Heading into the Region Semis, we have three Coastal Bend teams from the 4A Divison still in the playoffs. The top two finishers from District 30 4A, including Victoria East and Port Lavaca Calhoun and the District 31 4A Champ, Calallen. Victoria East is in the Division I playoffs, while Calhoun and Calallen in the Division II playoffs. Below are press clippings of what local newspapers are writing about the matchups and the teams victories last weekend.
CALHOUN vs. BOERNE CHAMPION @ Alamodome Friday at Noon
In the Boerne they write about the last week’s victory over Marble Falls and moving on in the playoffs:
Boerne Champion Linebacker Joseph Brennan said: “I can’t wait to be playing Thanksgiving weekend, I would be heart-broken if I was not playing. It was a big goal for us to be here and now that it’s here I’m excited.”
Champion scored on its opening drive and took a 7-0 lead just 2 ½ minutes into the contest. Cody Mallory caught a 23-yard pass that helped move the ball into Mustang territory before David Rogers scored on a seven-yard run to cap an eight-play, 80-yard drive.
Blake Allemand then helped set up the next TD with an interception and 13-yard return to give the Chargers possession at the Mustang 46. Four plays later, John Free plunged in from the 1 to make it 14-0 after Kyle Bullard’s second extra point.
Free would have a hand in five of the team’s six touchdowns – two rushing and three throwing.
“The offensive line did a great job,” Free said.
CALALLEN @ ALAMO HEIGHTS Friday at 2:3o pm
In the San Antonio Express News, they wrote about qb’s performance vs. Cedar Park Vista Ridge last week:
Alamo Heights dominated Cedar Park Vista Ridge, riding a near-perfect performance by quarterback Steven Elder to a 52-24 victory in the second round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs.
Elder completed 28 of 31 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns, guiding the Mules to 42 second-half points Friday night before an estimated 3,000 at Shelton Stadium.
Caller Times writing about last week’s victory over Gregory-Portland and 1st Half performance and comparing two games these teams played:
Senior Buddy Wright was the workhorse for Calallen, leading all ballcarriers with 167 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Quarterback Tanner Sparks added two rushing scores and threw for another.
It was a dramatically different outcome than the 13-9 loss Calallen suffered two-plus months ago in Portland. Calallen was in command throughout, even more than the final score would indicate. It held the ball for 34 minutes, 38 seconds, running 70 plays and totaling 397 yards of offense. G-P had 192 yards on 34 plays from scrimmage.
VICTORIA EAST VS LAKE TRAVIS @ Alamodome Sat at Noon
Victoria Advocate writing about Victoria East season and preps for Lake Travis:
“It’s been a great experience,” (Jamie) Thomas said. “At Memorial the last few years, we never won anything, really. It’s finally all paying off.”
The senior was brimming with confidence about the Titans’ abilities, and also about the possible vulnerability of Lake Travis.
“This is probably the hardest weeks we’ve ever had to work,” Thomas said. “They’re proven winners, but they’re not as great as they think they are.”
The Cavaliers finished the regular season 8-2, the first time they have lost more than one game since 2006.
Titans coach Mickey Finley said all of the players are enjoying the success.
“It’s a great experience for everyone,” he said. “It’s something we talked about, making a long playoff run and a state title, and we’re still on track.”
Predictons from Capt. Fearless of the Caller Times:
CALALLEN AT ALAMO HEIGHTS
Great matchup between two longtime 4A powers, but the fact the game will be an Alamo Heights has to be an advantage. Calallen has played well when the Wildcats went to the time-tested power running game. If they can do it again, Calallen can win the game.
WINNER: Alamo Heights
VICTORIA EAST VS. LAKE TRAVIS
It has been a great first season for Victoria East, but the competition on the other side of the field has never been as talented and experienced as Lake Travis. Expect Victoria East to put up a good amount of points, but not enough to stay with the reigning state champs.
WINNER: Lake Travis
PORT LAVACA CALHOUN VS. BOERNE CHAMPION
Port Lavaca Calhoun has proven its system will guide them to the playoffs each year. This group is very young with a lot of juniors and sophomores in key positions. A win at this point would be a great accomplishment.
WINNER: Port Lavaca Calhoun