The last two weeks the La Joya Coyotes gave two 4-1 teams, the Weslaco East Wildcats and the McAllen Memorial Mustangs, all they could handle. They lost by the slimmest of margins possible to the Wildcats (21-20) and they actually led the Mustangs for most of the game before falling to them as well by a score of 21-17.
With back-to-back impressive performances against two formidable opponents it was starting to look as if the Coyotes were on the verge of pulling off their first district win of the season against the McAllen High Bulldogs Thursday night. However, it didn’t take long for the 4-2 Bulldogs to let it be known that they weren’t about to roll over and let the Coyotes fetch their first District 30-6A victory of the still young season against them.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring on their second possession of the game when quarterback Fred Hover called his own number and ran the ball into the end zone from 12-yards out. On their next possession the Coyotes drove the ball to the Bulldogs’ nine-yard line before their drive stalled and they attempted a field goal. However just when it looked as if La Joya was going to put points on the board, McAllen High’s Ruben Gutierrez broke through the line and blocked the kick.
After the Bulldogs scored their second touchdown of the game on the first play of the second quarter, the Coyotes scored what ended up being their only points of the night with 4:56 left in the second quarter when La Joya senior quarterback Julio Garcia connected with senior wide receiver Joel Casas on a short pass which Casas then ran into the end zone making the score 14-7 in favor of the Bulldogs.
McAllen High went on to score 27 unanswered points as Coyotes’ mistakes, in the form of costly turnovers and untimely penalties, thwarted their efforts to put more points on the board the remainder of the game.
When asked what he attributed his team’s poor showing against the Bulldogs to, La Joya head coach George Espinoza said, “We made a lot of errors tonight. We had limited our mistakes the past couple of weeks but they really hurt us tonight. We’re going to have to look at the film to see what happened and then we’ll have to regroup.”