Victoria East sneaks past SA Brackenridge
Cameron Schultz ran for minus-24 yards. But no one associated with Victoria East will mind.
The senior quarterback lost all those yards taking a knee in the final two minutes Friday night in the Titans 39-38 victory over San Antonio Brackenridge.
Besides, Schultz made a bigger impact earlier in the night, when he caught what wound up being the game-winning touchdown reception from Mark Cavazos with 9:30 remaining.
On third and long Cavazos threw a screen pass to Schultz, who was lined up wide in a four-receiver formation. Schultz slipped a tackle, cut inside and ran untouched for a 45-yard touchdown.
That score gave East (1-2) a 39-30 lead that was just large enough to maintain in the final nine minutes of the game.
"It's great," said Cavazos about Schultz. "He came in when we needed him the most. He came in and got a score for us and put us on top."
Cavazos later said some of his passes weren't the best, but that might have been modesty. He threw for more than 300 yards and a career-best five touchdown passes. Three of those tosses were to junior wide receiver Deondric Lofton, the other was a 21-yard pitch to Jonathan Ortega.
Lofton also had the best game of his career catching six passes for 134 yards. He added and interception late in the first quarter, a play that led to the Titans' second touchdown of the night.
However, the junior was on the sidelines for the biggest reception of the game.
The play came as the Titans were trying to whittle the clock late. Again it was third and long, this time with two minutes remaining. Cavazos dropped back and lofted a spiral down the far side line for Ortega. The sophomore wide receiver caught the ball over his left shoulder to set up the first down at the Brackenridge 6-yard line.
Schultz took over from there, draining all but the final eight second off the clock.
East head coach Roland Gonzalez was proud of the way his team made adjustments throughout the game.
Offensively, that was changing the route tree in the second half to throw a new wrinkle at the Eagles. Defensively, it was containing Brackenridge quarterback Ramon Richards when he scrambled around.
"I feel like a proud daddy," Gonzalez said. "Our kids really grew up as football team tonight. They played unified and played together. We had a lot of kids that had to step up. They found a way to overcome adversity and get the win. As close as it was, it was an exciting game. I'd like to say the fans got their money's worth. .We're just really proud of the young men."
Richards accounted for 292 total yards and four touchdowns for Brackenridge (2-1). He found junior wide receiver Montae Whorton ten times for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
On the East sidelines the Titans were comparing Richards to Robert Griffin III. It wasn't solely that Richards has locked hair and wears No. 10. It was the fact he was faster than just about any quarterback the Titans have seen, runs with the ball away from his body and made plays on the edge of the East defense all night.
But it wasn't enough. After the Richards and Whorton connected for a 24-yard touchdown with 5:42 remaining, the Eagles never saw the football again.
"It feels amazing," said a beaming Lofton. "It feels good to finally get our first win. I feel like we can keep going with the victories."