Tivy advances to regional semifinals

Saturday at San Marcos’ Bobcat Stadium, the District 14-5A Division II football champion Kerrville Tivy Antlers, 11-1, will take on the Port Lavaca Calhoun Sandcrabs, 9-3, in regional semi-final competition.

Kick-off time is scheduled for 3 p.m.

The winner of the Tivy-Calhoun game will face the winner of tomorrow’s matchup between the Corpus Christi Calallen Wildcats, 11-1, and the Brenham Cubs.

Calallen and Brenham will do battle at San Antonio’s Jerry Comalander Stadium, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Last Saturday night at San Antonio, the Tivy Antlers rallied to post a 24-14 win over the Southside Cardinals.

Down 14-7 at the end of the first half, the Antlers dominated the Cardinals in the second half as they outscored them 17-0.

Midway through the third period, the Antlers tied the score when running back Karson Valverde scored on a 14-yard touchdown run.

On a muffed Southside punt, defensive end Cary Easley scooped up the fumbled football and returned the ball five yards for a Tivy touchdown.

The Antlers clinched the win on an 18-yard field goal by place kicker Jasen Zirkel with two minutes left in the game.

Tivy finished with a statistical edge over Southside in first downs, 19-16, and in total yards, 376-218.

Southside turned the ball over four times, including three fumbles, while Tivy had three turnovers, including two fumbles.

Quarterback Cole Miears rushed for 86 yards and one touchdown to lead Tivy’s attack. He also completed 17 passes for 220 yards.

In games played last Friday, Port Lavaca beat the Leander Glenn Grizzlies, 45-27, Calallen bested the Alamo Heights Mules, 63-25, while Brenham outlast the Mission Sharyland Rattlers, 42-35, in a game that went two over-time periods.

At Brady tomorrow night, the Leakey Eagles, 11-1, will go up against the Gorman Panthers, 8-4, in the Class 1A Division I Region IV football championship game.

Kick-off time for the six-man game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last Friday at Fredericksburg, the Eagles defeated the May Tigers, 40-30, while Gorman topped the Nueces Canyon Panthers in a 48-44 thriller.

In other football playoff games played last Friday, the Crystal City Javelinas lost a 42-8 Class 4A Division II Area decision to the Rockport-Fulton Pirates, while the La Pryor Bulldogs suffered a 74-14 Class 2A Division II Area loss at the hands of the Burton Bulldogs.

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