"Tigers overwhelm Danbury in district opener" by: Mike Reddell

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Tidehaven’s Joey Kacer (40) celebrates teammate Jerry Johnson’s fumble recovery TD.

   Paced by Tiger running back Jose Martinez’s 157 yards rushing and quarterback Blake Garcia 163 yards passing, Tidehaven began District 14-3A-2 play with a 39-8 win over Danbury Friday, Sept. 27.
   “It was a good game for us,” Head Coach David Lucio said.
   “We were able to put the game away early and got to play a lot of our backups,” he added. 
   “We started district play 1-0 and came away with no new injuries.” 
   Tidehaven (2-3, 1-0) had 496 total yards against Danbury – 333 yards rushing and 163 yards in the air. Garcia was 6-12 – the longest throw was 71 yards – with three touchdowns.
   Mason Perales caught three passes for 80 yards and two TDs and Kaden Henry had two receptions for 71 yards and a TD.
   The Tiger defense held Danbury’s rushing game to 70 yards and its passing to 75 yards and a TD.
   Tiger Jerry Johnson recovered a fumble and returned for a TD.


"Leopards struggle against East Bernard stampede" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

  The Van Vleck Leopards knew opening District play against state-ranked East Bernard was going to be a tough task, and after the final second ticked from the clock, they realized just how good this Brahma team was.
   East Bernard dominated in every facet of the game, jumping out to a 21-0 halftime lead, and never looking back in coasting to a 56-0 victory. 
   With the loss, Van Vleck drops to 2-2 on the season, 0-1 in District play.
   The defenses were the star of the show early in the contest. 
   Both teams traded off punts to start the game. 
   After a quick first quarter seeing a scoreless affair, the Brahmas got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter.
   East Bernard running back Kobe Brown capped off a 7 play, 58-yard drive, by going in from 14 yards out for the first Brahma touchdown of the night, making it 7-0.


"Matagorda County teams open district play Friday" by: Mike Reddell

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Tidehaven quarterback Blake Garcia gets some help in this gain against Shiner.

   Matagorda County high school football teams enter district play this week that saw Palacios emerging undefeated after four games, Tidehaven and Van Vleck trying to rebound to losses last Friday and Bay City working to untrack after a two-week hiatus because of Tropical Storm Imelda.
   Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews said Bay City’s game with Westbury last Friday was cancelled by the Houston ISD’s athletic director who cancelled all Friday night games.
   There were some discussions about playing last Saturday but the stadiums already were booked, Matthews added. 
   “Things were discussed logistically, but we had to focus on next week. It’s not a bad thing necessarily,” the coach said.
   Bay City (0-3) will play the Columbia Roughnecks (4-0) there Friday.
   “It’s just a game and an opportunity to get a win.
   “They seem to be more explosive than in the past,” Matthews said of the Roughnecks.


"Council moves BCHA board appointments to closed session" by: Mike Reddell

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Eagle Scout Caleb Spears, center, presented a check from McCoy's Building Supply for his $3,500 project to add ga-ga ball pits at Valiant Park across from Bay City Junior High School and at Amistad Park. The game combines dodging, striking, running and jumping; with the objective of being the last person standing. Spears is joined by city Finance Director Scotty Jones, Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Blackburn and Mayor Robert Nelson.

   Mayor Robert Nelson pulled an open session item about Bay City Housing Authority (BCHA) board appointments into a closed-door meeting at council’s regular meeting Thursday, Sept. 12.
   Council’s Thursday agenda included the reappointment of three BCHA board members three members: Danyal Manning, Vidalia Leal and Ronnie Reeves and the appointment of Thomas Battle.
   When the agenda came up, Mayor Pro Tem Jason Childers began to speak, only to be interrupted by Nelson.
   “We’re not talking about that now. We’re going to talk about it in closed session,” the mayor said.
   The Sentinel first asked the mayor and council what provision of the open meetings act allowed council to discuss people who were not city employees as an allowable personnel matter in an executive session.
   City Attorney Anne Marie Odefy said the housing authority appointments were pushed into closed meeting not under personnel, but “legal,” without further explanation.


"Matthews’ 2 main goals from Bay City Friday: Discipline, execution" by: Mike Reddell

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Blackcat running back Avery Smith gets some yardage on this play, part of the 60 yards rushing he had against GP.

   Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews is doubling down on consistency and execution when Bay City travels to District 18-6A Westbury this Friday, Sept. 20. 
   While the Huskies (0-3) have struggled so far this season, Matthews said “They’re looking for a win just as we are.” 
   “The biggest thing for us is finding a way for this team to win,” the coach added.
   Bay City is coming off a 37-7 loss to 5A Gregory-Portland last Friday.
   “We need to play well. We haven’t played well since Cuero,” he said, explaining he was referring to the Blackcat defensive game Cuero.
   “Offensively, we’ve got to find a way to put it together. We need to find the right mix of people.
   “We haven’t established our identity as far as offense is concerned.”
   It all boils down to consistency and execution, he said.


"Injury-riddled Tidehaven welcomes Shiner Friday" by: Mike Reddell

   The Tidehaven Tigers have their work cut out for them when they host the District 15-2A-1 Shiner Comanches (3-0) Friday night.
   Tidehaven is coming off a 34-22 loss to cross-county rival Palacios and Head Coach David Lucio is trying to move people into positions because of injuries.
   “We went into the Palacios game down five starters, and left down three more. We are trying to get healthy,” the head coach said.
   “Shiner has a very good ball club, might be the best we see all year. 
   “It would be a tossup between them and Refugio,” Lucio said.
   “They have some great running backs, about four of them that could start for most programs in the state at any level. Their defense is also very good,” Lucio added. 
   “In the meantime, we will be playing a number of young kids and reserves. 
   “I was very proud of how are kids battled last Friday,” the coach said. 


"Leopards rout Rams" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

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Van Vleck senior quarterback Joshua Delarosa still arms a Kashmere defender last Friday night.

   The Van Vleck Leopards celebrated homecoming night by scoring early and often in a 43-8 blowout of the Kashmere Rams.
   With the win, Van Vleck moves to 2-0 on the season before their first road game this Friday night against Second Baptist.
   The Leopards lit up the scoreboard on their second offensive possession of the night. 
   After a Kashmere punt set up Van Vleck at their own 47-yard line, it only took two plays for the Leopards to score.  
   Van Vleck quarterback Josh DeLarosa connected with Kadarius Woodard on a 50-yard pass-and-catch to start the drive, followed by a DeLarosa quarterback keeper from three yards out for the first Van Vleck score of the night. 
   Slade Huerta booted the extra point through, and the Leopards were out in front 7-0. 
   The Van Vleck defense stood stiff on the next Ram drive, forcing a punt. 


Jason Anderson Memorial Tournament features 160 players

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The 10th Annual Jason Anderson Memorial Golf Tournament had 40 teams of foursomes - 160 players - as you can see from just part of the crowd at Rio Colorado Golf Course Saturday, Sept. 14. The tournament funds several local scholarships annually.


Van Vleck ISD rededicates stadium

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   Van Vleck ISD rededicated Burl McKinney Stadium after months of renovations Friday, Sept. 6. 
   In front of a packed crowd at the Leopards first home football game, VVISD and friends and family of Burl McKinney celebrated the rededication of our stadium.
   Burl and his wife Mary Ann came to Van Vleck in 1962. McKinney taught physical education and coached. 
   He started the physical education program at the Van Vleck Elementary School. He was assistant athletic director until he became the athletic director in 1964, a position he held until 1972. In 1972, McKinney was named principal of Van Vleck Elementary School, a position he held until his death in 1987. 
   In 1988, the football stadium at Van Vleck was rededicated in his honor.
   Superintendent John O’Brien said, “We are so excited to rededicate of stadium, Burl McKinney Stadium. 


"Blackcats return to drawing board in preparing for Gregory-Portland" by: Mike Reddell

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Blackcat senior Carlos Lara (1) stiff arms a Bellville defender and gets blocking help from Logan Maclennan (62) in action Friday night.

   Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews stressed that players and coaches alike have to put a better plan on the field than what happened when Bay City lost 43-7 at Bellville last Friday night.
   “Our team laid an egg in the first quarter,” Matthews said of the Blackcats 26-0 deficit in the first quarter.
   “We must figure out if we’re the team we want to be,” he said, when the Blackcats host Gregory-Portland (GP) Friday night.
   “This will give us the chance to see how far we’ve come,” Matthews added.
   GP appears to be the offensive opposite to run-oriented Bellville.
   Where Bellville piled up 283 yards rushing against Bay City’s 147 yards.
   GP heavily relied on passing in its two wins this season.
   The Wildcats put up 254 passing yards against Victoria East in a 29-7 victory, and 231 aerial yards in beating Corpus Christi Carroll, a 45-12 win, in G-P’s opener.
   “That’s the system they run,” Matthews said.


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