The bad news for the Palmview Lobos is star receiver Santiago Munoz went out last night with a possible stress fracture in his foot, potentially ending his season. However, the good news is the Lobos had plenty of talent and more to make up for the loss as the red and black took down the Mission Eagles, 25-7.
“Good to start off [district] with a win,” said Palmview head coach Manny Flores after the game. “We had a good two weeks of preparation.”
One of those talents who apparently used his practice time wisely was Jesus Vela who had two touchdown catches, both coming in the third quarter. Up 9-7 at the half, Mission came out on its first drive and fumbled on its first play, allowing Victor Gallegos to recover the ball in Eagle territory. A couple plays later quarterback Abel Martinez picked up 11 yards on a designed keeper. Then, a couple plays after that, Martinez found Vela on a quick four yard in.
Of course Martinez and Vela weren’t through connecting with one another. Vela’s second touchdown was even more spectacular than the first. After holding Mission to a frustrated series following Vela’s first touchdown, Martinez again hit jersey number 21, this time on a slant. Vela made a strong catch with his defender still on him and then shook that defender to rumble 53 yards through green pastures to put his team up 22-7.
Alex Segura split the uprights with a field goal in the closing minutes to give his team its final score. Mar Gonzalez scored the team’s first touchdown early in the second quarter and the defense followed that up with a safety midway through the quarter.
Mission’s loan touchdown came in the second quarter when Derek Villegas received a play action pass from Juan Rios.
To be sure, the Lobos are talented and use that talent in a unique way. Flores says he wants two quarterbacks who can play at any given time so he employs the use of two during the game, giving Erasmo Gonzalez time in the backfield as well. And then, of course, the two quarterbacks have plenty of options to throw the ball to: Mar Gonzalez, Santiago Munoz, Armando Gallegos, Brandon Guerra, JJ Vasquez, David Garza and more.
Next week Mission will host McAllen Memorial while Palmview will take on rival La Joya.
Donna 35 La Joya 0: The Coyotes struggled to generate points in their district opener, losing to the district’s surprise team. The undefeated Redskins look to give Sharyland a challenge next Friday night at Rattler Stadium. La Joya, meanwhile, will take on Palmview.
Sharyland 45 Nikki Rowe 13: The Rattlers have yet to score less than forty points in a game this season as Tres Barrera and Co. continue to beat down their opponents, week in and week out. However, Donna will be Shary’s biggest test to date this season.
Memorial 51 McHi 38: Preseason district favorite Memorial continues to roll but Shary may have taken over as the current district favorite. The Mustangs visit Mission next week while McHI hosts Rowe.
Edcouch-Elsa 41 Juarez-Lincoln 0: The Huskies couldn’t follow up last week’s big win over Veterans Memorial with a decent showing versus the Yellow Jackets. E-E and Weslaco East are quickly rising as the premier teams from the district. Next week Juarez will host Hidalgo while Edcouch goes to Mercedes.
Mercedes 31 Veterans Memorial 10: The Patriots dropped to 1-2 and continue to seek answers at the quarterback position. Next week may be just what David Gilpin’s squad needs as they take on a Valley View team that has yet to win in district. The Tigers will host the Yellow Jackets.
Weslaco East 65 Valley View 0: The Wildcats continue to roll through their opponents, posting their second shutout of the season. Next week could be a challenge, however, as the juggernaut will take on a surging Rio Grande City squad.
Rio Grande City 61 Roma 28: There are good times in Rio Grande City as the Rattlers are now 3-0 in district after a huge win in the Battle for Starr County. Luckily, RGC has a bye week to see if they can handle the big boys of Weslaco East in two weeks. Roma meanwhile has to take on that same challenge, only they have to do it in a week.
Hidalgo: bye week. Next week the Pirates will visit Juarez-Lincoln.
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