BANQUETE (4-3, 3-1 District 16-2A Div. II) vs. REFUGIO (6-1, 4-0)
After a disappointing 1-3 start to the season, Banquete has regained its footing. The Bulldogs made it three in a row Friday with a 21-14 win over Santa Gertrudis Academy. The winning streak has come at just the right time for Banquete, as they are now 3-1 in district play.
Senior quarterback OJ Ramirez led the team with 105 yards rushing a touchdown against the Lions. Ramirez was also 5-for-5 passing for 56 yards. Smiley Almaguer and Ryan Ocanas each had 40 yards on the ground.
Friday was a bit of a step back for the Bulldogs offense after averaging more than 40 points in the previous two weeks.
This week will be by far the stiffest test of the year for Banquete as they host state-ranked Refugio.
The Bobcats are coming off a 51-0 win over Hebbronville. Refugio has not won a district game by less than 43 points this year. The high-scoring offense is led by senior Travis Quintanilla, who has more than 2,000 yards passing on the season with 23 TDs to just one interception.
The Bobcats’ biggest threat on the ground is Isaiah Perez, who has 557 rushing yards and 11 TDs.
CALALLEN (6-0, 3-0 District 30-4A) @ VICTORIA WEST (5-2, 2-1)
The Wildcats continued their tear through district with a 58-7 clobbering of Gregory-Portland Friday to give coach Phil Danaher the historic win. State-ranked and undefeated Calallen will now look toward a matchup with Victoria West on the road.
The Warriors enter Friday’s game following a 62-21 loss to Port Lavaca Calhoun that snapped a four-game winning streak. It was also just West’s second defeat of the season.
Chris Price led the rushing attack with 117 yards against G-P, while Derek Scheible added 87 to go with his 185 yards through the air. Triston Crossland was his favorite target on the night, rangling six catches for 123 yards and a score.
In all, seven different players scored on the night for Calallen.
Senior Anthony Navarro leads West from under center. The quarterback is completing 56.5 percent of his passes for 951 yards and nine TDs to three picks. Navarro also leads the team in rushing with more than 660 and 12 scores.
Sophomore Zevaughn Shelton is second with 622 yards on the ground and eight TDs.
JOHN PAUL II (0-7, 0-2 TAPPS Div. I District 2) @ S.A. Central Catholic (3-4, 1-1)
The young Centurions are still looking for their first score of the season following a 44-0 loss to Austin St. Michael’s. It was the last home game of the year for John Paul II, who will start the first of three straight road games this Friday.
The Centurions travel to San Antonio to face Central Catholic, who enters the contest with a 3-4 record. The Buttons are coming off a 38-13 win over SA St. Anthony to notch their first district win of the season.
ROBSTOWN (3-3, 1-1 District 30-3A) vs. INGLESIDE (5-2, 2-0)
The Cotton Pickers had a tough loss Friday night, falling to Rockport-Fulton 31-27 after the Pirates made a big comeback late. R-F trailed 20-7 entering the final quarter and outscored Robstown 24-7 to steal the crucial win.
With district powers Orange Grove, Sinton, and this week’s opponent – Ingleside off to strong starts this season, the fourth and final playoff spot likely will come down to Robstown or R-F. The loss Friday means that the Pickers will need to take down one of the three who shared the 2012 district crown as tri-champions.
That brutal, three-game stretch begins Friday when Ingleside comes to town.
The Mustangs enter the contest off a 54-7 rout of West Oso. Ingleside quarterback Tristen Barajas will be one of the main focuses of the Pickers defense. He is joined in the backfield by the dangerous Jalen Gross.
TULOSO-MIDWAY (4-3, 1-2 District 30-4A) @ GREGORY-PORTLAND (2-5, 1-3)
The Warriors enter Friday’s matchup against Gregory-Portland off a bye week. Tuloso-Midway had lost its previous two games before the open date and now have a crucial tilt with the Wildcats this week.
Sitting at 1-2 in district play, the Warriors are in the middle of a crowded 30-4A behind Calallen and Calhoun. The Wildcats are 1-3 heading into the game, making the game equally important for their playoff hopes.
G-P also comes in with a losing skid, dropping their last three and five of the past six. The Wildcats likely cannot afford to lose another district ballgame if they want to make the postseason, so look for it to be a high-energy contest by both squads.
G-P features one of the best running backs in the area, Devin Bisby, who has more than 1,200 rushing yards despite missing a game because of injury. He also has punched in 14 scores.