Bears' Win Streak On the Line Friday
SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Academy Bears are riding high on a three-game winning streak after wins over San Antonio Brooks, Austin St. Dominic Savio and Austin Texas School for the Deaf.
Now the Bears must turn their focus to the UIL's Louise High School. The Hornets are led by head coach Mark Stevens. Defensively, the Hornets are strong upfront with defensive tackle Jaylon Bradford (6-2, 250), while their secondary is led by Desmond Pulliam. Ethan Hulsey mans the middle at the linebacker spot.
Offensively, the Hornets look to Dillon Lee to provide the punch to move the chains from the backfield. The Hornets stand at 1-3 after winning last week 33-14 over the Woodsboro High School. Their losses came to Danbury, Van Vleck and Burton.
The Bears have been led during their win streak primarily by the defense and the play of Estevan Gutierrez, the sophomore from San Marcos has been dominating and leading the team in most defensive categories. Gutierrez had eight tackles alone versus TSD last week. Cameron Whitehead has been strong at the middle linebacker position and big plays by the secondary have come from John Myers and Aubrey Oswalt. The corners have played tough also led by Josh McIntyre and Brett Mackall.
“Our defensive backs have made some great plays coming up with some big interceptions,” Gutierrez said. “Overall we don’t make a lot of mistakes. We could not wait to play against a fast team like TSD and we wanted to show we could play with a fast team.”
The defense has allowed 21 points in the last 14 quarters, and if the Bears continue this pace they will continue their dominance.
Offensively quarterback Jonathan Powell has kept the Bears rolling with his legs along with strong running in the backfield from Ty Merriweather. Powell passed for 90 yards and rushed for 122 yards on 23 carries versus TSD last week. The Bears are averaging roughly 300 yards a game on offense. The recent play of Deondrick McCoy has been a pleasant surprise for all at the Academy, and has caught the eye of Bears head coach Les Davis.
”Dion'drick has stepped in and become a playmaker,” Davis said. “He has a knack for being around the ball on defense and his athleticism can help us in several spots on the offensive side of the ball.
“Louise will be our toughest test so far,” the SMA head coach added. “They have a big back who runs tough. We will have to get a lot of bodies to the ball in a hurry. Our defense has done a good job of reacting to whatever the opponent has thrown at us and will need to continue playing at a high level in order for us to be successful.
”Offensively, we have shown that we have the ability to be explosive with big plays. We need to work on being more consistent in our execution. We cannot afford to have three turnovers in a game. We have to take care of the ball.”
SMA will host the Hornets at 7:30 p.m. at A+FCU/Ingram Stadium on Friday, Sept. 24.
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