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E-N Game of the Week: Southside at Somerset

September 26, 2018

Southside at Somerset Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., Bulldog StadiumRadio: TSRN.com (internet only)E-N Area rankings/records: Southside (3-0 overall, 0-0 District 15-5A-II); Sub-6A No. 8 Somerset (3-0, 0-0)Coaches: Ricky Lock (147-94 in 23 years, 27-19 in five seasons at Southside); Sonny Detmer (232-130-2 in 34 seasons, 84-34 in 12 seasons at SomersetSeries: Somerset leads 13-3Last meeting: Somerset won 23-16 in 2015Southside breakdownSetting the scene: Southside defeated its last two opponents - Highlands and Memorial - by a combined 77-6 score. The Cardinals displayed big-play capability in their 35-0 victory over Memorial last week with their four of their five touchdowns coming from 32, 33, 75 and 66 yards.Key to victory: Although they have put up a lot of points, Southside will need another stellar defensive effort. The Cardinals have given up 23 points and three touchdowns this season.Statistical leaders: Passing - Alejandro Escamilla 26-49-2, 508 yards, 5 TDs; rushing - Perfecto Doria 46-325, 2 TDs; receiving - Michael Hernandez 17-298, 2 TDsSomerset breakdownSetting the scene: The Bulldogs needed two second-half touchdowns to secure a 28-14 victory over McCollum, which hasn’t won a game since 2016. Somerset had no problems securing its other two victories (45-20 vs. Devine and 54-39 vs. Brackenridge).Key to victory: Establish the running game behind junior running back John Duenas, who has rushed for more than 100 yards in each game this season, including a 205-yard effort against Devine.Statistical leaders: Passing - Daniel Ramos 19-32-0, 354, 3 TDs; rushing - John Duenas 39-443, 5 TDs; receiving - Ryan Rodriguez 11-304, 4 TDsE-N prediction: Somerset 28, Southside 21David Hinojosa is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | dhinojosa@express-news.net | Twitter: @hinojosa_david

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