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Mission Veterans overcomes Juárez-Lincoln, stormy weather

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20140912 VMHS v J-L Football Small dy 009 2LA JOYA – The rains came early and often, and so did the touchdowns for Mission Veterans Memorial on a soggy Friday at Pack Stadium en route to a 48-6 victory over La Joya Juárez-Lincoln to notch their second victory of the season.
The Patriots improved to 2-1 with the triumph over the Huskies, who dropped to 0-3, and is still in search of its first victory of the young season.
While both teams were nursing injuries and battling a steady rain for much of the game, both squads struggled in the early going with Mission Veterans taking a slim 7-0 first-quarter lead with 6:41 remaining on an 8-yard TD run by Patriots quarterback Santos Villarreal.
Despite a few offensive lapses and a few bobbled balls due to the rain, Mission Veterans’ offense opened up in the second quarter and didn’t let up.
Junior John García increased the Patriot lead to 14-0 on a 1-yard TD run with 9:43 left in the second quarter. He followed that up with an 18-yard run a little more than three minutes later to give Mission Veterans a 21-0 lead.

Read more: Mission Veterans overcomes Juárez-Lincoln, stormy weather


Palmview Lobos going for 3-0

20140905 Football PHS-vs-PSJA-Southwest mdlc 003American novelist Norman Mailer once said, “It’s not the sentiments of men which make history, it’s their actions.”

Making history is what the La Joya Palmview Lobos football team will be looking to do tonight at Joe R. Sanchez Stadium in Rio Grande City (RGC). Whether they achieve that goal will come down to their actions on the field as they face off against the RGC Rattlers. Never before in Palmview High School (PHS) history has a Lobos’ varsity football team opened its season with a 3-0 record. With a Week 1 win over Brownsville Lopez and a Week 2 win over Pharr San-Juan Alamo Southwest (PSJASW),  Coach Mage Requenez’s Lobos could also be the first PHS football team ever to win three games in a row.

Immediately after pulling out their come-from-behind victory against PSJASW last Friday  Requenez shared what opening the season with back-to-back wins means.

Read more: Palmview Lobos going for 3-0


Coyotes’ mistakes lead to 59-7 loss

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20140911 Football LaJoya Vela MDThe La Joya Coyotes dropped to 1-2 in non-district play tonight as a result of their 59-7 loss to the Edinburg Vela Sabercats. Turnovers and costly penalties were the Coyotes' downfall as Coach George Espinoza's squad dug themselves into a hole that they could not climb out of.

After Vela scored on their first possession of the game, an Isaiah Calderon return to the Sabercats two yard line on the on the ensuing kickoff went to waste when a missed hand-off between La Joya quarterback Julio Garcia and one of his running backs fell to the ground and was picked up and run back for a 97-yard touchdown by a Vela defender.

Unfortunately for La Joya, that play was a sign of things to come as the only points they'd put on the board all night was a 4-yard run by Calderon late in the second quarter and the point after by Jorge Munoz.

Read more: Coyotes’ mistakes lead to 59-7 loss


Pioneer perseveres, defeats Pace in home debut

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20140905 Pioneer v Pace Footbal Small dy 010 2It’s not how many times you fall down, but how many times you get up after falling down that matters.
Sharyland Pioneer embodied that saying on Friday when they overcame four fumbles and an interception to defeat Brownsville Pace 14-7 in their inaugural home opener at Richard Thompson Stadium.
“Wins don’t come easy, I don’t care if it’s the Dallas Cowboys or the University of Texas Longhorns, so I’ll take it,” Pioneer first-year head coach Jason Wheeler said. “We turned the ball over a lot, we’re our own worst enemy on offense. We’re moving the ball good, but the turnovers really hurt us and a lot of penalties. We’ve got to correct that.”
“When we play a better football team, we’re going to be in trouble and dig ourselves into a hole,” added Wheeler. “The good thing is that we’re playing great defense right now and when you do that, it keeps you in the game.”

Read more: Pioneer perseveres, defeats Pace in home debut


Villarreal leads Lobos to second consecutive win

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Palmview PSJA SW1sJust two games into the 2014 season the Palmview Lobos have already doubled their win total from last year. After going 1-9 in 2013 the Lobos have opened 2014 with back-to-back wins over Brownsville Lopez last week and PSJA SW tonight to open the season at 2-0 for the first time since 2011.

While the final score was in the Lobos’ favor, the Javelinas opened the scoring on their very first play from scrimmage with an 81 yard touchdown pass that left the Lobos’ faithful stunned. However Palmview bounced back on their first drive which went 80 yards and was capped off with a 51 yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Andrew Puentes to senior wide receiver Rolando Ramos.

While their initial score was through the air, it was the Lobos’ running game that led Palmview to victory; in particular the running of senior running back Freddy Villarreal who carried the ball 37 times for 273 yards, three touchdowns and two two-point conversions. Jose Bernal contributed to Palmview’s impressive running attack as he carried the ball 14 times for 142 yards and one touchdown for the Lobos.

Read more: Villarreal leads Lobos to second consecutive win


Patriots to play Odessa-Permian

20140905-missionderbyfootball-1-16Road trips are nothing new to Coach David Gilpin and his Veterans Memorial Patriots football team. Each season approximately half their games are played away from the friendly confines of Tom Landry Stadium so boarding buses for quick trips up or down the Valley, or possibly to venues as distant as Laredo or Corpus Christi, comes with the territory.

Today, however, the Patriots will be embarking on the longest road trip in Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) football history. Their destination will be the fabled Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas which is known as “The epicenter of Texas high school football,” home to the Odessa-Permian Panthers – the team immortalized in the book and subsequent movie and television series titled, “Friday Night Lights.”

So why would Gilpin go to all the trouble and expense of scheduling a non-district game so far away? It’s all part of his plan to make his Patriots competitive against the kind of teams that always seem to beat Valley teams in the third round of the playoffs and beyond.

Read more: Patriots to play Odessa-Permian


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