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2015-01-08

Jennings, Ventura represent Bulldogs in all-star game

By Brady Keane BCC Contributor

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Seniors Corey Jennings (51) and Landon Ventura (30) played for San Antonio West in the SA Sports All-Star game this past Saturday at the Alamodome.



2015 got off to a quick start for seniors Corey Jennings and Landon Ventura, as the Bulldog football stars took the field in front of more than 11,000 people on Jan. 3 for the SA Sports All-Star Game.
Despite the West side losing the game by a final score of 30-13, the experience of playing in the Alamodome on a big stage was one that the two will never forget.
"It was a great experience, and an exhilarating atmosphere that was a great way to end my high school career," Jennings said.
In one of the top All-Star games across the country, Jennings and Ventura each had significant time on the field in their respective positions. On the defensive line for the West, Jennings recorded two tackles in the second half while competing against some of the best offensive linemen in the State.
On the offensive side of the ball, the West had to abandon the running attack for the majority of the game because of the large deficit they faced. However, Ventura got a couple of touches late in the first half, while picking up a couple of key blocks coming out of the backfield as well.
"For being in a game with the top athletes in the area, we put out our best effort with
each and every opportunity we got," Ventura said.
Playing in the annual All-Star game concluded a big time winter break for two athletes hoping to play at the college level next season, as both Jennings (defensive line) and Ventura (running back) were named to the First-Team All-District team earlier in the month.
"It was certainly a rewarding end to several seasons of hard work and dedication in a sport that I have loved for my entire life," Jennings said.
For the last two seasons, Ventura, a 2013 All-State Kick Returner, has been an explosive option as both a running back and kick return specialist. Having racked up 1173 yards on 236 carries with 11 touchdowns over the past two years, Ventura has been a key part of the Bandera offense that finished the 2014 reason atop the district in yards-per-game average.
Jennings was all over the field for the Bulldogs each of the last two seasons, lining up at both offensive and defensive line, fullback, halfback, and tight-end for the Bulldogs. From the defensive line, Jennings was credited with 40 tackles in 2013, but recorded 48 tackles, six tackles for loss, and four sacks this season. In the backfield, Jennings ran for 138 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown.
Both players are still hoping to receive a scholarship offer to continue their football career in the coming months, while also continuing their athletic careers in different sports for the Bulldog Athletic Department. Jennings is the starting power forward for the state ranked Bulldog Basketball team and participates in shot put and discus on the track team, while Ventura plans to run track for the Bulldogs as well.