FOOTBALL WEEKEND REPORT (Sept. 17-19): Highlands regroups after bye week, downs Edison

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, Edison, Highlands, Jefferson, Lanier.

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Highlands (2-1, 1-0) exploded out of its bye week with a decisive District 28-5A win over Edison (2-2, 1-1) Sept. 18 at the SAISD Sports Complex.

The Owls snapped a10-game district losing streak with help from several big plays in a 42-16 win over the Golden Bears.

“It was a big help, just to be able to get our confidence back,” first-year Highlands coach Juan Morales said, referring to a 42-20 loss Sept. 4 to Uvalde. “We wanted to make sure we improved, and that sure happened. It helped our defense more than anything.

“We got in the classroom and made some adjustments. Now we’re able to assess where we’re at.”

Each Owls touchdown covered 22 yards or more.

“We were able to establish the run right off the bat,” Morales said. “I think doing that helped everything. I was really proud of the way we played football today.”

Joseph Delgado drilled a 27-yard field goal that put Edison in the lead.

However, junior quarterback Dylan Camacho staked Highlands to a 14-3 advantageearly in the second quarter with a 45-yard scoring pass to Bruce Moody (75 yards, 4 receptions) and a 22-yarder to Richard Saldana (63 yards, 2 receptions). Both senior receivers scored two touchdowns.

“Our quarterback played well,” Morales said. “He’s learning quickly.”

Saldana’s touchdown was the first of three in the second quarter as Highlands established a 29-3 halftime lead. Chris Hernandez scored on a 34-yard punt return. With 1:17 left in the half, Camacho (8 of 9, 138 yards) tossed a lateral to Saldana, and Moody completed the hook-and-ladder play with a 31-yard run.

The St. Gerard transfer executed the lateral to his senior teammate so smoothly, it almost looked like a handoff.

“We didn’t really work on it a lot,” Saldana said. “We worked on it the first week and the coaches said we’d do it in a game someday. It just worked.”

Mark Ugarte, on a 62-yard interception return, and Matthew Garcia, with a 28-yard run, accounted for Edison’s touchdowns.

“We wanted make sure we stuck to our responsibilities,” Morales said. “We wanted to get into their backfield. Garcia’s a great runner. We wanted to make sure he had to work hard for his yards.”

Saldana said he was glad that the work Highlands put in after the Uvalde game was reflected on the field.

“The weaknesses we had in our first two games, we worked on them the whole bye week,” he said. “We knew we could do better as a team. We knew we could execute as a team.”

Jefferson 35, Lanier 20

The Mustangs (1-3, 1-0) picked up its first victory of the season in a District 28-5A game against Lanier (0-4, 0-2) Sept. 18 at Alamo Stadium.

Jefferson senior back Jesse Flores (279 yards, 25 carries) erupted for touchdown runs of 84, 13, two and 49 yards. Davion Clark added a five-yard scoring run.

For the Voks, a two-yard run from senior Frank McCumber cut Jefferson’s lead to 14-7. Freshman Christian Cervantes broke a 55-yard touchdown run with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter to close the gap to 21-14. Julian Castillo caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Esquivel (8 of 18, 113 yards) to complete the scoring with 1:18.

Castillo ran 15 times for 86 yards. Damien Tovar caught two passes for 64 yards. Eric Flores added 44 rushing yards for Jefferson on eight attempts.

Devine 15, Central Catholic 6

Devine (3-1) capped a long scoring drive with a rushing touchdown from quarterback Dillon Ricord (86 yards, 17 carries). Ricord had given the Warhorses the lead over Central Catholic (2-2) in the second quarter in Devine.

Buttons back Caleb Salinas (64 yards, 12 times) scored in the third quarter, cutting Central Catholic’s deficit to 8-6.

Central Catholic quarterback James Morton ran eight times for 59 yards and completed eight of 16 passes for 66 yards. Austin Vargas caught four passes for 40 yards.

The victory was the 100th for Warhorses coach Chad Quisenberry.

FOOTBALL: Knights’ explosiveness overwhelms Hondo

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Holy Cross.

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The rout felt like it was underway from the opening kickoff Sept. 17 at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

By halftime, Holy Cross (3-1) had six touchdowns in their non-district game against Hondo (0-4). The Knights were well on their way to a 55-7 victory.

“We’re an incredibly aggressive team,” Holy Cross coach Mike Harrison said. “By the time we scored that second touchdown, we were extremely confident. That gave us a push.”

Junior cornerback Darren Graham returned the opening kickoff 46 yards off a reverse. Unfortunately, Graham was the victim of a late hit at the end of his run and his season ended with a broken leg.

After absorbing a sack on the Knights’ first play, junior quaterback Vince Compian (10 of 15, 284 yards) threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Robert Adame.

“Myself, the backs and the receivers would not be successful without the five guys up front and Jay Nava,” Compian said. “The score wouldn’t have been like that without them, or the defense.”

Adame scored again before the first quarter ended, on a 22-yard run. Between those touchdowns, Holy Cross earned first downs on both plays in its second possession. Compian passed 18 yards to Ernest Perez Jr. to set up a 41-yard run from junior Josh Martinez (145 yards, 15 carries).

“Josh and Robert run extremely hard,” Harrison said. “That’s kind of surprising for their size. They’re explosive and our offensive line was really good at times.”

Martinez scored three more touchdowns, two in the second quarter as the Knights scored 21 more points. He turned a burst up the middle into a 96-yard touchdown with 7:03 until halftime. The junior appeared to be stopped for a very short gain, but his extra effort enabled him to escape possible tacklers and find running room down the right sideline.

Holy Cross had one more big play to unveil before the half ended. Adame (121 yards, 3 receptions) scored on a 62-yard pass play. With just two seconds until the half, Martinez scored his third touchdown on a two-yard run.

“As the game was going on, he was one of our better options,” Compian said. “If I gave him the ball, I knew he was going to make plays.”

The Knights’ halftime stats were staggering. They averaged 18.1 yards per carry and 30.2 yards per completion in the first half. Martinez had 153 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just five carries, while Holy Cross had rushing yards as a team. Compian had completed five of seven throws for 151 yards.

Perez (73 yards, 3 catches) caught a tipped pass for a 25-yard score with 6:45 remaining in the third quarter. Holy Cross led 48-0.

Compian transferred from Kennedy to Holy Cross this season. His grandfather convinced him that the move would be beneficial. Interestingly, Compian played basketball at Kennedy but not football.

“(Knights assistant coach Angel) Cedillo, me and him are really close,” Compian said. “And I’m close to my grandpa. He told me I’d get a better education at Holy Cross. My grandpa went to Holy Cross and he really wanted me to go.”

Martinez, who also had 56 yards on two receptions, ran six yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown. Hondo scored the final touchdown on a 45-yard run from Jordan Gomez with 4:17 left.

“We played without three starters tonight,” Harrison said. “It was good to see some of our younger kids step up. I’m hopeful this group will continue to grow as a team. They can be special.”

Graham will be a big loss for the Knights. The junior, son of Holy Cross assistant coach Garyl Graham, was the team’s best defender in coverage. Graham finished fourth in the state meet in the hurdles last year and has been a successful power lifter.

“I’ve known that kid since he was a baby,” Harrison said. “I know what he’s done to get himself to be in the position where he’s at. It was just hard to deal with.”

VOLLEYBALL: Hornets split 28-6A tune-up matches

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: East Central.

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The schedule was favorable as a final test to prepare for East Central for the onset of district play.

The Hornets (15-16) played two of the area’s best Catholic school programs Sept. 15 and Sept. 18 to prepare for the District 28-6A season, which begins Sept. 25 at Corpus Christi Carroll. East Central split the matches, winning Sept. 15 at Incarnate Word (15-16) 14-25, 25-21, 25-16, 30-28 and falling 25-21, 25-20, 25-18 Sept. 18 to Antonian (22-14).

“We just have to work on our consistency,” first-year East Central coach Jordan Pinson said. “I feel pretty good about district. If we play our game and do the things we need to, we’ll be just fine.”

Although the Hornets figure to be a 28-6A title contender, along with Corpus Christi Ray, the district’s balance indicates that they needed to prepare for the grind ahead.

“We want to play teams that are at the top level,” Pinson said. “We were able to beat Incarnate Word. We want to play teams where we have to be at our best, so we can be ready for district.”

East Central entered the match against the highly regarded Apaches on a roll, having won eight of its previous 11 matches, but had a bit of a setback at Antonian.

“We kind of had an off night,” Pinson said. “We just weren’t taking advantage of opportunities on offense.”

At Incarnate Word, the Hornets improved from game to game as senior setter Kaylin Mills dished 30 assists. Sophomore Skeler Embry led the offense with 12 kills.

“I think our confidence was much higher in the second and third games,” said Mills, who had a pair of important kills in Game 2. “We were talking together and playing together. It took us a while to get warmed up, but once we did it was great.”

The host Shamrocks took a 28-27 lead in Game 4 on an ace from Sofia Resendiz and threatened to extend the match. But the Hornets’ defense helped force two consecutive Incarnate Word errors and Lubianski (11 kills, 3 blocks) finished the match with a kill.

Casey Cosper produced 19 digs for the Hornets. Sara Haycraft had a pair of well-timed blocks, one of which gave East Central a 26-25 lead in Game 4.

“We all like each other and get along off the court,” Mills said. “For me (as a setter), whatever’s working, I keep doing it. If someone’s off, I move it around. I try to kill it every once in a while. I like doing it.”

Embry has a team-best 208 kills. She and Sara Haycraft have 33.5 blocks apiece. Lubianski, at 6-foot-3, has 153 kills and leads East Central in blocks with 70.

Mills has served a team-high 34 aces to go with 414 assists and 59 kills. Cosper has recorded 177 disgs, 131 kills and 7.5 blocks. Kirsten Bradley leads the team in digs with 236t.

“It has been an adjustment, with the kids getting to know me and each other,” Pinson said. “Once they’ve gotten used to me, they’re finally starting to come together.”

Pinson coached at Luling last year. He said East Central’s entire athletic program was a draw for him.

“I really like the way East Central does things,” Pinson said. “They have high expectations, but they know they can be met.”

VOLLEYBALL WEEKEND REPORT (Sept. 13-19): Harlandale rises in 28-5A

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, McCollum, Lanier, Sam Houston.

Harlandale (16-8, 4-2) moved into a third-place tie with Highlands with a pair of wins in District 28-5A matches.

Harlandale defeated Sam Houston (7-13, 3-4) 25-17, 19-25, 25-11. 25-10 Sept. 18 in the Indians’ gym.

The Indians controlled the last two games with help from Tanya Ramos (18 kills, 4 blocks) and Maddy Mendez (12 kills, 2 blocks). Other leading hitters were Brooks Academy transfer Hailey Rinewalt (7 kills, 6 aces, 2 blocks), Skye Perez (6 kills, 2 blocks) and Cassandra Munoz (5 kills, 8 digs, 4 aces).

Harlandale also received a team-high 24 assists from Kianna Sandoval (2 aces). Brandie Hererra chipped in 15.

For Sam Houston, Alejandra Mendez led the way with 17 digs, five kills and four aces. Natalie Coburn contributed 12 kills and five digs. Rita Davis distributed 15 assists. Jakailah McBride added three blocks.

On Sept. 15 at Lanier, the Indians edged the Voks (9-12, 1-5) 25-16, 25-15, 21-25, 20-25, 15-7. Mendez pounded 20 kills. Pamela Sandoval finished with 21 digs and Kianna Sandoval recorded 26 assists. Herrera served four aces. Ramos made a team-best three blocks.

For Lanier, Rae Ann Douglas dealt 13 assists and served four aces. Esmi Garza made 19 digs. Jenny Flores, Lauren Vidaurri and Cheyenne Flores each logged two blocks.

Highlands (14-7, 4-1) bashed Burbank (5-13 ???, 1-3) 25-20, 25-17, 25-8 Sept. 15, but fell to co-district-leader McCollum (17-8, 6-0) 25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18 Sept. 18.

In the Burbank match, senior Bryten Mitchan led Highlands with 12 kills. Jazlyn Losoya distributed 24 assists and served three aces. Jazmine Jackson slammed five blocks. Genesis Garcia compiled a team-high 20 digs.

The Bulldogs were led by Antwanisha Riddle with nine blocks and five kills. Ciara Barnes contributed seven kills. Katherine Regalado made 17 digs.

Jefferson 3, Brackenridge 2

The Mustangs (6-11, 2-4) pulled out a tough, five-game District 28-5A win over Brackenridge (6-23, 1-6) 23-25, 30-28, 23-25, 25-16, 15-6 Sept. 18 at Alamo Convocation Center.

Jefferson was led by Angela Hardcastle with 23 kills and 26 digs. Madelyn Chavez dealt 52 assists. Victoria Masen thumped nine blocks.

Brackenridge was led by senior Skyler Reyna with 12 kills. Marquanique Freeman dished 19 assists. Eshe Malone added six blocks and two aces. Luz Anguiano provided 20 digs.

At Fox Tech, Liliana Capistran led the host Buffaloes with six assists and four kills. Alicia Martinez had a team-high five kills and served two aces. Desiree Bernal distributed nine assists. Destiny Lechuga logged four digs.

Jefferson statistics were unavailable.

McCollum 3, Highlands 1

The Cowboys notched a pair of wins to remain tied with Edison for first place in District 28-5A ahead of their Sept. 22 meeting.

McCollum downed Brackenridge 25-7, 25-10, 25-6 Sept. 15 and won a tough match against Highlands (14-8, 4-2) 25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18 Sept. 18.

The Cowboys’ Alyssa Dimas served five aces and Lauryn Maldonado landed two in the Highlands match. Sophomore Miranda Rich produced five kills and three digs.

Highlands was led by Mitchan with 17 kills, Garcia with 25 digs and Losoya with 26 assists.

Against Brackenridge, senior Victoria Yzaguirre led McCollum with 10 kills, nine digs and three aces. Rich was credited with 15 aces, eight digs and four kills. Alysia Garcia dealt 11 assists and Savannah Borjas added eight.

Samantha Rodriguez chipped in 10 kills. Alyssa Dimas added five aces and Jurnee Dimas had three.

For the Eagles, Reyna had a team-best seven digs, followed by Anguiano (6), Freeman (5) and Rebekah Esquivel (5). Malone served three aces.

Edison 3, Burbank 1

The Golden Bears (15-15, 6-0) headed toward their District 28-5A showdown with McCollum with a pair of wins. Edison defeated Sam Houston 25-13, 25-17, 25-23 Sept. 15 and Burbank 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 25-18 Sept. 18 in matches at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Marissa Cortinas led Edison with 22 assists, 15 digs, eight kills and three aces against Burbank. Liann Mayen produced 11 kills, three aces and three blocks. D’Anne Gonzalez finished with 17 assists. Samantha Lara (9 kills, 10 digs) and Kamryn Duque (8 kills, 18 digs) were key contributors. Kayla Lyons (24 digs) and Elizabeth Robledo (9 digs) were defensive standouts.

Burbank received 22 digs and two aces from Regalado. Riddle added eight blocks and six kills. Jessica Molina distributed 11 assists.

Against Sam Houston, Edison’s leading hitters were Lara (8 kills), Duque (6 kills), Cortinas (5 kills), Mayen 5 kills). Duque also served seven aces and made nine digs. Cortinas dealt 11 assists and Gonzalez had nine. Lyons made 12 digs.

For the Hurricanes, senior Rita Davis finished with 21 assists, four digs and two aces. Jakailah McBride had a team-high five blocks. Natalie Coburn produced 10 digs and eight kills. Alejandra Mendez added nine kills and six digs. Ariyon Mondy led Sam Houston with 11 digs.

VOLLEYBALL: Area rankings (thru Sept. 17)

Through September 17

 

TOP 15:

Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Holy Cross – 1

2. East Central – 3

3. McCollum – 2

4. Southwest – 4

5. Edison – 6

6. South San – 5

7. Highlands – 7

8. Southside – 9

9. Harlandale – 8

10. Providence – 10

11. Sam Houston – 11

12. Lanier – 12

13. Brackenridge – 13

14. Jefferson – 15

15. Burbank – 14

 

NR = not ranked

VOLLEYBALL: Leadership, passing fuel Hurricanes

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Highlands, Sam Houston.

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In sports, as in life, there is no substitute for leadership.

As the season has progressed for Sam Houston (7-11, 3-2), that has been a primary area of growth – and it’s reflected in the Hurricanes’ recent successes. They split two District 28-5A matches Sept. 9 and Sept. 11, defeating Brackenridge (6-21, 1-4) and losing to contender Highlands (13-7, 3-1) after a tough battle.

“Natalie Coburn, Rita Davis and Alejandra Mendez are great leaders,” Sam Houston coach Courtney Davis said. “They’re always strong on the court. It’s good to have that on the team.”

Sam Houston swept Brackenridge 25-16, 25-12, 25-17. Highlands prevailed 25-11, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18. Both matches took place at the Alamo Convocation Center.

The Hurricanes finished the week in playoff position, but their coach said it was too soon to worry about finishing in the district’s top four.

“Later on, I’m hoping we’ll still be in the same, or better, position,” she said. “They’ve started working as a team, and that’s what we need to get to the next level.”

The Hurricanes had won four of their last six matches.

“We’ve come together as a team,” Courtney Davis said. “All the girls are really playing well at the same time. Our passing has gotten so much better. This is the first time in years that we’ve had as good a passing team as this.”

Against Brackenridge, Davis showed the way with 19 assists, four digs, two service aces and even two blocks. The senior setter distributed 24 assists in the Highlands match.

“Rita is such a hard worker,” Courtney Davis said. “It’s her fourth year on varsity and she’s been going all-out every year. She doesn’t stop playing volleyball all year.

“She’s our leader on and off the court. Rita gets the girls pumped up and ready to go.”

Coburn recorded eight kills, Tiara McGarity had six and Mendez added five against Brack. Mendez is a sophomore who transferred from Mexico this season and has helped fortify the team’s passing and defense.

For Brackenridge, senior Skyler Reyna hustled for 13 digs, Courtney Hansford made six kills and Yara Chavarria finished with five assists.

“I don’t think we really gave Brackenridge to get anything going,” Courtney Davis said.

Coburn also produced 12 digs and two blocks against the Eagles. The junior served three aces and contributed 11 digs versus Highlands.

“If Rita ever needs a push,” Davis said, “Natalie gives her that push.”

Jakailah McBride connected for five blocks in both matches. Ariyan Mondy made four digs against the Eagles.

“We had a very slow start,” Davis said of the Highlands match. “I don’t think we warmed up very well. It took us an entire game to get warmed up, but when the second game came around we were ready to go.

“I don’t remember a point where it kind of sparked us and got us going. We just realized it was game time. We needed to fight for it after that first game. We needed to pick it up and start playing a lot harder ”

Brackenridge recovered to defeat rival Burbank (5-13 ???, 1-3) 25-13, 13-25, 25-14, 25-22 Sept. 11 in another match at the ACC.

FOOTBALL: Remaining area schedule (Sept. 24-Nov. 7)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

WEEK 5 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 24-26)

Thursday’s games

District 28-5A

Harlandale (2-2, 2-0) vs. Highlands (2-1, 1-0) at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (2-2, 1-1) at Lockhart (4-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.

Floresville (1-3, 1-1) at Boerne Champion (2-2, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.

Kerrville Tivy (3-0, 1-0) vs. Kennedy (1-3, 0-2) at Edgewood Veterans Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Memorial (1-3, 0-2) at San Marcos (3-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

District 28-5A

Burbank (0-3, 0-1) vs. McCollum (1-3, 1-1) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

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

Sam Houston (4-0, 2-0) vs. Jefferson (1-3, 1-1) at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn (1-2, 0-0) at Southside (2-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Laredo Cigarroa (1-2, 0-0) at Medina Valley (1-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Laredo Nixon (0-3, 0-0) at Somerset (2-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Uvalde (2-1, 0-0) at Laredo Martin (2-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS II-3

Holy Cross (3-1, 0-0) at Cornerstone Christian (2-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Victoria St. Joseph (0-4, 0-0) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (1-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Non-district

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

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

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

Eagle Pass (2-2) at Southwest (0-4), 7:30 p.m.

Jourdanton (3-1) at Central Catholic (2-2), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

No games scheduled

WEEK 6 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 1-3)

Thursday’s games

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (0-4, 0-2) vs. Sam Houston (4-0, 2-0) at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

District 29-5A

Somerset (2-1, 0-0) vs. Laredo Martin (2-1, 0-0) at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (2-2, 2-0) at Kerrville Tivy (3-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Lockhart (4-0, 2-0) at Floresville (1-3, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.

San Marcos (3-0, 1-0) at Alamo Heights (2-2, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Seguin (0-4, 0-2) vs. Memorial (1-3, 0-2) at Edgewood Veterans Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-5A

Burbank (0-3, 0-1) vs. Jefferson (1-3, 1-1) at SAISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Edison (2-2, 1-1) vs. Harlandale (2-2, 2-0) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Highlands (2-1, 1-0) vs. Lanier (0-4, 0-2) at Alamo Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa (1-2, 0-0) at Uvalde (2-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Medina Valley (1-2, 0-0) vs. Eagle Pass Winn (1-2, 0-0) at Cozel Foster Veterans Memorial Stadium, Eagle Pass, 7:30 p.m.

Southside (2-1, 0-0) vs. Laredo Nixon (0-3, 0-0) at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS II-3

Austin Regents (1-2, 0-0) at Victoria St. Joseph (0-4, 0-0), 7 p.m.

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

Non-district

Cotulla (1-3) vs. Brooks Academy (1-3) at Wheatley Heights Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

No games scheduled

WEEK 7 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 8-10)

Thursday’s games

District 28-6A

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

Southwest vs. Corpus Christi King at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7 p.m.

District 28-5A

Sam Houston vs. Highlands at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

District 29-5A

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

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Ray at South San, 7:30 p.m.

District 27-5A

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

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

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

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

District 28-5A

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

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

District 29-5A

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

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

Somerset at Southside, 7:30 p.m.

District 15-3A

Brooks Academy at George West, 7:30 p.m.

Goliad at Hallettsville,7:30 p.m.

TAPPS I-2

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

Brownsville St. Joseph at San Antonio Christian, 7 p.m.

TAPPS II-3

Austin Regents at Austin Hyde Park Baptist, 7 p.m.

Cornerstone Christian at Victoria St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

Burbank vs. Brackenridge at Alamo Stadium, 2 p.m.

TAPPS I-2

Central Catholic at St. Anthony, 2 p.m.

WEEK 8 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 15-17)

Thursday’s games

No games scheduled

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

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

East Central at Southwest, 7:30 p.m.

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

District 27-5A

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

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

San Marcos at Kerrville Tivy, 7:30 p.m.

Seguin at Floresville, 7:30 p.m.

District 28-5A

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

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

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

District 29-5A

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

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

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

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

District 15-3A

Hallettsville vs. Brooks Academy at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Mathis at Goliad, 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS I-2

Antonian at Central Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio Christian at Austin St. Michael’s, 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS II-3

Austin Hyde Park Baptist at Cornerstone Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi John Paul II at Austin Regents, 7 p.m.

Victoria St. Joseph vs. Holy Cross at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

Harlandale vs. Lanier at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

TAPPS I-2

Brownsville St. Joseph at St. Anthony, 1 p.m.

WEEK 9 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 22-24)

Thursday’s games

District 28-5A

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

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn vs. Laredo Martin at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

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

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

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

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion at Lockhart, 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

District 28-5A

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

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

District 29-5A

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

Somerset at Uvalde, 7:30 p.m.

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

District 15-3A

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

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

TAPPS I-2

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

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

St. Anthony at Antonian, 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS II-3

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

Holy Cross at Corpus Christi John Paul II, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

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

WEEK 10 SCHEDULE

(Oct. 29-31)

Thursday’s games

No games scheduled

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

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

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

East Central vs. Corpus Christi King at Cabaniss Stadium, Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m.

District 27-5A

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

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

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

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

District 28-5A

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

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

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

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn vs. Laredo Nixon at Shirley Field, Laredo, 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Uvalde at Southside, 7:30 p.m.

District 15-3A

Goliad vs. Brooks Academy at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

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

TAPPS I-2

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

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

TAPPS II-3

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

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

Highlands vs. Jefferson at Alamo Stadium, 2 p.m.

TAPPS I-2

Austin St. Michael’s at St. Anthony, 2 p.m.

TAPPS II-3

Austin Regents vs. Holy Cross at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, 6 p.m.

WEEK 11 SCHEDULE

(Nov. 5-7)

Thursday’s games

District 28-6A

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

District 28-5A

Burbank vs. Lanier at Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m.

District 29-5A

Somerset vs. Eagle Pass Winn at Cozel Foster Veterans Memorial Stadium, Eagle Pass, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

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

South San at East Central, 7:30 p.m.

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion at Seguin, 7:30 p.m.

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

Kerrville Tivy at Alamo Heights, 7:30 p.m.

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

District 28-5A

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

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

District 29-5A

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

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

District 15-3A

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

Hallettsville at Mathis, 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS I-2

Antonian at Brownsville St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m.

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

St. Anthony at San Antonio Christian, 7:30 p.m.

TAPPS II-3

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

Holy Cross at Austin Hyde Park Baptist, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

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

District 29-5A

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

FOOTBALL WEEKEND REPORT: McCollum’s fourth-quarter surge gives Felux first victory

Southside pulls away from Travis; Edison edges Brack

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Edison, Lanier, McCollum, Southside, Sam Houston.

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McCollum (1-2, 1-0) won its first game under first-year coach Greg Felux in impressive fashion, defeating Lanier (0-3, 0-1) 35-19 Sept. 11 in a District 28-5A game at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

The Cowboys showed no signs of wear from a pair of non-district losses to Uvalde and Victoria West. Cowboys quarterback Jordan Ortega ran seven yards for a touchdown and threw 45 yards to senior back Mike Ramirez for a 14-0 advantage with 4:26 left in the first quarter.

Lanier freshman Christian Cervantes (52 yards, 7 carries) cut the lead in half 36 seconds before the quarter ended with a 12-yard dash. Two minutes into the third quarter, Lanier was within 21-13 when Julian Castillo hauled in a six-yard pass from Jeremiah Esquivel (13 of 23, 117 yards).

Ortega (64 yards, 12 carries) and Ramirez each scored again in the fourth quarter to help McCollum put the game out of reach. Ramirez (110 yards, 16 attempts) reached the end zone with a 52-yard run with 7:31 left. It was his third touchdown.

Esquivel connected with Castillo on a 36-yard pass to complete the scoring. Castillo finished with 83 receiving yards and 65 rushing yards.

Ortega completed 14 of 24 passes for 218 yards. T.J. Martinez had four catches for 43 yards.

Southside 41, Austin Travis 7

The Cardinals (2-1) bounced back from a loss to Sam Houston with 27 unanswered second-half points against Austin Travis (0-3) in a non-district game Sept. 11 at Southside.

Southside led by two touchdowns at halftime, but Travis cut the lead to 14-7 just 58 seconds into the second half. The Cardinals had established a 27-7 lead before the third quarter ended.

Cardinals junior back Matt Collier rushed 41 times for 294 yards and four touchdowns. Marc Garza completed nine of 12 passes for 72 yards. Erik Luna finished with six receptions for 52 yards.

Southside amassed 364 rushing yards and 436 total yards.

Edison 35, Brackenridge 35

The Golden Bears (2-1, 1-0) ended a four-game losing streak in their series with Brackenrdge (0-3, 0-1) Sept. 11 in a District 28-5A game at Alamo Stadium. It was Edison’s second-consecutive win.

Edison junior Matthew Garcia (109 yards, 25 carries) scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard dive with 2:22 remaining. Garcia also put the Golden Bears in the lead with a 12-yard run with 46 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Eagles answered that touchdown with an 11-yard pass from Antonio Lopez (28 of 49, 317 yards) to Johnathan Lucas that made it 28-28 with 9:02 left in the third quarter. Lopez passed for three touchdowns. The senior also ran for a touchdown and a two-point conversion.

Edison quarterback Danny Cadena (14 of 21, 165 yards) passed for two touchdowns, throwing 35 yards to Joseph Gutierrez (50 yards, 3 receptions) and 33 yards to Joey Rodriguez (58 yards, 3 receptions). Brandon Olivares caught six passes for 49 yards.

Brackenridge’s leading receivers were Jalen Davis (104 yards, 10 receptions), Justin Eaton (90 yards, 3 receptions) and Jonathan King (52 yards, 6 receptions). Tyrus Mathis ran 15 times for 46 yards.

Sam Houston 72, Holy Cross 71

The Hurricanes (3-0, 1-0) smashed Burbank (0-3, 0-1) in its District 28-5A opener Sept. 11 at the SAISD Complex.

Sam Houston senior quarterback Raymonte Prime completed 11 of 15 passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 41 yards on four carries.

The Hurricanes scored the first three touchdowns, on passes of 45 yards to Trenton Jones and 11 yards to Jawon Anderson (52 yards, 2 receptions) followed by a 25-yard run from Prime. Anderson also caught a 41-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Devin Harris scored on a 50-yard pass play and a two-yard run.

Earl Woods (56 yards, 5 attempts) was the Hurricanes’ leading rusher and ran 29 yards for their final touchdown.

Dylan Gusme plunged in from the one-yard line with 27 seconds left in the first half for Burbank’s only score. Gusme ran for 45 yards and passed for 40. Rubyn Salazar caught four passes for 41 yards.

Sam Houston limited Burbank to 158 total yards while gaining 387. Both teams produced two interceptions.

VOLLEYBALL: This week’s results (thru Sept. 19)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Matches of Sept. 13-19

Monday’s matches

No matches scheduled

Tuesday’s matches

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (24-10, 6-0) 3, Memorial (3-14 ???, 1-3 ???) 0 (25-14, 25-7, 25-9)

Lockhart (11-19, 1-4) 3, Kennedy (0-20 ???, 0-5) 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-8)

Kerrville Tivy (13-13 ???, 3-2 ???) 3, San Marcos (19-10, 2-3) 1 (25-15, 20-25, 25-17, 25-15)

Seguin (19-13, 4-2) 3, Floresville (10-16, 1-4) 0 (25-14, 25-3, 25-12)

District 28-5A

Edison (14-15, 5-0) 3, Sam Houston (7-12, 3-3) 0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-23)

McCollum (16-8, 5-0) 3, Brackenridge (6-22, 1-5) 0 (25-7, 25-10, 25-6)

Highlands (14-7 ???, 4-1) 3, Burbank (5-13 ???, 1-3) 0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-8)

Harlandale (15-8, 3-2) 3, Lanier (8-12, 1-5) 2 (25-16, 25-15, 21-25, 20-25, 15-7)

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa (3-7 ???, 1-1) 3, Laredo Martin (10-15, 0-2) 1 (scores unavailable)

Medina Valley (10-13 ???, 2-0) 3, Laredo Nixon (1-4 ???, 1-1) 2 (25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-6)

Somerset (10-10, 2-0) 3, Southside (10-12, 1-1) 0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-15)

Uvalde (9-4 ???, 1-1) 3, Eagle Pass Winn (1-8 ???, 0-2) 0 (25-14, 25-8, 25-16)

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross (28-6, 6-0) 3, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (11-10, 4-2) 0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-12)

Laredo St. Augustine (8-12, 2-4) 3, Corpus Christi John Paul II (5-12 ???, 0-6 ???) 2 (scores unavailable)

Victoria St. Joseph (11-6, 5-1) 3, Providence (11-12, 3-3) 0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-13)

TMI (7-11, 3-3) 3, Cornerstone Christian (5-7 ???, 0-4 ???) 1 (scores unavailable)

Non-district

Boerne (18-10) 3, South San (10-12) 0 (25-20, 25-17, 28-26)

Schertz John Paul II (14-8) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (3-8 ???) 0 (25-7, 25-12, 25-11)

Jefferson (5-11 ???) 3, Fox Tech (2-21) 0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-22)

East Central (11-14 ???) 3, Incarnate Word (14-16 ???) 1 (14-25, 25-21, 25-16, 30-28)

Wednesday’s matches

No matches scheduled

Thursday’s matches

TAPPS 4-4A

Victoria St. Joseph (12-6, 6-1) 3, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (11-11, 4-3) 0 (28-26, 25-13, 25-13)

Friday’s matches

District 27-5A

Seguin (20-13, 5-2) 3, San Marcos (19-11, 2-4) 0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-23)

Alamo Heights (25-10, 7-0) 3, Boerne Champion (12-9, 5-1) 0 (25-17, 25-23, 28-26)

Kennedy (0-19 ???, 0-4) at Floresville (10-16, 1-4) (scores unavailable)

Lockhart (12-19, 2-4) at Memorial (3-15 ???, 1-4 ???) 0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-4)

District 28-5A

Edison (15-15, 6-0) 3, Burbank (5-15 ???, 1-5) 1 (25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 25-18)

Jefferson (6-11 ???, 2-4) 3, Brackenridge (6-23, 1-6) 2 (23-25, 30-28, 23-25, 25-16, 15-6)

Harlandale (16-8, 4-2) 3, Sam Houston (7-13, 3-4) 1 (25-17, 19-25, 25-11. 25-10)

McCollum (17-8, 6-0) 3, Highlands (14-8 ???, 4-2) 1 (25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18)

District 29-5A

Southside (11-12, 2-1) 3, Laredo Cigarroa (3-8 ???, 1-2) 0 (25-18, 25-9, 25-16)

Laredo Nixon (2-4 ???, 2-1) 3, Laredo Martin (10-16, 0-3) 0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-17)

Medina Valley (11-13 ???, 3-0) 3, Uvalde (9-5 ???, 1-2) 2 (25-19, 14-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-10)

Somerset (11-10, 3-0) 3, Eagle Pass Winn (1-9 ???, 0-3) 1 (20-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-17)

Non-district

Holy Cross (29-6) 3, Boerne (18-11) 1 (25-13, 23-25, 25-21, 25-12)

MacArthur (21-13) 3, Southwest (13-12 ???)  0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-18)

Laredo Johnson (2-2 ???) 3, South San (10-13) 1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20)

Randolph (18-10) 3, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (3-9 ???) 0 (25-9, 25-20, 25-21)

Antonian (22-13) 3, East Central (11-15 ???) 0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-18)

Lanier (9-12) 3, Fox Tech (2-22) 0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-6)

Saturday’s matches

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross (30-6, 7-0) 3, Providence (11-13, 3-4) 0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-15)

San Antonio Christian (9-7, 5-2)3, TMI (7-12, 3-4) 0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-21)

Victoria St. Joseph (12-6, 6-1) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (5-12 ???, 0-6 ???) (rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wed., Sept. 23)

FOOTBALL: This week’s results (thru Sept. 19)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

WEEK 4 SCHEDULE

(Sept. 17-19)

Thursday’s game

Non-district

Holy Cross (3-1) 55, Hondo (0-4) 7

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (2-2, 2-0) 31,Alamo Heights (2-2, 1-1) 14

Floresville (1-3, 1-1) 34, Kennedy (1-3, 0-2) 3

Lockhart (4-0, 2-0) 51, Memorial (1-3, 0-2) 20

San Marcos (3-0, 1-0) 35, Seguin (0-4, 0-2) 21

District 28-5A

Harlandale (2-2, 2-0) 28, Brackenridge (0-4, 0-2) 6.

Highlands (2-1, 1-0) 42, Edison (2-2, 1-1) 16

Jefferson (1-3, 1-1) 35, Lanier (0-4, 0-2) 20

Non-district

St. Mary’s Hall (3-0) 56, Brooks Academy (1-3) 0

Devine (3-1) 15, Central Catholic (2-2) 6

Del Rio (3-1) 34, Southwest (0-4) 0

Lee (4-0) 49, South San (0-4) 0

Saturday’s games

District 28-5A

Sam Houston (4-0, 2-0) 64, McCollum (1-3, 1-1) 28

Non-district

Reagan (4-0) 47, East Central (0-4) 20

FOOTBALL: Area rankings (thru Sept. 12)

Through September 12

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last week

1. Sam Houston – 1

2. Southside – 2

3. Holy Cross – 3

4. Edison – 7

5. Central Catholic – 4

6. Southwest – 6

7. Brackenridge – 8

8. Highlands – 9

9. Harlandale – 12

10. East Central – 5

11. South San – 10

12. McCollum – NR

13. Jefferson – 13

14. Lanier – 11

15. Kennedy – 14

 

NR = not ranked

FOOTBALL: Fuller leads comeback as Lee downs Southwest

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Southwest.

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Southwest was halfway to its first 2015 win and the signs looked good, but there still was Kyle Fuller to reckon with.

The Dragons (0-3) controlled the ball while producing a strong first half Sept. 11 at Southwest Stadium. They led by a touchdown at intermission, but errors and penalties stood in their way in the second half.

“We did better,” Southwest coach Pete Wagner said, comparing the Lee game to the previous two. “They got ahead big, but we were able to come back and take the lead. But I don’t think we got a first down in the second half.”

The Dragons actually recorded three first downs in the second half, compared to . They got a first down from a Volunteers penalty in the third quarter, but didn’t earn one from their offensive efforts until Lee had scored its final touchdown in a 35-21 non-district win.

After halftime, Lee (3-0) rediscovered the offensive formula that led to two quick scores at the outset. A pair of long touchdowns led the Volunteers to victory.

“We made some adjustments at halftime,” Fuller said. “We just tried to find the (gaps) in their defense.”

In a tie game, Southwest got a temporary lift with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, when it blocked a 23-yard field goal attempt. On Lee’s next possession, Fuller (13 of 34, 245 yards) passed 44 yards to Mark Sullivan for a 28-21 lead.

Fuller passed for 88 yards on four fourth-quarter completions. Sullivan (112 yards, 3 receptions) hadn’t caught a pass since the first quarter under tight coverage from the Dragons.

“We just found some open field,” Fuller said. “We audibled to that play, and executed.”

Lee back Samuel Davis IV cemented the win with a 29-yard touchdown run with 2:08 remaining. Davis had tied the score with a two-yard run on the Volunteers’ first possession of the half.

The touchdown came after Southwest fumbled away the second-half kickoff, which foreshadowed a half in which the Dragons recorded three first downs.

“I like that we didn’t quit,” Wagner said. “But we fumbled the ball (in our territory) to start the second half. We didn’t execute very well in the second half. We’ve got to get better.”

There was a bit of tortoise and hare going on in the first half. Lee scored twice in the first four minutes, but the Dragons led 21-14 at halftime behind a ground game that was increasingly successful.

The Volunteers scored on an 18-yard run from Fuller and recovered the ensuing kickoff. Aerial-oriented Lee found the end zone again without completing a pass. Davis scored on an 11-yard run with eight minutes still remaining in the opening quarter.

Middleton cut Lee’s lead in half with four minutes later, when he glanced off right guard and dashed 17 yrds to the end zone. The senior back ran nine times for 107 yards in the second quarter. He had several helpers in th e ballcarrying department.

However, the North Texas commit wasn’t able to finish the game because of a shoulder injury. He finished with 161 yards on 23 attempts, but ran for just 10 yards in the second half.

Junior Marquis Jones bounced off two tackles to score on a 10-yard run with eight minutes until halftime. The Dragons were tied 14-14.

After stopping the Volunteers at their 20, Southwest generated a nine-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a two-yard touchdown run from Isaac Corral. It was the 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior’s first carry of the game.

“They’re really good,” Wagner said. “I thought our defense played well after those first couple of possessions, but we lost our (middle) linebacker Juan Garcia. He got hurt, and he’s a big playmaker for us.”

Defensively, Southwest allowed Fuller to complete just three of 10 second-quarter passes. The senior quarterback threw 41 yards to Sullivan on the second play of the quarter, but that big play failed to generate any momentum. Lee mustered just two first downs in eight minutes, while penalties bogged them down.

“We know we’re able to beat teams,” Fuller said. “It’s just a matter of coming out here and executing.”

FOOTBALL: Harlandale makes key plays at right time for 28-5A win

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Harlandale, Jefferson.

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Being optimistic on the football field can be the way to reap important dividends.

For Harlandale senior Brandon Rodriguez his actions helped seal a 28-21 win over Jefferson Sept. 12 at Alamo Stadium in the District 28-5A opener. The Indians (1-2, 1-0) led by a touchdown when Rodriguez spotted a Mustangs fumble and turned it into a clinching score.

“He kept it and I saw the ball come out,” Rodriguez said of Jefferson quarterback General Gonzalez. “I checked to see if I was the only one there. There was a receiver eyeing it, but my defensive line kept him away.

“When I saw Isaac (Barrera) blocking for me, I knew I could take it all the way.”

Gonzalez rebounded to throw a 29 yards to sophomore Erick Martinez with five seconds left for Jefferson (0-3, 0-1), but the Indians fell on the onside kick and ran out the clock. The Mustangs had scored first in a defense-dominated opening half and led until relatively late in the third quarter.

However, Harlandale made the plays thereafter that earned its first 2015 win.

“Our defense did a great job,” Harlandale coach Isaac Martinez said. “They got (Jefferson) out of a couple of things. Up front we did a decent job of putting pressure on them and we got a couple of turnovers. That scoop-and-score most definitely helped us.”

Jefferson senior Jesse Flores (155 yards, 23 carries) provided a 7-0 lead when he recovered his own fumble to score on a seven-yard run. Flores took the handoff at the 7-yard line, but lost the handle at about the 5. The ball took a couple of bounces but Flores was able to scoop it up and plunge into the end zone.

On the ensuing drive and Harlandale’s only possession of the second quarter, the Indians tied it 7-7. A 20-yard pass from Jacob Delgado to Vincent Hernandez put them in scoring territory at the Jefferson 13. Villarreal took a direct snap and ran five yards with 2:41 left in the half.

“We just want to give teams a different look here and there,” Martinez said. “Sometimes it’s good to give them a different wrinkle to prepare for.”

Harlandale was coming off losses to Devine and Somerset by a combined 57 points. The Indians’ first two opponents each ended the week 2-1.

“Both teams played very well against us,” Delgado said, “but we believed we could have done better if we had worked harder. We knew we had to pick up the intensity to get a win. We knew we were capable.

“Once we started clicking tonight, we played really well. We beat a good team.”

With 4:34 remaining in the third quarter, Mustangs junior Anthony Freire returned the interception 82 yards for a 14-7 lead. Juan Palomino took the ensung kickoff 88 yards and the teams were all square again.

“Juan is just now learning our system and finding out where he needs to be,” Martinez said.

Villarreal scored his second touchdown on a direct snap with 4:46 left in the game, capping a 52-yard drive off a Mustangs punt. Delgado ran for two first downs and passed 13 yards to Shawn Tober for another.

“I can’t do anything without my offensive line,” Delgado said of his effectiveness on quarterback sneaks. “The entire offensive line was putting it on them. Week after week, they’ve been getting better. Hopefully, that will keep going.”

From the Jefferson 5, Villarreal took a direct snap and surged up the middle for his second touchdown.

“We knew we had to pick up the intensity a little bit more,” Delgado said of the second half. “We tried to spread the field a little more. I threw that interception, but Rene Palomino picked us all up with that runback.

“We knew what we had to do to finish it off.”

Three Jefferson plays later, Rodriguez seized an opportunity,

“We can’t do it without each other,” Rodriguez said. “It’s our senior year, so we want to give it all we’ve got. Our younger teammates are all working their hardest, too.”