The opponents on the Warhorse football schedule leading up to the district kickoff contest on October 13 at Warhorse Stadium against Lytle ain’t getting any easier. The Central Catholic Buttons are coming off a 2016 season that saw them advance to the regional semi-final game against Dallas Bishop Dunne, whom they lost to 35-0. They lost that game but return 5 offensive and 5 defensive starters and 17 additional lettermen that make the Buttons challenge #4 for the Devine Warhorses.
Central Catholic, averaging nearly 44 points-per-game, is 3-0 on this season with opening wins against San Antonio Kennedy (48-14), San Antonio McCollum (39-13), and San Antonio Harlandale (44-3).
Three quarterbacks have completed passes thus far on the season for the Buttons. Nick Chavez is 21 of 33 for 387 yards and 6 touchdowns with no interceptions. Jay Yount is 15 of 19 for 229 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Grant Stephan is of 9 for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rushing-wise, running backs Zach Davidsmeyer (24 rushes, 170 yards, 4 touchdowns), Yount (20 for 121, 1 TD), and Gibby Garza (15 for 52, 2 TDs) carry much of the ground game responsibilities.
The Buttons defense has risen to the challenge this season, limiting opponents to 10 points per game. Central Catholic relies on linebacker Josh Montelonga (5-11, 210), defensive backs Ty Williamson (6-0, 175) and Joshua Madrid (5-9, 180) as their main yardage-stoppers whether it is the oppositions running or passing game. Sophomore Jay Juarez (5’9, 160) can play both linebacker and defensive back.
Devine is coming off a 42-27 defeat against a Marion team that should make noise in the state playoffs. With Marion in the Warhorses rear view, the focus is all on Central Catholic.
“It is another great challenge for us to prepare for district,” stated Head Coach Paul Gomez. “We look forward to playing a school as talented as Central Catholic and we look forward to improving as the season goes on.”
Driving directions to Bob Benson ‘66’ Stadium: I35 N. to Exit 157C (Quincy St.). Turn right off Quincy onto St. Mary’s St. The address is 1403 N. St. Mary’s St. Zip code is 78215.
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By Jerel Beaty