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Rudy Rivera is the sports editor of the Portland News, contributes to the CC Caller-Times and Bay Area Sports, and also does play-by-play for Gregory-Portland TV re-broadcasts for Bay Area Studios. Got a comment? Send him an e-mail.

12/10/07 Blog
CLASS 4A DIVISION II PLAYOFF
If you wanted to see offense the Alamodome was the place to be Friday night, as Beeville and Lake Travis combined for 100 points and 980 yards of offense, but it would be Lake Travis that advanced after their 57-43 win over the Trojans. Beeville’s Richie Mendoza scored the game first two touchdowns, first after catching a 52-yard pass from Eric Soza and they he followed that with a 65-yard run for a score. After a pair of scores by Lake Travis, the Trojans got a two yard run from Rosendo Garcia to go up 20-14 after one quarter. Travis took the lead at 21-20 in the second, but Beeville answered when Mendoza scored on a four yard run, putting the Trojans back up 26-21. The scoring onslaught continued in the second as both teams scored 69 of their combined 100. After a Travis score, Robert Elizalde hauled in a 31-yard pass from Soza to make the score 33-29, but a score by Lake Travis made the score 36-33 at the half.

Beeville regained the lead when Soza scored on a one-yard run, making the score 40-36 in favor of the Trojans. The Trojans final score came on a 43-yard field goal by Colten Morris, but Travis pulled away late. Mendoza finished with 112 yards rushing, Soza completed 12 of 22 passes for 306 yards and Elizalde had five receptions for 115 yards.

CLASS 2A DIVISION II PLAYOFF
The Refugio Bobcats season came to an end after a heart-breaking 7-6 loss to Rice Consolidated. The Bobcats dominated the game, but key turnovers cost Refugio who suffered their first loss of the year. Refugio had numerous opportunities to score, but could not convert early on.

The Raiders scored first on an 80-yard run in the second, but the Bobcats answered when Collin Avery scored on a 17-yard run, but Refugio mishandled the snap on the extra point and the score would remain 7-6.

The Bobcats defense turned in a stellar effort as they held the potent Raider offense to 193 yards of offense, 80 of which came on the touchdown run. Meanwhile the Bobcat offense, who was dominating all night, despite only scoring once, finished with 348 total yards on the night. Refugio drove deep into Consolidated territory late in the fourth and appeared to be on their way to a game winning score when Malcolm Whitmire hit Ryan Deal on fourth down to the Raider four, but the Bobcats fumbled the ball on the play and came away with no points.

Refugio got one last chance to score, driving to the Raider 22 as time was running out, but a 39-yard FG attempt was short and Rice Consolidated hung on for the win. Carl Swain finished with 100 yards rushing and Avery added 88 yards while Whitmire completed 12 of 20 passes for 139 yards and Ricky Lewis had five receptions for 48 yards on the night.

12/3/07 Blog
CLASS 4A
The Beeville Trojans moved on to the next round of the playoffs as they defeated Cibolo Steele 24-10 in Alice last week. The Trojans now take on Austin Lake Travis in the Region IV Finals.

The Trojans opened the scoring in the first when Richie Mendoza scored on a one-yard run, then later in the same quarter Colton Morris scored on a 12-yard run as Beeville built a 14-0 lead after one. Morris extended the Trojan lead to 17-0 in the second when he connected on a 24-yard field goal, but Cibolo added a field goal of their own from 47-yards to make the score 17-3 at the half.

After a scoreless third, Cibolo pulled within 17-10 when Keith Brown scored on a 21-yard run, but Beeville answered when Rosendo Garcia scored on a four-yard run to make the final 24-10.

Mendoza paced the Trojans with 93 yards rushing while Morris added 53 yards and Val Valdez tacked on another 49 yards on the ground as Beeville finished with 249 yards rushing. Eric Soza only went to the air 10 times on the night, completing five for 34 yards while the Beeville defense had another great night, holding Cibolo to just 234 yards of offense during the night.

State-ranked Calallen saw their season come to an end as they fell to Austin Lake Travis 45-14 in San Antonio. The Wildcats fell behind 38-0 at the half as they could not get their offense going against Lake Travis. Calallen finally got on the board with a safety and later in the third when Kenneth Rosas hauled in a 35-yard scoring strike from Dustin Vaughn making the score 38-8. After a Lake Travis score Vaughn would hit Bryden McClure with a 42-yard scoring pass to make the final 45-14.

The Wildcats managed just 60-yards rushing on the night, led by Jeramie Marek with 57 yards. Vaughn finished the night completing 13 of 30 passes for 208 yards including the two touchdown passes. Rosas finished with four receptions for 76 yards, Steven Guajardo had three catches for 67 yards and McClure had three more receptions for 56 yards.

The G-P Wildcats were eliminated from the playoffs last week as they fell to New Braunfels 38-14. The Unicorns opened the scoring and continued on as they jumped to a 28-0 lead at the half. New Braunfels extended the lead to 35-0 before the Wildcats got on the board when Bud Mayo raced 75-yards for the touchdown. After the Unicorns converted a field goal to make the score 38-7 the Wildcats would get their final score when QB Sterling Martin connected with Travis Wright from 45-yards for the touchdown. Martin completed 9 of 13 passes for 111 yards, but was intercepted twice while Mayo led G-P with 83 yards rushing.

CLASS 2A
Refugio used a punishing ground attack to hold off East Bernard 21-14 in San Marcos. The Bobcats now face Rice Consolidated in the Region IV Finals. Refugio took the ball to open the game and drove 92-yards in 17-plays, taking 8:37 off the clock, capped by a two-yard score by Carl Swain. After East Bernard missed on a field goal the Bobcats would again use another time-consuming drive to extend their lead. Refugio drove 80-yards on 14-plays, taking 7:46 off the clock to make the score 14-0, but needed help as they fumbled the ball at the one-foot line, but fortunately recovered it for the score.

The Brahmas took the ball with 2:35 left in the half and scored with :36 left to make the score 14-6 and it seemed like the momentum had changed in their favor, but Swain had other ideas. After QB Malcolm Whitmire hit Jourdan Ortiz with a 27-yard pass to the 45, Swain would haul in a 45-yard catch and run from Whitmire to score on the final play of the half making the score 21-6. East Bernard scored in the third during a defensive second half, but it would not be enough.

Swain finished with 130 yards rushing while Collin Avery added 96-more yards on the ground. Whitmire completed 4 of 6 passes for 88-yards and the Bobcat defense held the highly touted ground game of the Brahmas to just 164 yard

11/26/07 Blog
CLASS 4A
State-ranked Calallen used a stifling defense to defeat Port Lavaca Calhoun 27-7 last week. The Wildcat defense held the ground-oriented Sandcrabs to just 103 yards on the ground and a mere seven yards passing during their win. Bryden McClure, who finished with 59-yards rushing, opened the scoring with a one-yard one and after Dustin Vaughn scored from six yards, McClure would haul in a 43-yard pass from Vaughn to hand the Wildcats a 21-0 at the half. Calallen got its final score in the fourth when Jeramie Marek, who had 66-yards rushing, caught a six-yard scoring pass from Vaughn to put Calallen up 28-7. Port Lavaca got on the board when Sterling Jones, who had 54-yards on the ground, scored from two-yards, but it was way too late for the Sandcrabs. Meanwhile Vaughn completed 12 of 18 passes for 163 yards and Marek completed another 4 of 8 passes for another 45 yards, led by Matt Garza who caught five passes for 57.

Beeville used a mixture of running and passing to defeat Edcouch-Elsa 35-21 to advance in the playoffs. After Edcouch opened the scoring, the Trojans scored when Eric Soza connected with Robert Elizalde from 18-yards out to tie the game, then Soza hit Frank Wagner from 15 yards out and Beeville extended their lead to 21-7 when Richie Mendoza scored on a five-yard run.

Warner and Soza connected again in the third as the Trojans extended their margin to 28-7, but the Yellow Jackets answered with two straight scores to pull within 28-21. Beeville put the game away when Mendoza, who finished with 82-yards rushing, scored from one yard to seal the win. Soza completed 15 of 24 passes for 235 yards and found Elizalde six times for 106 yards and Warner four times for another 90 yards during the win.

Gregory-Portland took advantage of Flour Bluff turnovers and held off a pesky Hornet team to advance in the playoffs with their 27-23 win on a cold-misty night. The Wildcats scored on their second play from scrimmage when Holden Rios raced 64-yards for the touchdown.

Later in the first, after Flour Bluff tied the game when Chris McCormick dashed 15-yards for a score, Rios would get the ‘Cats on the board when he dove in from 19-yards out. G-P extended their margin to 20-7 at the half when Jonathan Velasco kicked field goals of 41 and 38 yards. The Hornets took the opening drive of the third to score when Michael Gowens scored from nine yards, but the Wildcats answered when Dalton Curran scored from three yards. In the fourth the Hornets rallied, first when Stephen Shores caught a 21-yard pass from Clay Collier and picked up a safety when G-P purposely snapped the ball out of the end zone. Joey Sanchez, who stepped in for injured Holden Rios, rushed for 160 yards while Rios added 133 yards in limited duty. Gowens finished with 168 yards rushing for Flour Bluff who fumbled five times, losing three during the wet evening.

CLASS 2A
Refugio struggled through the cold weather and mist that fell through the night, but they still managed to pull away from Dilley 28-7 by way of the big play. The Bobcats scored on their opening drive of the night, but it took a third down reverse pass from Christian Espindola to Collin Avery for 38-yards that set up a one-yard score by Avery. Dilley scored with just over a minute left in the half to make the score 7-7 at the half, but the Bobcats would answer in the third. QB Malcolm Whitmire connected with Travis Martino from 77-yards to make the score 14-7, then a 10-yard run by Avery and a two-yard run by Carl Swain gave the Bobcats their final margin of victory.

Avery finished with 82 yards rushing and Swain, who only saw action in the second half, finished with 58 yards. Whitmire finished the night by completing 10 of 17 passes for 122 yards, hitting Avery four times for 79 yards on the night.

Skidmore-Tynan was eliminated from the playoffs after losing to Stockdale 41-7. The Bobcats managed 153 yards rushing and 34 yards passing while their defense was hit for 438 yards rushing by the Brahmas. The lone Bobcat score came with them trailing 21-0 when Alex Gonzales scored from 12 yards. Clint Isaacks led the Bobcats with 74 yards rushing while Darby House managed just to complete 3 of 8 passes for 34 yards.

11/19/07 Blog
CLASS 5A
The Carroll Tigers season came to a close as they fell to SA O’Connor 42-20. O’Connor scored the games first two touchdowns in the first before Tim Hawkins got the Tigers on the board with a five-yard score, but O’Connor made the score 21-7 after one with another score. Carroll pulled within 21-14 in the second when Hawkins added a six yard score, but O’Connor answered with two straight scores before Hawkins hit Tony Bocage with a 27-yard scoring pass. Hawkins completed 19 of 36 passes for 187 yards, six to Jake Sims for 45 yards. Anthony Davis led the Tiger ground game with 84 yards and Hawkins added 45 more.

Ray quarterback Jerry Bell passed the ball 69 times and completed 44 of them for 500 yards, but it was not enough as the Texans fell to SA Warren 38-22. Daniel Sciantarrelli opened the scoring with a 37-yard FG, but Warren blocked a Texan punt for a score. Bell then scored on a one-yard run, but Warren answered with a score before Sciantarrelli added 25 and 28-yard FG’s making the score 21-16. In the third Bell connected with Preston Streight from 8-yards to give Ray a 22-21 lead, but Warren scored 17 in the fourth for the win. Efrin Harper caught nine passes for 125 yards, Sciantarrelli hauled in 10 for 113 yards and Streight caught 14 for 99 yards for the Texans.

CLASS 4A
Calallen rallied to upend Mercedes 31-22 at home to remain unbeaten. The Wildcats opened the scoring when Jeramie Marek hit Matthew Garza from 8-yards out, but Mercedes scored two straight times to go up 15-7. Marek then scored from 8-yards out before the Tigers answered, but Anthony Cantu kicked a 27-yard FG to make the score 22-18 Tigers at the half. Dustin Vaughn scored from six yards and Bryden McClure added a 64-yard scoring run in the fourth to seal the win. Marek completed 10 of 16 passes for 88 yards and rushed for 97 while McClure tallied 91 more yards rushing.

Gregory-Portland advanced to the second round of the Division I playoffs after their 41-14 win over South San. Holden Rios rushed for 210 yards on just 11 carries and had scoring runs of 23, 34, 25 and 76 yards to pace the Wildcats. Bud Mayo added a three-yard score and LaChristian Thomas scooted up a blocked punt for the other G-P score.

QB Sterling Martin completed all five of his passes for 49 yards, finding Rios twice for another 20 yards.

G-P will be joined by Flour Bluff in the Division I playoffs after the Hornets defeated

Weslaco East 31-27. Chris McCormick, who finished with 180 yards rushing, opened the scoring with a nine yard score, but Weslaco East answered with a score before Cory Foust hit a 28-yard FG. East took a 14-10 lead before McCormick scored from six yards to regain the lead. Weslaco got the lead back, but McCormick added a 73-yard score and Nico Gomez added a five yard score before East scored late in the game. Clay Collier completed 4 of 10 passes for 66 yards, three of which were caught by Stephen Shores for 58 yards for the Hornets.

Beeville amassed 434 yards as they cruised to a 34-14 win over SA McCollum. The Trojans scored the games first five touchdowns, Robert Elizalde caught passes of 4, 7 and 9 yards from Eric Soza and Richie Mendoza had a rushing score of 56-yards and Rosendo Garcia added a one-yard score as Beeville built a 34-0 lead. Garcia, Josh Cantu and Mendoza each rushed for over 50 yards each while Soza completed 17 of 24 passes for 225 yards to pace the Trojans.

Alice was eliminated by Edcouch-Elsa 18-17 on the road last week. The Coyotes opened the scoring when Amando Ramirez scored from one-yard and led 7-3 at the half. Alice extended their lead to 14-3 when Mark Garcia caught a 59-yard pass from A.J. Benavides before Edcouch-Elsa made the score 14-11 entering the fourth. Alice surrendered a score with just 2:22 left in the game. Alice managed just 71 yards rushing, but Benavides completed 19 of 28 passes for 172 yards.

CLASS 3A, 2A, 1A
State-ranked Refugio pounded out 494 yards of offense as they defeated Banquete 42-21. Despite playing without injured back Carl Swain the Bobcats finished with 352 yards on the ground. Terrence Smith led the way with 151 yards rushing and two scores while Colin Avery added 105 yards and one score. QB Malcolm Whitmire completed 11 of 16 passes for another 142 yards while Rickey Lewis scored on a 75-yard run and hauled in three passes for 52 yards for the Bobcats.

Ingleside was eliminated by Gonzales 43-7 in Victoria last Friday. The Mustangs fell behind 21-0 before Matthew Rodriquez caught a 25-yard pass from Brian Hull, but it would be the only score of the night for Ingleside. Jeff Techur led the Mustangs with 57 yards rushing while Hull completed 11 of 24 passes for 90 yards, but was intercepted twice.

Ben Bolt was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs as they fell to Shiner 48-0. The Badgers managed just 77 yards of offense on the night, led by JT Lopez who had 38 yards rushing and George Gomez added 31-yards on the ground.

West Oso fell from the playoff scene after they fell to Palacios 17-6. The Bears managed just 70 yards rushing and 151 yards passing on the night with their lone score coming in the fourth when trailing 17-0 when P.J. Lopez connected with Noe Villarreal from five-yards. Shedrick Howard led Oso with just 41 yards on the ground while Lopez completed 4 of 9 passes for 114 yards and William Tortorello completed 2 of 6 for 37 yards.

George West stayed close for a half, but was outscored 20-0 in the second half as they fell to Santa Rosa 38-10 in the Class 2A playoffs. After Santa Rosa took a 10-0 lead, the Longhorns made the score 10-3 when Dustin White hit a 22-yard FG, but Santa Rosa answered with a touchdown. Colton Tindol, who completed just 3 of 9 passes for 11 yards, scored the final Longhorn touchdown when he scored from a yard out. Sam Salazar led Santa Rosa with 150 yards and four scores on the night.

Skidmore-Tynan remained alive in the playoffs after they defeated Hebbronville 31-22.

The Bobcats opened the scoring when Darby House connected with Cody Chambers from 40-yards, but the Longhorns answered when Joseph Maldonado scored on runs of 58 and 3 yards to make the score 14-6. Alex Gonzales then caught a House scoring pass of eight yards to make the score 14-12 at the half. House handed the Bobcats the lead when he hit Clint Isaacks from 57-yards out, but Maldonado regained the lead for the ‘Horns when he scored from 56-yards out. The Bobcats sealed the win in the fourth when Jordan Carter scored from 46-yards and Noel Solis tacked on a one yard score. Carter finished with 102 yards rushing and House completed 6 of 12 passes for 145 yards for the Bobcats. Maldonado finished with 190 yards rushing for Hebbronville while Leo Rodriquez completed 10 of 18 passes for 89 yards.

PLAYOFFS WEEK 2
Gregory- Portland vs Flour Bluff, Saturday Buc Stadium 7:00

PL Calhoun vs Calallen, Friday Victoria 1:00

Beeville vs Edcouch-Elsa, Friday Kingsville 7:30

Refugio vs Dilley, Friday San Antonio 7:30

Skidmore-Tynan vs Stockdale TBD

11/12/07 Blog
PLAYOFFS SET IN SOUTH TEXASCLASS 5AThe Carroll Tigers enter the playoffs as a Division I team after their narrow 8-7 win over Victoria Memorial. The Vipers took the opening drive of the game to score when Jeremy Church scored on a five-yard run, but that would be all the scoring they would get after a dominating performance by the Tiger defense. Carroll answered in the second when Zach Boerjan caught a 15-yard scoring pass from Tim Hawkins, but the kick failed and the Tigers still trailed 7-6. In the third the Tigers drove to the Viper two, but fumbled the ball away. On the ensuing play the Tiger defense came up with a safety to hand them their winning margin. Anthony Davis finished with 129 yards rushing for the Tigers while Kyle Moczygemba had 80 yards rushing in a game that had 10 fumbles.

King missed out on a playoff trip when they fell to SA East Central 20-14. Matt Morales opened the scoring with a five-yard score in the second, but EC answered with a score to make the score 7-6 Mustangs. Phillip Thomas, who finished with 109 yards rushing, extended the King margin to 14-6 with a three-yard run, but EC scored twice in the second half for the win.

Playoffs: Carroll at SA O’Connor, SA Warren at Ray (Buc)

CLASS 4ABeeville forced a three-way tie for the District 30-4A championship as they drubbed Port Lavaca 49-21. Gregory-Portland, Beeville and Port Lavaca all finished district play at 4-1 as all three earned co-championships.

Beeville rushed for 307 yards and passed for another 206 in their win over the Sandcrabs. Richie Mendoza, who finished with 109 yards rushing, opened the scoring with an 81-yard score and later caught a 57-yard scoring pass from Eric Sosa. Val Valdez added 92 yards on the ground and had a score of 61-yards while Oscar Banda had a 20-yard score and hauled in a 35-yard scoring strike from Sosa, who completed 7 of 11 passes for the 206 yards. The Sancrab offense was held in check for most of the night as they managed just 167 yards of offense, led by Sterling Jones with 71 yards rushing including an 11-yard score.

Meanwhile the Gregory-Portland Wildcats claimed the Division I playoff spot with their crushing 47-14 win over Miller. The Wildcats amassed 410 yards rushing on the night led by Holden Rios with 159 yards and one score. Dalton Curran added 84 yards on the ground and scored on runs of 7 and 10 yards for G-P while Jonathan Velasco hit two field goals for the Wildcats. Miller was led by Roderick Taylor who finished with 122-yards rushing including an 80-yard score.

Calallen claimed another district championship with their 41-13 win over Kingsville. Bryden McClure scored the Wildcats first two touchdowns and Jeramie Marek, who finished with 155 yards rushing, scored on runs of 56 and 6 yards to pace Calallen. Marek also completed 5 of 7 passes for 78 yards with three of them going to Matthew Garza for 81 yards. Art Hayes led Kingsville with 116 yards rushing while Randy Vega 9 of 27 passes for 161 yards for the Brahmas.

Flour Bluff, who had already claimed a spot in the Division I playoffs defeated Tuloso-Midway 42-7. The Hornets rushed for 342 yards on the night, led by Chris McCormick who finished with 196 yards and scoring runs of 3 and 95 yards. Michael Gowens added 100 yards for the Bluff with one touchdown while Clay Collier completed 6 of 14 passes for 78 yards. The Warriors lone score came in the first when Mike Reyes returned an interception 100-yards for the touchdown as T-M could muster just 82 yards of offense.

Moody picked up their first district win as they rallied past Rockport-Fulton 21-14. The Pirates jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter when James Huff caught a 30-yard scoring pass from Dalton Conway and Chris Simmons dashed in from one-yard out.

Moody began their comeback in the second when Christian Gallegos scored on a 27-yard run to make the score 14-7. In the third the Trojans got another score from Gallegos from one yard out and then returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth for the win. Nick Hinojosa led the Trojans with 111 yards rushing while Gallegos completed three passes for 73 yards. The Pirates, who finished winless in district play, were led by Alex Willis with 60 yards rushing while Conway completed 9 of 28 passes for 164 yards.

Alice clinched a playoff spot with their 40-0 win over Robstown. A.J. Benavides completed 11 of 18 passes for 195 yards including a 26-yard pass to Justin Gonzales to pace the Coyotes while Amando Ramirez rushed for 65 yards.

Playoffs: South San at G-P, Weslaco East at Flour Bluff, Beeville at SA McCollum, Mercedes at Calallen, Alice at Edcouch Elsa.

CLASS 3A, 2A, 1A
The West Oso Bears rushed for 349 yards as they defeated Orange Grove 28-17 to earn a playoff spot. Shedrick Howard led the Bears with 188-yards rushing and scored on runs of 41, 14 and 4 yards while Markeith Smith added 84 yards and a 48-yard score. Jonathan Rodriquez led the Bulldogs with two scores, one rushing and he also hauled in a 40-yard scoring pass from Jordan Salas late in the game. Salas completed 8 of 18 passes for 131 yards, but it was not enough to get the Bulldogs in the playoffs.

Skidmore-Tynan secured a playoff spot with their 48-12 win over Taft, eliminating the Greyhounds from a shot to advance. The Bobcats led 13-6 at the half when Corey Markham caught a 45-yard scoring pass from Darby House and a one-yard score by Clint Isaacs. Taft’s lone score in the first half came when Edward Rosalez caught a 17-yard pass from P.J. Martinez. The Greyhounds pulled within 13-12 in the third when Martinez hooked up with Michael Ortiz from 23-yards, but the Bobcats would score the games final 35 points for the win. Markham finished with 131 yards rushing while the Bobcat defense held Taft to 51 yards rushing. Martinez completed 6 of 12 passes for 68 yards for Taft as their season came to an end.

Refugio enters the playoffs on a roll after their 49-0 win over Bloomington. The Bobcats scored 35 points in the first half, the first two on scoring passes by Malcolm Whitmire, connecting with Travis Martino for 77-yards and then 16-yards to Irving Fox. Colin Avery finished with 155 yards rushing on just four carries while Whitmire completed 12 of 16 passes for 221 yards and five touchdowns. Ricky Lewis had five receptions for 105 yards that included scores of 24, 5 and 31 yards.

Three Rivers missed out on the playoffs, but still defeated Odem 20-14. After Odem went up 14-0 on a score by Johnny Morin, the Bulldogs would get 27-yard touchdown catch by Chris Weber from Garrett Luthringer. Abel Anzaldua forced overtime when he caught a four-yard scoring pass from Eric Cruz, who then hit Weber on the two-point conversion to tie the game. Weber then got the win when he scored on a one-yard run for the Bulldogs.

Banquete advanced to the playoffs with their 46-8 win over Riviera. Steven Karabanoff led the Bulldogs with 133-yards rushing that included touchdown runs of 32, 9 and 5 yards. Gabriel Serna added tow touchdowns and finished with 91 yards on the ground for Banquete. The lone Seahawk score came when Jacob Hubert, who finished the night by completing 10 of 18 passes for 88 yards, scored on a one-yard run.

Ben Bolt downed Santa Maria 24-8 to claim the final playoff spot in District 32-A. The Badgers held Santa Maria to negative 41 yards rushing and just 29 yards of total offense for the win. David Ramirez led the Badgers with 141 yards rushing including a 30-yard score. JT Lopez opened the scoring with an 11-yard score and DJ Guzman caught a 15-yard pass from Ramirez who also passes for 123 more yards.

Ingleside defeated Sinton 38-13 to stay unbeaten in district play. Jeffery Techur rushed for 63 yards and scored the games first touchdown on an 18-yard run while Brian Hull rushed for one score and passed for another and Josh Coffield returned a fumble 69-yards for another score. Roger Sabaria passed for one score and combined with Josh Harrison, to completed 21 of 40 passes for 280 yards for Sinton.

Chris Veliz rushed for 141 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Mathis past Aransas Pass 31-12 to clinch a playoff spot.

Falfurrias drubbed San Diego 43-18 as the Jerseys rushed for 318 yards, led by Smiley Alegria (165 yards) and Brandon Vargas (110 yards). Ramon Maldonado completed 10 of 14 passes for 156 yards to pace San Diego.

Freer defeated Bishop 10-0 as Mikey Carrillo, who had the lone Buckaroo score, finished with 98 yards rushing.

Bruni was paced by Daryl Garcia who finished with 152 yards rushing during their 51-6 win over Agua Dulce.

Playoffs: Ingleside vs. Gonzales, Mathis vs. Cuero, West Oso vs. Palacios, George West vs. Santa Rosa, Refugio vs. Banquete, Skidmore-Tynan vs. Hebbronville, Ben Bolt vs. Shiner and Bruni vs. Louise.

11/5/07 Blog
CLASS 5A
The Ray Texans clinched a playoff spot with their 51-0 win over SA Highlands. Preston Streight led the Texans with 149 yards rushing, scoring on runs of 18 and 27 and also caught a 49-yard scoring pass from Jerry Bell, who scored 34 points in the first quarter. Bell finished the night passing for 228 yards, also connecting twice with Austin Patterson on plays of 6 and 76 yards. Brian Villarreal scored on a 27-yard interception return and Paul Perez returned a punt 67-yards for another score.

SA Southwest clinched the District 27-5A title with a 34-13 win over Carroll. The Dragons hit the Tigers for 247 yards rushing while holding Carroll to 177 yards rushing and 111 yards passing. Carroll opened the scoring when Anthony Davis, who finished with 179 yards rushing, scored on a 64-yard run, but the Dragons answered with 27 unanswered points before Genaro Garcia hauled in a five yard pass from Tim Hawkins to end the run. Hawkins completed 12 of 22 passes for the 111 yards, but was intercepted twice and held to no yards rushing. The Tigers turned the ball over four times and were penalized nine times on the night.

27-5A Playoff Scenario: Southwest has clinched the district championship, Ray has secured a playoff spot after completing their season last week. Carroll is in with a win over Victoria while King and East Central meet for the final spot.

CLASS 4A
Calallen (4-0, 9-0) clinched District 31-4A with their 41-3 win over Tuloso-Midway. The Warriors got on the board first when Ryan Reeder connected on a 27-yard FG, but the Wildcats scored 15 in the second when Oliver Price scored on a 4-yard run and Kenneth Rosas caught a 26-yard pass from Dustin Vaughn. Rosas then caught a 22-yards scoring pass from Jeramie Marek, then Vaughn hauled in a 16-yard pass from Marek for another score. Logan Verrett hauled in a six-yard pass from Marek before Luis Gracia scored on an 8-yard run for Calallen. Marek finished the night completing 10 of 15 passes for 119 yards and Vaughn completed 10 of 18 for 108 yards.

Flour Bluff (3-1, 6-3) drubbed Robstown 52-0 to clinch a playoff spot. The Hornets rushed for 337 yards and passed for another 131 during the win. Chris McCormick rushed for 133 yards and scored on runs of 31 and 55 yards while Justin Brandt added 93 yards on the ground including a 69-yard scoring run. Clay Collier completed 4 of 9 passes for 110 yards including a 63-yard scoring pass to Corey Lavender to open the scoring. Jovan Villanueva led the Pickers with 57 yards rushing and Chris Cruz added 51 yards.

Alice (2-2, 5-4) defeated Kingsville 12-7 to draw close on a playoff spot. Alice opened the scoring when R.J. Gomez hauled in a two-yard scoring pass from AJ Benavides making it 6-0. It stayed that way until the fourth when Amando Ramirez scored on a six-yards run to give Alice a 12-0 lead. Kingsville (2-2, 4-5) got on the board when Larry Ochoa hauled in a 10-yard pass from Randy Vega making the score 12-7. The Brahmas were threatening late Gomez intercepted a pass at their 20 to seal the win. Benavides finished with 46 yards rushing and completed 11 of 18 passes for 132 yards for Alice. Kyle Cantu led the Brahmas with 127 yards rushing while Vega completed 6 of 23 passes for 130 yards, but was intercepted twice.

31-4A Playoff Scenario: Calallen clinched championship, Flour Bluff will represent district as Division I team while Alice will seal final spot with win over Robstown.

Gregory-Portland (3-1, 5-4) fought off Rockport-Fulton 36-33 in District 30-4A play. G-P jumped to a 14-0 lead when Bud Mayo and Holden Rios scored rushing touchdowns, but R-F answered with a pair of Alex Willis runs to tie the game. Rios added a nine yard score before the Pirates got a 75-yard score by James Huff and when Dana Beach returned a fumble 42-yards for a score. Sterling Martin then hit Kyle Schutt with a 11-yard scoring pass for G-P. Chucky Rodriquez put the Pirates back up with a one-yard score, but Mayo got the win for G-P with a five yard run. Rios finished with 112 yards rushing for G-P while Willis finished with 151 yards rushing for the Pirates.

Port Lavaca Calhoun set up their match with Beeville next week with a 13-0 win over Miller. Sterling Jones scored on a 22-yard run in the first and the Sandcrabs got field goals of 37 and 38 yards from Esteban Martinez for the win.

Meanwhile Beeville had an easy time as they cruised by Moody 41-15.

30-4A Playoff scenario: This one will depend on the final week, Beeville and Port Lavaca square off while G-P travels to Miller. Should Beeville win and G-P beat Miller there will be a three-way tie for first which will be decided on the point tie-breaker system. A Port Lavaca win over Beeville and a G-P win will put those three in. Miller needs to beat G-P and hope PLC beats Beeville, and then there is a three way tie for the final two spots.

CLASS 3A, 2A 1A
George West (4-2, 8-2) earned a playoff spot with their 22-20 come from behind win over Three Rivers. Dustin White sealed the win with a 30-yard field goal in the fourth during the close game. Joe Michael Benavides opened the scoring for Three Rivers with a 20-yard run before Michael Riser, who finished with 110 yards rushing for George West, scored from three yards. Xavier Salazar answered with a six yard run for the Bulldogs, but the Longhorns scored twice when Colton Tindol scored from one yard and Shannon Taylor added a two-yard score. Chris Weber put Three Rivers back up on a 2-yard score, but White hit the winning field goal for the win.

Ingleside (4-0, 8-1) clinched the District 30-3A championship with their 28-20 win over West Oso. The Mustangs opened the scoring when Scott Holder hauled in a 67-yard pass from Matthew Rodriquez, but the Bears (3-1, 7-2) answered when Markeith Smith scored from 37-yards and in the second Oso took the lead when Shedrick Howard scored on a one yard run. The Mustangs answered with consecutive scores, first when Jesse Martinez caught a 16-yard pass from Josh Coffield, who followed that with a 27-yard scoring run. Howard added an eight yard score for the Bears, but Green Hill sealed the win with a five yard score. Hill finished with 57-yards rushing and Coffield completed 9 of 17 passes for 121 yards for Ingleside while Howard finished with 86 yards on the ground and P.J. Lopez added 52 yards and completed 7 of 10 passes for 60 yards.

Mathis (2-2, 5-4) got themselves back in the playoff picture with a 13-12 win over Orange Grove. The Pirates were led by Chris Veliz who finished with 161 yards rushing including a one yard score, the game winner in the fourth. Ryan Rodriquez opened the scoring for the Pirates with a five yard score, but the Bulldogs answered when Jonathan Rodriquez scored on a 47-yard run. Barrett Davidson, who finished with 61 yards rushing, gave Orange Grove (2-2, 6-3) the lead in the third when he scored from one yard and Rodriquez added 78 yards on the ground.

Skidmore-Tynan defeated Bloomington 20-0 to put them in a good position for a playoff spot. The Bobcats opened the scoring when Richard Torres caught a six-yard pass from Darby House. The Bobcats went to the air again, this time House found Corey Markham for 41-yards and the score. Jordan Carter had the final score when he raced 64-yards for a touchdown. Carter finished with 99 yards rushing while House completed 15 of 23 passes for 245 yards. Ken Isaac caught six passes for 94 yards and Markham hauled in five passes for 87 yards.

Freer (3-2, 4-5) defeated Banquete 9-7 to get back in the District 32-2A playoff chase. The Bulldogs (3-2, 6-3) got on the board first when Steven Karabanoff scored from three yards, but Rey Guzman hauled in an 88-yard scoring pass from Matthew Reyes to make the score 7-6 Bulldogs. Guzman then sealed the win when he hit a 21-yard FG for the win. Fabian Eeds led the Buckaroos with 65 yards rushing while Mikey Gonzalez led Banquete with 71 yards and Jacob Harris added 69 more yards on the ground.

Hebbronville (4-1, 5-3) ran past Premont 44-12 to set up a match with Santa Rosa next week for the District 32-2A championship. The ‘Horns rushed for 253 yards, led by Joseph Maldonado who finished with 116 yards on the ground and added a 75-yard kickoff return for another score.

District 30-3A Playoff Scenario: Ingleside is district champ, West Oso is in with a win over Orange Grove, and should that happen Mathis would oust OG with a win over Aransas Pass. Should Orange Grove beat Oso and Mathis wins there is a three-way tie for the final two spots.

District 31-2A Playoff Scenario: Refugio is district champ, George West is also in while Skidmore-Tynan is in with a win over Taft.

District 32-2A Playoff Scenario: Santa Rosa and Hebbronville meet for the championship this Friday. Should Santa Rosa win there could be a three-way tie for the final two spots. Should Hebbronville win, they would earn a spot with Santa Rosa and Freer could sneak in with a win over Bishop.

District 32-A Playoff Scenario: La Villa is in and wins district with win over Benavides, a Bruni win over Agua Dulce secures a spot and Santa Maria earns the final spot with a win over Ben Bolt.

10/29/07 BLOG
The Ray Texans are back in the race, Refugio continued to roll and Port Lavaca Calhoun showed their strength as all three teams solidified playoff opportunities.

CLASS 5A
The Ray Texans got back in the race with their 32-27 win over Carroll. Jerry Bell had another huge night as he completed 30 of 37 passes for 427 yards. Bell found Paul Perez from 38-yards to open the scoring, but Carroll answered when Zach Boerjan hauled in an 18-yard strike from Tim Hawkins. Preston Streight, who finished with 83 yards rushing, then scored from 10-yards before Hawkins hit Tony Bocage from 32-yards making the score 14-14. Ray regained the lead just before the half when Bell connected with Daniel Sciantarelli from 20-yards. Anthony Davis, who finished with 162 yards rushing, got Carroll on the board in the third when he scored from four yards, but the Texans answered again when Bell hit Sciantarelli again, this time from 55-yards. Davis regained the lead for Carroll with a one yard score to make it 27-26 Tigers, but Bell would get the win when he hit Streight for a 68-yard score. Hawkins finished the night with 186 yards rushing and completed 13 of 19 passes for 153 yards for the Tigers.

The King Mustangs scored 28 unanswered points to defeat Victoria Memorial 28-13. Victoria scored first when Kyle Moczygemba hit Keith Barefiled from nine yards, but Phillip Thomas scored from three yards. King went up 14-7 at the half when Aaron Alexander, who finished with 61 yards rushing, hauled in an 18-yard pass from Matt Morales. In the third Jheryl Stewart scored from five-yards before Alexander added his second score, this time from seven yards out. Stewart finished with 65 yards on the ground for the Mustangs who finished with 316 total yards. Moczygemba completed the scoring with a 20-yard run and completed 16 of 30 passes for 206 yards, finding Barefield eight times for 75 yards.

CLASS 4A
Kingsville raised their district record to 2-1 with their 30-12 win over Tuloso-Midway. The Brahmas Kyle Cantu led the way with 191 yards rushing and had scoring runs of 2 and 80 yards. After Kingsville took a 10- lead Freddy Hernandez raced 68-yards for the Warriors, but Kingsville answered when QB Randy Vega connected with Travis King from 39-yards for the score. After Cantu’s 80-yard run, Art Hayes made the score 30-6 when he scored from seven yards. Hernandez got T-M on the board again when he scored from one yard out.

Beeville returned to their winning ways with a 48-7 win over Rockport-Fulton. The Trojans were led by QB Eric Soza, who completed 10 of 16 passes for 216 yards, including a pair of scoring passes to Robert Elizalde and on his lone run of the night Soza scored from 16-yards. Richie Mendoza led the ground attack with 140 yards that included an 85 yards score. The Pirates finished with 266 yards rushing, led by Alex Willis with 71 yards and James Huff with 64 yards. The lone Pirate score came when Chucky Rodriquez, who finished with 58 yards, scored on a 29-yard run.

Miller scored 20-points in the fourth to get past Moody 27-7. Roderick Taylor had another big night as he finished with 184 yards rushing, including a six yard score in the first. Moody answered that score when Christain Garza-Gallegos hit Joseph Zamora with a 14-yard scoring pass. In the fourth Drexel Smith scored from three yards, Taylor added a 15-yard score and Abel Fitts closed the scoring with a 53-yard run. The Trojans finished with just 56-yards rushing and Gallegos completed 12 of 29 passes for 142 yards, finding Rudy Flores five times for 65 yards.

Port Lavaca jumped to a 21-0 lead early in the second and never looked back as they defeated Gregory-Portland 42-29. Sterling Jones had the big night for the Sandcrabs as he finished with 230 yards rushing on the night including scores of 71, 60 and 10 yards. Xavier Archangel opened the scoring with a 35-yard run and James Ezzell added a one yard score to make it 21-0. G-P got a safety in the second and made the score 21-9 when Brett Parker hauled in a 19-yard scoring pass from Holden Rios. Jones then raced 60-yards for a score before Kaleb Shrader scored from eight yards for the Wildcats. Ezzell then connected with Jackson Gayle form 51-yards and Jones added his third score before G-P got scores from Shrader of one yard and then Sterling Martin hit Rios from 12-yards.

Ezzell completed just three passes, but they were good for 91 yards and Archangel added 55 yards on the ground. Martin completed 12 of 25 passes for 130 yards, finding Rios, who finished with 55 yards rushing, three times for 45 yards.

Flour Bluff bounced back as they took sole possession of second place with their 42-21 defeat of Alice. The Coyotes opened the scoring when QB A.J. Benavides hit Mateo Gonzales from 15-yards, but the Hornets answered when Clay Collier hit Stephen Shores from six yards to tie the game. Alice regained the lead when R.J. Gomez hauled in a 26-yard pass from Benavides, but Michael Gowens followed that with a six-yard score for the Hornets. The Coyotes would take a 21-14 lead at the half when Justin Guerrero returned an interception 60-yards for the score. The Hornets would score four unanswered touchdowns in the second half, Nico Gomez on a one yard run, Justin Brandt from 64-yards, Trevor Brumley with a two yard run and Marcus Williams who recovered a fumble in the end zone. Brandt finished with 100-yards rushing and Bryan Twaits added 73-yards while Collier completed 6 of 10 passes for 65 yards. Benavides led Alice, completing 18 of 27 passes for 190 yards, finding Guerrero five times for 68 yards.

Other Scores: Calallen 35 Robstown 21

CLASS 3A, 2A, 1A
Ingleside scored all 21 over their points in the first quarter and hung on to defeat Orange Grove 21-14. The Mustangs opened the scoring when Josh Coffield hit Scott Holder from 63-yards, but the Bulldogs answered when Barrett Davidson caught an 8-yard pass from Jordan Salas to make the score 7-6. Coffield then scored from 11-yards and Green Hill followed that with a 56-yard touchdown run to make it 21-6. The Bulldogs added a score in the fourth when Salas pushed it in from six-yard, but that would be the last score. Jose Martinez led the Bulldogs with 85 yards rushing while Salas completed 10 of 17 passes for 107 yards. Coffield led the Mustangs, completing 8 of 12 passes for 159 yards and added 86 yards rushing while Green finished the night with 108 yards on the ground.

The Refugio Bobcats redeemed their loss to Skidmore-Tynan last year as they drubbed the Bobcats 57-14. Collin Avery had a big night, rushing for 54 yards and hauled in three passes for another 141 yards. Avery opened the scoring with a 16-yard score and then caught a 66-yard scoring pass from Malcolm Whitmire. After the Bobcats got a safety, Avery would score two more times, catching a 34-yard pass from Whitmire and followed that with a 17-yard scoring run. While that wasn’t enough, Avery also tossed a scoring pass, hitting Jourdan Ortiz with a 31-yard strike for a score. The Bobcats got a five yard score by Alex Gonzales and when QB Darby House connected with Cory Markham from 16-yards. House completed 12 of 26 passes for 187 yards, finding Markham five times for 96 yards. Carl Swain led the Bobcats with 128 yards rushing including a 34-yard scoring run while Whitmire completed 12 of 21 passes for 248 yards.

Santa Rosa turned a close game into a rout as they pushed past Banquete 30-7 to remain atop District 32-2A. The lone first half score came on a 24-yard pass from Raul Garza to RJ Alaniz as Santa Rosa went up 7-0. The Warriors extended the lead to 20-0 before Jacob Harris scored from one-yard for the Bulldogs, but Santa Rosa answered with 10-points in the fourth. Harris finished with 93 yards rushing while Mikey Gonzalez added 53 more yards on the ground for Banquete.

The biggest upset of the night saw Taft upend George West 26-21 sending 31-2A into a big mess. The Greyhounds opened the contest with two straight scores when R.J. Garza connected with Jacob Thormaelen from 54-yards and in the second when Edward Rosalez dashed 20-yards to give Taft a 12-0 lead. The Longhorns answered right before the half when Tanner McNamara scored from three yards to make the score 12-7 at the half. McNamara got the lead for George West at 14-12 when he added a one yard score, but Taft regained the lead when Pedro Gonzalez scored from one yard to make the score 18-14. In the fourth the ‘Horns went up 21-18 when Michael Riser scored, but again Taft scored, this time for the lead and the win when PJ Martinez scored from four yards. Garza completed 12 of 18 passes for 175 yards and CJ Perez rushed for 88 yards to lead Taft. Riser finished with 110 yards rushing and Marciano Sanchez added 88 for the ‘Horns.

Freer cruised to a 44-0 win over Riviera, rushing for 381 yards on the night. Fabian Eeds opened the scoring with a one yard score and finished with 117 yards on the ground while Tyler Stewart also added a one yard score and ended the game with 105 yards rushing.

QB Matt Reyes added a 26-yard scoring run and completed a nine yard scoring pass to Josh Lopez. The Buckaroos defense had a huge night as they held the Seahawks to a total of 33 yards of offense on the night.

Ben Bolt picked up their first district win as they defeated Agua Dulce 43-8. David Ramirez had a huge night for the Badgers, finishing with 176 yards rushing and had touchdown runs of 3, 2 and 34 yards and JP Lopez added 88 more yards on the ground.

Ramirez also completed 9 of 13 passes for another 183 yards and tossed two scores, 62-yards to George Gomez and 30-yards to Marucia Gonzalez. The Longhorns were held to 47-yards of offense and got their lone score to start the game when Nick Manzie dashed 67-yards with a fumble recovery.

Other scores:
Mathis 39 Sinton 19
West Oso 26 Aransas Pass 14
Bishop 35 Premont 32
La Villa 57 Bruni 22
Odem 30 Bloomington 20

10/22/07 BLOG
South Texas powers Carroll Calallen and Refugio continued their winning ways while defending 5A district champion CC Ray suffered their second district loss of the season.

Meanwhile Gregory-Portland and Port Lavaca Calhoun find themselves in a battle this Friday for what could determine the champion in District 30-4A.

CLASS 5A
The Ray Texans (6-2, 2-2) suffered their second district loss as they fell to SA East Central 42-34 in a game that saw over 800 yards of offense. Ray QB Jerry Bell tossed 61 passes on the night, completing 37 for 363 yards, but he was picked off three times on the night. Bell did have four touchdown passes, hitting Daniel Sciantarelli (11-yards), Austin Patterson (4-yards), Michael Anaya (12-yards) and Paul Perez (5-yards). Anaya, who finished with 38-yards rushing added a 3-yard rushing score and Preston Streight finished with 44-yards rushing before leaving with an injury.

CC King suffered a 35-24 loss to SA Southwest despite Phillip Thomas’ two-touchdown, 114 yards rushing effort for the night. Thomas scored on a pair of one –yard runs while Aaron Alexander also added a one-yard scoring run. The Mustang defense had a good night as they held the Dragons to 314 yards of offense, but it would not be enough.

The Carroll Tigers stayed unbeaten on the season after their 33-8 win over SA Highlands on Saturday night. Tim Hawkins hit Tony Bocage with a 44-yard scoring pass with 6:33 left in the first to make the score 7-0. Late in the second Hawkins would score on an 11-yard run to give the Tigers a 13-0 lead at the half. Hawkins set up the next score with a 41-yard run before Anthony Davis scored from 6-yards with 8:31 left in the third, but on the try the Tigers muffed the snap and Kenneth Richardson bolted all the way for the two-points for the Owls making the score 19-2. Davis extended the score to 26-2 when he scored from 12 yards before the Owls closed the gap to 26-8. The Tigers closed the scoring in the fourth when Hawkins connected with Adrian Torres from 23-yards out.

CLASS 4ACalallen scored 14 points in the first, second and fourth quarters as they pulled away from Flour Bluff 42-21 in District 31-4A play. QB Jeramie Marek again led the Wildcats with 128-yards rushing including scoring runs of 4, 5 and 18 yards. Marek also completed 6 of 11 passes for 106 yards including a pair of scoring strikes to Jordan Johns who finished with 62 yards receiving. Bryden McClure added a pair of 5-yard scoring runs and finished with 36-yards rushing. The Hornets opened the scoring when Michael Gowens, who finished with 82-yards rushing, returned the games opening kickoff 87-yards for the score. Chris McCormick and Bryan Twaits added scoring runs for the Hornets who finished with just 215 yards of offense on the night.

Gregory-Portland raised their district record to 2-0 with their 30-21 win over Beeville. The Trojans raced to a 14-0 lead in the second on scoring runs by Richie Mendoza and Robert Elizalde, but the Wildcats rallied in the second to tie the game. Jacob Jimenez scored on a one-yard run and Holden Rios returned a fumble 67 yards for a touchdown.

Kaleb Shrader scored on a 10-yard run and Jonathan Velasco added a 30-yard FG to hand G-P a 23-14 lead. Beeville pulled within 23-21 when Elizalde hauled in a 19-yard scoring pass from Matthew Botello, but G-P put the game away late when Jimenez added his second one-yard score. Mendoza finished with 47-yards rushing and Eric Soza added 39 before leaving the game at the half with an injury. Soza completed 4 of 8 passes for 88 yards and Botello completed 6 of 9 passes for 62 more yards. Rios led G-P with 47-yards on the ground and Joey Sanchez added 38 yards while Sterling Martin completed 3 of 6 passes for 50 yards.

Port Lavaca stayed on trek for their meeting with G-P as they defeated Moody 28-6. The Sandcrabs continued to destroy their opponents on the ground as they hit Moody for 453 yards rushing, led by Sterling Jones with 209 yards and James Ezzell added 142 yards. Jones scored on runs of 64 and 5 yards and Jackson Gayle caught a 34-yard scoring pass from Rance Whitaker. Ezzell completed the scoring with an 84-yard run as Port Lavaca opened up a 28-0 lead. Moody got on the board in the forth when Rudy Flores hauled in a 17-yard TD pass from Christian Garza-Gallegos. Nick Hinojosa led the Trojans with 58 yards rushing while Gallegos completed 8 of 15 passes for 146 yards.

Alice returned to their winning ways with a 28-3 win over Tuloso-Midway. Mateo Gonzales led the Coyotes scoring on runs of 6, 28 and 3 yards while QB A.J. Benavides added a nine-yard scoring run. The lone T-M score came in the second when Ryan Reeder connected on a 35-yard field goal.

Kingsville scored 20 points in the second and eventually pulled away from Robstown 41-22. Kyle Cantu finished with 255 of the Brahmas 281 yards rushing, scoring on runs of 10, 16, 2 and 6 yards. QB Randy Vega completed 7 of 16 passes for 114 yards including a 35-yard strike to Darius King and 13 yards to Mark Cavazos. Robstown was led by Joban Villanueva with 142 yards rushing while teammate Joe Mungia added 110 yards. Villanueva scored on a 24-yard run and Mungia added a 55-yard score.

Miller picked up their first district win as they defeated Rockport-Fulton 29-22. Roderick Taylor finished with 126 yards rushing including scoring runs of 33, 9, 5 and 2-yards to lead the Bucs. The Pirates were paced by Alex Willis with 129-yards rushing and scored on runs of 71 and 34 yards. James Huff finished with 86 yards rushing including a 40-yard run for the Pirates.

CLASS 3A, 2A, 1A
Ingleside jumped to a 23-0 lead and cruised to a 35-21 win over Mathis. Josh Coffield led the Mustangs with 154 yards rushing and completed 12 of 19 passes for 153 yards. Coffield scored on runs of 40, 2 and 5 yards and completed a 13-yard scoring pass to Scott Holder. Matthew Rodriquez hit a 29-yard FG and Green Hill completed the scoring with a 10-yard run in the fourth. Chris Veliz led Mathis with 99 yards rushing and scored on runs of 18 and 8 yards. Tyler Rabb completed 4 of 11 passes for 109 yards finding Eric Martinez from 32-yards for a score for the Pirates.

Orange Grove stayed unbeaten in district play with their 27-9 win over Aransas Pass. The Panthers led 9-0 in the second when Michael Anderson hit a 24-yard FG and Jarrod Newman scored from 27-yards out, but the Bulldogs would score 27 unanswered points. QB Jordan Salas, who completed 6 of 13 passes for 99 yards, hit Jonathan Rodriquez and Jose Martinez on consecutive scoring passes as the Bulldogs took a 15-9 lead. Jose Martinez, who finished with 51-yards rushing scored on runs of 19 and 2 yards to close the scoring for the Bulldogs. Newman had 89 yards rushing and Marcus Rocke added 69 yards for A-P while Tim Robles completed 7 of 16 passes for 69 yards.

West Oso held Sinton to 40-yards rushing and cruised to a 37-14 win. The Pirates scored the games first two scores, Robert Dunlap on a 14 yard run and Trent Hesseltine’s 35-yard scoring pass from Josh Harrington, but the Bears would score the games final 35 points. Shedrick Howard rushed for 140 yards and had scoring runs of 4 and 91 yards while QB William Tortorello scored on a 2-yard run and connected with Joseph Cavazos on a 29-yard scoring pass and Bryson Williams closed the scoring with a 3-yard TD run.

Banquete remained unbeaten in District 32-2A thanks to Jacob Harris who had to 4-yard scoring runs in the fourth to rally the Bulldogs past Premont 41-34. Harris finished with 120 yards rushing and Mickey Gonzalez, who had scoring runs of 8, 18 and 5 yards, added 110 yards on the ground. The Cowboys were led by Steven Cavazos with 159 yards rushing with scoring runs of one and six yards.

George West got back to the winning side with their 41-14 win over Bloomington. The Longhorns rushed for 460 yards led by Mike Riser with 160 yards. Tanner McNamara added 103 yards and Marciano Sanchez tallied 80 more yards for George West.

Falfurrias got 135 yards rushing including a 62 yard score from Stephen Garza, but it would not be enough as the Jerseys fell to Zapata 35-20. Smiley Alegria added 59 yards on the ground and Garza also completed 2 of 4 passes for 111 yards including a 71-yard scoring pass to Chris Lopez for Fal.

Hebbronville scored two times in the second half and rallied past Bishop 14-10. The Badgers opened the scoring when Victor Cadera, who finished with 53 yards rushing, scored from 13 yards. In the second Jacob Hubert added a 31 yard FG to make the score 10-0 before the Longhorns rallied. Joseph Maldonado, who finished with 131 yards rushing, scored on a 56 yard run and in the fourth Leo Rodriquez tallied a seven yard score for the Hebbronville win.

Agua Dulce held Benavides to 143 yards of offense as the Longhorns pulled out an 8-0 win. The lone score came in the fourth when R.J. Soto picked up a fumble and raced 97 yards for the score. Colten Roberson led the ‘Horns with 78 yards rushing while Steven Saenz finished with 73 yards on the ground for the Eagles.

Pettus held Woodsboro to 172 yards of offense as they pulled out a 27-12 win. Jake Stanley led Pettus with 94 yards rushing and Justin Duran added 82 yards for the Eagles. Pettus jumped to a 21-0 lead on scoring runs by McKinzie Torres and Mauro Torres followed by an 18-yard scoring pass from Stanley to Matt Yoeman. Woodsboro got a scoring run by Mario Trevino who earlier tossed a 13 yard scoring pass to Josh Jones.

Bruni stayed unbeaten with their easy 51-12 win over Ben Bolt. David Jones completed 6 of 10 passes for 175 yards including three scoring strikes. Jones connected with Oscar Cruz from 45 and 53 yard scores and 66 yards to Aaron Ramirez.

10/15/07 Blog
District play continued for some, but most kicked off league play this week, including Class 4A, which saw some pretty close games. Beeville survived a scare and Calallen fought off pesky Alice while Refugio showed why they are ranked number three in Class 2A.

CLASS 5A
Ray continued their winning ways as they defeated King 49-20. QB Jerry Bell completed 28 of 40 passes for 296 yards including scoring strikes of 9, 10, 8, 17 and 30 yards.

Preston Streight led the Texans ground game with 147 yards rushing including a 21-yard scoring run and he caught seven passes for 88 yards. Paul Perez had nine catches for 78 yards and one score and Efrin Harper had five catches, but two were for scores. Phillip Thomas paced the Mustangs with 113 yards rushing, scoring on runs of 9 and 26 yards in the first half, and then he scored his third from one yard in the fourth quarter. Matt Morales completed 10 of 18 passes for 164 yards, finding Thomas four times for 35 yards.

CLASS 4A
The Beeville Trojans opened District 30-4A play with a come from behind 21-15 win over CC Miller. The game turned defensive in the first half as Beeville did not get on the board until Rosendo Garcia scored from six-yards out, but Miller answered when Alejandro Agustine connected on a 33-yard FG to make it 7-3 at the half. Miller then scored two straight times, Roderick Taylor from 66-yards out in the third and then he added a 41-yard run in the fourth as Miller led 15-7 after missing both extra points.

Beeville would then begin their rally, Robert Elizalde hauled in an 8-yard scoring pass from Eric Soza and Richie Mendoza got the game-winner when he rushed for a 9-yard score. Mendoza finished with 66-yards rushing while Soza completed 18 of 25 passes for 193 yards. Taylor had the big night for Miller finishing with 203 yards on the ground and QB Drexel Smith added 70 yards rushing.

Flour Bluff opened 31-4A play with a 37-13 win over Kingsville. The Hornets racked up 288 yards rushing, led by Michael Gowens with 105 yards including a 39-yard scoring run. Chris McCormick added 71 yards and scored from six yards while Nico Gomez added scoring runs of 25 and one. Kingsville got scores from Kyle Cantu, who finished with 77 yards rushing and Larry Ochoa from one yard. The Brahmas could manage just 160 yards of offense on the night against the Hornets.

The Calallen defense held Alice to 16 yards rushing and 106 yards passing, but had to fight off the Coyotes for a 28-12 win. Bryden McClure got the first two scores of the night for Calallen as he scored from 3 and 7 yards to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead. Alice cut the lead in half when QB A.J. Benavides connected with Mateo Gonzales from 44-yards to make the score 14-6. McClure than answered with a three-yard score before Benavides and Gonzales combined again, this time from 15 yards to make the score 21-12. McClure, who finished with 78 yards rushing, sealed the win with an eight yard score late for the win. Jeramie Marek completed 15 of 22 passes for 211 yards, finding Steven Guajardo six times for 67 yards. Benavides completed 7 of 20 passes for 106 yards on the night for Alice.

Gregory-Portland opened 30-4A play with a 44-29 win over Moody on Thursday night. The Wildcats spread the wealth as five runners finished with over 50-yards rushing, led by Joey Sanchez with 83 yards.

Andrew Wilson and Jacob Jimenez opened the scoring with short runs before the Trojans got on the board when Nick Hinojosa scored from three yards. G-P answered when Derek Parker raced 35-yards for a score. Sanchez opened the scoring in the third with a 30-yard score and after a safety the Wildcats extended their lead to 30-7. Holden Rios, who had 67 yards rushing, made the score 37-7 when he raced down the sideline for a 54-yard score. Moody finally stopped the run when Christain Garza-Gallegos scored from 22 yards, but G-P again answered, one play later when Bud Mayo raced untouched from 59-yards for the score. Justin Meza stepped in at QB and promptly scored from one yard and later connected with Rudy Flores from 28-yards. Gallegos completed 12 off 22 passes for 138 yards and rushed for another 65, but was picked off three times.

Port Lavaca Calhoun used a punishing ground game to defeat Rockport-Fulton 28-13 in their district opener. The Sandcrabs had three rush for over 100 yards, led by James Ezzell with 113 yards, Xavier Archangel added 109 yards and Sterling Jones finished with 100 yards. Ezzell rushed for a 2-yard score and also hit Archangel with a 21-yard TD pass. Oliver Chen added another score for PLC with a 48-yard punt return for a score.

The Pirates opened their scoring when Alex Willis scored and later when Jack Kogan returned an interception 88-yards for the final Pirate score.

CLASS 3A, 2A, 1A
State Ranked Refugio showed their muscle as they pounded previously unbeaten George West 42-21. The Bobcats scored the games first 35 points, QB Malcolm Whitmire started things with a 21 yard score, then Carl Swain sandwiched scoring runs of 9 and 13 yards around a three-yard fumble recovery for a score by Collin Avery to make the score 28-0. Avery then hauled in a 65-yard scoring pass from Whitmire before the Longhorns got on the board. QB Albert Gamez, playing for injured Travis Locke, scored from six-yards before Scott Rosenbaun scored from eight yards. Swain ended that run with a 75-yard scoring jaunt before Marciano Sanchez scored from 10-yards for George West. Swain finished with 145 yards rushing while Whitmire completed 4 of 9 passes for 108 yards. Garret Tindol paced the Longhorns with 99 yards rushing and Gamez added 93 yards.

West Oso and Mathis battled to the very end before the Bears pulled out a 6-0 win. The lone West Oso score was set up by a fumble recovery by Markeith Smith, QB P.J. Lopez scored on a 10-yard run after the turnover for the win. The game was marred with 26 penalties for 175 yards, which were more yards than both teams could muster on offense.

Ryan Rodriquez led Mathis with 71 of the Pirates 94 yards rushing and QB Tyler Rabb completed 3 of 8 passes for 71 yards. The Bears were led by Davis Foxx with 48 yards as the Bears managed 120 yards on the ground.

Orange Grove opened 30-3A play with a 26-21 win over Sinton. The Bulldogs rushed for 262 yards, led by Jose Martinez who finished with 154 yards, who scored on a four yard run and caught a 28-yard scoring pass from QB Jordan Salas who completed 5 of 8 passes for 90 yards. Jonathan Rodriquez, who finished with 54 yards rushing added scoring runs of four and one for the Bulldogs. Sinton was paced by Nick Harris with 79-yards rushing and Ram Sanchez added just 32 yards, but scored on a 7-yard run and later hauled in a 9-yard pass from QB Josh Harrison who completed 6 of 14 passes for 109 yards.

Skidmore-Tynan bounced back to defeat Odem 35-14, scoring 35 unanswered points through the final quarter. QB Darby House rushed for a one yard score and completed 17 of 25 passes for 212 yards, connecting with Clint Issacks from 32-yards for another score. Alex Gonzales, who scored from five-yards, led the Bobcats with 86 yards rushing. Jacob Moreno led Odem by completing 12 of 28 passes for 159 yards and got them on the board when he connected with Johnny Morin, who finished with 72-yards rushing, from five yards.

Banquete may have pulled out the biggest surprise as they stayed unbeaten with their 24-17 win over Hebbronville. Jacob Harris led the way for the Bulldogs, finishing with 120 yards rushing, scoring on runs of 16 and four yards. Stephen Karabanoff added 71 yards and a 24-yard scoring run as Banquete finished with 282 yards on the ground. Hebbronville was paced by Joseph Maldonado who finished with 176 yards rushing with scoring runs of 28 and 2 yards.

Premont got their first district win as they defeated Riviera 33-7. QB Stephen Cavazos rushed for 105 yards and completed 19 of 30 passes for 208 yards to lead the Cowboys. Cavazos had scoring passes of 25, 20 and 25 yards, finding Juan Hinojosa nine times for 114 yards, including a pair of 25-yard strikes to open the game. The Seahawks got their lone score in the second when Jacob Hubert scored from one yard. Hubert passed for 147 yards, but was picked off four times.

Bruni kept their record unblemished as they defeated Benavides 50-0. Rolando Castillo led Bruni with 81-yard rushing and scored on runs of 3, 1 and two yards. The Eagles were stifled all night long on offense as they finished with just nine total yards of offense.

La Villa showed its brute with an impressive 42-16 win over Ben Bolt. QB J.D. Cisneros completed 11 of 23 passes for 273 yards, including scoring passes of 52, 5, 82 and 55 yards. Ben Bolt was led by QB David Ramirez who rushed for 101 yards and completed 14 of 30 passes for another 143 yards and two scoring passes, connecting with Issac Garcia and D.J. Guzman for the scores.

Santa Maria handed Agua Dulce a 37-20 loss in 32-A play. Manny Villarreal led La Villa with 165 yards rushing as he scored on runs of 4 and 57 yards and he added a 17-yard fumble recovery for another score. The Longhorns were led by Colton Roberson with 102 yards rushing as he finished with scoring runs of 54 and 85 yards and completed 4 of 6 passes for 60 yards.

Santa Rosa held Freer to 83 yards of offense as they went on to a 12-7 win. Freer opened the scoring when Harley Eeds scored from three-yards, but Santa Rosa, who finished with just 150 yards of offense, answered with two second half scores to claim the win.

Louise upended Woodsboro 34-6 at home. Louise raced to 34-0 lead before the Eagles got on the board when Dustin Capistran, who finished with 59 yards rushing, scored from 13 yards out.

Ingleside scattered the wealth as they shutout Aransas Pass 24-0. Green Hill rushed for 70 yards and one score and QB Josh Coffield added 63-yards on the ground and completed 10 of 19 passes for 185 yards. Coffield opened the scoring when he connected with Scott Holder from 66-yards, then Matthew Rodriquez kicked a 37 yard FG before Jeff Techur scored on a six-yard run. A-P was held to 113 yards of offense on the night and they were led by Jacolby Williams with 33 yards and QB Tim Robles completed just 5 of 17 passes for 38-yards.

10/9/07 Blog
CLASS 5A
Jerry Bell turned in another big performance for the Ray Texans, this time passing for 465 yards, a CCISD record, to lead his Texans to a 55-40 win over Victoria. The Texans (5-1, 1-1) also had 168 yards rushing on the night, giving them 633 yards of offense.

Bell had scoring strikes of 29, 44, 2, 6, 71 and 74 yards on the night, three of which went to Paul Perez who finished with 10 catches for 121 yards. Daniel Sciantarelli had three catches for 111 yards and Preston Streight, who rushed for 157 yards, caught five passes for 81 yards. Efrin Harper had seven receptions for 75 yards and Austin Patterson pulled down five passes for 63 more yards in the win. Victoria racked up 40 points with 322 yards rushing, led by Oristes Hughes with 130 yards and QB Kyle Moczygemba added 109 yards on the ground including scoring runs of 25 and 65 yards.

Carroll (6-0, 2-0) remained unbeaten with their 35-21 win over SA East Central (2-3, 0-1). QB Tim Hawkins had another big night completing 12 of 21 passes for 224 yards and rushed for another 73 yards, including scoring runs of one and 14 yards. Anthony Davis led the Tigers with 119 yards rushing and scored on a run of four yards and hauled in a 12-yard scoring pass from Hawkins. Adrian Torres led Carroll with five receptions for 70 yards and Davis has three catches for 48 yards. East Central was led by Chris Johnson who had scores of 97, 44 and 80 yards to finish with 257 yards rushing.

King picked up their first district win as they defeated SA Highlands 33-7 on the road. Phillip Thomas led the Mustangs with 106 yards rushing and had scoring runs of 10 and two yards. Thomas also threw a 24-yard scoring pass to Chris Jackson who finished with four catches for 58 yards along with a nine yard scoring pass from Matt Morales. Jheryl Stewart, who finished with 121 yards rushing, added a 31 yard scoring run while Morales completed 6 of 8 passes for 68 yards.

CLASS 4A
All 12 Class 4A teams, with the exception of Port Lavaca Calhoun, took their bye week before play begins next week in both District 30 and 41-4A.

But once the races begin, there could be a log-jam somewhere along the way. Calallen (31-4A) and Beeville (30-4A) have been the two better teams in their respective leagues.

In 30-4A Beeville (4-1) has looked the best thus far led by QB Eric Sosa who has passed for 1228 yards thus far. Robert Elizalde has caught 21 passes for 410 yards and Richie Mendoza (20 catches for 345 yards) has nine scores for the Trojans who open at Miller.

Miller (2-3) has scored just 56 points in their three games, but Rodrick Taylor has rushed for 398 yards and QB Drexel Smith has scored five times as the Bucs look to get back to the playoffs.

Port Lavaca (4-1) opens next week at Rockport-Fulton and the Sandcrabs look to retain their district championship. The Sandcrabs have scored 152 points and surrendered just 55 in non-district play. PLC defeated Sinton last week 45-13 as they rushed for 444 yards and did not have to throw one pass. QB James Ezzell led the Sandcrabs with 199 yards rushing and four touchdowns, Sterling Jones finished with 87 yards and Joseph Vaughn tacked on 85 more yards during the win.

Rockport-Fulton (3-2) will rely on QB Dalton Conway who has passed for 656 yards and RB Alex Willis who has rushed for 436 yards thus far. With a win over Alice last week and a narrow loss to Calallen the Pirates could be a team to watch in the district.

Gregory-Portland (2-3) travels to play Moody on Thursday night. The Wildcats have moved the ball well on the ground, led by fullback Bud Mayo who has rushed for 328 yards. QB Sterling Martin will look to Holden Rios, Kaleb Shrader and Derek Parker when they need to go to the air.

Moody (2-3) has put just 34 points on the board thus far, but are capable of adding more, led by QB Christain Garza-Gallegos who has passes for 608 yards, but has been picked off 10 times. RB Nick Hinojosa leads the Trojan ground game with 383 yards rushing.

In 31-4A Calallen (5-0) has improved each week and will host Alice in their opener. The Wildcats concluded non-district play with a big win over G-P two weeks ago. Jeramie Marek finished with 388 yards of total offense in that game and has passed for 592 yards and rushed for 522 yards thus far.

Alice (3-2) opened the year with three straight wins, but has lost to G-P and R-F the last two games. The Coyotes have scored 143 points in their five games and will need to do so to get in the race. Deon Hill leads Alice with 457 yards rushing while QB AJ Benavides has passed for 516 yards.

Kingsville (2-3) opens play at Flour Bluff and will need to improve on defense after surrendering 103 points in non-district play. QB Randy Vega has completed 36 of 98 passes for 562 yards but has been intercepted eight times. Kyle Cantu leads the Brahmas ground game with 331 yards and three scores.

Flour Bluff (3-2) lost QB Trevor Brumley, but Clay Collier has stepped in and played well, passing for 485 yards and has passed for four scores. Chris McCormick leads the Hornets with 321 yards rushing.

Tuloso-Midway (0-5) looks for their first win as they travel to Robstown (1-4) in the other District 31-4A opener. The Warriors will need a big night from QB David Alvarez while Robstown will need the same from their QB Joe Mungia. Jovan Villanueva leads the Pickers with 303 yards rushing.

CLASS 3A, 2A, 1A
The Sinton Pirates tumbled to PLC in their final non-district game 45-13 at home. The Pirates did manage 198 yards rushing and 135 passing, but were hit for 444 yards rushing by PLC. Both Pirate scores came in the fourth, Roy Perez hauled in a 3-yard pass from Josh Harrison and later when Joseph Alaniz pulled down a 5-yard scoring strike from Harrison who finished the night completing 8 of 20 passes for 95 yards. Nick Harris led the ground game with 99 yards rushing and Harrison added 44 more yards.

In a battle of unbeatens in District 31-2A George West escaped with a 10-7 defensive win over Skidmore-Tynan. George West (6-0, 2-0) scored all ten of their points in the second, first when Tanner McNamara scored from one yard and later when Dustin White connected on a 25-yard FG. In the third the Bobcats (5-1, 1-1) got on the board when Cory Markham scored from a yard out to make the score 10-7, but the game would end that way. Alex Gonzales led S-T with 70 yards rushing while Markham added 51 yards on the ground. QB Darby House was pressured most of the night and completed just 5 of 17 passes for 145 yards, twice to Markham for 93 yards. McNamara led the Longhorns with 56 yards rushing and QB Travis Locke, who was lost to an injury in the third, still managed to rush for 55 yards and complete 5 of 7 passes for 84 yards, two to White for 63 yards.

Refugio (6-0, 2-0) put on another offensive show; totaling 544 yards in their 48-27 win over Three Rivers. Carl Swain finished with 147 yards rushing and 61 yards receiving including a 55-yard scoring pass from Malcolm Whitmire, to pace the Bobcats. Colin Avery added 89 yards rushing with a 23-yard scoring run and caught six passes for 100 yards with scores of 10 and 23 yards for Refugio. Whitmire had scoring runs of 18 and one and he completed 15 0f 20 passes for 234 yards and three scores for Refugio.

Three Rivers (3-3, 0-2) were led by QB Eric Cruz who had 63-yards rushing including a 36-yard scoring run in the first. Cruz also completed 5 of 11 passes for 150 yards, but two were scoring strikes for the Bulldogs, 52-yards to Chris Weber and 45-yards to Preston Pennington. The last Bulldog score came when Garrett Luthringer connected with Rico Rodriquez for a 39-yard scoring pass.

Taft (3-3, 1-1) rallied to defeat Bloomington 14-13 in 31-2A action. After Bloomington went up 13-0 at the half, Chris Bradford took a punt 75-yards for the first Greyhound score of the night and in the fourth PJ Martinez scored from four yards to hand Taft the win. The Greyhounds made the most of their 187 yards of total offense, led by Bradford who completed 7 of 14 passes for 123 yards, four of which went to Israel Nanez for 96 yards.

Hebbronville (3-2, 2-0) struck early and often as they cruised to a 69-0 win over Riviera in District 32-2A play. Joseph Maldonado had a huge night for the Longhorns, finishing with 282-yards rushing on just 11 carries. Maldonado had scoring runs of 14, 47, 38, 62 and 96 yards and teammate Kenny Wynn added 123 yards as Hebbronville finished with 445 yards rushing. Riviera struggled all night on offense finishing with negative 25 yards rushing and just 55 yards passing, led by Matt Martinez who completed 5 of 9 passes.

Orange Grove (4-1) defeated Goliad in their final non-district game 29-20. Jose Martinez rushed for 126 yards and Jonathan Rodriquez added 119 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs including a 13-yard run in the fourth to seal the win.

Woodsboro took it on the chin as they fell to Flatonia 41-13 in 31-A action. The Eagles opened the scoring when Don Lewis, who finished with 47 yards rushing, scored from 22 yards out and later in the first Mario Trevino scored from four yards as Woodsboro went up 13-7, but Flatonia would score the next five touchdowns. Anthony Hernandez led the Eagles with 108 yards rushing on 14 carries.

Banquete defeated Bishop 28-6 in District 32-2A play as the Bulldogs logged 252 yards rushing, led by Jacob Harris who finished with 187 yards on the ground to go along with scoring runs of 79 and two yards. Steven Karabanoff added 55-yards rushing with scoring runs of 19 and 7 yards for the Bulldogs. Bishop’s lone score came in the second when Michael Justin Ortega scored from one yard out. Ortega finished with 25 yards rushing and completed just 2 of 12 passes for 28 yards, but the Badgers were led by Josh Alvarado who finished the night with 125 yards rushing on 22 carries.

10/1/07 Blog
CLASS 5A
CC Carroll remained the lone unbeaten team for CCISD after they took their District 27-5A opener over King 35-21. The Tigers (5-0, 1-0) got a pair of scoring runs from Anthony Davis in the first quarter as they jumped to a 14-0 lead, then got scores from Tim Hawkins from 25 yards, Charles Coleman of 37 yards before Davis scored his third, this one from 45-yards as Carroll raced to a 33-0 lead before King ended the run. The Mustangs cut the lead when Phillip Thomas hauled in a 22-yard pass from Matt Morales and added scores from Aaron Alexander and Morales’ second scoring pass, this one to Chris Jackson in the fourth, but it was too late. Davis finished with 161 yards rushing to lead the Carroll ground game while Coleman added 79 more for the Tigers. Thomas led King with 72 yards on the ground while Morales completed 9 of 20 passes for 145 yards.

Ray entered their game against SA Southwest with one of the better offenses, but they were held to 15 points and QB Jerry Bell had his first game without a TD pass as Ray fell to Southwest 27-15. The Texans (4-1, 0-1) managed 269 yards passing by Bell as he connected on 23 of 37 passes, but his Texans would get just one score on the night when RB Preston Streight, who had all of Ray’s 57 yards rushing, scored from 43 yards in the second. Daniel Sciantarelli had field goals of 26 and 33 yards, the second one tying the game at 13-13, but the Dragons (5-0, 1-0) scored twice in the fourth for the win.

CLASS 4A
In the battle of the Wildcats, 5th ranked Calallen prevailed as they defeated Gregory-Portland 51-12. QB Jeramie Marek put on a show, rushing for 213 yards and completed 9 of 22 passes for 173 yards as Calallen remained unbeaten. Marek scored on runs of 1 and 83 yards in the first and added a 47-yard scoring run in the second along with a one yard score by Bryden McClure as Calallen went up 31-3 at the half. Luis Garcia added a 12-yard score and backup QB Dustin Vaughn ran for one score and passed for another in the second half during the win. G-P struggled on offense, getting a lone 64-yard touchdown run from Holden Rios in the fourth. G-P got a conversion return late and a 35-yard FG from Jonathan Velasco for their only points of the night. Rios finished with 67 yards rushing and Derek Parker added 40 yards while QB Sterling Martin passed for 110 yards, but was intercepted three times on the night.

Flour Bluff got their second straight win as they defeated CC Moody 35-0 scoring 21 points early in the first. Chris McCormick had the big night for the Hornets as he rushed for 135 yards, scoring on runs of 2, 20 and 3 yards and teammate Justin Brandt added 41 yards on he ground and scored from 2-yards out, QB Clay Collier also had a big night passing for 184 yards including a six yard strike to Stephen Shores who finished with five receptions for 78 yards. Moody did not show much on offense as they were held to 71 yards rushing, but QB Christian Garza-Gallegos completed 9 of 24 passes for 124 yards, but was picked off three times. Nick Hinojosa led the Trojans with 67 yards rushing and hauled in four passes for 65 yards.

Rockport-Fulton is beginning to show they will be a team to reckon with in District 30-4A as they defeated Alice 15-13 in their final tune-up before district play starts. The Pirates defense put on the show as they held Alice to 166 yards rushing and 94 passing while their offense finished with 310 yards on the night.

After Alice opened the scoring when QB A.J. Benavides scored from three yards in the first, the Pirates took the lead for good when Alex Willis scored from two yards, capping a six minute drive and giving the Pirates an 8-7 lead when QB Dalton Conway connected with Kevin Lynch for the two-point conversion. In the third Conway went to the air again, this time finding Ricky Riojas from five yards to give R-F a 15-7 margin. Alice scored in the fourth when Benavides rushed in from seven yards, but the Pirates stopped the conversion leaving the score at 15-13. Willis finished with 61 yards rushing for R-F and Conway completed 10 of 14 passes for 132 yards. Deon Hill paced Alice with 149 yards rushing and Benavides completed half of his 20 passes for 94 yards.

Kingsville raised their record to 2-3 on the season with their 27-0 win over Miller. Kyle Cantu, who finished with 65-yards rushing, scored the Brahmas first touchdown with a 10-yard run, then Travis King hauled in a 73-yard scoring pass from Randy Vega. Kingsville’s final two scores came from the defensive side as Marc Cavazos returned an interception 27 yards and Steven Bedford recovered a fumble and raced 23 yards for the score. Abel Fitts led Miller (2-3) with 90 yards rushing while Roderick Taylor finished with 63 yards and Drexel Smith added 62 yards on the ground, but all for not as they Bucs could not get in the end zone.

Beeville (4-1) fought off a rally by SA McCollum and needed a safety at the end to pull out a 30-28 win over the Cowboys. QB Eric Soza completed 15 of 27 passes for 264 yards as the Trojans built a quick 21-7 lead in the first. Soza connected with Richie Mendoza from 26 yards and Buck Pate from 36 yards and he scored on a 10-yard run between the two scoring tosses in that first. Beeville went up 28-14 at the half as Soza teamed with Pate again, this time from 21-yards before McCollum tied the game with a couple of scoring passes. Frank Warner led the Beeville ground game with 55 yards as the Trojans managed just 106 yards rushing while Mendoza finished with seven receptions for 134 yards.

CLASS 3A, 2A, 1A
George West stayed unbeaten as they opened District 31-2A with a 35-27 come from behind win over Odem. The Longhorns (5-0, 1-0) fell behind 21-0 when Johnny Morin scored on runs of 12, 1 and 3 yards for Odem before Travis Locke scored from 50-yards for the Longhorns in the second to make the score 21-7 Odem at the half.

Lane Wallace scored from seven yards in the third for George West to make the score 21-14 before Michael Suarez hauled on a 72-yard scoring pass from Jacob Moreno as the Owls extended their lead to 27-14 after three. The Longhorns scored three times in the fourth to claim the win, getting a pair of rushing scores by Locke, who also connected with Wallace from 72 yards in the final quarter. The Longhorns finished with 508 yards rushing, Locke had 200 yards, Michael Riser added 148 and Wallace finished with 100 more yards on the ground. Odem was paced By Morin who finished with 114 yards rushing while Moreno completed 11 of 24 passes for 217 yards, but was intercepted three times on the night.

Refugio (5-0, 1-0) handed Taft a 49-6 loss in their District 31-2A opener. The Bobcats defense proved to be the difference as they held Taft (2-3, 0-1) 121 yards of offense while Refugio had 444 yards. The Bobcats got 164 yards rushing from Carl Swain including scoring runs of 79 and 39 yards while QB Malcolm Whitmire added scoring runs of 8, 1 and 25 yards. Whitmire, who completed 11 of 15 passes for 175 yards, also connected with Travis Martino from 13-yards out and Ben Preston added a 49 yard scoring run for Refugio. Taft’s lone score came in the second when Michael Ortiz caught a 36-yard scoring pass from Chris Bradford.

Skidmore-Tynan (5-0, 1-0) also stayed unbeaten with their 21-7 win over Three Rivers (3-2, 0-1). The Bobcats opened the scoring when Darby House scored from 38 yards out before Three Rivers tied the game at 7-7 when Logan Muniz scored from 49-yards. Richard Torres handed the Bobcats the lead for good when he scored from nine yards and Alex Gonzalez had the final score for Skidmore-Tynan with a 19 yard rushing score. The Bobcat defense held the Bulldogs to 110 yards of offense while S-T had just 230 yards of offense. Gonzalez led the Bobcats with 138 yards rushing while Rico Rodriquez led the Bulldogs with 46 yards on two carries.

Bishop pulled away from Riviera 41-8 in District 32-2A action. Josh Alvarado led Bishop with 172 yards rushing including scores of 44 and 17 yards. Michael Ortega, who had 54 yards rushing, completed 6 of 8 passes for 117 yards including a 22-yard pass to Jason Ortegon. Riviera got their lone score in the third when Jacob Hubert scored from 4-yards out.

Mathis raised their record to 3-2 with their 33-0 non-district win over San Diego. The Pirates finished with 331 yards rushing and 91 yards passing for the win. Santos DeLeon led Mathis with 107 yards rushing including a 90-yard scoring run and Chris Veliz added 79 yards on the ground. QB Tyler Rabb completed 5 of 7 passes for 91 yards, three of which went to DeLeon for 51 yards. Rocky Gonzales finished with 110 yards rushing for San Diego and Javier Maldonado added 47 yards rushing.

Orange Grove thumped Falfurrias 47-0 as the Bulldogs finished with 274 yards rushing. Barrett Davidson led O-G with scoring runs of 30, 8 and hauled in a 60-yard scoring pass from Jordan Salas who also completed 5 of 7 passes for 110 yards. Jonathan Rodriquez finished with 101 yards rushing and Jose Martinez added 78 more yards. Brandon Vargas rushed for 51 yards and Smiley Algeria added 44 yards for the Jerseys.

Hebbronville jumped to a 27-0 lead and held on to defeat Freer 27-12. Joseph Maldonado, who finished with 132 yards rushing, scored the Longhorns first three scores on runs of 10, 11 and 23 yards while Leo Rodriquez tacked on a 10-yard scoring run. Harley Eads had his hands in both Freer scores, first on a one yard run then he pulled down a 25-yard scoring pass from Matthew Reyes.

Ingleside rushed for 225 yards, led b y Green Hill with 152 as the Mustangs fought off Zapata 20-7. Josh Coffield, who had 47 yards rushing, opened the scoring when he returned an interception 20-yards for the score. Matthew Rodriquez then connected on field goals of 21 and 42 yards before Hill scored from 3-yards in the third to seal the victory for the Mustangs.

Woodsboro fell behind early and could not recover as they fell to Falls City 47-17. Josh Jones hit a 26-yard FG in the first, but that would be the lone Eagle score in the first half as they fell behind 35-3. Mario Trevino, who finished with 120 yards rushing, scored on runs of 31 and 5 in the second half and completed 4 of 7 passes for 62 yards, two to Jones for 45 yards during the loss.

9/24/07 Blog
CLASS 5A
The Ray Texans continued to show their offensive power as they beat Miller in the battle of the two oldest schools in CCISD 41-14. Jerry Bell completed 18 of 25 passes for 338 yards, including five for touchdowns. Bell, who has passed for over 1,300 yards thus far, hit Paul Perez with three of the scoring strikes from 28, 23 and 36 yards as Perez finished with seven catches for 131 yards. Bell also connected with Efrin Harper for 35-yards and Preston Streight for 34-yards who also added a 10-yard scoring run as the Texans jumped to a 41-0 margin in the third quarter.

Miller got on the board in the second half, getting a pair of touchdowns from QB Drexel Smith, a 21-yard run in the third and a three yard score in the fourth quarter. Roderick Taylor had a nice game on the ground for Miller as he finished with 182 yards rushing for the Bucs.

The Carroll Tigers also remained unbeaten, but the road was a little tougher as they rallied for a 21-17 win over La Joya. Carroll trailed 14-0 until late in the second quarter before finally getting on the board when QB Tim Hawkins connected with Jake Sims from 22-yards out as the Tigers narrowed the gap at the half to 14-7. Hawkins continued to show his ability to run with ball also as he scored from 32 and 10 yards out in the second half to lead the Tigers to their fourth win.

CLASS 4A
One of the better games of the night took place in Alice as Gregory-Portland rallied to a 37-34 win over the Coyotes. This game saw the lead change several times, first with Alice’s Mateo Gonzalez returning the opening kickoff 90-yards, then after a G-P fumble, QB A.J. Benavides gave Alice a 14-0 lead with less than two minutes gone in the game. G-P would rally, taking a 17-14 lead at the half when QB Sterling Martin scored from one yard, before Bud Mayo added a two yard score and Jonathan Velasco kicked a 20-yard FG. The Wildcats extend their lead to 30-14 in the third when Joey Sanchez scored from four yards and LaChristian Thomas picked up a fumble and rambled 58-yards for the score. Benavides then scored from four yards and Justin Guerrero took an interception for a score as Alice regained the lead at 34-30. G-P then took the ball and moved 71-yards in the final two minutes for the win.

Calallen remained unbeaten after their hard fought win over Rockport-Fulton 28-13. R-F opened the scoring when Alex Willis raced 50-yards for the opening score, but Jeramie Marek would answer with a 26 yard run to tie the game. Marek, who completed 12 of 14 passes for 139 yards, connected with Logan Verrett from 44-yards out to put Calallen up 14-7. R-F then pulled within 14-13 when Willis added a nine yard scoring run, but the kick failed. Marek would again get the Wildcats on the board with a three yard scoring run and in the fourth he tossed a 19 yard scoring pass to Verrett to seal the win. Marek also tacked on 148 yards rushing for the night and Verrett finished with five catches for 109 yards. The Pirates were led by Willis who finished with 122 yards rushing while QC Dalton Conway completed 9 of 16 passes for 71 yards.

Flour Bluff got back on the winning side as they defeated Class 3A West Oso 24-6. After the Bears opened the scoring when William Tortorello scored from one yard out, but the Hornets answered with 24 straight points. QB Clay Collier hit Stephen Shores on consecutive scoring passes of 11 and 37 yards as Flour Bluff went up 15-6 in the third. The Hornets got a safety to make the score 17-6 before Chris McCormick scored from seven yards to make the final 24-7. McCormick finished with 103 yards rushing while Collier completed 11 of 21 passes for 198 yards, six to Shores for 162 yards. Shedrick Howard led West Oso with 106 yards on the ground to pace the Bears who dropped their first game of the season.

CC Moody held on to defeat Robstown 14-7 for their second win of the year. After a scoreless first half the Trojans got on the board in the third when Jesse Meza hauled in an 11-yard scoring pass from Christian Garza-Gallegos to make the score 7-0. Robstown answered in the third when Joe Mungia scored on a 19-yard run to tie the game at 7-7. Moody captured the win in the fourth when Nick Hinojosa raced 60-yards for the final touchdown of the game. Hinojosa finished the game with 154 yards rushing while Garza-Gallegos completed 11 of 17 passes for 116 yards, eight of which were caught by Rudy Flores for 103 yards. Robstown was led by Jovan Villanueva who rushed for 128 yards despite the Pickers finishing with just 165 yards of offense.

Kingsville took it on the chin as they fell to Sharyland 42-26. The game was tied after two quarters, but Sharyland scored 21 straight points to seal the win. Kyle Cantu finished with 94 yards rushing while Randy Vega added 61 and Art Hayes finished with 54 yards. QB Randy Vega completed 13 of 27 passes for 215 yards including scoring passes to Travis King, Mark Cavazos and Nick Garcia.

Port Lavaca Calhoun continued to roll as they defeated the Ingleside Mustangs 28-14 as the Mustangs turned the ball over four times. Green Hill led Ingleside with 66 yards on the ground and Jeffery Techur scored from 17-yards out while QB Brian Hull passed for 143 yards including a 30-yard scoring pass to Billy Hurst, but that was all for the Mustangs. PLC was led by Sterling Jones with 150 yards rushing and James Ezzell added 112 as the Sandcrabs finished with 284 yards rushing. Ezzell scored from two yards and passed for another score while Jones raced 64 yards for another score.

Beeville stayed unbeaten after their 50-6 win over Sinton, who scored for the first time this season. Beeville finished with 212 yards rushing and 247 passing as they scored the games first 47 points. Oscar Banda had one carry, but it was good enough for an 80-yard score, Richie Mendoza added 61 yards and scored on runs of 40 and one yards. QB Eric Soza completed 12 of 22 passes for 247 yards, tossing scores of 14 and 10 yards and rushed for an 11-yard touchdown. Sinton was led by Wes Ring, who finished with 118 yards rushing and had the Pirates first score of the season when he scored from one-yard in the fourth.

Tuloso-Midway fell to Pleasanton 17-10 in a close contest. Ryan Reeder hit a 30-yard FG and Kody McDowell scored from 9-yards, but a late Eagle score spelled doom for T-M. Jacob Ferguson led T-M with 103 yards rushing and McDowell added 70 yards.

CLASS 3A, 2A, 1A
Hebbronville handed Orange Grove their first loss with an 18-7 win. The Longhorns raced to a 21-0 lead on scoring runs by J.A. Perez, Kenny Wynn and Joseph Maldonado to lead 18-0 at the half. Orange Grove finally got on the board in the third when Barrett Davidson scored from 27-yards out. Maldonado finished with 101 yards rushing for the Longhorns while Davidson had 61 yards on the ground for the Bulldogs.

Refugio rushed for 295 yards and passed for another 167 as they defeated Class 3A Mathis 42-27. Carl Swain led the Bobcats with 210 yards rushing including scores of 13, 1 and 17 yards. QB Malcolm Whitmire completed 10 of 12 passes for 167 yards, connecting with Irvin Fox for 24 yards for a score and added an 11-yard scoring run. Chris Veliz led the Pirates with 181 yards rushing as Mathis finished with 348 yards on the ground. Jaime Ruiz added 72 yards and Santos DeLeon tacked on 59 more yards for the Pirates.

Taft defeated Bishop 41-6 at home, using a 21-point third to put the game away. Edward Rosalez led Taft with 73 yards rushing, scoring on a 23 yard run in the fourth. Pedro Gonzales added two scores rushing while PJ Martinez scored on a five yard run and Israel Nanez hauled in an 11-yard scoring pass from Chris Bradford. Bishop scored the games first touchdown when Anthony Perea caught a 34-yard pass from Michael Ortega. Josh Alvarado led the Badgers with 118 yards rushing while Ortega completed 5 of 12 passes for 80 yards.

Woodsboro got their first win of the year as they defeated Agua Dulce 18-14. Josh Jones led the Eagles with 76 yards rushing and hauled in a 46-yard scoring pass from Marion Trevino, who started the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown run. Ray Lopez added the final score for Woodsboro with a four yard rushing score. Agua Dulce got a three yard score from Colton Roberson and a four yard run by Ruben Hernandez. Roberson finished with 101 yards rushing and Nick Manzie added 86 for the Longhorns.

Riviera got 134 yards rushing from QB Andrew Munoz as they defeated Benavides 30-6. Munoz also tossed a scoring pass, connecting with Robert Rodriquez from 23 yards out. Rodriquez also rushed for a 20-yard score while Jacob Hubert connected with Matt Martinez from 16-yards out. The Eagles lone score came when Mario Martinez, who finished with 44 yards rushing, scored from two-yards out. Stephen Saenz added 75-yards rushing while QB Kevin Rivera completed 5 of 8 passes for 52 yards, but was intercepted three times.

Banquete had an easy time as they defeated Ben Bolt 30-6. Steven Karabanoff finished with 137 yards rushing , including a 78-yard scoring run for the Bulldogs who held the Badgers to 210 yards of offense. Jacob Harris, Mikey Gonzalez and Pat Riojas each added scoring runs for the Bulldogs. J.T. Lopez, who finished with 79 yards rushing, had the lone Eagle score when he ran 10-yards for the score in the fourth.

Three Rivers turned in their best offensive show of the season as they defeated Kenedy 35-8. The Bulldogs finished with 482 yards off offense, 452 on the ground for the win. Eric Cruz (94), Xavier Salazar (88), Garrett Luthringer (74), Chris Weber (68), Joe Benavides (68) and Rico Rodriquez (60) led the Bulldog ground attack as all but Salazar scored a touchdown.

It was a defensive battle, but Skidmore-Tynan held off Aransas Pass 27-19 for the win. The Bobcats raced to a 14-0 lead on a couple of scoring passes by Darby House to Clint Issacks and Cory Markham, but an 87-yard kickoff return by the Panthers Jacolby Williams cut the lead to 14-6. Markham would add scoring runs of 4 and 3 yards for the Bobcats while Robles added scoring passes of nine to Dalton Phillips and 21 yards to Charles Davila for Aransas Pass. The Bobcats finished with 195 yards of offense while A-P had just 158 yards of offense.

9/17/07 Blog
Many of the teams were prepping for district play while others continued their non-district trek and there were some pretty good games in South Texas. CC Carroll claimed the 36th Annual Battle of the Bridge, but needed overtime to beat Gregory-Portland while Beeville suffered their first loss, tumbling to New Braunfels.

CLASS 5A
Carroll held Gregory-Portland to just three second-half points as they rallied for a 39-32 over-time win over G-P as both teams combined for 919 yards of offense on the night.

Carroll was led by QB Tim Hawkins who finished with 170 yards rushing including a 67-yard scoring run. Hawkins did not stop their as he completed 11 of 23 passes for another 189 yards, Finding Shawn McBride for 56-yards and then a 22-yard scoring strike to Adrian Torres for the game winner in overtime. Anthony Davis had two scores and finished the game with 98 yards rushing. G-P had Holden Rios finish with 123 yards rushing while Derek Parker added 120 yards on the ground, including an 81-yard burst as the Wildcats finished with 435 yards on the ground.

The Ray Texans also remained unbeaten as they handled Flour Bluff 63-14. Jerry Bell completed 24 of 32 passes for 451 yards and five scores as the Texans dominated from the onset. Ray jumped to a 21-0 lead after a pair of two-yard scoring passes from Bell, connecting with Austin Patterson and Daniel Sciantarelli. The Hornets ended the run when they got a 38-yard scoring run from Michael Gowens, but Efrin Harper dashed another Hornet scoring chance when he returned an interception 97 yards for a score. The Texans would score five more times, three on passes by Bell, who added a two-yard run and Michael Anaya scored for the second time of the night. The Hornets final score came when Stephen Shores hauled in a 6-yard pass from Clay Collier.

CLASS 4A
Beeville suffered their first loss of the season as they fell to New Braunfels on the road 30-27. The Trojans had raced to a 27-3 half time lead only to see New Braunfels score 27 unanswered second half points. QB Eric Soza had the big night for Beeville as he finished with 82 yards rushing and completed 11 of 19 passes for 186 yards, but was intercepted twice, one that was returned 84-yards by New Braunfels for the winning score.

Rockport-Fulton held a pesky Robstown team to pull off a 28-23 win. The Pirates scored 13-points in the fourth to get the win, Dalton Conway passed for 111 yards, including a 65-yard strike to Ricky Riojas, and Conway added a 14-yard scoring run. Alex Willis added a 12-yards scoring run while Riojas got the Pirates on the board on the defensive side with a 32-yard interception return for a score.

Alice continued their winning ways as the raced to a 34-19 win over CC King. The Coyotes managed just 242 yards of offense, but it would prove to be enough. Deon Hill finished with 69 yards on the ground and he would haul in a 6-yard scoring strike from QB A.J. Benavides, who scored the games first touchdown on a one-yard run. Benavides later found Mateo Gonzalez from 16 yards out as Alice jumped to a quick 21-0 lead after one period. Benavides finished the night by completing 9 of 15 passes for 108 yards while PJ Justin Guerrero tacked on field goals of 27 and 18 yards for Alice.

King finally got on the board in the second when Phillip Thomas and QB matt Morales each scored on short runs as the Mustangs cut the margin to 24-13 at the half. Aaron Alexander added a 6-yard scoring run in the third to cut the lead to 24-19, but Alice scored the games final 10 points. Morales rushed for 75 yards and completed just 4 of 12 passes for 62 yards while Thomas finished the night with 87 yards on the ground.

Moody got their first win of the year as they defeated Kingsville 20-12. The Trojans finished with 313 yards of offense on the night, their best performance thus far. Despite being flagged for 155 yards the Trojans opened the scoring when QB Christian Garza-Gallegos hit Jesse Meza from 20 yards out in the first and later in the third Gallegos connected with Nick Hinojosa from 67-yards out. Gallegos would get his third scoring pass in the fourth when he found Rudy Flores, who finished with 90-yards receiving, from 20 yards out. Gallegos completed 9 of 13 passes for 201 yards and added 51 yards on the ground while Hinojosa tacked on 61 yards on the ground.

Kingsville managed just 197 yards of offense against Moody, but tied the game early when QB Randy Vega connected with Nick Garcia from 32-yards out. The other Brahma score came when Travis King returned a punt 64-yards for the touchdown. Vega finished the night by completing 6 of 17 passes for 95 yards, but was picked off twice. Kyle Cantu led the Brahmas ground game, finishing with 53 yards.

Miller used a solid defensive night as they defeated Tuloso-Midway 21-6. QB Drexel Smith got things going for Miller as he scored from 32-yards out in the first and the Bucs would take a 14-0 lead in the second when Abel Fitts scored on a 14-yard pass from Smith. The Bucs put the game away in the fourth when Smith, who finished with 153 yards rushing, scored from 29 yards out. Smith also completed 5 of 9 passes for 79 yards, finding Quinten Spencer three times for 59 yards.

Tuloso-Midway got their lone score in the fourth when QB David Alvarez connected with Kevin Sorrows from six-yards out. Alvarez finished the night completing 6 of 13 passes for 49 yards, but was intercepted twice. DeAndre Darrington led the Warrior ground attack with 65 yards rushing while Jacob Ferguson added 44-yards on the ground.

CLASS 3A, 2A, 1A
Mathis raised their record to 2-1 with an impressive 47-0 win over Falfurrias. The Pirates racked up 269 yards rushing, led by Chris Veliz who finished with 94 yards including a 29-yard score. QB Eric Rabb completed just two passes on the night, but both were for scores as he found Eric Martinez for 59-yards and Santos DeLeon for 59-yards, the first two scores of the night for Mathis. Falfurrias was held to just two first downs on the night and managed just 100-yards of offense. Brandon Vargas finished with 37-yards rushing for the Jerseys who completed just one pass on the night.

Odem remained unbeaten as they held off Hebbronville 20-13. The Owls were paced by QB Jacob Moreno who finished with 109 yards rushing including the games first score on a 2-yards run. After the Longhorns tied the game at 7-7 when C.J. Garcia scored from a yard out, Moreno would tack on a 42-yard scoring run as Odem led 14-7 at the half. Moreno, who completed 6 of 14 passes for 96 yards, who have his hand in the final Odem score when he connected with Arnold Maldonado from 18-yards out. The Longhorns, who finished with 313 yards rushing on the night, got their final score on the fourth when Joseph Maldonado, who finished with a game high 202-yards rushing, scored from 35 yards out. QB Leo Rodriquez completed 4 of 11 passes for 68 yards for Hebbronville, who held the Owls to 169 yards rushing and 96 passing for the night.

Taft picked up their first win of the season in easy fashion as the defeated Premont 40-0. The Greyhounds finished with 411-yards of total offense, led by Ryan Flores who had 103 yards rushing and Edward Rosalez tacked on another 84 yards including an eight yard score. QB Chris Bradford passed for 73 yards including a scoring strike of 10 yards to Noe Cuevas and QB RJ Garza connected on 5 of 8 passes for another 85 yards including a six yard scoring pass to Israel Nanez.. Premont struggled on offense as they managed just 90 yards, Steven Cavazos managed 49 yards on the ground and completed just 4 of 18 passes and was intercepted twice.

Skidmore-Tynan had little problems disposing of Natalia 43-0 as the Bobcats amassed 505 yards of offense. Alex Gonzales led the attack with 116 yards rushing while QB Darby House completed 13 of 19 passes for 251 yards. House finished with four scoring strikes, finding Clint Isaacs three tines for scores and Richard Torres on a 63-yard scoring pass.

Refugio overcame five turnovers as they finally pulled away from Poth 35-19. The Bobcats finished with over 400 yards of offense, led by Carl Swain who rushed for 139 yards, including 23 and 4-yard scoring runs. QB Malcolm Whitmire added a five-yard scoring run and completed 14 of 21 passes for 231 yards, including a 33-yard strike to Ricky Lewis and a 74-yard scoring pass to Collin Avery.

Riviera suffered a 45-6 loss to Bruni on the road. The Seahawks managed just 109 yards of offense during the loss and got their lone score in the final quarter when Andrew Munoz scored from one yard out, but it was too late for the Seahawks.

Three Rivers had little problems handling Nixon Smiley as they cruised to a 44-7 win. Bubba Langston finished with 90 yards rushing and Joe Michael Benavides added 70 more yards as the Bulldogs finished with 288 yards on the ground. Logan Muniz hauled in a 48-yard scoring pass from Eric Cruz and also scored when he returned a fumble 66 yards for another score.

Benavides scored the games first 35 points as they cruised to a 35-6 win over Kingsville Academy. Eric Alaniz finished with 109 yards rushing including a 12-yards scoring run while Stephan Saenz added 67 yards on the ground for the Eagles.

West Oso needed overtime, but they upended Port Isabel 20-14. The Bears rushed for 281 yards, led by David Foxx who had 141 yards. Shedrick Howard added 76 yards on the ground including the Bears first score. P.J. Lopez added a three yard score and Rafael Campos won the game with a 12-yard score for West Oso.

Aransas Pass had an easy time as they defeated Bishop 38-14. The Panthers finished with 264 yards on the ground as Marcus Rocke finished with 140 yards. Jarrod Newman completed all five of his passes, including a 10-yard pass to Nick Foreman. Bishop got scores from Michael Justin Ortega, who finished with 84 yards, and Josh Alvarado who added 68 yards.

Banquete pounded out 403 yards rushing as they cruised to a 55-6 win over Woodsboro. Mikey Gonzalez finished with 104 yards rushing on just two carries, but both were for scores. Jacob Harris added 90 yards and had scoring runs of 13, 51 and 21 and Steven Karabanoff added scoring runs of 9 and 14. Woodsboro’s lone score of the night came when Don Lewis scored from one yard out. Dustin Capistran had 60 yards rushing and Ernest Ramirez had 51 for the Eagles.

Ben Bolt took it on the chin as they fell to Gorman 42-6 with their lone score coming when Oscar Rivera hauled in a 19-yard scoring pass from David Ramirez who completed 11 of 19 passes for 123 yards and J.T. Lopez added 67 yards rushing.

9/10/07 Blog
CLASS 5A
The King Mustangs looked for a big win over a Class 4A powerhouse, but this week they could not repeat as they fell to Flour Bluff 12-9. The Mustangs managed just 93 yards rushing against the Hornets, who hit the Mustangs for 228 yards on the ground. Phillip Thomas finished with 71 yards on the ground for King (1-1) while Trevor Brumley had 122 yards and a touchdown for Flour Bluff. Cory Foust had 29 and 21 yard field goals for Flour Bluff (1-1) and Justin Jackson connected on a 23-yard FG for King.

Carroll stayed unbeaten (2-0) with their 34-0 shut out of Moody. The Tigers got 105 yards on the ground from Anthony Davis and two touchdowns while Tim Hawkins passed for two scores. Meanwhile the Tiger defense held the Trojans to 78 yards on the ground and 79 through the air. Christian Gallegos acquired most of the yards for Moody, rushing for 58 and passing for all 79.

CC Ray (2-0) stayed unbeaten as they traveled down to Laredo and escaped with a 40-30 win over Alexander.

CLASS 4A
The Gregory-Portland Wildcats got back on the winning side with a 31-0 win over Sinton. The Wildcats amassed 391 yards of offense, led by Bud Mayo who rushed for 126 yards on the night. QB Sterling Martin completed 13 of 22 passes for 125 yards. Holden Rios scored twice while Kaleb Shrader and Joey Sanchez each scored on runs. Sinton managed just 198 yards of offense for the night, led by Nick Harris with 54 yards rushing, but Sinton is still looking for their first points of the season.

Rockport-Fulton picked up their first win with a 19-9 win over Aransas Pass. The Pirates picked up 340 yards of offense, 200 through the air as QB Dalton Conway completed 11 of 17 passes, including two scoring strikes to Alex Solis who finished with 123 yards receiving. Alex Willis led the Pirates with 94 yards on the ground while Conway added a 28-yard scoring run. A-P finished with 193 yards on the ground, led by Markus Rocke who finished with 101 yards while QB Jarrod Newman scored on a one-yard run.

Alice continued to look good as they defeated Brownsville Hanna 35-0. Deon Hill led the Coyotes with 120 yards on the ground with two scores while QB A.J. Benavidez passed for 100 yards and one score, 22-yards to R.J. Gomez.

Calallen held Laredo United to 156 yards of offense as they defeated the Longhorns 21-14 in the Toyota Tundra Texas Football Classic in the Alamodome.

Bryden McClure finished with 83 yards rushing with one score while Jeramie Marek and Dustin Vaughn combined for 147 yards passing for the Wildcats.

Others games saw Beeville beat Laredo Cigarroa 55-7, Copperas Cove defeated Tuloso-Midway 36-7, Laredo United South upended Robstown 20-10, Kingsville fell to Los Fresnos 27-6 and Needville beat Port Lavaca 28-14.

CLASS 3A, 2A, 1A
Ingleside score twice in the third and held off CC Miller for a 21-14 win to stay unbeaten. The Mustangs jumped to a 21-0 lead when Jesse Martinez caught two touchdown passes from Brian Hull and Scott Holder pulled down a Hull pass for a score. Miller got scoring runs from Roderick Taylor(89) and Abel Fitts (43), but the Bucs would fall short.

In Class 3A Mathis picked up their first win defeating Goliad 32-19. The Pirates rushed for 293 yards, led by Chris Veliz who finished with 116 yards and Jamie Ruiz added 63 yards.

Falfurrias picked up a 4-yard scoring run from Isaac Pineda in the second and it would hold as the Jerseys defeated Roma 7-6. Pineda finished with 77 yards rushing while teammate Smiley Alegria added 69 yards rushing.

Orange Grove continued their winning ways with a 35-12 win over Taft. Barrett Davidson led the Bulldogs with 87 yards rushing and two scores. Taft was led by R.J. Garza who rushed for one score and finished with 51-yards rushing and he passed for another 63 yards.

In 2A action George West scored 20 points in the third as they defeated Freer 27-12. The Longhorns were led by QB Travis Locke who rushed for 54 yards and passed for another 75 including three short touchdown runs. Josh Lopez led Freer with 84 yards rushing while Mikey Carrillo finished with 78 yards on the ground.

Refugio had to rally late to defeat Hallettsville 35-34, scoring two times in the fourth to get the win. Carl Swain finished with 129 yards rushing and 133 yards receiving, with one rushing score and he hauled in two scores receiving. QB Malcom Whitmire passed for 239 yards, passing for two scores and adding two on the ground for the Bobcats.

Other results in the area saw Banquete beat Agua Dulce 43-6, Three Rivers defeat San Diego 45-0, Skidmore-Tynan drub Nixon-Smiley 42-0 and Riviera upend Santa Maria 22-6.

9/4/2007 BLOG
The Corpus Christi ISD had a good weekend as four of their five schools pulled out wins while stalwarts Calallen, Ingleside and Refugio opened with wins.

CLASS 5A
The Ray Texans had the most impressive night of the week as they drubbed CC Moody 51-0. Texan QB Jerry Bell completed 13 of 21 passes for 263 yards and five touchdown passes while Preston Sreight rushed for 116 yards, rushing for score and catching two more for the Texans. Moody struggled on offense finishing with just 41 yards on the ground and 92 through the air.

CC Carroll got a huge night from Anthony Davis as he rushed for 255 yards and five touchdowns while QB Tim Hawkins passed for 89 yards and rushed for 48 as the Tigers survived Laredo Alexander 41-34. Davis scoring runs were of 26, 1, 58, 50 and 54 yards as Carroll finished with 298 yards on the ground.

The King Mustangs opened play Thursday with a win over Gregory-Portland 28-20. Running back Phillip Thomas rushed for 109 yards and helped the Mustangs keep the ball away from G-P. QB Matt Morales kept the Wildcats on his toes by running and throwing the ball, including a 50-yard TD pass to Thomas late in the game to seal the victory.

CLASS 4A
CC Miller may have pulled off the shocker of the week as they stunned Flour Bluff 7-6. During the defensive struggle the Bucs got their lone score in the first when QB Drexel Smith scored on a 14-yard run, but the Hornets would answer in the second when Nico Gomez scored from two yards out, but their point after failed. Miller totaled 113 yards while the Hornets managed 127 yards of total offense.

Calallen scored 21-points in third quarter to pull away from San Benito 39-13. The Wildcats managed just 207 yards of offense, but their defense held San Benito to just 177 yards during the win. Jeramie Marek, making his first start at QB, completed 5 of 9 passes for 96 yards including scoring passes of 43 and 33 yards while Matt Garza hauled in four passes for 76 yards and one touchdown reception.

Class 3A, 2A, 1A
State ranked Ingleside needed to scores in the fourth to pull away from Tuloso-Midway 22-6. Jeff Techur led the Mustangs with 96 yards rushing including scoring runs of 4 and 14 yards. The Mustang defense held T-M to 119 yards of offense as Cecil Fish recovered a fumble and Michael Scott had an interception.

West Oso opened their year in fine fashion as they dumped Falfurrias 33-0. Shedrick Howard rushed for 151 yards with scoring runs of 20, 2 and 49 while teammate David Foxx added 72 yards including a 58-yard touchdown. The Bears finished with 311 yards of offense while the defense held the Jerseys to 145 yards of offense.

Refugio scored all 41 of their points in the first half as they cruised to a 41-0 win over Van Vleck. Malcolm Whitmire completed 9 of 10 passes for 114 yards with scoring strikes of 20 yards to Carl Swain and 33 yards to Ricky Lewis. Meanwhile the Bobcat defense held the Leopards to 172 yards of offense and picked up a score when Irving Fox returned an interception 29-yards for a touchdown.

Other Scores:
Kingsville 20 Austin Manor 14
Alice 27 Laredo Cigarroa 6
Beeville 41 Medina Valley 14
SA Wagner 46 Rockport-Fulton 20
Cuero 53 Sinton 0
Aransas Pass 13 San Diego 7
George West 37 Yorktown 0
Odem 27 Mathis 6
Agua Dulce 46 Runge 0
Bloomington 34 Woodsboro 21

8/28/2007 BLOG
CLASS 5A BREAKDOWN: The race for the District 27-5A football title could be one of the better chases in South Texas. Last year CC Ray and San Antonio Southwest tied for the championship and both could have something to say once November comes around.

Gregory-Portland will play two of the districts teams in non-district play as they take on both King in the opener and a couple of weeks later against Carroll.

Carroll looks to rebound from a 7-4, 3-3 season last year under coach Terry Morris. QB Tim Hawkins will be the catalyst of the offense after rushing for over 1,200 yards last year with 12 touchdowns. He will be joined in the backfield by Anthony Davis and upcoming sophomore Jonathan Anderson and on defense DB Buck Sims (43 tackles last year) and DE Jack Zapata will anchor a defense that returns eight.

San Antonio East Central (5-6, 4-2) returns 7/9 starters under coach Robert Walker after making the playoffs last season. QB Matt Ortega will lead the Hornets after completing 92 of 177 passes for 1,600 yards and nine TD’s last year. TB Gary Coleman should pace the ground attack after finishing last year with 820 yards rushing last year and he has a pair of good linemen in front of him, led by center Chris Real and Josh Rawson. The Hornet kicking game should be in good shape as Wes Reynolds returns after averaging over 36 yards per punt and three field goals.

Ray should be the offensive power house in the district for Roland Gonzalez. The Texans finished 8-3, 5-1 last year behind QB Jerry Bell who passed for 2,635 yards and threw for 27 touchdowns last year. Bell will look to receivers Efrin Harper and Paul Perez, who caught 50 passes last year while Preston Streight should provide some rushing yards. The Texans return just two on defense and they will need to surround some players around DL Daniel Swantner.

San Antonio Southwest tied with Ray for the district title and with 3/5 starters returning for coach Matt Elliot the Dragons could repeat. LB Tyler Fields (44 tackles) will head the defense while QB Tony Lira will have to turn in a great year if the Dragons want a shot to repeat.

Victoria Memorial was a huge disappointment last year, winning just one game under coach Micky Finley. QB Kyle Moczygemba returns to direct the offense while Keith Barfield looks to improve the running game. The Vipers look good on defense, led by linebackers Thomas Byrne and Austin Cavazos, who will look for help from DT’s Jeremy Church and Phillip Gonzales.

King returns seven starters on both sides of the ball for coach Jim Elam after finishing 3-6, 3-3 last year. Elam will rely on RB Phillip Thomas for yards on the ground while QB Matt Morales returns to lead the offense and will look to WR Chris Jackson through the air. OL Schuyler Thornton and Stephen Seaman should open up holes up front for Thomas while on defense the Mustangs will look to LB Roman De La Paz and DB Aaron Alexander to lead the way.

San Antonio Highland suffered through a rough season last year after finishing 1-9, 0-6 last year, but new coach Juan M. Hinojosa looks to change things. Hinojosa, who was a coach at Gregory-Portland, will look to FB/DE Ryan Belavosky to guide his team. RB Edgar Rangel should lead the ground attack behind G Luis Morales and TE Dominick Gonzales.

CLASS 4A BREAKDOWN: It always seems like Calallen is a solid favorite to win their district championship and this year should be no different.

The Wildcats return six starters on both sides of the ball, but need to find a backfield to claim another title. Once the QB spot is filled he can look to Skyler Hoelscher, Matt Garza and TE Alan Ford through the air. CB Jeramie Maek, a second team all-state choice last year, returns to anchor the defense and he should get help from S Bryden McClure and LB’s Kevin Mahany and Kris Guerrero.

Flour Bluff will also be looking for a new QB, but after going three deep in the playoffs last year, the Hornets could provide stiff competition. FB Bryan Twaits should lead the ground game while Stephen Shores will be a solid receiver for the Bluff. Bill Robinson will move to corner this year after making the all-district team at safety and the Hornets have a solid kicking game in Cory Foust.

The Beeville Trojans return enough fire power to make noise in South Texas, they return QB Eric Sosa who tossed for just under 2,000 yards last season while RB Frank Warner should provide yards on the ground. Soza will look to Richie Mendoza and Buck Pate when he does go to the air. With seven starters returning on each side of the ball the Trojans could make some noise in the playoffs.

Gregory-Portland will look to get back in the playoffs after missing out last year. The Wildcats will look to TB Holden Rios, who moved there from QB the last two games of last season. For G-P to make noise, QB Sterling Martin, a pure passer, will need to find receivers Kaleb Shrader, Derek Parker, Tim Abraham, TE Travis Wright and Rios out of the backfield for the offense to click. On defense the Wildcats return four, but they are solid players in Shrader, LaChristain Thomas, Raymond Cortez and Chris Tipton.

Alice is another team looking to get back in the playoff picture, but having Flour Bluff and Calallen in your district does not help. The Coyotes will rely on defense led by safety Joseph Chase and Mateo Gonzales, both the top tacklers of last year. Justin Guerrero returns at QB and he will look to Deon Hill to provide the yards on the ground.

Other teams in 4A that also look to make some noise are Miller, Moody and Kingsville.

CLASS 3A, 2A BREAKDOWN: In Class 3A the top dog in the area should be Ingleside after going four rounds deep in the playoffs last season. The Mustangs are fresh off a season that saw them win 12 games and return seven starters on each side of the ball which should make them district favorites.

Coach Graig Hesseltine will look to quarterback Josh Coffield, the leader of their run and shoot offense. Last year Coffield completed 91 of 184 passes for 1614 yards and 16 touchdown passes. He will have reliable receivers in Scott Holder and Steve Hamilton while Green Hill and Matthew Rodriquez leading the ground game.

Another team that went just as far in the playoffs is Class 2A Refugio and they return enough fire power to at least go that far. Despite having a new coach in Jason Herring, the Bobcats return eight on each side of the ball after an 11-2 season last year. Leading the way will be All-State player Carl Swain who was mister everything last year. Swain finished with 1329 yards rushing and scored 24 times and also caught 24 passes for 643 yards and another five times. He should get help in the backfield from Collin Avery who was an All-District team member last year. Malcolm Whitmire will be the quarterback for the Bobcats and will have Ricky Lewis, Travis Martino and TE Ryan Deal to look for.

Deal will see plenty of time at linebacker on defense, going both ways as will Lewis, Whitmire, Swain and Avery.

Orange Grove also made a playoff trip last year under coach Brent Kornegay, finishing 11-2 on the season. Jordan Salas will direct the offense at quarterback and RB Jose Martinez will head the ground game. On defense Nick Alaniz, who finished with 120 total tackles, Ben Martinez and Marcos Rosales should lead the way.

Skidmore-Tynan should be a team that might make some noise, led by coach Adam Arroyo to an 8-2 season last year. The Bobcats return 5 starters on offense and eight on defense, led by LB Cory Markham who was an All-State selection as a sophomore before suffering an injury last year as a junior. The Bobcats secondary will be there strong point with returnees FS Clint Isaacks, SS Ricky Gutierrez and Carlos Gutierrez.

Sinton will be under the direction of a new coach also as Tom Allen takes over the Pirates helm. QB Wes Ring will provide the fire power on offense, rushing for 800 yards and passing for another 800 yards. Trent Hesseltine will see plenty of action on both sides of the ball while LB Nick Harris and DB Robert Dunlap spear heading the defense. The offensive line of Mark Breon, Justin Tijerina, Jose Perez and Manny Gonzales should open up holes for Ring and the offense.