SAN ANTONIO - Home in the dome! That's the best way to sum up round four of the high school football playoffs. Although San Antonio versus Austin isn't bad either.
O'connor and Steele will play an Alamodome doubleheader Saturday in the 6a state quarters. O’Connor plays defending champ Lake Travis. Steele gets undefeated Westlake.
At this point, everybody is looking for an edge, and the Dome might be just that for the local teams.
“It’s a great opportunity. I was telling my family - I told them one day I’m going to be able to play there. And the opportunity’s here,” O'Connor quarterback Roel Sanchez told us. “There’s going to be a lot of people. Westlake and Steele are going to play after us, and I feel like the Austin people are going to come down early to watch Lake Travis – and we’ll see who comes to support us. It’s going to be a great crowd!”
Lake Travis vs. O'Connor in the Dome Saturday at 4pm. That's followed by Westlake vs. Steele.
The best local high school team you’ve never heard of
O'Connor and Steele are halfway there, but one local team will play for a state title on Thursday. It’s the best team you might not have known even existed.
There is a rumble in the halls of the Bracken Christian School. No, it's not the custodial staff; it's the football team preparing to play for another state title.
“You know I knew we could have done this, but it’s still just crazy for us to come this far,” said running back Presley Day.
“Kids were tested. Came out of the fire,” said head coach Hosea Stredic. “They’re still standing tall.”
The trophy case of past state champions isn't the only reminder in these halls of what's at stake, but also a message outside the film room: ‘How will history remember you.’
We’re leaving our legacy. How do they want to be remembered by the guys they’ll be leaving behind?” asked Stredic.
“To really make this much noise and to really put our school out there. And to be part of something bigger than yourself,” explained Day.
After starting the season 2-2, the message was sent loud and clear.
“Sometimes you can’t tell what kind of team you get into you get in the middle of a fire,” said Stredic.
“We just kept going. We didn’t give up,” said defensive end Paul Nakalanga
Since then they have won eight straight, and now just one win away from the ultimate prize.
The drive that every player has because we may not be the biggest and most physical but in our hearts we know what we want,” said Day.
“Just get that banner in there. We only have one state championship,” said wide receiver Cristian DeLeon.
Be history or make history? It's up for the Warriors to decide on Thursday.
“Whose gonna come up and pop them in the mouth – and take it home?” asked Nakalanga.
Good one Friday in Bastrop in 4A. 12-1 Wimberley vs. 12-0 Cuero. In 3A, Yoakum and Goliad meet Saturday in Austin at DKR Stadium. And the Falls City Beavers still alive! They play Burton in the 2A quarters Friday night in San Marcos.