Johnson-Churchill, Sam Houston-Lanier and other key games this weekend

Southside-Uvalde, Holy Cross-SACS also big games

By RJ Marquez - Digital Content Curator

Photo courtesy: Adrian Garcia, KSAT Digital Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - We’re into October, and the entire San Antonio area is in district play. Every game matters, but here’s a look at some of this weekend’s bigger matchups across the area.

Johnson vs. Churchill, 7:30 p.m. at Heroes Stadium

Johnson can take control of District 26-6A with a win against a Chargers team looking to bounce back from last week’s loss to Reagan.

The Jaguars have not played their best, despite a 2-0 district record, while Churchill is in the middle of a tough three-game stretch.

This series has gone back-and-forth in the past and features two exciting offensive players in Johnson wideout Brandon McDuffie and Churchill running back Diego Vela.

Holy Cross vs. SA Christian (Game rescheduled to Saturday, 7 p.m. at SACS Field) 

The Knights are one of the few unbeaten San Antonio area teams headed into their TAPPS showdown against San Antonio Christian.

Holy Cross has beaten quality opponents this season, including Boerne and Lanier and are currently ranked No. 10 in KSAT 12’s Top 12.  

SACS has looked strong en route to a 4-1 record after a three-win season a year ago. Both teams are 2-0 in district and lean on their run games. This game should be fun.

Highlands vs. Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. at Alamo Stadium, Lanier vs. Sam Houston, 7:30 p.m. at SAISD Complex

I grouped these two games together because District 28-5A has been one of the most fun and unpredictable districts at this point in the season. Six teams are in the mix for the playoffs including these four. 

Lanier is the biggest surprise with a 3-0 district record, but the Voks have a tough stretch of games upcoming including this week’s showdown against a Sam Houston squad looking to make up ground in the district race.

The Highlands-Jefferson game can almost be viewed as an elimination game.

A loss for either team would put them in jeopardy of missing the playoffs.

The Owls and Mustangs face tough games down the stretch, so this game will be key at the end of the season.

Wagner vs. Smithson Valley, 7:30 p.m.

It’s been a strange season so far for Smithson Valley. The Rangers were rained out week one, had two blowout wins and lost two nail-biters to Round Rock and Steele, the top team in the area.

Josh Adkins and crew face a Wagner team that has lost two straight after a 3-0 start.

The Thunderbirds have shown improvement and need a win to get back into playoff contention.

Wagner can run the ball, but Smithson Valley's defense, led by standout junior Trevor Moehrig-Woodard, is one of the best in the area.

Holmes vs. Brennan, 7:30 p.m. at Farris Stadium

Week two gets underway in District 28-6A zone play and the matchup that sticks out is Brennan versus Holmes.

The Bears, led by powerful running back Jahmyl Jeter, have won two in a row after three losses to open the season.

Holmes beat rival Marshall last week behind sophomore running back D'Qurian Haney, and this win would go a long way toward securing a playoff berth.

Both teams have yet to play Brandeis and Taft, so the winner of this game will get the upper edge in the playoff race. 

Southside vs Uvalde, 7:30 p.m.

District 29-5A play gets started this week, and the matchup to watch is between Uvalde and Southside.

After a 4-0 start, the Coyotes suffered their first loss of the season two weeks ago against Gonzales.

The Cardinals are 3-2 after a close road win against La Vernia. Southside running back Matthew Collier is one of the most exciting players in the area and has already rushed for over 1,000 yards.

Uvalde features a high-flying offense as well. This should be a great game between two teams looking to win the district.

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