The Coastal Bend Football teams from the 4A played in the first round of the playoffs. They battled against the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio teams. District 30 4A teams had great success knocking all of the San Antonio teams outs, while the District 31 struggled losing two tight games with Calallen being the only team to win its game.
Calallen played Mercedes and at first the Tigers were thinking upset. They jumped out to a 13-6, but in the middle of the second quarter, the Wildcats turned on the afterburners. The Cats won 54-19. The turning point in the game was Calallen’s decision to go for a touchdown instead of a field goal at Half. They made the touchdown and shut out Mercedes in the 2nd half, 27-0. Calallen racked up nearly 600 yards of offense behind Buddy Wright who scored four touchdowns and gain nearly 200 yards on the ground.
Alice lost a heartbreaker at home to the Edcouch Elsa Yellow Jackets. La Maquina came to town and escaped with a 17-15 victory in a tough defensive minded football game.
Ray traveled down to Weslaco to play Weslaco East. The Texans jumped out to a 14-0, but Weslaco East came roaring back in the 4th quarter. They scored the winning touchdown with :13 left in the game. Ray was leading by a touchdown with 3:16 left in the game, but couldn’t hold on to the lead. The Texans gave up two TD’s in 62 seconds in the loss.
Flour Bluff had the task of playing Mission Veteran’s, the district champ from the Rio Grande Valley in a rematch of last year’s bi-district playoff game. Coming off wining three straight games in the district to qualify for the playoffs, Last year, the Hornets were the champs and favorite, but this year the Patriots were the ones favored to win. Mission Vets took advantage of early miscues by Flour Bluff and went on to win 30-24. The Hornets hung tough and even had a chance to win at the end, but Mission Vets stopped them after a controversial pass play.
Victoria East cruised to a victory over San Antonio Brackenridge. Brackenridge squeaked in to the playoffs, but they were really never a factor in the game. East jumped out to an early and won easily 62-26.
San Antonio Edison entered the playoffs as district champs for the first time in a quarter of a century. They jumped out to an early lead vs. Gregory Portland at Alamo Staidum, then the Wildcats took over the game. GP gained more than 400 yards on the ground, while their defense was tough against Editson. GP won easily 52-13 to move onto the next round.
In other action, Port Lavaca Calhoun routed San Antonio Southside 63-15 and Victoria West dominated San Antonio Jefferson 31-3.
Edcouch Elsa vs. Calhoun Friday @ Calallen High School at 7:30 pm
Gregory Portland vs. Calallen Saturday @ Cabaniss Field at 7 pm
Victoria West vs. Weslaco East Saturday @ SA Comlander Stadium 7 pm
Victoria East vs. Mission Veterans Saturday @ Alamodome at 8 pm