FOOTBALL WEEKEND REPORT (Oct. 30-Nov. 1): Southwest smashes Ray, sets up 28-6A showdown

East Central also holds first entering final week

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, McCollum, Southwest.

Southwest (5-4, 3-1) demolished a team that took an undefeated record into the District 28-6A season Oct. 30 in Corpus Christi. Southwest rolled to a 27-7 halftime lead over Corpus Christi Ray (6-3, 1-3) as it maintained its hold on first place.

With the 61-7 win, Southwest shared first in the district with East Central and Corpus Christi Carroll (8-1, 3-1).

Holy Cross (7-1, 5-0), Brackenridge (6-3, 6-1), Central Catholic (6-3, 3-1), East Central, Sam Houston (8-2, 8-0), Southside (7-2, 4-2) and Southwest have qualified for the playoffs. Two more 28-5A teams to be determined will join them this week.

Dragons senior Jon Cruz ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. Sophomore John Blaz accounted for 115 on four rushes, thanks to a 60-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

Southwest scored the first two touchdowns, on a 51-yard dash from Cruz and a 26-yard interception return from Adrian Gonzales. Following Ray’s touchdown at the 2:26 mark of the first quarter, the Dragons scored 48 unanswered points at Buccaneer Stadium.

The defense supplied another touchdown, in the form of Robert Fuentes’ 16-yard fumble return. Cruz scored again on runs of 24 and 54 yards. Quarterback Bowen Crisp threw for 53 yards and a touchdown.

The Dragons play host to Carroll Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

East Central 24, Corpus Christi King 15

The Hornets (5-4, 3-1) held off Corpus Christi King (6-3, 2-2) to win what was essentially a tie-breaking game Oct. 31 at East Central. Like Southwest, East Central clinched a playoff berth.

East Central scored the first 17 points. Justin Upshaw-Mendoza (12 of 16, 205 yards) connected with Kyle Lamey (70 yards, 3 receptions) for a 34-yard strike and Jauwan Hall for a 20-yarder in the first half.

Dalton Zigmond kicked a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter. D’Anthony Carter ran 29 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter for a 24-7 lead.

The Hornets finish the regular season with a 7:30 p.m. game Friday, Nov. 7 at South San (2-7, 0-4).

Edison 16, McCollum 14

The Golden Bears (4-5, 4-3) kept their District 28-5A playoff hopes alive while McCollum’s came to a difficult end. Edison scored all of its points in the first half and held off a comeback from McCollum (2-7, 2-5) to win the Nov. 1 Alamo Stadium.

Edison was tied for third place with Harlandale entering the final week of the 28-5A season. The Golden Bears finished with a 7:30 p.m. game Friday against Jefferson at Alamo Stadium.

Senior quarterback Jonathan Hernandez (12 of 31, 312 yards) threw a 14-yard pass to Chris Velez and a 63-yarder to back Matthew Garcia for the Golden Bears’ touchdowns. With 6:07 until halftime, Joseph Delgado kicked what turned out to be a crucial 22-yard field goal.

McCollum’s John Martinez cut the Bears’ lead to 16-6 by returning a blocked punt for a touchdown with 5:12 left in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Ralph Vidal punched in a one-yard touchdown 29 seconds into the fourth quarter and also ran for the two-point conversion.

Cowboys junior Mike Ramirez ran for 102 yards on 20 carries.

Michael Benavidez led Edison with 116 reception yards on three catches. Bryan Bolton and Joey Rodriguez had 51 reception yards apiece.

Central Catholic 44, Brownsville St. Joseph 8

The Buttons remained in a second-place tie with the commanding TAPPS District 2-I win Oct. 31 at Brownsville St. Joseph (5-4, 1-3) at location.

St. Joseph took an 8-point lead on its opening possession, when Mario Garcia ran 12 yards for a touchdown. Central Catholic recovered to roll to a 30-8 halftime advantage.

Buttons senior quarterback Joseph Nava passed for 159 yards and five touchdowns. Nava also ran for a team-leading 89 yards.

Senior back Jimin Suh (85 rushing yards), Caleb Salinas (85 yards) and Thomas Palomera (72 yards) also contributed to a 373-yard rushing attack.

Troy Lozano was the Buttons leading receiver, with touchdown catches of 44 and 32 yards. Lozano caught four passes for 78 yards.

VOLLEYBALL DIGEST (Oct. 24-Nov. 1): East Central wraps up undefeated district title

Jefferson defeats Edison, takes third in 28-5A

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Brooks Academy, East Central, Edison, Highlands, Jefferson, Sam Houston, South San, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.


East Central (24-15, 10-0) closed out its undefeated run to the District 28-6A championship with a 25-8, 25-13, 25-13 win over South San (17-21, 3-7) Oct. 28 at East Central. The Bobcats finished in a fourth-place tie in the district.

Ten area teams qualified for the postseason, including Brackenridge (14-24), Brooks Academy (10-9), East Central, Highlands (24-11), Holy Cross (37-14), Jefferson (26-9), McCollum (24-9), Providence (19-21), Southside (20-15) and Southwest (21-16, 6-4). Holy Cross and Providence were eliminated from the playoffs Nov. 1 in the TAPPS Class 4A state quarterfinals.

McCollum was the area’s only other district champion. The 28-5A champion Cowboys also had an unblemished district record (16-0).

Junior setter Kaylin Mills led East Central with 30 assists and eight digs. Lindsey Lubianski (8 kills, 1.5 blocks), Christie Cosper (7 kills, 3 aces, 3 blocks), Madison Simon (5 kills, 6 digs, 1.5 blocks) and Skeler Embry (5 kills) were the Hornets’ hitting leaders.

Brandi Campos made 12 digs for the Hornets . Nichole West recorded six aces and six digs.

The Hornets were scheduled to play Brennan (28-12) in a bi-district match Nov. 4 at Cole.

South San lost a fourth-place tie-breaker to Corpus Christi Ray (20-18, 3-7) Oct. 31 in Corpus Christi. The

Bobcats lost the first game 25-15, but evened the match with a 25-20 decision in Game 2. The Texans took Game 2 25-17, but South San rallied to tie again with a 25-19 win. Ray claimed the fifth game 15-10.

No South San statistics were available from either match.

Jefferson 3, Edison 1

The Mustangs (26-9, 11-5) secured third place with the four-game District 28-5A victory over Edison (14-24, 6-10). The Golden Bears, who lost 25-22, 17-25, 27-25, 25-22, Oct. 28 at Alamo Convocation Center placed sixth in the district.

Senior libero Cecilia Campos led the Mustangs with 42 digs. Gabby Vasquez added 16 kills. Angela Hardcastle produced 16 assists. Madelyn Chavez served six aces. Marisol Montejano and Marissa Vargas each notched two blocks for Jefferson.

Edison was led by Marissa Cortinas with 29 assists and 14 digs. Kayla Lyons pounded a team-high 14 kills and had five digs. Kalani Wood added seven kills and six digs. Alyssa Alanis finished with four kills.

Other defensive standouts for Edison were Emma Garza (17 digs) Lauren Gutierrez (12 digs), Destiny McCarty (11 digs) and Elizabeth Robledo (4 digs).

Highlands 3, Brackenridge 2

The second-place Owls (25-12, 13-3) seized control of the third game to defeat Brackenridge (14-24, 10-6) Oct. 28 in a District 28-5A match at Alamo Convocation Center. The Eagles fell to fourth place with the 19-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 15-9 loss.

Senior Emily Pearce and sophomore Kiara Pesina led Highlands with 17 digs apiece. Jazmine Jackson contributed 11 kills and four blocks. Analisa Garza distributed 27 assists. Angela Garcia served three aces.

Jolicia Shelton-Brown led Brackenridge with 13 kills and 20 digs. Marquanique Freeman chipped in with 33 assists and five aces.

Sam Houston 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy 0

The Hurricanes (16-17) swept Young Women’s Leadership Academy (6-22) 25-20, 25-19, 25-12 in a non-district match Oct. 28 at Alamo Convocation Center. It was the final match for both teams.

No statistics were available for either team.

Brooks Academy

The Bengals (10-9, 3-7) secured what is believed to be the school’s first playoff appearance, according to first-year Brooks Academy coach Raul Hernandez.

Brooks Academy assured the postseason berth and fourth place in District 26-3A with a victory Oct. 24 at Fox Tech (6-33, 1-9) in their District 26-3A finale. Melody Gutierrez led Fox Tech with 18 digs.

Bengals statistics were unavailable.

VOLLEYBALL: McCollum takes care of business in perfect 28-5A season

Harlandale misses playoffs for 1st time in 15 years

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Harlandale, McCollum.


McCollum’s perfect 2014 District 28-5A season had its roots in its 2013 finish.

“I think the key factor in all that started in the offseason,” McCollum coach Rose Ann Martinez said. “I could see they had such huge disappointment in the way they finished last year. The girls that returned this year weren’t ready for their season to be over.

“They started focusing right away on the things they needed to do to win more games this year.”

McCollum (24-9, 16-0), in winning the district, advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The Cowboys made the unblemished 28-5A record official Oct. 28 at Harlandale (16-17, 8-8), with a 27-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-19 win over their host.

Martinez is unaware of any previous McCollum team that won its district title with an undefeated record. There is reason to think a precedent exists, given that the Cowboys won the Class 4A state championship in 1976.

“We had a certain calmness to us,” Martinez said. “I think that was because we focused on us, and not what we had to stop the other team from doing.”

The season ended with a bit of frustration for rival Harlandale. The Indians were eliminated from the postseason, ending a remarkable streak of 14 straight appearances, days before the match.

Despite the disappointment, the Indians seemed to make the season finale into its unofficial bi-district match.

“Because of the rivalry, neither of these teams wants to lose to the other,” Martinez said. “The records don’t matter. It’s a big rivalry because of the community.

“The crowd was so huge. That might have been the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen in that gym for a Harlandale-McCollum game. It was nice, because there was a lot of support on both sides.”

Senior Neyda Sanchez led McCollum with 12 kills. Catie Gonzalez had a team-best 35 digs. Setters Savannah Borjas and Alicia Garcia (2 aces) each distributed 16 assists. Senior Victoria Yzaguirre had a team highs five blocks and also served two aces.

Setter Alicia Garcia led Harlandale with 25 assists and nine digs. Kianna Sandoval had a solid match with 12 assists, seven digs and four kills. Dominique Delgado (23 digs), and Keana Ramos (12 digs) and Kassandra Munoz (11 digs) also were defensive leaders for the Indians.

Munoz also finished with eight kills and two blocks. Ramos added two aces. Valeria Stokes made six kills and notched six blocks for Harlandale. Madaline Mendez had a team-high 11 kills.

“They played really well and played hard,” Martinez said. “They kept it interesting. Any time they challenged us, I called time out and told them not to think about the other team, just worry about ourselves. That was what really got us through the season.”

McCollum was scheduled to play Floresville (26-16), which placed fourth in highly competitive District 27-5A, Nov. 4 in the bi-district round.

Southside swept McCollum 25-18, 25-19, 25-8 Oct. 31 in a warm-up match.

Sophomore Alyssa Gallardo led Southside with 18 assists, five digs and four aces. Mia Soto produced 14 kills and five aces. Ashley Sanchez supplied 12 digs, five kills and two aces.

Analee Uriegas finished with a team-high 18 digs and five assists. Klaryssa Vela added eight assists and five digs. Tyler Bolton drilled seven kills. Amanda Esparza made six digs.

McCollum statistics from the match were unavailable.

The Cowboys also were undefeated in district on the junior varsity level. Their freshman team lost only to Harlandale.

FOOTBALL: Scott’s great night secures first place for Holy Cross

Holy Cross clinches 1st for fourth-straight year


The results are in from the anticipated battle between two of the best running backs in TAPPS District 3-II and Holy Cross senior Greg Scott won in a landslide.

Scott ran for 385 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 38 carries. He scored 42 points in the Knights’ surprising 47-17 win at Austin Regents, which broke a first-place tie in the district.

“That was one of the best games I’ve ever seen a running back have,” Holy Cross coach Mike Harrison said.

Scott’s performance overshadowed Regents back Will Zudock, who scored the game’s first touchdown with a 46-yard run. Zudock finished with 140 rushing yards on 17 attempts.

“The offensive line played unbelievably well and Greg was explosive,” Harrison said. “He followed his blocks and, when he got into the second and third level, he did some things I hadn’t seen before. Zudock is for real, but Greg had a great evening.”

The win clinched at least a share of first place for Holy Cross (7-1, 5-0) for the fourth-consecutive season. The Knights will play Austin Hyde Park Baptist (5-3, 4-1) 7 p.m. at Harlandale Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 8 in their final district game.

“They’re a very physical football team,” Harrison said. “Offensively, they’ll lineup and come right at you. They have a good running attack. They probably have the best defense we’ve seen since Antonian. Every year, they’re one of the better defenses in our district.”

After Zudock’s touchdown, Austin Regents (7-2, 4-1) didn’t score until the third quarter. Quarterback Jace Franklin found the end zone on a four-yard run to give the Regents Knights a 14-12 lead. Tyler Roberts kicked a 30-yard field goal with 7:12 left in the quarter for a five-point advantage.

Scott, who scored on three- and four-yard runs in the first half, began breaking away for his scores.

He ran 66 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, shortly after the ensuing kickoff. Quarterback Nazario Coleman passed to Jay Nava for the two-point conversion and the Knights led 20-17.

Coleman and Steven Gutierrez have divided quarterback duties since senior Cisco Flores suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury in the first quarter against Antonian.

“They’ve both played very well,” Harrison said. “When they come off the field, Cisco is right there to talk to them. It’s really been gratifying to see Cisco grow as an individual.”

Holy Cross outscored Regents 27-0 in the fourth quarter. Scott scored from 23, 49, 24 and 19 yards out.

“We didn’t play exceptionally well defensively,” Harrison said. “Our offense played really well in the second half. I don’t know if we’ve been that dominant in the fourth quarter all year.

“We haven’t had to play a four-quarter, all-out football game for a long time – since Hondo (Sept. 19). The kids really responded well. I’m proud of them.”

FOOTBALL: Week 10 previews (Saturday’s game)

#14 McCollum (2-6, 2-4) vs. #10 Edison (3-5, 3-3) at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

Talk about an important win.

By defeating Burbank 37-35, Edison gained the tie-breaker advantage on both teams it’s jockeying for one of the two remaining 28-5A playoff spots with – Burbank and Harlandale.

With its destiny firmly in its hands, Edison can’t afford to slip up against McCollum tonight. The Golden Bears, who’ve been a bit inconsistent this year, need the sustained intensity they showed against Burbank.

Another part of the formula that Edison would like to repeat is a big game from sophomore back Matt Garcia to complement big-play quarterback Jonathan Hernandez. Garcia ran for 76 yards against the Bulldogs. Hernandez accumulated 385 total yards.

To keep its slim playoff hopes alive, McCollum probably needs to get on the scoreboard first.

With the return from injury of receiver-returner Jeff Valdez, to go along with back Mike Ramirez and Ralph Vidal, the Cowboys should have more offensive potency than they’ve had all year.

Like Edison, McCollum has been plagued at times by an inability to play four steady quarters and they’ll need that tonight. One thing is certain, the Cowboys can’t lose again. Another loss eliminates them from playoff consideration.

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

VOLLEYBALL: Area playoff results (complete)

Matches of Nov. 3-4

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Monday’s matches


Bi-district round

Boerne Champion (19-12) 3, Highlands (25-13) 0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-12)


Bi-district round

Blanco (34-7) 3, Brooks Academy (10-10 ???) 0 (25-10, 25-8, 25-22)

Tuesday’s matches


Bi-district round

Brennan (29-12) 3, East Central (24-16) 1 (28-26, 23-25, 25-13, 25-15)

Clark (32-10) 3, Southwest (21-17) 0  (25-14, 25-9, 25-17)


Bi-district round

Alamo Heights (39-5) 3, Brackenridge (14-25) 0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-11)

Kerrville Tivy (31-10) 3, Jefferson (26-10) 0  (25-5, 25-18, 25-7)

Floresville (27-16) 3, McCollum (24-9) 0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-10)

Victoria West (31-9) 3, Southside (20-16) 0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-17)

FOOTBALL: Harlandale makes a stand when it counts

Indians edge Burbank with late-game stops

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Harlandale.




Burbank seemed to be controlling the ball in the second half, right up to the point that Harlandale’s defense put its foot down.

The Indians (5-4, 4-3) stopped Burbank on fourth-and-one each of its last two fourth-quarter drives. The final stop, with 26 seconds remaining, sealed a 28-27 District 28-5A win for Harlandale Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

“Those last two drives, we kept them from getting a first down,” Harlandale coach Isaac Martinez said. “I thought it was big that, when Burbank tied it 21-21, we came right back and answered. That could have been a momentum shift.

“I’m proud of the kids. We haven’t been in a game like this since Brackenridge (Sept. 20).”

The victory kept Harlandale tied for third with Edison (4-5, 4-3) heading into the final week of the season. Burbank (4-5, 3-4) dropped into a fifth-place deadlock with Jefferson (3-6, 3-4).

Harlandale finishes the regular season with the Frontier Bowl next Friday against rival McCollum (2-7, 2-5) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium (7:30 p.m.). A victory will qualify the Indians for the postseason for the third time in five years.

The Bulldogs will play Lanier (2-7, 2-5) next Friday in a 7:30 p.m. at the SAISD Sports Complex. Burbank will need a win and help from Jefferson to return to the playoffs for the second-consecutive season.

“It was a difficult loss,” Burbank coach Mark Perez said. “My hat’s off to Isaac and his staff. This was a good game.

“We’re still in the hunt. After losing by two points (to Edison) last week and one this week, my kids are going to be ready to come back with a win.”

Burbank tied the score with an 18-yard pass from senior quarterback Daniel Tello to Jordan Santos. Tello (241 yards, 29 carries) had a hand in every touchdown, running for the other three.

“He’s a smart, crafty runner,” the Indians coach said. “You can’t stop him. We tried to contain him as much as we could.”

The Bulldogs drove 78 yards in 12 plays off the second-half kickoff to notch the tie.

Tello’s 11-yard touchdown run with 10:33 remaining accounted for the final score. Burbank missed the extra point.

Harlandale led 21-14 at halftime and only scored once thereafter. Quarterback Jacob Delgado (7 of 11, 129 yards) floated a pass over a Bulldogs defender for an 11-yard touchdown to Noah Avina with 2:43 left in the third quarter.

Burbank stopped the Indians on a fourth-and-2 near midfield on their next drive.

“A loss would have meant we (might not) be in the playoffs,” said Harlandale senior receiver Ian Martinez, who caught a 38-yard touchdown pass that kept the Indians ahead 28-21 at halftime. “Even the sophomores and juniors said they were going to do it for us.”

Almost miraculously, Burbank was able to overcome three lost first-half fumbles to close within a touchdown at the half. The teams combined for three touchdowns in the last 2:30 of the half.

Harlandale led 14-0 going into that stretch. The Indians scored on a 21-yard pass from Delgado to Vincent Hernandez in the first quarter and a 36-yard run by John Aguirre in the second.

Tello scored on runs of 34 and 14 yards, with Martinez’s reception between – capping a two-play, 56-yard drive.

On Burbank’s first touchdown, with 2:30 until halftime, Tello was unable to find an open receiver. From the Indians 34, he headed toward the right sideline, eluded two tacklers and went in to cut Harlandale’s lead to 14-7.

Martinez turned a simple screen pass into the 38-yard score just 26 seconds later.

Down 14 points, the Bulldogs manufactured a drive that spanned 57 yards and ate up most of the available clock time. Following a five-yard run from Jordan Santos, Tello completed short passes on three consecutive plays. That left Burbank 26 yards from the end zone. The quarterback covered the distance in two running plays.

FOOTBALL: Week 10 previews (Friday’s games)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking


#8 Burbank (4-4, 3-3) vs. #9 Harlandale (4-4, 3-3) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

This isn’t a must-win game for either team and no playoffs are at stake – yet – but whoever wins is going to have a much better scenario in the final week of the District 28-5A season.

Currently, Burbank and Harlandale are tied for third place with Edison. However, the Golden Bears hold the tie-breaker advantage over both, so they’re playing for control over the fourth playoff spot.

It will be a battle of contrasting styles, with Burbank trying to slow the game down and control the ball. Harlandale will want to establish the run early, so it can open up the passing lanes for junior quarterback Jacob Delgado.

The equalizer, though, may be that both Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello and running back Rubyn Salazar are capable of breaking big gains.

Both teams need to show more consistent effort for four quarters than they did last week. Burbank lost a shootout 37-35 to Edison. District leader Sam Houston defeated Harlandale 37-14.

The Indians have won the last 10 games in the series. Burbank last won in 1975.

Series leader (record): Harlandale (17-5-1). 2013 score:  Harlandale 48, Burbank 6. 2014 favorite: Burbank.

Corpus Christi King (6-2, 2-1) at #5 East Central (4-4, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.

So far, the only thing District 28-6A observers have been able to count on is their uncertainty. Southwest’s blowout win against Corpus Christi Ray Thursday muddied the waters even further – although the Dragons increasingly are looking like the team to beat.

Befort that game, East Central and Southwest were deadlocked with Corpus Christi’s King and Carroll in a four-way tie for first place.

Earlier this season, King and Carroll, respectively, had looked like the 28-6A favorites. East Central dinged Carroll’s hopes with a 50-49 win, then stumbled against Southwest.

The Hornets bounced back impressively, smashing Ray 40-18 last Friday.

In this battle of big-play offenses, the key might be which team ends up with more. East Central did so against Ray, getting the ball to playmaker Wanya Ward for three touchdowns – two of which covered more than 60 yards.

Hornets junior quarterback Justin Upshaw-Mendoza threw for 221 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He’s gaining consistency as the season goes along and East Central’s offense should follow.

The ground game may have gained a back to complement Jauwan Hall (with Javion Polk focusing on defense) last week. Cody Nuckols ran for 77 yards on nine attempts.

Corpus Christi King is the only team to defeat Southwest in district play, winning 33-21 Oct. 10, but the Mustangs are coming off a 26-21 loss to Carroll last Friday.

King has a breakaway back in Tristian Price (1,202 rushing yards) and a solid quarterback in Spencer Manual. The Mustangs have averaged more than 36 points a game, while allowing 15. (East Central has scored 35 and given up 31.3 over the last four games).

Carroll outscored King 12-7 in the second half and limited the Mustangs to 53 passing yards. Their average is 96 yards per game. Price ran for 146.

The Mustangs never have defeated East Central in the series, but this is their best team in several seasons and the chance exists. Based on their scores against Southwest, King would be the favorite. Based on their scores against Carroll, it’s East Central. It could go either way.

The winner clinches a playoff spot. For East Central to be in that position, it likely will have to win the fourth quarter, as it did against Carroll.

Series leader (record): East Central (8-0). 2013 score: East Central 27, Corpus Christi King 20. 2014 favorite: Corpus Christi King.

#1 Holy Cross (6-1, 4-0) at Austin Regents (7-1, 4-0), 7 p.m.

Holy Cross dropped this game last year, but got a second chance and ended up tying Regents for the TAPPS 3-II title.

This game is likely to decide the title again and the Knights will be aiming for revenge.

Holy Cross has won its last five games and outscored its four district opponents by a 120-21 margin.

As senior back Greg Scott goes, so goes the Knights’ offense. Scott has rushed for 1,071 yards and 12 touchdowns in his secon

Nazario Coleman was back in action at quarterback last Saturday as Holy Cross crushed Corpus Christi John Paul II 56-0. Sophomore Steven Gutierrez performed well in his absence, so the Knights are solid at the position despite losing senior Cisco Flores to injury in Week 2.

Steven Villela and T.J. Dennie both are capable receivers.

Regents is led by senior back Will Zudock, who has scored 15 touchdowns and rushed for 1,025 yards. Zudock has 11 rushing touchdowns to his credit.

The Regents Knights have a balanced attack, however. Quarterback Jace Franklin has passed for 1,405 yards. Their leading receivers are Zach Bolke (613 yards), Ben Bowers (324) and Zudock (255).

Regents has outscored its opponents 180-30, having been challenged by Austin Hyde Park Baptist in a 35-23 win. Holy Cross will wrap up its district season next Saturday against Hyde Park at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

Avoiding turnovers and three-and-outs will be keys for Holy Cross. Those were the problem areas in its lone loss to Antonian. If the Knights defense doesn’t have to cope with short fields and Scott can keep the chains moving, Holy Cross has to like its chances – even against a tough opponent.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: Austin Regents 35, Holy Cross 28. 2014 favorite: Holy Cross.

#2 Southside (7-1, 4-1) at Uvalde (7-1, 4-1), 7:30 p.m.

Not only did Southside get a second chance at first place last week, it learned that Uvalde was vulnerable. The Coyotes were handed their first loss (44-39) by co-29-6A leader Somerset, whom the Cardinals previously had beaten.

On the down side, Uvalde is likely to do all it can to avoid a second loss and it has homefield advantage.

The Coyotes had a narrow escape in their last home game, a 21-15 win over Laredo Nixon Oct. 17, and they appear to have slipped a bit from the early season.

Southside may have as well, after losing quarterback Jonny Trevino to injury. Last Friday’s 35-14 win over Medina Valley, however, seemed to be a statement that the Cardinals had plenty left in the tank to finish their quest for the district title.

Senior quarterback Brandon Herrera appears to be growing into the job that he hadn’t performed since last season. Herrera ran for 170 yards against the Panthers, including an 88-yard scoring run.

He complimented Matt Collier’s best performance (302 yards) in an outstanding sophomore season. Collier now has 1,311 rushing yards and no longer can be considered Southside’s outside running threat.

Herrera threw the ball relatively effectively. If the Coyotes’ defense can keep him and Collier from getting outside the tackles, he might be asked to throw a little more often on first and third downs.

Uvalde also is more reliant on the run than pass, passing mostly in play-action situations. Southside’s defense won’t have the luxury of beefing up its pass rush and selling out to stop throws as it did in the second half against Medina Valley.

The Coyotes mustered 243 rushing yards against Somerset, 138 from back McRae Rutledge and 89 from quarterback Elias Garza. Garza threw for 157 yards and has capable receivers in Hondo Sanchez and Trae Garcia.

Garza began the season as the backup to second-year starter Jerry Almaraz (899 rushing yards), so as long as the Cardinals keep their coverages tight, they may want to pick their spots to pressure the junior. They also have freshman interception machine Johnny Herrera to fall back on.

If the poised Almaraz plays, Uvalde’s chances are considerably better. The Cardinals will need to avoid turnovers, which helped Laredo Martin defeat them two weeks ago.

Southside will finish its district season next Friday at home against fourth-place Laredo Cigarroa. The Cardinals haven’t won in this series since 2007.

Series leader (record): Uvalde (12-2). 2013 score: Uvalde 45, Southside 14. 2014 favorite: Southside.

VOLLEYBALL: Holy Cross, Providence reach area round

Knights win district title; Provets down St. Michael’s

Holy Cross sophomore libero Daisy Flores made 29 digs against Victoria St. Joseph.
Holy Cross sophomore libero Daisy Flores made 29 digs against Victoria St. Joseph.























AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Holy Cross, Providence.


Holy Cross hadn’t defeated Victoria St. Joseph in the previous eight years of its history, but the Knights accomplished it for the second time this season Oct. 21 to secure first place in TAPPS District 4-4A.

The Knights (35-13, 15-1) dropped Game 4 and fell behind in the decisive game. However, they surged into the lead, watched St. Joseph (41-2, 15-1) recover and then put the match away by scoring five of the last six points.

“They got a head start, but we kept our poise,” Holy Cross coach Ruben Calderon said. “Victoria came into the game with momentum. I’m happy we were able to make those (kills).”

The Knights won the first-place tiebreaker match 25-20, 25-16, 19-25, 21-25, 15-12 against the two-time state semifinalist and defending district champion. The Flyers won the first meeting between the teams on Aug. 27 at Holy Cross.

“That just helped us build our confidence,” Knights junior Victoria Gonzalez said of the regular-season victory Sept. 30 at St. Joseph. “We became a better team because of them.”

The victory advanced the Knights to the area round. Providence (18-19, 7-9) won two matches last week and also will play in the area round at Houston St. Agnes.

Holy Cross was scheduled to play Houston Northland Christian (19-8) at noon Friday. If they win, they’ll play the Austin Regents-Fort Bend Christian winner in the state quarterfinals at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Gonzalez suggested that Holy Cross wants to keep its momentum alive all the way to the state championship.

“This is huge for our program,” Calderon said. “It’s really motivated our kids. They played very smart and very

focused. This had been a huge missing piece for our program. I think we’ve gotten there.”

Victoria St. Joseph had a 3-1 lead in Game 5 when Gonzalez, who contributed three blocks, made a kill that landed just inside the back line. The game progressed point-by-point until the Knights grabbed a 6-5 advantage on a setting error.

The Flyers tied it with a block, but Gonzalez started a string of three-consecutive points with a back-row kill. With Kimberley Butcher (28 assists) serving, the sophomore setter hustled to make a tip and St. Joseph made an error that gave the Knights a 9-6 lead.

Despite the tie, they never trailed again.

Anna Zuniga was able to put down a tip off a misplaced set that maintained a 10-8 edge. A kill from sophomore outside hitter Henrianna Ibarra (29 kills, 3 aces) held the margin with a kill off a great pass.

“As a captain, I knew I had to carry my team,” Gonzalez said. “Henrianna and I had to get them going. Once we get going, nobody can stop us.”

A soft kill from Carly Moran and kill from middle blocker Christina Janak enabled the Flyers to tie the score 11-11. However, St. Joseph made a hitting error and Gonzalez skied for a big kill to make it 13-11. Freshman Autumn Lopez followed with an ace that put the Knights at match point.

Successful serving was a key to Holy Cross’ victory.

“Our game plan was to serve short and keep them out off the net,” Calderon said. “After the first two games, they made adjustments. After that, I called a timeout and we started serving deep. Fortunately, we were successful.”

After a Holy Cross point, Ibarra finished the match with a soft kill. Libero Daisy Flores produced 29 digs for the Knights.


The Provets found their way to Houston St. Agnes by winning a fourth-place tiebreaker at

Cornerstone Christian Oct. 21 and a bi-district match 26-24, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20 at Austin St. Michael’s (17-12) Oct. 24.

Freshman Jazzmyne Williams led Providence against St. Michael’s with 17 kills and four aces. Mia Ybarra distributed 31 assists.

Providence will play Austin Hyde Park Baptist (21-14) 6 p.m. Friday. The winner could play either Victoria St. Joseph or Houston Lutheran South at 1 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.

VOLLEYBALL: Brack comeback qualifies Eagles for postseason

Jefferson upsets Highlands to qualify

Brackenridge's Eshe Malone hits in a previous match.
Brackenridge’s Eshe Malone hits in a previous match.


























AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Jefferson.


Two teams seeking the same goal battled to the brink Tuesday at Alamo Convocation Center.

It became clear in the early stages of the match that mental toughness was going to be paramount. Jefferson was two points from closing out a victory in Game 5 when Brackenridge (14-23, 10-5) made the final push that resulted in a 26-24, 18-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-13 win.

“The key for our team was consistency,” Brackenridge coach Chandra Kerley said. “We had to score more points, not give them away. I told them to focus on one point at a time.

“I told them, ‘They want to take that third-place position from you.’ ”

Both teams want to hold their ground and not fall to fourth place because that would pit them powerhouse Alamo Heights, which leads District 27-SA and is No. 2 in the Express-News area rankings, in the bi-district round. The win Tuesday gave the Eagles a temporary hold on third place.

“I’m very happy with this victory,” Kerley said. “This puts us in great position.”

However, Friday while Brackenridge was idle, Jefferson (25-9, 10-5) upset second-place Highlands (24-11, 12-2) on the same court to forge a third-place tie. McCollum (23-8, 15-0) clinched the district championship Oct. 21.

“We took advantage of every opportunity we had to pass, set and hit,” Jefferson coach Theresa Ralston said of the Highlands match. “The girls are really excited for the end of the season. That was a well-deserved and hard-fought victory.”

Brackenridge qualified for its eighth consecutive playoff appearance. Jefferson advanced for the sixth time I n the last seven seasons under Ralston.

The Eagles ended the 28-5A season 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against Highlands at the Alamo Convocation Center. The Mustangs will finish against sixth-place Edison (14-23, 6-9) in an 8 p.m. match at the ACC.

They are two of the area’s 10 current playoff qualifiers. Others are: Brooks Academy, East Central (23-15, 9-0), Highlands, Holy Cross, McCollum, Providence, Southside (18-15, 8-5) and Southwest (20-16, 5-4). East Central clinched the District 28-6A championship.

South San (17-19, 3-6) also had a chance to qualify, depending on the outcome of its final match Tuesday at East Central. The Bobcats are tied for fourth in 28-6A with Corpus Christi Ray.

Brackenridge qualified for its eighth consecutive playoff appearance. Jefferson advanced for the sixth time I n the last seven seasons under Ralston.

After tying the match in Game 4,Jefferson senior Gabby Vasquez produced five of her match-high 21 kills to stake the Mustangs to a 13-9 lead in the final game.

“We had them in every game,” Ralston said, “but we couldn’t maintain our momentum and energy to close it out.”

Eagles senior Jolicia Shelton-Brown (9 kills) landed a tip that slashed Jefferson’s lead to three points. Then the Mustangs made three consecutive errors. Shelton-Brown finished a long point with a kill to secure the win.

“It means a lot to me, being a senior,” she said. “I’m very proud of the girls. We’ve come a long way from where we started out. We need to push on.”

Vasquez, who also had 21 kills Oct. 17 against Young Women’s Leadership Academy, made two consecutive kills early in Game 2, helping the Mustangs reverse Brackenridge’s momentum. Jefferson setter Angela Hardcastle (26 assists, 2 aces, 2 blocks) called increasingly on the senior leader down the stretch.

“I think she realized how important this match was,” Ralston said. “We need to find her when she’s ‘on.’ She wants that challenge and her teammates try to find her.”

Vasquez put down a kill on a high, outside set to finish Game 4. She added two straight kills in Game 5 that helped the Mustangs grab a 4-1 advantage in the 15-point format. A block from Hardcastle and Vasquez’s 20th kill extended the lead to 11-8.

“(Kerley) made us get our heads in the game,” Shelton-Brown said. “We just fought.”

Jasmin Gutierrez made seven blocks for the Eagles. Senior Kathy Sifuentes finished with six digs.

“It means a lot to me, being a senior,” Shelton-Brown said. “I’m very proud of the girls. We’ve come a long way from where we started out. We need to push on.”

Cecilia Campos recorded an amazing 59 digs for the Mustangs. Marisol Montejano also made two blocks. Madelyn Chavez served a pair of aces.

For Jefferson, Campos had team bests of 37 digs and three aces. Vasquez recorded 13 kills. Hardcastle added 13 assists.

“I thought we communicated better,” Ralston said. “We had a better chemistry and worked better together all the way around.”

Highlands received eight kills from Jazmine Jackson, 21 digs from Kiara Pesina and nine assists from Analisa Garza.

VOLLEYBALL: Area postseason pairings (updated Oct. 30)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Friday’s match



District 28-6A

Fourth-place tie-breaker

South San (17-20, 3-7) at Corpus Christi Ray (19-18 ???, 3-7), 5:30 p.m.


Games of Nov. 3-4


Monday or Tuesday matches


BI-district round

East Central (24-15) vs. Brennan (28-12), 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Cole

Southwest (21-16) vs. Clark (31-10), 7 p.m. Tuesday, at O’Connor

O’Connor (43-4) vs. South San (17-20, 3-7)-Corpus Christi Ray (19-18 ???, 3-7) winner, Monday, time and location TBA



BI-district round

Brackenridge (14-24) vs. Alamo Heights (38-5), 6 p.m. Tuesday, at Blossom Athletic Center 

Highlands (25-12) vs. Boerne Champion (18-12), 7:30 p.m. Monday, at O’Connor

Jefferson (26-9) vs. Kerrville Tivy (30-10), 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Boerne Champion

McCollum (24-8) vs. Floresville (26-16), 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Wagner

Southside (19-15) vs. Victoria West (30-9), 6 p.m., Tuesday, at Seguin



BI-district round

Brooks Academy (10-9 ???) vs. Blanco (33-7), Monday at New Braunfels, 7 p.m.

FOOTBALL: Area playoff picture (thru Nov. 1)

Football playoff picture

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

Through Nov. 1

ALREADY QUALIFIED: Brackenridge (6-3, 6-1), Central Catholic (6-3, 3-1), East Central (5-4, 3-1), Holy Cross (7-1, 5-0), Sam Houston (8-2, 8-0), Southside (7-2, 4-2), Southwest (5-4, 3-1).

LIKELY QUALIFIERS: Edison (4-5, 4-3), Harlandale (5-4, 4-3).

POSSIBLE QUALIFIERS: Burbank (4-5, 3-4), Jefferson (3-6, 3-4).

VOLLEYBALL: Area playoff picture (final)

Volleyball playoff picture

The following area teams qualified for the playoffs (in alphabetical order):




QUALIFIED: Brackenridge (14-24, 10-6), Brooks Academy (10-9, 3-7), East Central (24-15, 10-0), Highlands (24-11, 13-3), Holy Cross (37-13, 15-1), Jefferson (26-9, 11-5), McCollum (24-8, 16-0), Providence (19-20, 7-9), Southside (19-15, 9-5), Southwest (21-16, 6-4).

FOOTBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Edison jumbles 28-5A playoff picture with win over Burbank

Brack returns to postseason; Southwest stomps Bobcats

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Highlands, Holy Cross, Jefferson, McCollum, South San, Southwest.


Edison forced a three-way tie for third place in District 28-5A with a dramatic 37-35 win over Burbank (4-4, 3-3) Friday at the SAISD Sports Complex.

The Golden Bears and the Bulldogs share third place with Harlandale (4-4, 3-3), which lost 37-14 Friday to district-leading Sam Houston.

Senior quarterback Jonathan Hernandez (9 of 14) passed for 252 yards and four touchdowns to lead Edison to victory. Hernandez also ran for 133 yards.

His 23-yard pass to David Sanchez (90 yards, 3 receptions) stood as the winning score with 8:31 remaining. Trailing by nine, Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello (92 yards, 18 carries) answered with a two-yard rushing touchdown seven seconds before the end.

Edison scored three unanswered touchdowns, starting with a two-yard run by sophomore Matt Garcia (76 yards, 17 carries) with 53 seconds until halftime. Hernandez hooked up with Bryan Bolton (105 yards, 3 receptions) for a 75-yard score and Taylor Ahoyt on a 38-yarder to build a 31-21 lead.

Burbank led 14-3 on a 43-yard pass from Tello (11 of 21, 157 yards) to senior Tru Bradford (66 yards, 3 catches) with 10:27 left in the second quarter. An 11-yard run by Devin Gusme increased the Bulldogs’ advantage to 21-10 with 2:08 remaining in the quarter.

Bolton finished with two receiving touchdowns. Bulldogs back Rubyn Salazar ran for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Brackenridge 59, Jefferson 21

The Eagles (6-3, 6-1) clinched their eighth-consecutive playoff appearance with the District 28-5A win over Jefferson (2-6, 2-4) Saturday at Alamo Stadium.

Brackenridge scored the game’s first 18 points. Hernan Cabral made a 32-yard field goal, Francisco Soto returned an interception 32 yards and Jalen Davis hauled in an eight-yard pass from Antonio Lopez (, 241 yards) in the first quarter.

Jefferson scored its first points on a 13-yard pass from Weston Redding to Henry Bocko (40 yards, 3 receptions) with 4:40 left in the first half.

The Eagles had a 25-7 halftime lead after Trey Mathis (166 yards, 15 carries) scored the first of his four rushing touchdowns with a 51-yard dash, nearly in consecutive order. The streak was interrupted only by a one-yard run from Lopez and a 62-yard run from Jefferson junior Jesse Flores (136 yards, 23 attempts).

Brackenridge senior Lee Terrell had seven receptions for 101 yards and Macco Marble caught five for 64 yards. The Eagles limited Jefferson to 173 total yards.

Southwest 30, South San 6

The Dragons (4-4, 2-1) recorded their second-consecutive District 28-6A win, helping to force a four-way tie for first place, by defeating South San (2-6, 0-3) Friday at South San Stadium.

Southwest shares first place with Corpus Christi Carroll (7-1, 2-1), Corpus Christi King (6-2, 2-1) and East Central (4-4, 2-1), which downed Corpus Christi Ray (6-2, 1-2) 40-18 Thursday.

The Dragons took command with a 12-yard rushing touchdown from senior Jon Cruz (179, 17 carries) and a 34-yard pass from Bowen Crisp (6 of 12, 73 yards) to Brandon Salinas in the first quarter.

Southwest’s Sergio Estrada added a 25-yard field goal in the second period. South San notched its first touchdown on a six-yard fumble return from Jeremiah Prouty and trailed 17-6 at halftime.

Cruz broke a 62-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter and Tyrone Middleton (106 yards, 15 carries) completed the scoring with a 14-yard run with 4:28 remaining in the third quarter.

Southwest limited South San to 63 total yards, while gaining 395. The Dragons ran for 322 yards.

McCollum 20, Highlands 8

The Cowboys (2-6, 2-4) ended a four-game District 28-5A losing streak with a win over Highlands (0-8, 0-6) Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

McCollum took an 8-0 halftime lead on a two-yard run from senior quarterback Ralph Vidal and a safety. Junior Mike Ramirez (225 yards, 27 carries) scored second-half touchdowns with runs of seven and 49 yards, following the Owls’ lone touchdown.

Highlands scored on a 33-yard pass from senior quarterback John Cervantes (10 of 18, 156 yards) to Thomas Salame (54 yards, 4 receptions), who also has started at quarterback. Quindon Boston finished with 66 receiving yards and 53 rushing yards.

McCollum tight end Robert Salas caught four passes for 44 yards. Jeff Valdez returned from an injury to make a 21-yard reception.

The Cowboys produced 352 total yards while holding Highlands to 201. McCollum committed four turnovers and Highlands had three.

Holy Cross 56, Corpus Christi John Paul II 0

The Knights (6-1, 4-0) registered a commanding win Saturday that prepared them for a TAPPS District 3-II first-place showdown with Austin Regents. Holy Cross put the hammer down against winless Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-9, 0-5) for a homecoming victory at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

It was the third shutout of the season for the Knights defense. Holy Cross limited John Paul II to 57 total yards, including 36 rushing yards on 28 attempts. Meanwhile, the district co-leaders gained 579.

Holy Cross senior back Greg Scott (204 yards, 10 carries) scored the game’s first three touchdowns on runs of 17, 19 and five yards. Scott also caught a 71-yard touchdown pass from Steven Gutierrez (8 of 11, 178 yards) about four minutes before halftime.

The Knights led 21-0 after a quarter and 41-0 at the half.

Nazario Coleman returned to action and threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Steven Villela. Jaime Ramirez ran for 55 yards on four carries. David Sanchez had 45 receiving yards and a touchdown on three catches.

The Knights will play Regents (7-1, 4-0) 7 p.m. this Friday in Austin.

FOOTBALL: Central Catholic sacks San Antonio Christian

Buttons bounce back, tie for 2nd

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AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic.


In a short TAPPS District 2-I season, teams can’t afford to let losses stack up.

Central Catholic (5-3, 2-1) avoided that pitfall Friday by scoring the first 29 points against dangerous San Antonio Christian (4-4, 1-2). The Buttons held off the Lions’ inevitable comeback efforts to secure a 39-26 district victory at Benson Stadium.

With the win, Central Catholic is tied for second place with Austin St. Michael’s (3-5, 2-1). The Buttons had lost to district-leading Antonian (7-1, 3-0) a week earlier.

“It was good to bounce back,” Central Catholic coach L.D. Green said. “We had a tough loss against Antonian, so we had to pick ourselves up. We’re in the district race now.”

Senior quarterback Joseph Nava had a hand in each of Central Catholic’s first four touchdowns, passing for three after running for the first. Nava (153 yards, 23 carries) ran three yards for the initial score, less than four minutes into the game.

Nava (15 of 31, 189 yards) connected with William Prouse (123 yards, 5 receptions) on touchdowns of 26 and 40 yards, giving the Buttons a 22-0 halftime lead.

“William made some key plays and got some key first downs,” Green said. “He was the offensive man this week. If the game plan goes the right way in any game, one or two guys can be the guy.”

After the half, Nava threw 12 yards to Joe Barrera with 7:35 to play in the third quarter. Barrera also completed a 38-yard pass.

San Antonio Christian cut the lead to 29-7 with its first touchdown at the 5:06 mark of the quarter. Lions quarterback Andrew Hawkins (24 of 34, 357 yards) threw an eight-yard scoring pass to Sam Lorillard (132 yards, 6 catches).

Central Catholic outgained Christian 463-445 in total yardage. The Buttons limited the Lions to 88 rushing yards.

“I have to credit (defensive coordinator) Mike Gomez for his game plan,” Green said. “The bottom line was to get ahead, pressure (Hawkins) and pressure their receivers. We wanted to see if they could beat us with their run game.”

Nava threw 21 yards to back Jimin Suh for the Buttons’ last touchdown with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter. Suh also rushed for 81 yards on 19 attempts.

“That’s another thing we’re pretty happy with,” Green said. “We’re a balanced offense, with a good run-and-pass game.”

The Lions scored the game’s last three touchdowns, two on passes from Hawkins and another on a 90-yard interception return from Christian Fornicola.

Central Catholic makes the long road trip to Brownsville St. Joseph (5-3, 1-2) for a 7 p.m. game Friday.

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (thru Oct. 31)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface


Matches of Oct. 26-Nov. 1


Monday’s matches

No matches scheduled

Tuesday’s matches

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi King (12-7 ???, 8-2) 3, Corpus Christi Ray (19-18 ???, 3-7) 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-22)

East Central (24-15, 10-0), 3, South San (17-20, 3-7) 0 (25-8, 25-13, 25-13)

Southwest (21-16, 6-4) 3, Corpus Christi Carroll (1-19 ???, 0-10) 0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-13)

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (38-5, 16-0) 3, Lockhart (18-23, 5-11) 0 (25-15, 25-5, 25-12)

Boerne Champion (18-12, 12-4) 3, Floresville (26-16, 10-6) 1 (26-24, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20)

Kerrville Tivy (29-10, 14-2) 3, Kennedy (3-31 ???, 1-15) 0 (25-8, 25-10, 25-8)

San Marcos (13-19, 5-11) 3, Memorial (4-38, 1-15) 0  (25-20, 25-20, 25-18)

District 28-5A

Highlands (25-12, 13-3) 3, Brackenridge (14-24, 10-6) 2 (19-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 15-9)

Lanier (6-23 ???, 3-13) 3, Burbank (7-29, 0-16) 0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-19)

McCollum (24-8, 16-0) 3, Harlandale (16-17, 8-8) 1 (27-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-19)

Jefferson (26-9, 11-5) vs. Edison (14-24, 6-10) 1 (25-22, 17-25, 27-25, 25-22)

District 29-5A

Uvalde (14-16, 10-4) 3, Laredo Cigarroa (19-21, 6-8) 0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-21)

Medina Valley (27-8, 13-1) 3, Eagle Pass Winn (6-21, 1-13) 0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-18)

Somerset (22-9, 12-2) 3, Laredo Martin (1-14 ???, 1-13) 0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-16)

Southside (19-15, 9-5) 3, Laredo Nixon (5-12 ???, 4-9) 2 (25-11, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-12)


Boerne Geneva (29-11) 3, Providence (18-20) 2 (24-26, 25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 19-17)

Sam Houston (16-17 ???) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (6-22 ???) 0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-12)


Wednesday’s matches


Holy Cross (36-13) 3, Schertz John Paul II (16-10 ???) 0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-17)


Friday’s matches

District 28-6A

Fourth-place tiebreaker

Corpus Christi Ray (20-18 ???, 3-7) 3, South San (17-21, 3-7) 2 (25-15, 20-25, 25-17, 25-19, 15-10)

FOOTBALL: This week’s results (thru Nov. 1)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface


(Oct. 30-Nov. 1)

Thursday’s games

District 28-6A

Southwest (5-4, 3-1) 61,  Corpus Christi Ray (6-3, 1-3) 7

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

East Central (5-4, 3-1) 24, Corpus Christi King (6-3, 2-2) 15

Corpus Christi Carroll (8-1, 3-1) 58, South San (2-7, 0-4) 20

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (9-0, 7-0) 57, San Marcos (3-6, 2-5) 16

Alamo Heights (7-2, 6-1) 47, Floresville (7-3, 5-3) 43

Seguin (2-7, 2-5) 56, Kennedy (0-9, 0-7) 13

Kerrville Tivy (7-2, 6-1) 54, Memorial (0-9, 0-7) 14

District 28-5A

Harlandale (5-4, 4-3) 28, Burbank (4-5, 3-4) 27

Jefferson (3-6, 3-4) 34, Highlands (0-9, 0-7) 20

Sam Houston (8-2, 8-0) 42, Lanier (2-7, 2-5) 14

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn (4-5, 3-3) 21, Laredo Nixon (1-8, 1-5) 7

Somerset (6-2, 5-1) 31, Laredo Cigarroa (4-5, 2-4) 0

Uvalde (7-1, 4-1) 21, Southside (7-2, 4-2) 14

District 15-3A

Division I

Goliad (8-1, 3-0) 73, Brooks Academy (1-9, 0-4) 0

Mathis (7-2, 2-1) 28, George West (2-7, 1-2) 14


Antonian (8-1, 4-0) 17, San Antonio Christian (4-5, 1-3) 14

Central Catholic (6-3, 3-1) 44, Brownsville St. Joseph (5-4, 1-3) 8

Austin St. Michael’s (4-5, 3-1) 46, St. Anthony (1-8, 0-4) 8


Austin Hyde Park Baptist (5-3, 4-1) 49,Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-10, 0-6) 0

TMI (4-5, 2-3) 20, Cornerstone Christian (5-4, 2-3) 14

Holy Cross (7-1, 5-0) 47, Austin Regents (7-2, 4-1) 13

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

Edison (4-5, 4-3) 16, McCollum (2-7, 2-5) 14

District 29-5A

Medina Valley (3-6, 3-3) 47, Laredo Martin (1-8, 1-5) 7

FOOTBALL: Remaining schedule (Oct. 30-Nov. 8)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface



(Oct. 30-Nov. 1)

Thursday’s games

District 28-6A

Southwest (4-4, 2-1) vs. Corpus Christi Ray (6-2, 1-2) at Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi King (6-2, 2-1) at East Central (4-4, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.

South San (2-6, 0-3) vs. Corpus Christi Carroll (7-1, 2-1) at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (8-0, 6-0) at San Marcos (3-5, 2-4), 7:30 p.m.

Floresville (7-2, 5-2) at Alamo Heights (6-2, 5-1), 7:30 p.m.

Kennedy (0-8, 0-6) at Seguin (2-6, 2-4), 7:30 p.m.

Kerrville Tivy (6-2, 5-1) vs. Memorial (0-8, 0-6) at Edgewood Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-5A

Burbank (4-4, 3-3) vs. Harlandale (4-4, 3-3) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

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

Sam Houston (7-2, 7-0) vs. Lanier (2-6, 2-4) at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-5A

Laredo Nixon (1-7, 1-4) vs. Eagle Pass Winn (3-5, 2-3) at Cozel Foster Veterans Memorial Stadium, Eagle Pass, 7:30 p.m.

Somerset (5-2, 4-1) vs. Laredo Cigarroa (4-4, 2-3) at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7:30 p.m.

Southside (7-1, 4-1) at Uvalde (7-1, 4-1), 7:30 p.m.

District 15-3A

Division I

Brooks Academy (1-8, 0-3) at Goliad (7-1, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.

George West (2-6, 1-1) at Mathis (6-2, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.


Antonian (7-1, 3-0) at San Antonio Christian (4-4, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.

Central Catholic (5-3, 2-1) at Brownsville St. Joseph (5-3, 1-2), 7 p.m.

St. Anthony (1-7, 0-3) at Austin St. Michael’s (3-5, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.


Austin Hyde Park Baptist (4-3, 3-1) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-9, 0-5), 7 p.m.

Cornerstone Christian (5-3, 2-2) at TMI (3-5, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross (6-1, 4-0) at Austin Regents (7-1, 4-0), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

McCollum (2-6, 2-4) vs. Edison (3-5, 3-3) at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

District 29-5A

Medina Valley (2-6, 2-3) vs. Laredo Martin (1-7, 1-4) 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

Division I

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: Area rankings (thru Oct. 25)

Through Oct. 25


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Holy Cross – 1

2. Southside – 2

3. Sam Houston – 3

4. Southwest – 4

5. East Central – 5

6. Brackenridge – 6

7. Central Catholic – 7

8. Burbank – 8

9. Harlandale – 9

10. Edison – 11

11. South San – 10

12. Lanier – 12

13. Jefferson – 13

14. McCollum – 15

15. Highlands – 14


NR = not ranked

VOLLEYBALL: Area playoff results (thru Nov. 1)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Friday, Oct. 24 match



Providence (18-19) 3, Austin St. Michael’s (17-12) 1 (26-24, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20)


Friday’s matches


Area round

At Houston St. Agnes

Holy Cross (37-13) 3, Houston Northland Christian (19-9) 0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-21)

Providence (19-20) 3, Austin Hyde Park Baptist (21-15) 2 (14-25, 25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 15-10)


Saturday’s matches


State quarterfinals

At Houston St. Agnes

Sugar Land Fort Bend Christian (33-7) 3, Holy Cross (37-14) 0.(25-23, 25-19, 25-16)

Victoria St. Joseph (43-3) 3, Providence (19-21) 0 (25-13, 28-26, 25-14)



FOOTBALL: Collier, Herrera carry Cardinals back to first

Southside sets up first-place showdown with Uvalde



Southside senior Eliud Mendez helped the Cardinals' defense hold Medina Valley to 14 points.
Southside senior Eliud Mendez helped the Cardinals’ defense hold Medina Valley to 14 points.























Southside officially survived its District 29-5A setback to earn another crack at first place.

A week after incurring an upset loss to Laredo Martin, Southside (7-1, 4-1) romped to a 35-14 home win over Medina Valley (2-6, 2-3) Friday. The victory helped reshape the district standings and land the Cardinals in first.

Southside, Somerset (5-2, 4-1) and Uvalde (7-1, 4-1) all were tied for first place after Friday’s games. The Cardinals play at Uvalde this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

“That’s what we’ve been going after the whole time,” Southside senior quarterback Brandon Herrera said. “We want to win first place in the district, then go to the playoffs.”

The first half belonged to Herrera. After halftime, sophomore back Matt Collier (302 yards, 27 carries) took center stage for the Cardinals Friday at Southside Stadium. Herrera (170 yards, 18 carries) scored three first-half touchdowns and Collier added two in the second half as Southside

The combination was too much for Medina Valley to cope with.

“I thought we played much harder this week,” Southside coach Ricky Lock said. “Our line blocked better. We’ve got Uvalde next week, that’s going to be a big game.”

Medina Valley didn’t score until 3:02 remained in the third quarter. Quarterback Bradley Griggs ran four yards for the touchdown, following an interception from Cody Moos. The Panthers were within 19-7.

Collier gained 167 rushing yards in the fourth quarter alone, enabling the Cardinals to put the game out of reach.

The sophomore ran 31 yards with 10:47 remaining. His 60-yard run led to a 21-yard field goal from Zach Henry on Southside’s next possession, increasing the Cardinals lead to 28-7. Little more than a minute later, he rambled 76 yards on a misdirection play for his second touchdown.

Moos scored on a 46-yard pass play from Griggs (15 of 37, 203 yards) with exactly a minute remaining. Medina Valley had thrown nine consecutive incomplete passes at the start of the fourth quarter as Southside applied more and more pressure on the passer.

“Coach (Steve) Hale and his staff do a good job,” Lock said, referring to the Panthers coach. “We were able to keep pressure on (Griggs). They got a few points against us, but I think we did a good job of containing them for the most part.”

Herrera’s role was to establish control for Southside, which was important after two late turnovers led to the loss against Martin. He has grown increasingly comfortable in the role he inherited after starting quarterback Jonny Trevino suffered an injury three weeks earlier.

The former wide receiver hadn’t taken a snap at quarterback until then.

“My coaches prepared me great,” Herrera said. “Now I’m just building on it. All the guys played well tonight. That gave me confidence.”

The senior quarterback scored on a 12-yard run with 42 seconds left in the first quarter at the end of a 13-play, 98-yard drive. On the second play after the first of two interceptions from Cardinals freshman Johnny Herrera, the senior dashed around the left side and broke an 88-yard run.

On the Cardinals’ next possession, Herrera ran 13 yards for a touchdown that made it 19-0 at halftime. A 39-yard carry by Collier set up the score.

“Brandon’s doing a good job of executing,” Lock said. ”We got an offensive lineman back (from injury), and that helped, too. Everybody’s been doing their share.

“We’re just trying to get better every week.”

The Cardinals limited Medina Valley to 37 rushing yards and 240 total yards. Southside amassed 548 yards, including 487 on the ground.

Southside senior receiver David Garza caught four passes for 52 yards.