Having already clinched a playoff berth, the first in school history, the Palmview Lobos closed out their district schedule Thursday night with a 14-0 loss at the hands of the McAllen High Bulldogs. A cold and steady rain that fell at McAllen’s Veterans Memorial Stadium from kickoff to the final ticks of the clock may have played a part in the Lobos’ loss as Palmview ball carriers had trouble holding on to the ball throughout the game and fumbles ended several drives that could’ve otherwise resulted in scores.
The Lobos were not the only ones having trouble holding on to the ball however as the Bulldogs fumbled the ball on their first possession and did so again later in the first quarter on a Palmview punt. With both teams failing to score in the opening period, it was not until a little more than five minutes remained in the second quarter that the Bulldogs, who took possession of the ball on the Lobos’ nine yard line after having recovered a Palmview fumble, put six points on the board. That was when Palmview’s Amador Garcia blocked the extra point attempt to keep the score at 6-0 at the intermission.
With eight minutes remaining in the third quarter, McAllen scored their second touchdown of the game after yet another Palmview fumble gave the Bulldogs the ball at midfield. McAllen then successfully converted a two-point conversion to close out the scoring at 14-0.
After the game, Palmview head coach Mage Requenez explained why his two top ground gainers did not get much playing time at all against the Bulldogs.
“We had to change our game plan after (Jose) Bernal got his shoulder tweaked and I decided to keep him out,” said Requenez. “We struggled on offense having him and Freddy Villarreal out. I decided that it wasn’t worth it to keep them in the game so I’ll take the blame for that one.”
As for the play of his defense that stopped McAllen on several fourth down attempts Requenez said, “Our defense played a hell of a game. The two scores they had were on short possessions. We played a great game and I don’t think that the score indicates how we played.”
With the loss, their second in as many weeks, the Lobos dropped to 6-3-1 overall and 4-2 in District 30-6A play.
Palmview will be traveling to Laredo to play the Laredo LBJ Wolves in the bi-district round of the playoffs Saturday November 15. The game will be played at the Student Activity Complex (SAC) with kickoff time to be determined later.