In a game that was scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 last night but didn’t get underway until 9 due to thunderstorms in the Edinburg area, it seemed as if the Edinburg Bobcats’ and the Mission Eagles’ offenses never received the memo about the game having actually started. That’s because the only points either team managed to put up on the scoreboard came as a result of the Bobcats’ special teams – a first quarter blocked punt that went out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
With the Bobcats coming into the game with a 0-3 record and the Eagles at 1-2 both teams were looking to finish up non-district play on a positive note. However both teams struggled to put any offense together and both committed costly penalties and critical turnovers so neither team looked as if they’re quite ready for next week’s district opening games.
Mission quarterback Jesus Cuellar saw his first action since Week No. 1 when he went out with an injury. Cuellar completed 14 of 28 passes for 132 yards on the night. David Flores led the Eagles in both rushing and receiving yards with 46 yards rushing on 15 carries and seven receptions for 81 yards.
When asked about the fact that his team failed to put any points on the board against a previously winless Bobcats’ team, Mission head coach Mario Pena said, “We made a lot of mistakes. We had drives going but we fumble the ball and we shot ourselves in the foot. We lost three or four guys to injury so I couldn’t run some of my plays. We also lost our holder so that’s why we didn’t attempt the field goal when we had a chance of going ahead.”
Prior to the game Pena said that he expected Cuellar to see only limited action against Edinburg. However his No. 1 quarterback ended up taking most of the snaps from center.
“We didn’t have a whole lot of offense going so we were trying to see if he could get us going offensively,” said Pena. “He was rusty but we needed to get him some playing time.”
Mission will be opening its district schedule at Tom Landry Stadium Friday at 7:30 against the McAllen High Bulldogs.