VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Bobcats, Hornets win 28-6A openers

Highlands vaults Brack, Jeff into second place in 28-5A

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, East Central, Highlands, South San, Southwest.



East Central (15-15, 1-0) and South San (15-13, 1-0) each began their District 28-6A seasons with a win Friday, Sept. 26.

South San swept Corpus Christi Ray 25-18, 25-23, 25-23 in their home gym. The Hornets also were in their nest when they blanked Corpus Christi Carroll 25-8, 25-11, 25-17.

Skeyler Embry (9 kills), Madison Simon (8), Lindsey Lubianski (7) and Christie Cosper (6) were the offensive leaders for East Central. Kaylin Mills (4 digs) dealt 28 assists. Senior Alex Pena served a team-high five aces. Brandi Campos (14 digs) and Nichole West (13) excelled defensively.

South San stats were unavailable.

Southwest (15-13, 0-1) nearly made it a San Antonio sweep on opening night. The Dragons extended their hosts to five games Friday at Corpus Christi King before falling 25-14, 22-25, 20-25, 25-14, 15-9.

Defensive standouts for the Dragons were Brandy Martinez (30 digs), Megan Hernandez (22) and Aashlyn Sulaica (22). Sulaica also contributed eight kills and three aces. Angelina Aguilar (20 assists) also served three aces. Lindsey Calderon notched seven kills. Senior Yasmine Garcia added 11 assists. Candice Kelley had three blocks.

Highlands 3, Brackenridge 0

The Owls (18-10, 7-1) secured second place as the first round of District 28-5A games came to a close, defeating Brackenridge (9-21, 5-3) in four games Friday, Sept. 26 at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Highlands won 25-14, 19-25, 25-18, 25-14 as junior Jazmine Jackson delivered 20 kills and Analisa Garza logged 35 assists. Emily Pearce served five aces. Angela Garcia had a team-high 16 digs. Sara Denton added 4.5 blocks.

Jolicia Shelton-Brown led Brackenridge with 17 digs and eight kills. Skyler Reyna also made 17 digs. Marquanique Freeman distributed 17 assists. Eshe Malone made two blocks..

FOOTBALL: Hurricanes pay tribute to Green with victory

Sam Houston sets up showdown with win over Jefferson

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Jefferson, Sam Houston.







Sam Houston coach Gary Green was honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday at Alamo Stadium. After the kickoff, it didn’t take his Hurricanes players long to pay their respect.

The Hurricanes (3-2, 3-0) scored on their first possession against Jefferson and went on to earn tie for first place in District 28-5A with Brackenridge heading into Friday’s head-to-head meeting. Sam Houston delivered what Green considered one of his team’s best performances of the season in the 55-34 win.

“Definitely, offensively it was the best,” Green said. “All in all, we played well..

Green was recognized along with 1979 Jefferson alum Gabe Rivera in the ceremony. Both will have commemorative plaques at the stadium as concensus collegiate all-Americans. Rivera played at Texas Tech and Green at Baylor.

“I didn’t know there were only 10 all-Americans from San Antonio and only five from the SAISD,” Green said. “I didn’t know I was that special.”

Hurricanes quarterback Raymonte Prime (13 of 21, 196 yards) connected with Travon Vaughns for a 20-yard touchdown to close the game’s opening possession. The junior threw for three touchdowns and ran for another.

Jefferson (1-4, 1-2) answered with a 65-yard drive, capped by Jesse Flores’ 13-yard run with 4:09 to play in the first quarter. Flores finished with 161 yards on 37 carries.

The Hurricanes separated themselves as Prime continued to find success through the air, although fullback James Citizen accounted for their second score with a three-yard run. Prime threw 18 yards to Dewayne Brown and 16 to Jawon Anderson for Sam Houston’s next two touchdowns.

“I feel that we’re coming together,” Prime said. “Right now, I feel like our passing game is our biggest strength. The running game has always been there..”

Trailing 27-7, Jefferson put together an impressive drive just before halftime. Weston Redding passed eight yards to Drew Lopez for the touchdown 14 seconds before halftime.

Sam Houston scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter. Brown, Devin Harris (149 yards, 17 carries) and Prime reached the end zone on running plays.

FOOTBALL: Week 5 previews (Saturday’s games)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking




Cornerstone Christian (3-1, 0-0) vs. #1 Holy Cross (2-1, 0-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Holy Cross is coming off a very impressive win over Hondo, and not just because it was a shutout. It was, effectively, a statement game.

The Knights’ 20-0 win at Hondo was their first full game without injured quarterback Cisco Flores. While they turned to senior back Greg Scott, who delivered 194 rushing yards to raise his season total to 481, it was equally important that Nazario Coleman was solid in his debut as Flores’ replacement.

Coleman completed nine of 14 throws for 52 yards.

Defensively, Holy Cross limited a Hondo team that had scored 69 points in fashioning a 2-1 record against quality opponents to just 182 yards.

The Warriors are an improved team that already has exceeded its 2013 win total. Their only loss, however, seems telling. San Antonio Christian, whom the Knights defeated 31-13, whipped Cornerstone Christian 54-7.

That doesn’t bode well for Cornerstone, heading into the TAPPS District 3-II opener for both teams.

Cornerstone has a balanced offense, with 674 rushing yards and 630 passing yards logged so far. Quarterback Steven Huerta is the triggerman, and he’s been effective with nearly a 60 percent completion rate and a 9-2 touchdown/interception ratio.

Elijah Salazar is the leading rusher with 265 yards. Davon Collins and Jared Flores each have more than 200 reception yards. Collins averages nearly 30 yards per catch.

With a backloaded District 3-II schedule, Holy Cross has about four weeks to work on fortifying its offense.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: Holy Cross 61, Cornerstone Christian 14. 2014 favorite: Holy Cross.


#13 Jefferson (1-3, 1-1) vs. #8 Sam Houston (2-2, 2-0) at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sam Houston has turned up the heat since it hit the District 28-5A portion of its schedule. The Hurricanes face a Jefferson squad tonight that’s riding high after edging Lanier 15-14 last Thursday in the waning seconds.

For the Mustangs to build on that momentum, their keys will be to limit Sam Houston’s big plays and find the right offensive mix to move the chains consistently.

Jefferson only sustained one drive against Lanier, but its timing couldn’t have been better. The Mustangs rode standout back Jesse Flores and Eric Flores on a ground-oriented final possession, in response to a Voks go-ahead touchdown.

Weston Redding has been more consistent at quarterback the last couple of weeks. Henry Bocko has developed into a receiver who can catch the ball in traffic and stretch the field. The blocking will need to be on point against a Hurricanes defense that can create big plays.

Sam Houston shut out McCollum 34-0 last Friday. Defense has been the team’s calling card all season, but the offense has become increasingly dangerous.

Raymonte Prime is in a comfort zone as a second-year starter at quarterback. Devin Harris has been a go-to back who can break long runs. Basketball standout Juwan Anderson emerged against McCollum as an explosive deep threat on pass routes, breaking free for a 60-yard touchdown.

The Hurricanes need a win to keep pace with first-place Brackenridge (3-0) heading into Friday’s showdown.

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

FOOTBALL: Cruz produces 6 TDs as Dragons prevail over Eagles

Southwest blanks Eagle Pass in 4th quarter for win

Southwest (2-3) scored 13 unnaswered points in the fourth quarter on two Jonathan Cruz touchdown runs to end a two-game losing streak with a 54-44 win Thursday at Eagle Pass (3-2).

Cruz ran for 289 yards and six touchdowns on 36 carries. The senior scored on an 11-yard run with 8:48 remaining and a 35-yarder to cap the scoring just 1:24 before the end.

Prior to Cruz’s fifth touchdown, the game had been tied six times.

Cruz matched the Eagles’ first two touchdowns with a pair of three-year runs, tying the score as the first quarter came to a close. Fellow senior back Reilly Riggs (103 yards, 18 carries) scored on a two-yarder for a 21-14 advantage with 9:19 until the half.

Eagle Pass’ Ty Chisum, who ran for four touchdowns and had a reception on a trick play for another, regained the lead with two touchdowns in the quarter. Cruz made it 28-28 at halftime with a 58-yard scoring dash.

Cruz also gave the Dragons the upper hand with the first touchdown of the second half, but Chisum (184 rushing yards) matched it with a 14-yard run and added a two-point conversion.

Trailing 36-35, Southwest scored on a 63-yard pass play from senior quarterback Bowen Crisp (2 of 4, 82 yards) to Levi Pompa with 1:38 remaining in the third quarter. Eleven seconds later, Eagle Pass led 44-41 after a 67-yard run from Mark Benejas.

The Eagles weren’t able to score again, despite outgaining the Dragons 530-488 in total yardage. Chisum passed for 207 yards, but Southwest had two interceptions.

FOOTBALL: Week 5 previews (Friday’s games)

# – denotes current San Antonio South Side Sports area ranking


#7 Brackenridge (2-2, 2-0) vs. #15 Lanier (0-4, 0-2) at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Brackenridge will not be going for a three-peat, in terms of winning its third-consecutive game in comeback fashion after falling behind 21-0.

You can be certain the Eagles will make it a priority to get off to a good start against Lanier, and that’s not just to break a bad pattern. The Voks’ best hope will be to control the ball on the ground with backs Joe Orta and Julian Castro.

Quarterback Antonio Lopez gives Brackenridge ample comeback ability, so there’s no guarantee, even if that goal is achieved. In fact, the Voks will need to supplement its ground game with air strikes from quarterback Jeremiah Esquivel.

Esquivel has been making good progress and receivers Elijah Cortez and Brandon Melchor are capable of making big plays downfield. If Lanier falls behind, it will be crucial for the Voks to get payoffs in that area.

Lanier has been solid defensively, but has suffered from that unit being on the field too long. With Brackenridge’s ability to score quickly and wear down opponents after halftime, that will be of particular concern.

The Eagles always has plenty of players who can make plays offensively, and this year is no different.

Lanier will need to keep pressure on Lopez to keep Lee Terrell (9 receiving touchdowns) from running free in its secondary. Macco Marble has been an underrated factor for the Eagles, both on the ground and as a reliable route runner.

Trey Mathis has rushed for 520 yards and four touchdowns. Lanier will need to try to contain him.

Brackenridge has a seven-game winning streak in the series. Lanier’s last win was in 2006.

Series leader (record): Brackenridge (22-6-1). 2013 score:  Brackenridge 23, Lanier 14. 2014 favorite: Brackenridge.

#3 Central Catholic (3-1) at Jourdanton (3-1), 7:30 p.m.

In its first four games, Central Catholic has made tremendous strides in its passing game. Senior quarterback Joseph Nava has thrown for 620 yards and seven touchdowns without an interception.

That passing game will need to continue its effectiveness against Jourdanton, which reached the area round of the Class 2A playoffs this year. It also gives the Buttons a big advantage over the Indians, who have run for 920 yards with a bevy of backs but thrown for just 294 this year.

Jourdanton’s Brandon Davis has run for 201 yards this season. Ray Ruiz (199 rushing yards) and Diego Huddleston (156) have given the Indians options. Through the air, the majority of passes have gone to Nathan Ramos (142 reception yards) and Edward Ruiz (75).

The Indians’ ball-control offense works well with a defense that has produced two shutouts this season and limited Hondo to 20 points. Central Catholic’s offensive balance can help in keeping the chains moving.

Nava has run for 280 yards and Jimin Suh adds 267 on the ground.

The Buttons will want to put forth a strong showing in Jourdanton to pave the way for their TAPPS 2-I district season, which begins next Friday against St. Anthony.

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

Cole (3-1) vs. Brooks Academy (1-3) at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

The schedule is not getting any easier for Brooks Academy, and that’s just as well as the Bengals prepare for a tough district schedule.

Cole was a district opponent for the Bengals last year but realignment has separated them. The Cougars have lost only to Lytle 39-7 in their season opener. They extended their winning streak to three games with a 34-0 win over TMI last Friday.

Cole has only allowed 18 points in those three games, so the Bengals and quarterback Dennis Perales likely will need to do a good job of establishing things early. The Cougars held the Panthers to just 69 total yards, while producing 313.

Brooks Academy mustered 133 total yards in a 52-0 loss to St. Mary’s Hall last Friday. Michael Galata ran for 43 yards and Rafael Quezada gained 38. The Bengals will need to re-establish the pass against Cole.

The Bengals gave up 361 total yards to St. Mary’s Hall, which isn’t a bad number for the score. The undefeated Barons recorded three passing touchdowns and one on an interception.

Back Jerren Scott scored four of Cole’s five touchdowns last week, while amassing 152 rushing yards. Keeping him in check will be Brooks’ top assignment.

Series leader (record): unknown. 2013 score: Cole 51, Brooks Academy 16. 2014 favorite: Cole.

#5 East Central (1-3) at Del Rio (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

East Central has a chance to learn from rival Southwest’s experience last Friday in Del Rio.

The host Rams prevailed 28-16 with help from an 81-yard punt return from Albert Vasquez and a touchdown as time elapsed in the first half, followed by another score near the start of the fourth quarter. It was the only touchdown in the second half.

The Hornets should be more competitive with Del Rio and have a chance to get back on the winning track after taking a pounding the last two weeks against powerhouses Smithson Valley and Reagan. The Rattlers downed East Central 51-7 last Friday.

East Central displayed a balanced offense three weeks ago in a 21-6 win over New Braunfels Canyon. They’ll need to get back to that against a Rams team that wants to speed the tempo.

It seems the best route to keep the game from becoming a shootout.

Hornets quarterback Justin Upshaw-Mendoza completed 11 of 21 passes but wasn’t able to get the ball to playmaker Wanya Ward.

Watch for Javion Polk to have a big game running the ball.

Southwest set a standard for East Central by limiting the Rams to eight rushing yards. If the Hornets can duplicate that and force a turnover or two, it could be a winning formula for them. Del Rio didn’t commit a turnover last week, but the field should be waterlogged tonight.

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

#11 Highlands (0-3, 0-1) vs. #9 Harlandale (2-2, 1-1) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

On paper, this shapes up as a defensive struggle, but that’s because neither offense has quite jelled.

Harlandale showed signs last week in a 24-21 loss to Brackenridge in its District 28-5A opener. The Indians raced to a 21-0 lead, but couldn’t score after halftime.

Coming off a bye week, Highlands outgained Edison 333-321 in total yards, but gave up the winning touchdown of a 23-20 loss to the Golden Bears with 50 seconds remaining.

A better sustained offensive showing will be essential for both teams. It’s probably more important for Highlands, as the Indians seem to have the advantage defensively – despite giving up 518 yards to potent Brackenridge (about the Eagles’ per-game average).

When Harlandale gets steady gains from back John Aguirre and gets the ball in receiver Ian Martinez’s hands, the Indians are at their best. After throwing for 150 yards and three touchdowns against the Eagles, quarterback Jacob Delgado could be on the verge of a breakthrough game.

Highlands’ key is explosive back Quindon Boston, who ran for 168 yards against Edison and has 323 this season. The Owls need to give Boston more help.

Quarterback John Cervantes threw for 52 yards against the Golden Bears, but is capable of quite a bit more. If Highlands is to win, it will need a big game from Cervantes throwing the ball.

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

Kennedy (0-4, 0-2) at Kerrville Tivy (2-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

The high school that gave us Johnny Manziel now has Cade Dyal in the quarterback position. Dyal is averaging 273 passing yards a game as the Antlers have passed for 820 yards and ran for 747.

That’s the challenge facing a Rockets’ defense that allowed 90 points in its first two District 27-5A games and is surrendering 42.5 per game this season.

The best defense for Kennedy may well be a good offense.

The Rockets have established a solid ground game. Dominic Franco ran for 96 yards on four carries in a 49-7 loss to Floresville last Friday and steady Nicholas Gonzalez added 77.

Quarterback Eric Lira can throw the ball, given time. The Rockets will need to manufacture big plays to keep the margin managable against the Antlers.

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

#12 McCollum (1-3, 1-1) vs. #14 Burbank (1-2, 0-1) at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Neither team has started the season the way it hoped to, but this looms as a potential turnaround game for both.

A victory could be important for their playoff hopes in District 28-5A, as well as re-establishing a positive tone.

McCollum had a setback last Friday with a 34-0 loss to Sam Houston. The Cowboys have shown that they have a solid defense at times this year, but they need to move the chains more consistently.

If back Mike Ramirez returns to the fold, it could be an instant solution to the problem. If not, help may be on its way in the form of quarterback Ralph Vidal returning to health.

A big key will be finding ways of getting the ball to speedy Jeff Valdez and increased consistency in the running game.

Burbank quarterback Daniel Tello holds the key to the Bulldogs’ offense. While Tello is a reliable performer, though, his teammates must step up to keep teams from keying on the senior.

No other Bulldog has 100 rushing yards. The No. 2 rusher has been receiver Jordan Santos on reverses. That’s a problem Mark Perez and his staff have addressed during the bye week following Burbank’s 26-6 loss to Sam Houston Sept. 12.

Defensive standout Devin Gusme could play a larger offensive role as the season progresses.

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

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

Memorial showed signs of progress in a 42-12 loss to a strong Lockhart team last Friday. The Minutemen were within 14-6 midway through the second quarter

Quarterback Alfred Ramos threw a 13-yard pass to senior Jose Pargas for the key score. The Lions increased their lead to 21-6 at halftime and pulled away in the second half, despite an 82-yard punt return for touchdown from Greg Rosemond.

The biggest problem Memorial will seek to improve on against the Rattlers will be giving Ramos more time to throw. Increased development in the ground game will help. The Lions limited Memorial to minus-3 rushing yards.

San Marcos is a team that the Minutemen should be more able to compete with.

That’s not to imply that the Rattlers are weak. In fact, they showed toughness last Friday in losing a 27-24 battle to Seguin.

San Marcos’ offense revolves around quarterback David Hamilton, who engineered a 59-56 win over East Central in Week 1. Hamilton has run for 805 yards and passed for 367. Interestingly, he has only thrown for one touchdown and had four passes intercepted.

That means that the Minutemen will need to do a good job on the first and two downs to force the Rattlers to throw in obvious passing situations.

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

#2 Southside (3-0, 0-0) vs. Eagle Pass Winn (1-2, 0-0) at Cozel Foster Veterans Memorial Stadium, Eagle Pass, 7:30


Southside embarks on its District 29-5A schedule with its longest district road trip. The Cardinals will face a Winn team that notched its only win Sept. 5 over Carrizo Springs.

The Cardinals have looked like a playoff contender so far. The Mavericks are not one of the district’s stronger teams.

In their win over Carrizo Springs, however, they scored three second-half touchdowns on plays of more than 18 yards and got a 42-yard field goal Dante Valdez. Although the Mavericks had fewer total yardage than their hosts, they didn’t allow a point after halftime.

Quarterback Juan Elizondo will be a player to watch. Elizondo threw for 119 yards and ran for 97 against Carrizo Springs.

Southside is coming off a bye week as is Winn.

The Cardinals remained undefeated with a 51-28 win over Austin Travis after another long road trip. Southside has been kind of a chameleon team, prevailing in a defensive struggle over Sam Houston in Week 2 before outscoring Travis.

Sophomore back Matt Collier has been a revelation for the Cardinals. He rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns against Travis.

Quarterback Johnny Trevino provided three touchdowns in the game. He can make plays with both his arm and his feet in his second season as a starter.

With a favorable early district schedule, expect the Cardinals to rise to the top of 29-5A if they play as they had against non-district opponents.

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

#6 South San (2-2) at Antonian (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

South San coach Marcus Booker upgraded the schedule in his third year to prepare his team, hopefully, for the postseason.

As the Bobcats enter the third game of the gauntlet, they’ve shown that they can compete with the opponents Booker has set in front of them. They haven’t quite found a way to get over the hump and control the flow of play yet, and this may be their biggest challenge in that regard.

One reason is that quarterback Isaiah Gutierrez is questionable after sustaining an injury in last Friday’s 32-13 loss to Lee. Another variable will be whether Antonian’s standout back Dan Rosenfeld returns from an ankle injury. If so, the Apaches will have an explosive offense to go with a strong defense.

If they’re without Rosenfeld, South San can play on relatively even terms if it can avoid offensive lulls. Willie Sanchez and Enrique Andrade took snaps at quarterback last week. Each had success, so the Bobcats may be able to cover Gutierrez’s absence if it has to.

Back Justin Acosta seems on the verge of a breakout game.

Antonian has been handling Rosenfeld’s duties by committee, and has the backs to pull it off. Senior quarterback Peyton Bryan is a strong leader.

Consistency also was an issue for the Apaches in a 34-0 loss to Boerne last Thursday. Antonian never recovered after falling behind by two touchdowns in the first quarter.

Although the Apaches’ defense is not to be underestimated, the Bobcats have a chance to put an exclamation mark on their non-district season, heading into a bye week. 

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

VOLLEYBALL: Area rankings (thru Sept. 24)

Through Sept. 24

TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Holy Cross – 1

2. East Central – 2

3. Southwest – 3

4. McCollum – 4

5. Highlands – 6

6. Jefferson – 5

7. Southside – 7

8. South San – 8

9. Harlandale – 9

10. Providence – 10

11. Brackenridge – 11

12. Edison – 12

13. Sam Houston – 13

14. Burbank – 14

15. Kennedy – 15


NR = not ranked

VOLLEYBALL: Southside off to solid third-place start in 29-5A

Cardinals take first-place Somerset to five games in loss



Southside quickly has identified itself as one of the title contenders in revamped District 29-5A.

With two wins in its first three district matches, the Cardinals (12-11, 2-1) have shown that they’re ready to compete with the best in the district which stretches south to Laredo and west to Eagle Pass. Southside split two 29-5A matches last week, defeating Laredo Cigarroa (14-15, 1-2) Sept. 19 on its first road trip and falling in five games at home against fellow challenger Somerset (13-7, 3-0) Sept. 16.

“I think it’s going to come down between us, Medina Valley and Somerset,” Southside coach Anna-Rosa Soto said. “We had a tough preseason to prepare for this. It’s going to be a challenge – and I know the girls want to be challenged. I’m hoping they’ll keep fighting for it.”

Somerset and Medina Valley (17-7, 3-0) shared the district lead at the end of the first full week of competition. The Cardinals were alone in third place after defeating Cigarroa 27-25, 14-25, 27-25, 25-13 in Laredo.

A Sept. 16 match at Southside unfolded as essentially a battle of coaches’ daughters.

The Bulldogs won the first game 25-17 as Southside missed four serves, most of which were rally killers. The Cardinals then took charge, winning the next two sets 25-21 and 25-18 as they relied increasingly on Soto’s stepdaughter, freshman Mia Soto (25 kills, 2 aces).

“We got the momentum back our side in the second game and the third game,” Soto said. “We did a better job of receiving serve and a better job of serving.

“One of my biggest concerns was that Mia Soto had 25 kills, but we went away from her. Against teams like that, you need to keep finding your go-to person.”

Soto tied Game 2 15-15 with a block that sparked the Cardinals. Briana Martinez increased the lead with two-straight kills, the first on an alert play for a kill and the second that ended a long rally.

“She’s a big leader for us,” Soto said. “She’s very tenacious.”

Klaryssa Vela provided a lift for Southside in Game 3. With the Cardinals ahead 20-18, Vela supplied a crosscourt kill, two consecutive aces and another kill on a hustle play. Her efforts brought Southside to game point and the Bulldogs made an error to close it out.

“ Klaryssa worked really hard in the offseason,” Soto said. “Then she ended up stepping up. This is going to be a huge confidence booster for her.”

Southside led Somerset led 16-15 in Game 4, after trailing 9-2. The Bulldogs recovered to force a fifth game after Cierra Patlan (20 kills, 25 digs, 3 blocks) produced a sideout that gave Somerset the lead. The Cardinals fought valiantly, scoring six of the next seven from game point, but Patlan and Lauren Valero (13 kills) had back-to-back points. A Southside hitting error enabled Somerset to close it out, 31-29.

“(Patlan) is a great hitter and a great all-around player,” Soto said. “There are no words to describe her. She’s just a great competitor. We tried to get them out of system to keep the ball away from her, but they always found her.”

Patlan, Somerset coach Norma Patlan’s daughter, was dominant with four kills in Game 5. She scored the match point with a kill on a high, outside set that increased Somerset’s lead to 15-11.

“We were really flat at the start, so we changed up a couple of things,” Somerset coach Norma Patlan said. “We’re just to finish strong and play well. We’re still trying to find the right lineup.”

Against the Cigarroa Toros, Ashley Sanchez turned in an outstanding all-around match with 14 digs, 13 kills, four assists and three aces. Martinez recorded 10 kills, eight digs and four aces. Alyssa Gallardo hustled for 20 assists and 17 digs.

Analee Uriegas had a team-high 18 digs, while Vela (6 assists, 4 kills) chipped in with 12. Brianna Rodriguez added seven digs and three aces. Lisa Casarez had eight assists, eight digs and two aces. Chloe Davis nailed six kills.

The Cardinals will play Sept. 30 at Medina Valley.

WEEKLY VOLLEYBALL REPORT: McCollum seizes 28-5A lead with two key wins

Holy Cross tops rival; Edison wins pair

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston, South San.

Holy Cross junior Victoria Gonzalez produced seven digs against rival Providence.
Holy Cross junior Victoria Gonzalez produced seven digs against rival Providence.



In a week that could shape the District 28-5A race for the rest of the season, McCollum (14-8, 6-0) rose to the challenge and snared sole possession of first place.

The Cowboys handed Highlands (16-10, 5-1) its first district loss 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 25-11 Friday at McCollum. McCollum won 25-16, 15-25, 25-15, 25-12 Tuesday at Brackenridge (8-20, 5-1).

Freshman Miranda Rich led McCollum with nine kills against Highlands. Other big hitters were Victoria Yzaguirre (8 kills, 7 aces, 4 digs) and Neyda Sanchez (6 kills, 4 blocks). Savannah Borjas had a team-high 17 assists and Alysia Garcia supplied 11. Emily Solis served six aces and tallied six assists.

As a result of the loss, Highlands shared second place with Jefferson (19-5, 5-1).

The Owls were led by Jazmine Jackson with 12 kills and two blocks. Sara Denton also contributed two blocks. Analisa Garza distributed 20 assists and served two aces. Genesis Garcia also added two aces. Kiara Pesina made 22 digs.

Against Brackenridge, McCollum received nine kills, six aces, six digs and three blocks from Yzaguirre. Rich again led in kills with 10, while Sanchez pounded eight. and Cassandra Maldonado and Celeste Ramirez each finished with six kills. Borjas (21) and Garcia (16) were the assist leaders.

Jolicia Shelton-Brown led the Eagles with nine kills, nine digs and two blocks. Eshe Malone (4 kills) and Courtney Hansford also made two blocks apiece. Jacky Nevarez served four aces and made three digs. Junior Skyler Reyna made eight digs and Kathy Sifuentes added seven. Marquanique Freeman (17 assists) and Anesha Kincheon each had five digs.

Holy Cross/Providence

Holy Cross (24-12, 7-1) won two of three matches last week, including a TAPPS District 4-4A win over rival Providence (13-12, 4-3) 25-12, 25-18, 25-12 Tuesday. The Knights only loss was an impressive one, falling in five sets to powerful Boerne (25-5) Friday.

The Knights finished the week with a three-game sweep of Texas Military Institute. At Holy Cross, the hosts won by three identical scores of 25-18 Saturday.

In the Providence match, Victoria Gonzalez (7 digs, 3 aces, 2 blocks) and Henrianna Ibarra (19 digs, 3 aces) hammered 13 kills apiece. Erin Torralva added 4.5 blocks. Kimberley Butcher dealt 12 assists and Autumn Lopez (7 digs) was credited with 11. Daisy Flores finished with six aces and six digs.

For the Provets, senior Mital Patel notched a team-high 12 digs. Jazzmyne Williams produced seven kills. Sophomore Juliet Alanis dealt six assists.

In Friday’s match, the Knights got stronger as the match at Holy Cross went on. However, Boerne won 25-15, 25-22, 17-25, 26-28, 16-14.

Three Knights put up big numbers.Ibarra made 33 digs, had 26 kills, made four blocks and served two aces. Gonzalez recorded 20 kills, 20 digs and five blocks. Junior Anna Zuniga finished with 22 assists, 17 digs, six blocks and five kills.

Providence finished the week Saturday with a 4-4A win at Laredo St. Augustine 25-22, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20.

Williams led Providence with 24 kills and 30 digs. Mia Ybarra also contributed 30 digs. Freshman Baleigh Creighton distributed 32 assists. Junior Emily Pearson (2 blocks) and freshman Jessica Banelos each supplied four aces.


The Golden Bears (10-17, 3-3) registered two wins and ascended to a fifth-place tie in 28-5A with Harlandale (11-12, 3-3). The Indians also won two matches .

Edison downed Burbank (6-19, 0-6) 25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 25-13 Friday. The Golden Bears also stunned Sam Houston (11-12, 1-6) 25-20, 25-17, 25-22 Tuesday. Both matches were played at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Kalani Wood led Edison with 10 kills and five blocks against Burbank. Marissa Cortinas added 23 assists. Lauren Gutierrez had a team-best 19 digs.

For the Bulldogs, Katherine Regalado made a match-best 27 digs. Savannah Casiano finished with 10 blocks and 10 kills. Jessica Molina dished 10 assists and served two acess. Felicity Meskah also served two aces.

The Golden Bears received 18 assists and six digs from Cortinas. Gutierrez supplied a team-high 10 digs Elizabeth Robledo chipped in with seven. Wood (2 blocks) finished with seven kills and Samantha Garza added five.

Karisma Mitchell led Sam Houston with seven kills and five blocks. Rita Davis added 10 assists. Senior Dajah Thomas made seven digs.


The Indians (11-12, 3-3) pushed past Sam Houston 25-14, 25-22, 25-16 Friday in a District 28-5A match. Harlandale also defeated Lanier (3-16, 0-6) 25-8, 25-15, 25-10 in a district match Tuesday.

Harlandale’s Dominique Delgado (7 digs) served four aces and Kianna Sandoval (12 assists) delivered three against Sam Houston. Alicia Garcia contributed 11 assists. Madeline Mendez led the Indians with seven kills. Other top hitters were Kassandra Munoz (9 digs) and Angel Huron with five kills apiece and Keana Ramos with four.

Natalie Coburn led Sam Houston with two blocks and 15 digs. Mitchell pounded nine kills. Thomas provided 11 digs. Tiaria Mackey added six assists and served two aces. Davis (4 assists) had eight digs and Jasmine Darden provided five.

Against Lanier, Garcia distributed 17 assists for the Indians. Up front, the leaders were Huron (8 kills), Valeria Stokes (7 kills, 2 blocks) and Tanya Ramos (5 kills, 2 blocks). Delgado led with 12 digs and Breanna Soto was credited with five. Sandoval added five digs, four assists and two aces.

For the Voks, Emily Huerta had a team-best 10 digs. Rae Ann Douglas dealt four assists. Jackie Juarez served two aces.

Lanier defeated Fox Tech (5-24) 23-25, 25-15, 27-25, 25-19 Friday at the Buffaloes’ gym.

Carla Ponce led Fox Tech with eight kills and seven assists. Melody Gutierrez had a team-high18 digs. Lilliana Capistran contributed 12 assists. Mercedes Villarreal added five kills, three blocks and two aces. Deanna Rodriguez added five digs.

Lanier statistics from the Fox Tech match were unavailable.

South San

The Bobcats (14-13) swept Laredo LBJ 25-21, 25-16, 25-18 Friday in a non-district match at South San.

Lauren Estrada led the Bobcats with 13 kills, four digs and three blocks. Miranda Gonzalez also finished with four digs. Clarissa Ruiz led South San with four aces. Erica Jimenez recorded 18 assists.

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (thru Sept. 27)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface


Matches of Sept. 21-27

Monday’s matches

TAPPS District 4-4A

Victoria St. Joseph (32-1, 11-0) 3, San Antonio Christian (5-9 ???, 3-5) 0 (scores unavailable)

Tuesday’s matches

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (11-10, 5-2) at Lockhart (16-16, 3-4) 0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-13)

Floresville (21-12, 5-2) 3, Memorial (3-29, 0-7) 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-6)

San Marcos (9-14 ???, 1-6) 3, Kennedy (3-22 ???, 1-6) 1 (25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18)

Kerrville Tivy (21-9, 6-1) 3, Seguin (17-16, 4-4) 0 (25-18, 25-9, 25-13)

District 28-5A

Highlands (17-10, 6-1) 3, Jefferson (19-6, 5-2) 1 (33-31, 25-20, 19-25, 25-20)

Harlandale (12-12, 4-3) 3, Burbank (6-20, 0-7) 0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-16)

McCollum (15-8, 7-0) 3, Edison (10-18, 3-4) 0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-16)

Sam Houston (12-12, 2-6) 3, Lanier (3-17, 0-7) 1 (25-23, 23-25, 29-27, 25-16)

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa (14-15 ???, 1-2) at Eagle Pass Winn (5-10 ???, 0-2 ???) (scores unavailable)

Southside (13-11, 3-1) 3, Laredo Martin (0-4 ???, 0-3 ???) 0 (25-6, 25-14, 25-11)

Somerset (14-7, 4-0) 3, Medina Valley (17-8, 3-1) 0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-16)

Uvalde (5-13 ???, 2-2) 3, Laredo Nixon (1-4 ???, 0-2 ???) 1 (scores unavailable)

District 26-3A

Natalia (16-7, 1-0) 3, Marion (11-10 ???, 0-1) 2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 15-10)

Randolph (13-8 ???, 1-0) at Brooks Academy (2-1 ???, 0-1) 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-14)

Fox Tech (6-24 ???, 1-0) 3, Cole (4-15 ???, 0-1) 1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17)  

TAPPS District 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (4-12 ???, 2-6) 3, Corpus Christi John Paul II (4-7 ???, 1-7) 0 (scores unavailable)

Holy Cross (25-12, 8-1) 3, Cornerstone Christian (4-8 ????, 4-5) 0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-21).

TMI (11-11 ???, 6-3) 3, Laredo St. Augustine (8-11 ???, 1-8) 0


Southwest (15-12) 3, Devine (16-10) 0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-10)

St. Anthony (11-4 ???) 3, Providence (13-13) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-22)

East Central (14-15) 3, Judson (14-15) 1 (25-14, 25-23, 18-25, 27-25)

South San (14-13) at Incarnate Word (13-15) (scores unavailable)

Brackenridge (9-20) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (6-17 ???) 0 (25-19, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20)

Wednesday’s matches


Holy Cross (26-12) 3, Pleasanton (12-10 ???) 0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-16)

Thursday’s matches


Holy Cross (27-12) 3, St. Anthony (12-5 ???) 0 (25-13, 28-26, 28-26)

Friday’s matches

District 28-6A

East Central (15-15, 1-0) 3, Corpus Christi Carroll (1-11 ???, 0-1) 0 (25-8, 25-11, 25-17)

Corpus Christi King (5-5 ???, 1-0) 3, Southwest (15-13, 0-1) 2 (25-14, 22-25, 20-25, 25-14, 15-9)

South San (15-13, 1-0) 3, Corpus Christi Ray (4-6 ???, 0-1)0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-23)

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (11-10, 5-2) 3, Floresville (21-12, 5-2) 1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 25-10)

Kerrville Tivy (22-9, 7-1) 3, Kennedy (3-23 ???, 1-7) 0 (25-8, 25-10, 25-6)

Alamo Heights (30-5, 8-0) 3, Lockhart (16-17, 3-5) 0 (25-9, 25-12, 25-14)

San Marcos (10-14 ???, 2-6) 3, Memorial (3-30, 0-8) 0 (25-19, 25-9, 25-13)

District 28-5A

Highlands (18-10, 7-1) 3, Brackenridge (9-21, 5-3) 0 (25-14, 19-25, 25-18, 25-14)

Edison (11-18, 4-4) 3,  Jefferson (19-7, 5-3) 0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-21)

McCollum (16-8, 8-0) 3, Harlandale (12-13, 4-4) 2 (25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 25-14, 15-10)

Lanier (4-17, 1-7) 3, Burbank (6-21, 0-8) 0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-21).

District 29-5A

Laredo Martin (0-4 ???, 0-3 ???) at Uvalde (5-13 ???, 2-2) (scores unavailable)

Medina Valley (18-8, 4-1) 3, Laredo Cigarroa (14-16 ???, 1-3 ???) 1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 28-26)

Somerset (14-7, 4-0) at Laredo Nixon (1-4 ???, 0-2 ???)  (scores unavailable)

Southside (13-11, 4-1) at Eagle Pass Winn (5-11 ???, 0-3 ???) 0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-9)

District 26-3A

Natalia (16-8, 1-1) 3, Fox Tech (6-25 ???, 1-1) 0 (25-19, 25-8, 25-14)

Marion (13-9 ???, 2-0) 3, Randolph (12-9 ???, 1-1 ) 0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-20)

Cole (4-15 ???, 0-1) at Brooks Academy (2-0 ???, 0-1 ???) (scores unavailable)

TAPPS District 4-4A

TMI (12-12 ???, 7-3) 3, Providence (13-14, 4-4) 1 (25-18, 25-14, 14-25, 25-17)


Sam Houston (11-12) vs. Young Women’s Leadership Academy (6-17 ???) (scores unavailable)

Saturday’s matches

TAPPS District 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (3-12 ???, 1-6 ???) at Laredo St. Augustine (8-11 ???, 1-8) (scores unavailable)

WEEKEND FOOTBALL REPORT: Scott carries Knights in shutout of Hondo

Buttons blitz Devine; Edison garners first win

TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, Edison, Highlands, Holy Cross, McCollum, Sam Houston, South San, Southside.



Senior back Greg Scott (194 yards, 18 attempts) ran for three touchdowns, leading the Knights (2-1) to a 20-0 shutout victory Friday at Hondo.

Scott put the Knights in the lead with 8:35 left in the opening quarter, when he scored on a 19-yard run.

He also dashed 33 yards for a score with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter and reached the end zone on a 64-yarder late in the game.

Holy Cross limited the Owls (2-2) to 182 total yards.

The Knights’ Nazario Coleman completed nine of 14 passes for 52 yards in his debut as Holy Cross’ quarterback.

Central Catholic 35, Devine 12

The Buttons (3-1) kept Devine (1-3) scoreless after halftime to run away with a non-district victory Friday at Benson Stadium.

Central Catholic quarterback Joseph Nava (99 yards, 13 carries) drew first blood on a 14-yard keeper with 7:52 to play in the first quarter. Devine tied it with an 11 yard pass to Joe Guerrero from Hunter DuBose at the 4:18 mark, but the Buttons scored on the ensuing possession and never were challenged again.

Senior back Jimin Suh (65 yards, 13 carries) ran 25 yards for the first of his two touchdowns for a 14-6 lead.

Nava (15 of 24, 179 yards) threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter, connecting on a 21-yarder to William Prouse (5 catches, 69 yards) and an 18-yarder to Joe Alderete,

The Buttons amassed 366 total yards offensively and limited the Warhorses to 249.

Edison 23, Highlands 20

Receiver Bryan Bolton scored on a two-yard run with 50 seconds remaining, giving the Golden Bears (1-3, 1-1) their first victory of the season. Highlands (0-3, 0-1) had taken the lead in the District 28-5A game Friday at Alamo Stadium little more than six minutes earlier.

The Owls took the lead on a 48-yard run from Quindon Boston (168 yards, 24 carries) with 8:04 left in the first quarter. Edison tied it 7-7 on a 49-yard pass play from Jonathan Hernandez (13 of 27, 203 yards) to David Sanchez (87 yards, 3 receptions) before the quarter ended.

Highlands quarterback John Cervantes scored on a nine-yard run, but the Golden Bears gained a 15-14 halftime lead on a 17-yard run from Hernandez (79 yards, 19 attempts). Hernandez also ran for the two-point conversion with 6:35 until halftime.

The Owls regained the lead on a 28-yard pass from Cervantes (6 of 10, 52 yards) to Bruce Moody.

Highlands outgained Edison 333-321 in total yardage. Owls back De-Morriay Richardson-Jackson gained 77 yards on eight carries. The Golden Bears overcame five turnovers to even their district record.

Sam Houston 34, McCollum 0

The Hurricanes (2-2, 2-0) opened some eyes with their second shutout in their last five regular-season games Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium. Sam Houston limited McCollum (1-3, 1-1) to 107 total yards in a 28-5A game.

Sam Houston unveiled a couple of new weapons in its passing game. Receivers Trenton Jones and sophomore Juwan Anderson, a basketball standout. Junior quarterback Raymonte Prime (15 of 24, 240 yards) connected with Jones (74 yards, 3 receptions) for a 20-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Anderson (96 yards, 3 catches) streaked down the left sideline for a 60-yard touchdown with 11:50 until halftime.

James Citizen scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter.

The Cowboys’ defense held Hurricanes back Devin Harris to 31 rushing yards, but the junior scored the game’s last two touchdowns. Harris scored on a 20-yard run and a 10-yard reception.

McCollum senior quarterback Ralph Vidal completed 9 of 19 passes for 55 yards.

Sam Houston has outscored opponents 62-6 in its first two district games and only allowed 42 points this season.

FOOTBALL: This week’s results (thru Sept. 27)


(Sept. 25-27)

Thursday’s games


Southwest (2-3) 54, Eagle Pass (3-2) 44

Non-district (out of area)

Corpus Christi King (4-1) 51, Laredo United South (2-3) 21

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (5-0, 3-0) 31, Floresville (3-2, 1-2) 14.

Kerrville Tivy (3-1, 2-0) 64, Kennedy (0-5, 0-3) 7

Alamo Heights (3-2, 2-1) 52, Lockhart (4-1, 2-1) 20 

San Marcos (2-2, 1-1) 38, Memorial (0-5, 0-3) 6 

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (3-2, 3-0) 20, Lanier (0-5, 0-3) 13

Burbank (2-2, 1-1) 18, McCollum (1-4, 1-2) 7

Harlandale (3-2, 2-1) 20, Highlands (0-4, 0-2) 0

District 29-5A

Uvalde (4-0, 1-0) 48, Laredo Martin (0-4, 0-1) 24

Laredo Cigarroa (3-1, 1-0) 35, Medina Valley (0-4, 0-1) 12

Southside (4-0, 1-0) 34, Eagle Pass Winn (1-3, 0-1) 7.


Victoria St. Joseph (1-4, 1-0) 48, Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-5, 0-1) 0

Austin Hyde Park Baptist (2-2, 1-0) 49, TMI (2-3, 0-1) 7


Jourdanton (4-1) 28, Central Catholic (3-2) 6

Cole (4-1) 57, Brooks Academy (1-4) 2

East Central (2-3) 34, Del Rio (2-2) 24

Antonian (3-1) 33, South San (2-3) 0

Non-district (out of area)

Port Isabel (5-0) 44, Brownsville St. Joseph (4-1) 21

Goliad (4-1) 47, Vanderbilt Industrial (0-5) 0

Hebbronville (4-1) 42, George West (1-4) 23

Houston Second Baptist (2-2) 34, Austin Regents (3-1) 20

Corpus Christi Ray (5-0) 35, Laredo LBJ (2-3) 7

Corpus Christi Carroll (5-0) 51, Laredo United (2-3) 44

Hallettsville (3-2) 62, Luling (1-4) 15

Mathis (4-1) 28, Stockdale (1-4) 14

Wimberley (2-2) 48, Austin St. Michael’s (1-4) 33

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

Sam Houston (3-2, 3-0) 55, Jefferson (1-4, 1-2) 34

District 29-5A

Somerset (2-1, 1-0) 44, Laredo Nixon (0-4, 0-1) 17


Holy Cross (3-1, 1-0) 48, Cornerstone Christian (3-2, 0-1) 0

Non-district (out of area)

Austin St. Stephen’s (2-2) 28, St. Anthony (1-4) 7

FOOTBALL: Area rankings (thru Sept. 20)

Through Sept. 20


TOP 15:


Rank-Team-Last week

1. Holy Cross – 1

2. Southside – 3

3. Central Catholic – 5

4. Southwest – 4

5. East Central – 5

6. South San – 6

7. Brackenridge – 8

8. Sam Houston – 9

9. Harlandale – 7

10. Edison – 12

11. Highlands – 11

12. McCollum – 10

13. Jefferson – 15

14. Burbank – 14

15. Lanier – 13


NR = not ranked

FOOTBALL: Lee survives lull to defeat South San 35-12

Bobcats defense slows, but can’t stop Vols





During a stretch of the first half, South San’s defense forced Kyle Fuller into throwing eight consecutive incomplete passes Friday at South San Stadium.

The Bobcats (2-2) eventually saw what district rival Southwest and other previous opponents learned about the promising Lee junior quarterback. Fuller (25 of 43, 430 yards) is tough to keep in check throughout an entire game.

He threw for five touchdowns as Lee pulled away to a 32-13 victory over South San. The first touchdown came on a 37-yard pass to Mark Sullivan just 52 seconds into the non-district game.

“I think what happened on the first series, was the defense wasn’t used to their speed,” South San coach Marcus Booker said. “As soon as we got used to their speed, we didn’t really control (Fuller), but we were able to contain the guy.”

South San’s defense recovered two fumbles in addition to the incomplete passes, which spanned the first and second quarter. However, the Bobcats couldn’t cut into the deficit.

They were stopped at the Lee 13 on their first possession and lost a fumble on the second. After a South San defensive stop, another fumble struck. This time, though, Joe Alcorta pounced on a fumble and got the ball back three plays later.

With 7:37 remaining until halftime and the Volunteers leading 7-0, South San quarterback Isaiah Gutierrez completed passes to Tyrell Courtney and Joseph Miera into Lee territory. Two Vols penalties propelled the drive, but two from the Bobcats helped stall it at the Lee 35.

“I thought we played well,” Booker said. “What killed us was that every time we were (35 yards from scoring), we had a penalty or a fumble or a missed assignment. We had three missed blocks, all on fourth down.”

Lee marched 99 yards to score six seconds before the half on a 22-yard pass from Fuller to Sergio Solis. The Volunteers led 14-0.

The Bobcats closed to within 14-6 little more than two minutes into the second half. Efrain Medina blocked a punt to set South San up 41 yards from the end zone. Junior back Justin Acosta (86 yards, 14 carries) covered the distance in two runs, scoring from 34 yards out.

Fuller and company regrouped again to score at the 5:02 mark of the third quarter. Sullivan scored once more on a 38-yard pass play. Following an interception, the junior threw 45 yards to Chris Adams for a 26-6 advantage.

“We just stuck with what we were doing,” Fuller said. “It feels good (to win). It kept us rolling, going into district next week.”

With Gutierrez out because of a shoulder injury, replacement Enrique Andrade threw 22 yards to Rafael Lopez to complete the scoring with 3:51 remaining. Lopez stretched out in the end zone to make the catch.

FOOTBALL: Mustangs overtake Lanier in final minute for first win

Voks outscore Mustangs 14-8 after halftime, but come up empty

Lanier back Julian Castillo carried the ball 14 times for 85 yards against Jefferson.
Lanier back Julian Castillo carried the ball 14 times for 85 yards against Jefferson.

The Mustangs line up for a scrimmage against Laredo United.
The Mustangs line up for a scrimmage against Laredo United.





Jefferson didn’t throw a pass on its time-consuming final drive until it needed to win the game.

The Mustangs (1-3, 1-1) cut Lanier’s lead to a point with 58 seconds remaining on an 11-yard touchdown run from senior Jesse Flores. Jefferson then took to the air for the two-point conversion.

Weston Redding threw to Drew Lopez in the left corner of the end zone for a 15-14 District 28-5A victory Thursday at Alamo Stadium.

“It was time to believe in the team,” said Flores, who ran for 152 yards on 25 carries. “We had to do what we worked hard for in practice. We put it all together.”

The Voks (0-4, 0-2) had driven 62 yards in eight plays to overtake Jefferson with 6:25 remaining. Adrian Losoya caught a 27-yard pass from Jeremiah Esquivel for the touchdown and a 14-7 lead.

Jefferson’s Eric Flores returned the ensuing kickoff 16 yards from the end zone to begin the winning drive. He also carried the ball three times for 21 yards, taking the Mustangs to 50.

“They were running the same plays they ran all game,” Lanier coach Don Gatian said. “We just over-ran the ballcarrier or lined up wrong. It wasn’t Jeff. It was us.

Jesse Flores took over on the Lanier 26. On his fifth-consecutive carry, he darted right and found blocking ahead. Utilizing the blocks of Arturo Garcia and Cruz Salazar, Flores made a sharp cut and scored untouched.

“Whatever they get for me,” Flores said of his linemen, “that’s where I am.”

Lanier put together a 13-play, 76-yard drive to erase Jefferson’s halftime lead. Joe Orta powered over a would-be tackler on a three-yard scoring run with 23 seconds to play in the third quarter.

Eric Flores was the only player to reach the end zone in a penalty riddled first half. The junior returned a punt 54 yards down the left sideline, with help from Davion Clark’s block.

Lanier outgained Jefferson 162-111 in total yardage in the first half, but an illegal substitution added five yards to an unsuccessful field-goal attempt and had a touchdown wiped out by a holding penalty. The Voks were rejuvenated in the second half by the running of Orta (132 yards, 20 carries), who returned from an ankle injury, and Julian Castillo.

“Being healthy helps. My younger guys are getting better each game,” Gatian said. “For the most part, we’ve played pretty good defense all year. It’s just that, offensively, we weren’t moving the ball. Now we’re moving the ball and getting some points.”

Despite the touchdown, Jefferson only mustered three first downs in the first half and ran just one play in Lanier territory.

The Voks attained nine first downs, but two were courtesy of Jefferson penalties. Lanier had a touchdown taken away by a holding penalty with 32 seconds left in the half and an illegal substitution added five yards to an unsuccessful field-goal attempt.

The Voks were penalized six times for 55 yards in the first half. The Mustangs were flagged five times for 49 yards.

The Mustangs had lost a close game to Harlandale six days earlier in their 28-5A opener.

“We knew we had unfinished business,” Jesse Flores said. “No one believed in us. We had to show everyone what we were capable of.”