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Depending on which Big 6 football team you’re a fan of, Week 3 was either good news or bad news for you and your team.
Two of the teams that fell into the good news column last week were Mission High and Veterans Memorial. That’s because both teams had Week 3 off to heal up from their previous games and to prepare for their initial district games of the year. Not only do both Mission teams face foes with records identical to their own this week but the Eagles and the Patriots will both find themselves lining up against Tigers tonight.
In a battle of two undefeated teams, Coach Mario Peña and his 3-0 Mission Eagles will be traveling to Valley View tonight to play the 3-0 Tigers. Valley View’s three wins this year have come against Progresso (42-0), Brownsville Lopez (42-17) and Hidalgo (16-14). The Eagles have victories over Palmview (21-19), Brownsville Hanna (13-7) and C.C. Tuloso Midway (31-24).
Coach David Gilpin’s 2-1 Veterans Memorial Patriots will also be on the road this week as they travel to Mercedes to face the 2-1Tigers under the Friday night lights. Mercedes lost to C.C. Calallen in Week 0 by a score of 40-0, but bounced back in Week 1 against Hidalgo by a score of 20-16 and then again in Week 2 against La Feria by a score of 13-3. The Patriots’ two wins came against Brownsville Rivera and Zapata, while their loss came at the hands of La Joya Palmview. Veterans Memorial has scored an average of 30 points per game this season while Mercedes has averaged 13.33 points per game.
Week 3 was also good news for the Palmview Lobos as they evened up their District 30-5A record at 1-1 with a 23-18 victory over the winless Edinburg Bobcats. Tonight Coach Manuel Flores’ Lobos travel to Donna to play the 3-0 Redskins. Donna’s victories this year have come at the expense of PSJA North (42-21), Weslaco High (28-14) and Edinburg High (31-7).
Flores named wide receiver Ruben Ramos as his offensive player of the week for Week 3. Ramos had three receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown against the Bobcats. Flores also named the Lobos’ entire defensive unit as his defensive players of the week and kicker Lorenzo Mendoza as his special teams player of the week.
At Sharyland’s Rattler Stadium last week, it was more a matter of great news and terrible news for two Big 6 teams. Coach Ron Adame’s 3-0 Rattlers struck early and often against Coach George Espinoza’s La Joya Coyotes, as Sharyland had a 49-0 lead at the intermission en route to a 63-6 victory over the 2-2 Coyotes.
The Rattlers looked to continue their winning ways as they traveled to Edinburg Economedes last night and faced off against the 3-1 Jaguars. Heading into last night’s game, Economedes’ only loss this season was a 20-21 squeaker against their cross-town and district rivals the Edinburg North Cougars.
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The Coyotes are open this week as they lick their wounds from their lopsided loss to the Rattlers and as they prepare for Edinburg Economedes next week. Despite being routed by Sharyland in Week 3, the fact that it only counted as one loss and the fact that that their Coyotes are still 1-1 in district play is the kind of good news that any glass half-full La Joya fans can take into their Week 5 game against the Jaguars.
The final bit of bad news for Big 6 teams during Week 3 was the Juarez-Lincoln 31-6 loss to Edinburg North. Coach Tomas Garcia’s 2-2 Huskies will host the 0-4 Sabercats of Edinburg Vela tonight in what will be Juarez-Lincoln’s homecoming game. In what is their inaugural year, the Sabercats have fallen victim to PSJA, PSJA Southwest, La Joya and Edinburg Economedes so far this season by a combined score of 126-39.
The Huskies two wins this year have come against Rio Hondo and Palmview while their two losses came against PSJA Memorial and Edinburg North. In their two losses Juarez-Lincoln managed to score only six points per game while in their two victories the Huskies scored a total of 35 points.
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