By Scott Hansen, SAPreps
Brackenridge 16, Edison 6
After a scoreless dogfight in the first half, Brackenridge QB Vincent Gonzalez threw for a pair of TD passes to kick-start the Eagles offense en route to a 16-6 victory over Edison. With the victory, Brackenridge joins Burbank atop the District 28-5A standings.
Gonzalez completed 16 of 23 passes for 253 yards in the victory, which puts Brackenridge at 4-2 overall on the season and 3-1 in district play. Juan Gonzales hooked up with Gonzalez on a 39-yard TD strike to open the scoring with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter. Gonzales would finish with six catches for 109 yards. AJ Talamantes also caught a TD pass for the Eagles.
Brandon Olivares and Joshua Gonzales had some success moving the football through the air for Edison, combining for 179 yards. Oliveras hit Jamonte McClain on a late TD pass to avoid the shutout for the Golden Bears, who fell to 1-4 and 1-2 on the season. Next week, Brackenridge will take on Memorial on Thursday at the SAISD Sports Complex. Edison will also play at SAISD Sports Complex on Friday against Burbank, who are coming off a 20-13 loss to Sam Houston in the OK3Sports Thursday Night Feature Game. www.ok3sports.com
Jefferson 34, Lanier 28
Jefferson withstood a furious late rally by Lanier and QB J.D. Boone, but the Mustangs were able to hold on for a 34-28 victory at Alamo Stadium to pick up its second district victory of the campaign.
Jalen Pena rushed for 143 yards and a pair of TDs in the first half to give the Mustangs a 14-7 lead at halftime. QB Jason Garay and Andrew Halpin both added rushing touchdowns to give Jefferson a 27-7 lead after a failed PAT with 2:03 remaining in the third. Garay rushed for 110 yards and two TDs. His 31-yard TD run with 5:05 remaining appeared to put the game out of reach.
Lanier nearly pulled a miracle comeback. With :28 remaining, Boone hit Christian Cervantes on a 13-yard TD pass, his third TD strike in a 5:05 span of the fourth quarter. However, an onside kick attempt failed, resulting in the victory for Jefferson. Boone finished 22 of 37 in the air for 302 yards and three TDs. Joel De La Pena caught nine passes for 111 yards to pace the Voks, who fell to 1-4 and 1-2 on the season.
Highlands 38, Kennedy 12
High scoring Highlands rushed its balanced attack to move to 4-1 and 2-1 on the season with a 38-12 victory over winless Kennedy on Friday night. Highlands will remain heavily involved with how District 28-5A plays out as the push towards the playoffs continues.
Rene Palomino had another outstanding effort for the Owls, rushing for 205 yards on 23 carries and two TDs. Palomino has rushed for 886 yards this season and has 11 TDs. Joseph Palafos threw for 190 yards and a pair of TDs for Highlands, while Gabriel Saenz caught eight passes for 97 yards and a TD. Adrian Rodriguez also caught a TD pass from Palafos in the victory.
Kennedy has some success in the passing game in a losing effort. Angel Sanchez completed 32 of 49 passes for 425 yards while also piling up 67 rushing yards and a TD. Andres Flores caught 11 passes for 169 yards, while Ezekiel Perez also snagged 11 passes for 154 yards and a TD for the Rockets (0-6, 0-4).