The Cowboys surged ahead with a 61-yard scoring drive near the end of the first quarter. McCollum quarterback Ralph Vidal scored around right end.

Vidal had one of his best passing games of his three-year career. The senior completed 13 of 27 throws for 187 yards. Senior receiver Robert Salas made six catches for 120 yards.

“We weren’t doing anything different,” Hinojosa said. “We did what we’ve been doing all along. We just executed a lot better.”

Jefferson’s defense stopped McCollum at the Mustangs 20 midway through second quarter. Redding completed three passes to Henry Bocko for 40 yards on the drive that followed. Jesse Flores found an opening up the middle for the tying touchdown with 5:29 until the half.

Despite the gap in the final score, Jefferson only outgained McCollum 356-345 in total yards.

Trailing by two touchdowns late in the third quarter, the Cowboys threatened to regain their early momentum. They marched 39 yards following a fumble recovery from Duran Rangel. On fourth-and-16 at the Jefferson 30, Clark fired through for a 14-yard sack.

“I didn’t know if they were going to pass,” Clark said, “but my coaches sent me on a (blitz). I have to credit my defensive line. If it wasn’t for them, I couldn’t have gotten in there.”

It was the first game for McCollum since its players met with school district officials Sept. 30.

“The bye week was big for us,” Hinojosa said. “I’m proud of my football team for the way they played, even though we had a lot of turnovers.”

FOOTBALL: Remaining schedule (Oct. 16-Nov. 8)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface


(Oct. 16-18)

Thursday’s games

District 28-5A

McCollum (1-5, 1-3) vs. Brackenridge (4-3, 4-1) at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll (5-1, 0-1) vs. Corpus Christi Ray (6-0, 1-0) at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi King (5-1, 1-0) at South San (2-4, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Southwest (2-4, 0-1) at East Central (3-3, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (5-2, 4-1) vs. Memorial (0-0, 0-0) at Edgewood Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Floresville (5-2, 3-2) at Seguin (2-4, 2-2), 7:30 p.m.

Kennedy (0-6, 0-4) at Lockhart (4-3, 2-3), 7:30 p.m.

Kerrville Tivy (4-2, 3-1) at San Marcos (2-4, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.

District 28-5A

Burbank (3-3, 2-2) vs. Highlands (0-6, 0-4) at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston (5-2, 5-0) vs. Edison (2-4, 2-2) at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Lanier (2-5, 2-3) vs. Harlandale (3-3, 2-2) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-5A

Laredo Nixon (0-6, 0-3) at Uvalde (6-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.

Somerset (3-2, 2-1) at Medina Valley (2-4, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.

Southside (6-0, 3-0) vs. Laredo Martin (0-6, 0-3) at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7:30 p.m.

District 15-3A

Brooks Academy (1-6, 0-1) at Hallettsville (3-4, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Goliad (6-1, 1-0) at Mathis (5-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.


Austin St. Michael’s (1-5, 0-1) at San Antonio Christian (4-2, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Central Catholic (4-2, 1-0) at Antonian (5-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

St. Anthony (1-5, 0-1) at Brownsville St. Joseph (4-2, 0-1), 7 p.m.


Austin Regents (5-1, 2-0) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-7, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.

Cornerstone Christian (5-2, 2-1) at Austin Hyde Park Baptist (2-3, 1-1), 7 p.m.

Holy Cross (4-1, 2-0) at Victoria St. Joseph (1-6, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn (1-5, 0-3) vs. Laredo Cigarroa (4-2, 2-1) at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7 p.m.


(Oct. 23-25)

Thursday’s games

District 28-6A

East Central vs. Corpus Christi Ray at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll at Corpus Christi King at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

South San at Southwest, 7:30 p.m.

District 27-5A

Lockhart vs. Boerne Champion at Boerne ISD Stadium, Boerne, 7:30 p.m.

Memorial at Floresville, 7:30 p.m.

San Marcos vs. Kennedy at Edgewood Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Seguin at Kerrville Tivy, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-5A

Edison vs. Burbank at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Harlandale vs. Sam Houston at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Highlands vs. McCollum at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa vs. Laredo Nixon at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7:30 p.m.

Laredo Martin vs. Eagle Pass Winn at Cozel Foster Veterans Memorial Stadium, Eagle Pass, 7:30 p.m.

Medina Valley at Southside, 7:30 p.m.

Uvalde at Somerset, 7:30 p.m.

District 15-3A

Hallettsville at George West, 7:30 p.m.

Mathis vs. Brooks Academy at South San Stadium, 7:30 p.m.


Brownsville St. Joseph at Austin St. Michael’s, 7 p.m.

San Antonio Christian at Central Catholic, 7:30 p.m.


Austin Regents at TMI, 7:30 p.m.

Victoria St. Joseph at Austin Hyde Park Baptist, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

Brackenridge vs. Jefferson at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.


Antonian at St. Anthony, 2 p.m.


Corpus Christi John Paul II vs. Holy Cross at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.


(Oct. 30-Nov. 1)

Thursday’s games

District 28-6A

Southwest vs. Corpus Christi Ray at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll at East Central, 7:30 p.m.

South San vs. Corpus Christi Carroll at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion at San Marcos, 7:30 p.m.

Floresville at Alamo Heights, 7:30 p.m.

Kennedy at Seguin, 7:30 p.m.

Kerrville Tivy vs. Memorial at Edgewood Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-5A

Burbank vs. Harlandale at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Jefferson vs. Highlands at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston vs. Lanier at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-5A

Laredo Nixon vs. Eagle Pass Winn at Cozel Foster Veterans Memorial Stadium, Eagle Pass, 7:30 p.m.

Somerset vs. Laredo Cigarroa at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7:30 p.m.

Southside at Uvalde, 7:30 p.m.

District 15-3A

Brooks Academy at Goliad, 7:30 p.m.

George West at Mathis, 7:30 p.m.


Antonian at San Antonio Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Central Catholic at Brownsville St. Joseph, 7 p.m.

St. Anthony at Austin St. Michael’s, 7:30 p.m.


Austin Hyde Park Baptist at Corpus Christi John Paul II, 7 p.m.

Cornerstone Christian at TMI, 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross at Austin Regents, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

McCollum vs. Edison at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

District 29-5A

Medina Valley vs. Laredo Martin at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7:30 p.m.


(Nov. 6-8)

Thursday’s games

District 28-5A

Highlands vs. Brackenridge at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll at Southwest, 7:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi Ray vs. Corpus Christi King at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

East Central at South San, 7 p.m.

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights at Kerrville Tivy, 7:25 p.m.

Kennedy vs. Memorial at Edgewood Veterans Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (Salsa Bowl)

San Marcos at Lockhart, 7:30 p.m.

Seguin vs. Boerne Champion at Boerne ISD Stadium, Boerne, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-5A

Harlandale vs. McCollum at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (Frontier Bowl)

Jefferson vs. Edison at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (Tommy Bowl)

Lanier vs. Burbank at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn at Somerset, 7:30 p.m.

Laredo Cigarroa at Southside, 7:30 p.m.

Uvalde at Medina Valley, 7:30 p.m.

District 15-3A

Goliad at George West, 7:30 p.m.

Mathis at Hallettsville, 7:30 p.m.


Austin St. Michael’s at Central Catholic, 7:30 p.m.


Austin Regents at Cornerstone Christian, 7:30 p.m.

TMI at Victoria St. Joseph, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

District 29-5A

Laredo Martin vs. Laredo Nixon at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7 p.m.


Brownsville St. Joseph at Antonian, 3 p.m.

San Antonio Christian at St. Anthony, 2 p.m.


Austin Hyde Park Baptist vs. Holy Cross at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

FOOTBALL: This week’s results (thru Oct. 18)


(Oct. 16-18)

Thursday’s games

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (5-3, 5-1) 44, McCollum (1-6, 1-4) 28

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll (6-1, 1-1) 62, Corpus Christi Ray (6-1, 1-1) 42

Corpus Christi King (6-1, 2-0) 29, South San (2-5, 0-2) 6

Southwest (3-4, 1-1) 34, East Central (3-4, 1-1) 16

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (6-2, 5-1) 45, Memorial (0-7, 0-5) 0

Floresville (6-2, 4-2) 28, Seguin (2-5, 2-3) 27

Lockhart (5-3, 3-3) 40, Kennedy (0-7, 0-5) 14

Kerrville Tivy (5-2, 4-1) 48, San Marcos (2-5, 1-4) 21

District 28-5A

Burbank (4-3, 3-2) 40, Highlands (0-7, 0-5) 34

Sam Houston (6-2, 6-0) 21, Edison (2-5, 2-3) 13

Harlandale (4-3, 3-2) 28, Lanier (2-6, 2-4) 17

District 29-5A

Uvalde (7-0, 4-0) 21, Laredo Nixon (0-7, 0-4) 15

Somerset (4-2, 3-1) 52, Medina Valley (2-5, 2-2) 22

Laredo Martin (1-6, 1-3) 28, Southside (6-1, 3-1) 21

District 15-3A

Hallettsville (4-4, 1-1) 74, Brooks Academy (1-7, 0-2) 0

Goliad (7-1, 2-0) 47, Mathis (5-2, 0-1) 36


Austin St. Michael’s (2-5, 1-1) 22, San Antonio Christian (4-3, 1-1) 17

Antonian (6-1, 2-0) 49, Central Catholic (4-3, 1-1) 21

Brownsville St. Joseph (5-2, 1-1) 52, St. Anthony (1-6, 0-2) 34


Austin Regents (6-1, 3-0) 52, Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-8, 0-4) 0

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (3-3, 2-1) 56, Cornerstone Christian (5-3, 2-2) 14

Holy Cross (5-1, 3-0) 58, Victoria St. Joseph (1-7, 1-3) 21

Saturday’s games

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn (2-5, 1-3) 27, Laredo Cigarroa (4-3, 2-2) 20