By Pat Turner
District 28-6A went through its first week and a big revelation occurred.
The teams in the league know how to put points on the board. That was evident by the results. Brandeis and Jay started the scoring spree with the Broncos rolling to a 59-14 win over Stevens and the Mustangs topping Clark 38-28 during Thursday’s action.
Friday, O’Connor powered its way to a 42-6 victory over Holmes and Warren outlasted Brennan in a 33-21 thriller.
Saturday, Taft pulled out a 27-20 win over Marshall.
More offensive fireworks could occur this week, starting with Thursday’s matchup between O’Connor (2-0, 1-0) and Warren (2-0, 1-0).
Friday, Jay (2-0, 1-0) takes on Brennan (0-2, 0-1) and Clark (0-2, 0-1) faces Taft (2-0, 0-1). Saturday, Brandeis (2-0, 1-0) plays Marshall (1-1, 0-1) and Stevens (1-1, 0-1) tangles with Holmes (0-2, 0-1).
Balance helped O’Connor to victory against Steele and was present against Holmes as the Panthers totaled yards.
Quarterback David Dodd passed for 266 yards and hurled a 38-yard touchdown pass to Chas Locke. He also scored on a 1-yard plunge.
Running back Zion Taylor had a big night, romping for 145 yards and touchdowns of 1 and 52 yards.
The Panthers also had a 4-yard touchdown run from Dylan Murray, while Caleb Smith tossed a 35-yard scoring strike to Casey Ames.
Defensively, the Panthers kept the Huskies from getting on a roll with strong play from Jack Jennings, J’onta Waller and Gabe Diaz.
“We’re doing some good things,” O’Connor coach David Malesky said. “That was a big win we had against Steele. We started district with a win, but we have a lot games left. We have a game with a very good opponent (Warren) next. We have to keep working on getting better.”
Warren 33, Brennan 21
Warren and Brennan had the most impressive offensive shoot-out with both teams creating big plays.
In the long run, the Warriors (2-0) got the edge after overcoming 7-0 and 14-7 deficits.
Brennan got the early advantage on Jordan Flores’ 24-yard touchdown pass to Darryyon Tolefree and Joshua Lopez’s 3-yard run.
The Warriors, who had Anthony Ciseneros’ 6-yard TD toss to Erick Roscoe sandwiched between the two Brennan score s, got their running game clicking.
Samuel Stanford, who rushed for 107 yards, put Warren in front with a 1-yard dive and a 56-yard sprint.
Cisneros then followed with a 6-yard touchdown scamper, increasing the Warriors advantage to 27-14.
Flores, who threw for 276 yards, got the Bears rolling again, connecting with Jordan Smith on a 34-yard touchdown bomb to pull within 27-21.
Cisneros delivered the final blow to Brennan when he unloaded a 51-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Franks.
Jordan Battles got on a roll quickly and never slowed down while completing 10-13 passes for 218 yards and five touchdowns.
Battles’ helped the Broncos break through a 14-14 first-quarter tie with a 24-point second-quarter burst.
The first period was a back-and-forth show. Stevens took an early 7-0 lead on Josh Ramirez’s 10-yard pass to Deyvaughn Martin.
Battles countered with touchdown passes to Oscar Cardenas (26 yards) and Brandon Pake (6 yards) for a 14-7 lead. However, Stevens struck for the tying score on Clarence Lee’s 12-yard scamper.
Brandeis’ defense shut down the Falcons the rest of the way, while the offense continued its roll, starting with the second-quarter heroics.
Xavier Lopez started the scoring with a 24-yard field goal and Cristian Medina added a 16-yard run, before Battles threw a 61-yard strike to Pake and an 11-yarder to Josh Suarez.
Battles and Suarez hooked up again in the third period from 11 yards out. Later in the quarter, the Brandeis quarterback and Cardenas had another connection with a 36-yard touchdown.
Brandeis closed out its scoring with J. Nova Rangel’s 31-yard jaunt and Brett Mathis’ 5-yard run.
Harlan 35, Floresville 28
The Hawks are off to a winning start in their first year of varsity football.
Harlan improved to 2-0 by outlasting Floresville.
Kannon Williams turned in another top-notch performance, throwing for 153 yards while scampering for two touchdowns.
The Hawks’ running game also got a spark from Aubrey McDade, who rambled for 159 yards and three touchdowns.