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Cervantes, Lanier grind out victory over Jefferson

November 6, 2018

That the Voks ended Friday night’s game at Alamo Stadium with an offensive line comprised of four classes was emblematic of Lanier’s season. The result wasn’t.

Freshman lineman Victor de los Santos and two sophomores lined up alongside a pair of upperclassmen on the Voks’ clinching touchdown drive. Fourth-year starter Christian Cervantes bulled into the end zone from a yard away and Lanier (2-7, 1-6) added the two-point conversion for insurance 1:15 before the end. The time-consuming drive gave the Voks their first District 13-5A Division I win, 15-0 over Jefferson (1-8, 0-7).

“We were really determined,” said Cervantes, who finished with 88 rushing yards on 23 attempts. “We really wanted to close it out. Our offensive line told the coaches on fourth-and-1 that they didn’t want to go for a field goal.

“My offensive line gave me the ball. I had to get it in.”

Defense dominated the battle of teams with identical records, fighting to stay out of the district cellar.

“We’ve got a lot of guys hurt, so a lot of underclassmen have gained a lot of experience,” Lanier coach Don Gatian said. “Our defense has been lights out all year. Our offense has done better the last two games.”

Cervantes was injured earlier in the year after being out with injuries at the end of each of his first three seasons. Against Jefferson, he was healthy enough to play defensive back all four quarters for the first time.

He sealed the victory with an interception four plays after the touchdown.

“This team is a brotherhood,” Cervantes said. “Everything they gave to me, I gave to them.”

Lanier led 7-0 at halftime after a Jefferson gamble didn’t pay off.

The Mustangs’ Micah Garcia (66 yards, 20 carries) ran for 12 and nine yards on their first two plays. But the Voks defense stopped Jefferson for no gain on the next three plays, including fourth-and-1 at the Mustangs 28.

Lanier capitalized with a one-yard touchdown run from quarterback Fabian Maciel (9 of 16, 73 yards) on the first play of the second quarter.

Holy Cross (5-3, 2-0), Southside (7-2, 4-2), Southwest (8-1, 5-0) have qualified for the playoffs. Two teams will qualify from 13-5A Division I from remaining candidates Sam Houston (5-4, 5-2), Brackenridge (5-4, 4-3) and Burbank (5-4, 4-3). Harlandale (5-4, 2-3) also has a chance.

Edison 36, Highlands 23

The Golden Bears (3-6, 2-5) outscored Highlands 30-8 after halftime for a District 13-5A Division win over Highlands (2-7, 2-5) Nov. 2 at Alamo Stadium, tying them for sixth place.

Edison senior Juan Madrigal (180 yards, 30 carries) scored both of his rushing touchdowns in the second half. Brian Mattison (114 yards, 9 carries) also ran for two scores.

For Highlands, Gabe Saenz (16 of 29, 146 yards) and Dre’Chan Moody (76 yards, 7 catches) connected for two touchdowns.

Laredo Martin 23, Harlandale 19

Harlandale (5-4, 2-3) was in fifth place in District 14-5A Division I after absorbing a tough loss to Laredo Martin (6-3, 4-1) Nov. 2 at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

The Indians’ Robert Acuna (176 yards, 22 carries) ran three yards for a touchdown that put Harlandale within four points with 4:46 remaining, but time ran out on their comeback hopes. Nicholas Veliz completed 19 of 28 passes for 183 yards.

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