And then there was one.
District 29-6A sent four teams to the football postseason with hopes of playoff success. After week one, two of those teams were out including district champions Laredo United South, which lost to McAllen Memorial, 31-28, and third place Laredo Alexander, which was knocked out in the bi-district round by McAllen Nikki-Rowe, 42-28.
District runners up Laredo United and fourth place Eagle Pass made it out of the first round. The Eagles beat Pharr San Juan Alamo, 42-31, and Laredo United edged Mission, 38-35.
Eagle Pass’ stay in the postseason came to an end this weekend as the Eagles were thumped by Brownsville Vela (9-3), 45-21. Vela’s reward for the win is a date this weekend against unbeaten San Antonio Brandeis (12-0), which has already beat San Antonio Johnson and Clemens.
As for United (10-2), they had little trouble taking down San Benito, 45-28. Wayo Huerta powered the Longhorns machine. According to the Laredo Morning Times, Huerta was 19-of-28 passing for 338 yards and four touchdowns.
United now moves into the Class 6A, Division I Sweet 16 round where they will meet Converse Judson (11-1). That game is set for Friday at 8 p.m. in San Antonio’s Alamodome.
Judson is 5-0 all-time against Laredo United. The last time these two teams met was in 2015, and Judson won that game, 45-0.
Judson opened its playoff run with a 56-21 win over Buda Hays before throttling San Antonio Reagan, 49-20.
The winner of United and Judson will face either Lake Travis or Weslaco in the Class 6A-Region IV, Division I finals with a trip to the state’s final four on the line.
While some Del Rio fans may be cheering on United due to the familiar district ties, many more will be rooting for Brandeis.
Why the Broncos? Well, Brandeis is home to former Del Rio Rams standout Joshua Kaylon Green, whose family moved to San Antonio during the offseason. As a sophomore last season, Green was named the District 29-6A Defensive Newcomer of the Year and was tabbed as a player to “keep an eye on” by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine.
Now a junior, Green has had another solid year for Brandeis. While he is listed as an outside linebacker, he’s spent much of the season lined up on the defensive line for the Broncos. Wearing “44” now instead of the “31” he wore in Del Rio, Green has continued to terrorize opposing offensives. He was named the San Antonio Express-News’ Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 14 after he recorded two-and-a-half sacks, four pressures and eight tackles in Brandeis’ 37-15 victory over San Antonio O’Connor. That win also snapped O’Connor’s 23-game district winning streak.
Green got to meet with many of his former teammates earlier this season when he attended Del Rio’s game against San Antonio Harlan at San Antonio’s Gustafson Stadium.
Green’s reunion tour continues somewhat this weekend as he returns to Laredo’s Student Activity Complex, where he last played as a member of the Rams, as Brandeis is set to face Vela Friday at 2 p.m.