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Palmview redies for Rowe: Overconfidence could spell disaster

Riding a three-game unbeaten streak, including two straight wins in District 30-6A play, La Joya Palmview isn’t taking any chances against McAllen Rowe on Friday at 7:30 p.m. when they host the battered Warriors at Pack Stadium.

McAllen Rowe (2-5 overall, 1-2 district) has given up over 50 points in each of their last two district matchups and scored more than 19 points only twice in seven games this season.

20141010-Football-La-Joya-v-Palmview- dy-028The last time the Lobos underestimated a team, they paid dearly for it with a loss. Palmview dropped a 14-9 decision to Rio Grande City on Sept. 12.

The Lobos don’t plan to do the same thing against the Warriors.

“I think we learned our lesson when we faced Rio Grande City, I told them that we can’t go in there over confident,” Palmview head coach Margarito Requenez said. “I think that was a coaching problem and we fixed that.”

The Lobos (4-1-1, 2-0) are coming off a 23-10 victory over rival La Joya on Oct. 3 and are undefeated in district play.

With four games left in the district season, Palmview is close to securing its first playoff berth in their short seven-year history. The Lobos football program began in 2008.

“It’s just like another game,” Requenez said. “We just got to prepare for it. It’s nothing different and they’re nobody special. We just got to play Lobo football. I don’t worry about what they do, we just have to concentrate on what we have to do.”

Among the keys to victory for Palmview against Rowe will be their defense that has only allowed an average of 13.3 points per game. The Lobos’ ‘D’ will face a Warrior offense that hasn’t been firing on all cylinders and averages 21.4 points per game.

Rowe has been rocked in their last two outings at the hands of city rivals McAllen Memorial and McAllen. The Mustangs routed the Warriors 58-19 on Oct. 3 and the Bulldogs mauled Rowe 63-13 last Friday.

Palmview’s offense was revived last week in their 23-10 win over La Joya. Offensively, the game against Rowe is relatively even although the Lobos have a slight edge averaging 22.3 points per game.

“We’re going to try our best, we’re going to stay humble,” Palmview senior running back Alfredo Villarreal said. “We’re going to work hard and get after them. We want to avoid getting cocky, keep working hard, run and pass the ball. We learned from our mistakes and we use them here to get better.”

After Friday’s game against Rowe, the Lobos will visit La Joya Juárez-Lincoln on Oct. 24 and close out the season at home against Memorial on Oct. 31 and away at McHi on Nov. 6.

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