The Southside Cardinals were expected to have a good year this season and they did not disappoint on those predictions in the opener. Southside’s Richard Torres came out on fire hitting receiver’s with machine like precision. Cardinals running back Michael Nunez got the scoring going early with a big touchdown run to put the Cardinals up 6-0. It was all Southside from there as Nunez scored again on a beautiful Torres toss down the right sideline. Southside’s defense anchored by Cody Wilkerson was equally as tough. Several Cardinal defenders including Gary Hernandez had timely interception’s to keep Brownsville Lopez in check.
Several Cardinals got in on the scoring action including Nunez, Alaniz, Castillo, Moreno, Jake Montoya and Gary Hernandez. The touchdowns were delivered courtesy of “Richie Rich” The Cardinals starting quarterback had seven touchdowns at halftime. That’s right seven at the half. The Cardinals signal caller was firing with precision all night long.
Torres threw for an unbelievable eight touchdowns with the last one coming at the eight minute mark of the third quarter. Gary Hernandez was on the receiving end of the historic touchdown. The 8th touchdown pass was a school record. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football analyst Greg Tepper noted that Richard Torres became just the 59th quarterback in 11 man UIL history to throw for eight touchdowns in a game. Southside went on to win the game 62-14.
Torres said “I feel like we came out and executed. Give credit to the line and to the receiver’s too for catching balls and I felt like we just executed well and came out on top.” Torres was confident and excited the way the team played but also very level headed about Southside’s upcoming opponent Somerset.
Coach Ricky Lock was proud of Southside’s effort but noted Southside was missing a couple of starters and still needs work to do before Southside’s big rivalry game “The Battle of 1604” against Somerset.