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AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Highlands, Sam Houston.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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.”
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: South San, Southside.
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Five-game matches generally are something of a rarity in high school volleyball, but Sept. 1 was an exception.
Southside (9-10) was one of three that won marathon matches that day. East Central and Providence also prevailed in five games over La Vernia and Texas Military Institute, respectively.
For Southside, it was the second-consecutive, five-game match. The Cardinals learned from an Aug. 28 loss to Harlandale in order to win 25-20, 19-25, 18-25, 27-25, 15-12 at South San (9-10) with a late push.
“You can’t dwell on the past,” Southside senior Briana Martinez said, referring to Game 5. “As Coach (Rose Ann Soto) put it, you have to start over now. We came in ready to fight and we weren’t going to give up, no matter how (tough) it was.”
South San had a 2-1 lead in the match. The Bobcats also led 23-20 in Game 4 and 11-7 in Game 5 before the Cardinals rallied. Martinez and Tyler Bolton broke a 25-25 tie with kills in the fourth set. Southside setter Alyssa Gallardo scored match point with a clever tip that found open court.
“We came through as a team,” Martinez said. “We had many mistakes, but we were able to finish this. I feel like we played very well. It was probably our best match this year.”
The shot was reminiscent of a tip from Bobcats setter Erica Jimenez that started a winning three-point run in Game 3. A soft kill from Arantxa Saucedo and a block from Celeste Alfaro finished the game.
“The girls have to continue to work hard and keep wanting it more,” South San coach Evelyn Pineda said. “We have to execute on our serve-receives.”
Southside, which dealt with injuries earlier in the season, now is at full strength.
“I am senior-heavy,” the Southside coach said. “I have seven seniors and they want to get back to the playoffs. They’re determined to pick up where they left off and go even further than last year.”
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1. Holy Cross – 1
2. McCollum – 3
3. East Central – 4
4. Southwest – 2
5. South San – 6
6. Edison – 10
7. Highlands – 7
8. Harlandale – 5
9. Southside – 8
10. Providence – 9
11. Sam Houston – 13
12. Lanier – 11
13. Brackenridge – 12
14. Burbank – NR
15. Jefferson – 14
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Edison, Fox Tech, Highlands, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston.
Holy Cross (25-6, 3-0) swept Dallas Parish Episcopal 25-22, 25-19 Sept. 5 in the championship match of the St. Mary’s Hall Tournament. It was the Knights’ third tournament title this season.
The Knights also picked up an important TAPPS District 4-4A victory Sept. 1 at Holy Cross, defeating perennial district challenger Victoria St. Joseph (9-6, 3-1) 25-15, 25-16, 20-25, 25-8 to maintain its hold on first place.
Victoria Gonzalez led Holy Cross with 15 kills against St. Joseph. Henrianna Ibarra, Daisy Flores and Auturmn Lopez (22 assists) all served five aces. Jasmine Flores produced a team-high 20 digs.
The Knights won five of six matches in the St. Mary’s Hall Tournament in two games. Dallas Parish Episcopal, in the second round, was the only team to win a game against Holy Cross.
Edison 3, Fox Tech 0
The Golden Bears (11-15, 2-0) seem to be rapidly improving now that they’re into their District 28-5A season. Edison won a pair of matches last week, defeating Highlands (11-7, 1-1) 25-16. 25-23, 25-18 Sept. 1 for a key district win and Fox Tech (1-19) 25-12, 25-11, 25-15 Sept. 4 in a non-district contest.
Against Highlands, Edison was led by Kayla Lyons with eight service aces. Marissa Cortinas supplied six assists, four digs and three kills. Kamryn Duque led the Golden Bears with 10 digs.
The Owls received 12 kills from Jazmine Jackson and four blocks from Sara Denton. Kiara Pesina produced 24 digs. Jazlyn Losoya added 14 assists and two aces.
In the Fox Tech match, Liann Mayen led Edison with 11 kills and Samantha Lara had eight. Cortinas finished with 15 assists, five aces and four kills. Duque had six digs and five kills. D’Anne Gonzalez added 11 assists.
Liliana Capistran was the Buffaloes’ leader in assists with eight and digs with three. Alicia Martinez finished with four kills.
Highlands recovered from the loss to defeat Harlandale (14-6, 2-1) 25-14, 25-22, 24-26, 26-24.
Sam Houston 3, Jefferson 0
The Hurricanes (6-10, 2-1) notched a 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 sweep of Jefferson (4-9, 1-2) Sept. 4 in a District 28-5A match at the Alamo Convocation Center.
Rita Davis led Sam Houston with 23 set assists and two aces. Natalie Coburn recorded 11 kills, five aces and seven digs. Alejandra Mendez added nine kills and five digs. Victoria Gallon also had five digs.
For Jefferson, Angela Hardcastle posted a team-high 10 kills. Madelyn Chavez dealt 17 assists. Victoria Masen slammed four blocks.
The Mustangs were coming off a 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21 win over Lanier Sept. 1 at the ACC. Stacy Hernandez had seven blocks in that match. Hardcastle added eight kills and Chavez had 19 assists.
For Lanier, Jackie Juarez and Cheyenne Torres each finished with nine kills. Esmi Garza hustled for 25 digs.
McCollum defeated Sam Houston 25-5, 25-17, 25-17 Dec. 1 at the Hurricanes’ gym. The Cowboys received 14 digs, nine kills and five aces from Victoria Yzaguirre. Miranda Rich produced 10 kills, six digs and three aces. Jumee Dimas also served three aces.
Sam Houston was led by Coburn with six kills and five digs. Davis had eight assists.
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Central Catholic, Edison, Highlands, Kennedy, Sam Houston, South San, Southside.
Sam Houston (2-0) seems bound to avenge its 2014 losses.
In Week 1, the Hurricanes reversed the outcome of a game against Bandera. Sept. 4, Southside (1-1) was the victim of a Sam Houston turnaround.
Last year, the Cardinals scored nine points in the fourth quarter to edge the Hurricanes by a point. This time, at the SAISD Complex, the second half of the non-district 40-24 victory belonged to Sam Houston.
Devin Harris (58 yards, 5 carries) ran for two touchdowns and Travon Vaughns (171 yards, 4 receptions) scored on a 70-yard pass play from Raymonte Prime to secure the win for Sam Houston. Southside was within 19-16 at halftime.
Taveon Jones produced his second interception of the game with 6:15 left in the third quarter. Jones made the pickoff in the Cardinals’ end zone as Southside was driving to take the lead. Prime found Vaughns for the touchdown on the ensuing drive.
Southside junior back Matt Collier (220 yards, 39 carries) scored his third touchdown with 3:03 remaining to cut Sam Houston’s lead to 33-24, but Harris responded with a 34-yard scoring run.
Collier scored on runs of three and 14 yards to keep Southside close in the first half. Prime (11 of 18, 340 yards), who has thrown for nine touchdowns in the Hurricanes’ first two games, staked Sam Houston to a 13-0 lead with scoring passes of 43 yards to Dewayne Brown and 14 yards to Jawon Anderson. Vaughns added a 74-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter.
Sam Houston’s only other loss in 2014 was to Kerrville Tivy in the bi-district round. The Antlers might be well advised to pay attention to the Hurricanes’ current trend – just in case the UIL sets up a rematch.
Southside began the season with a 49-14 win over Burbank as Collier ran for five touchdowns Aug. 29 at the SAISD Complex. Collier rushed for 238 yards on 33 carries.
Eddie Perez (70 yards, 4 carries) had a 16-yard rushing touchdown and quarterback Marc Garza added a 23-yarder. Garza passed for 50 yards.
Senior quarterback Devin Gusme scored both Burbank touchdowns on runs of three and 54 yards.
Central Catholic 16, South San 12
The Buttons (2-0) remained undefeated with a narrow non-district victory over South San (0-2) Sept. 4 at Bob Benson Stadium. Central Catholic’s defense has limited its first two opponents to 9.5 points a game and again was a key factor in the win.
An interception from Jeremy Medina with 10 seconds remaining sealed the win. Medina’s third pick of the young season.
South San scored all of its points after halftime, on runs from Justin Acosta (74 yards, 21 carries) and Chris Cardenas. Bobcats sophomore James Valencia ran for 85 yards on seven attempts.
A 25-yard field goal from Tavian Wilson and Clayton Townsend passed to Thomas Palomera to give Central Catholic a 10-0 halftime lead. The Buttons increased their lead to 16 with a fumble return from Marc Castillo in the third quarter.
Kennedy 14, Burbank 6
The Rockets (1-1) bounced back from a blowout season-opening loss to Victoria East to win a non-district defensive struggle against Burbank (0-2) Sept. 3 at the SAISD Complex.
Kennedy, which accumulated 211 rushing yards, ran for two touchdowns after Burbank took a 6-0 lead. The Bulldogs scored first, on a one-yard plunge from senior Rubyn Salazar little more than three minutes into the game.
Senior Dominic Franco (51 yards, 11 carries) tied the game 31 seconds before halftime on a two-yard run. Kevin Garduno gave the Rockets the lead with an extra-point kick. Christino Garcia scored the clinching touchdown with 3:26 remaining.
Edison 14, Floresville 7
The Golden Bears (1-1) shut down Floresville (0-2) in a non-district contest Sept. 3 at Alamo Stadium. Edison kept the Tigers scoreless after they claimed a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.
Edison tied it 7-7 on Joey Rodriguez’s five-yard run, 40 seconds into the fourth quarter. First-year quarterback Danny Cadena scored the game-winner on a one-yard keeper with 4:50 to play.
Junior Matthew Garcia gained 159 yards on 20 attempts for the Golden Bears. Cadena ran for 46 yards and completed seven of 15 passes for 52 yards.
Uvalde 42, Highlands 20
Uvalde (2-0) halted the Owls’ bid for a second-consecutive victory Sept. 4 at Alamo Stadium. Highlands (1-1) snapped a 11-game losing streak with a 32-23 win at Floresville Aug. 28 in its season opener.
Against Uvalde, a nine-yard run from Christopher Ferguson (158 yards, 23 carries) put Highlands within 7-6 with 4:41 remaining in the first quarter. Before Ferguson could score again on a 10-yard carry, Coyotes quarterback Elias Garza (15 of 23, 285 yards) connected with Trace Garcia on a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Uvalde back McRae Rutledge (242 yards, 31 attempts) scored the first of his two tochdowns with 9:10 until halftime, giving the Coyotes a 21-13 advantage.
Ferguson finished with three rushing touchdowns, including a 33-yard sprint with 5:06 left in the half. Uvalde scored the last 21 points.
In the win over Floresville, Highlands’ Bruce Moody returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown that signalled the Owls’ competitiveness this season under first-year coach Juan Morales.
Moody also scored on an 11-yard run in the first quarter. A 14-yard pass from junior quarterback Dylan Camacho to senior Richard Saldana brought Highlands within 23-20 at halftime.
In the second half, the Owls kept Floresville scoreless while tacking on two touchdowns. it never relinquished. A 68-yard run from Ferguson with 6:44 left in the third quarter and a four-yard score from Camacho with 7:48 to play clinched the win.
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Boerne Champion (10-8, 3-0) 3, Kennedy (0-15 ???, 0-3) 0 (25-6, 25-9, 25-5)
Kerrville Tivy (11-13 ???, 1-2 ???) 3, Lockhart (10-14 ???, 1-2) 0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19)
San Marcos (19-9, 2-2) 3, Floresville (10-14 ???, 1-2) 0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-16)
Alamo Heights (22-10, 4-0) 3, Seguin (17-13, 2-2) 0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-16)
Burbank (5-12 ???, 1-2) 3, Jefferson (4-10 ???, 1-3) 1 (25-15, 25-21, 25-27, 25-21)
Edison (12-15, 3-0) 3, Harlandale (14-7, 2-2) 2 (25-19, 27-25, 21-25, 17-25, 15-12)
Highlands (12-7 ???, 2-1) 3, Lanier (8-10, 1-3) 1 (25-22, 16-25, 25-15, 25-22)
Holy Cross (26-6, 4-0) 3, Corpus Christi John Paul II (5-11, 0-5) 0 (25-3, 25-8, 25-11)
San Antonio Christian (7-7, 3-2) 3, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (10-9, 3-1) 1 (25-14, 25-13, 23-25, 25-11)
McCollum (13-8) 3, Somerset (8-10) 2 (29-27, 25-15, 22-25, 23-25, 15-12)
MacArthur (19-13) 3, South San (9-11 ???) 0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-23)
Southwest (13-10 ???) 3, Wagner (2-16 ???) 0 (scores unavailable)
East Central (10-13 ???) 3, Steele (10-20) 0 (25-13, 27-25, 25-18)
Fox Tech (2-19) 3, Pearsall (12-9) 2 (25-20, 21-25, 26-24, 23-25, 15-13)
St. Anthony (17-4) 3, Southside (9-11) 0 (25-22, 25-16, 14-25, 25-19)
Brooks Academy (0-2 ???) at KIPP Academy (0-0 ???) (scores unavailable)
Sam Houston (7-10, 3-1) 3, Brackenridge (5-21, 0-4) 0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-17)
Providence (11-10, 3-1) 3, Cornerstone Christian (5-6 ???, 0-3) 1 (18-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-17)
Victoria St. Joseph (10-6, 4-1) 3, TMI (6-11, 2-3) 0 (25-17, 25-8, 25-16)
Alamo Heights (23-10, 5-0) 3, Kennedy (0-16 ???, 0-4) 0 (25-5, 25-10, 25-11)
Kerrville Tivy (12-13 ???, 2-2 ???) 3, Floresville (10-15 ???, 1-3) 0 (25-14, 25-9, 25-22)
Boerne Champion (11-8, 4-0) 3, Memorial (3-13 ???, 1-2 ???) 0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-12)
Seguin (18-13, 3-2) 3, Lockhart (10-15 ???, 1-3) 0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-13)
Edison (13-15, 4-0) 3, Lanier (8-11, 1-4) 2 (25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 15-25, 15-7)
Highlands (13-7 ???, 3-1) 3, Sam Houston (7-10, 3-1) 1 (25-11, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18)
McCollum (15-8, 4-0) 3, Jefferson (4-11 ???, 1-4) 0 (29-27, 25-18, 25-23)
Brackenridge (6-21, 1-4) 3, Burbank (5-13 ???, 1-3) 1 (25-13, 13-25, 25-14, 25-22)
Somerset (9-10, 1-0) 3, Laredo Cigarroa (2-7 ???, 0-1) 0 (25-3, 25-20, 25-9)
Medina Valley (9-13 ???, 1-0) 3, Laredo Martin (10-14, 0-1) 1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-14, 25-12)
Southside (10-11, 1-0) 3, Uvalde (8-4 ???, 0-1) 2 (25-22, 16-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-7)
Laredo Nixon (1-3 ???, 1-0) 3, Eagle Pass Winn (1-7 ???, 0-1) 0 (25-15, 25-6, 25-17)
Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (11-9, 4-1) 3, TMI (6-12, 2-4) 1 (25-20, 25-22, 9-25, 25-23)
Holy Cross (27-6, 5-0) 3, Laredo St. Augustine (7-12, 1-4) 0 (25-8, 25-13, 25-19)
San Antonio Christian (8-7, 4-2) 3, Providence (11-11, 3-2) 0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-23)
St. Mary’s Hall (7-11) 3, Fox Tech (2-20) 0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-16)
Pearsall (12-9) vs. Young Women’s Leadership Academy (3-7 ???) (scores unavailable)
New Braunfels Canyon (22-10) 3, East Central (10-14 ???) 0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-23)
South San (10-11) 3, Harlandale (14-8) 1 (25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 25-22)
Boerne (17-10) 3, Southwest (13-11 ???) 1 (25-16, 25-12, 17-25, 25-16)
Cornerstone Christian (5-6 ???, 0-3) at Corpus Christi John Paul II (5-11, 0-5) (scores unavailable)
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Lanier.
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Lanier prevented Pleasanton from earning a first down over the last three quarters Sept. 5, but still couldn’t work off a three-touchdown deficit.
The Voks (0-2) tried mightily at the SAISD Complex, scoring twice in the final quarter. Although Lanier only allowed one offensive touchdown, Pleasanton (2-0) had enough cushion for a 21-12 non-district win.
“Joel Poth had an outstanding game,” Pleasanton coach Tab Dumont said, referring to the player who scored the Eagles’ first two touchdowns, “and Garrett Bosquez’s punt return was a great play, too. We scored oin all three phases – defense, offense and the kicking game.
“We work a lot on the kicking game, but that may have been the reason we won the game today.”
The Eagles led 21-0 long before halftime, despite being outgained 261-62 by the Voks in total yardage. Lanier’s third fumble of the game thwarted a third-quarter drive, but Julian Castillo (86 yards, 14 carries) dashed 15 yards for a score with 6:14 remaining and Jeremiah Esquivel threw 31 yards to Juan Palomino with 2:45 to play to give the Voks a chance for their first victory. However, Pleasanton recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.
Lanier begins District 28-5A play Friday, Sept. 11 with a 7:30 p.m. contest against McCollum (0-2) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.
“We got better defensively,” Lanier coach Don Gatian said. “Offense is where most of our struggles have been so far. We got a new offensive coordinator and we’re running new plays. It has taken a little time. We’ve got one week to see where we’re at.”
A 14-yard pass from Esquivel (14 of 26, 155 yards) to Adrian Lozoya and an Eagles pass interference penalty set up Castillo’s touchdown.
“We changed some things at halftime,” Gatian said. “We moved the ball well in the second half.”
Following a three-and-out, two more Pleasanton penalties aided Lanier’s final scoring drive. It appeared to stall after a pair of incomplete passes, but Esquivel found Palomino streaking down the right sideline on a fourth-and-16.
“We were getting a lot of pressure on them,” Dumont said. “So, they were able to get off some short pops. Their kids made some great plays. We had them covered well.”
Poth scored twice in little more than a minute late in the first quarter. The senior finished a long drive with a three-yard run at the 2:46 mark. Three plays after the kickoff, he recovered a Voks fumble on a and dashed 12 yards to the end zone for a 14-0 advantage.
Pleasanton only ran 12 plays in the second quarter, but increased its lead. Bosquez returned Raul Solis’ 44-yard punt 77 yards for a touchdown with 5:22 until halftime.
The Voks will be haunted by a dropped would-be touchdown pass two plays after Bosquez’s return. Steve Torres returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to the Pleasanton 34. Following a one-yard loss, Esquivel took a shot at the end zone but Lanier wasn’t able to connect.
Lanier fumbled four times in the first half, losing two. The turnovers inhibited the Voks’ efforts to build any offensive continuity.
MORE TO COME
Bengals boot Lee Academy with fourth-quarter touchdown
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brooks Academy.
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All Brooks Academy athletes went through a boot camp before their seasons. The value of the exercise surfaced Sept. 4.
The Bengals football team had a gut-check after securing the lead against Lee Academy late in a non-district game Sept. 4 at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex. Brooks Academy (1-1) contained the Wolfpack deep in their own territory to snap a nine-game losing streak and prevail 32-29.
“It just puts us through mental and physical exercises,” Bengals senior running back-linebacker Michael Galata said of the boot camp. “We jump over pylons, do a bunch of rolls and some speed work. It tests our limits.
Galata scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a six-yard run with 11:22 remaining. However, Lee Academy (0-2) rallied to cut the lead to 32-29 with 4:02 left on an 11-yard run from backup quarrterback Jeremiah Reyna.
“This means a lot ot us,” Galata said. “Coach (Eric) Hernandez came here four years ago and he’s taught us not to quit.”
Brooks Academy’s previous win was a 44-6 decision over Lee Academy Dec. 5, 2014 – when the school was named Hawkins. That was the Bengals’ first victory in about four years.
Sustainability is an important word at Brooks Academy this year as the school with high academic ideals seems in the midst of an athletic upturn. Girls teams in basketball, volleyball and softball all qualified for the playoffs last year. Several boys and girls individuals qualified for state in wrestling and power lifting.
Hernandez said his team wanted to show it could beat the improved Wolfpack as a sign of progress and the ability to overcome adversity.
“This one feels better,” he said, “because we wanted to come back and make sure we could win again.”
Bengals senior quarterback Chris Llamas scored the only third-quarter touchdown on a two-yard sneak. Galata ran for two points, enabling Brooks Academy to take a 24-23 lead into the final quarter.
“We’ve just been targeting our senior year,” Galata said. “This is my last homecoming. We needed to do it. We’re all brothers. We’re one big family.”
Brooks Academy wasted no time in taking the initial lead. Edwin Lopez returned the opening kickoff 86 yards to the end zone.
The Bengals’ 8-0 lead held up only until 5:15 remained in the quarter, when Lee Academy quarterback
Deviontray Pitts bolted 26 yards around right end, then ran in the two-point conversion. The Wolfpack took an eight-point lead on the first play of their next possession when Taurean Dumas broke a 54-yard run up the middle.
Galata scored his first touchdown with 2:31 until halftime after Brooks Academy recorded a defensive stop and drove 41 yards to tie it 16-16. Twenty-three seconds later, Dumas went 51 yards to regain the lead.
“They guys just got out there and played,” Hernandez said of the second half. “We stopped thinking so much.
“We had been blitzing a lot, but we just went back to our basic defense, We put the kids in situations where they could be successful.”
MORE TO COME
1. Sam Houston – 3
2. Southside – 2
3. Holy Cross – 1
4. Central Catholic – 6
5. East Central – 4
6. Southwest – 5
7. Edison – 8
8. Brackenridge – 7
9. Highlands – 11
10. South San – 10
11. Lanier – 12
12. Harlandale – 9
13. Jefferson – 14
14. Kennedy – NR
15. Burbank – 13