The Valley’s No. 1 ranked McAllen Memorial Mustangs were too much for the La Joya Coyotes to handle Friday evening as they stampeded the Coyotes in both teams’ District 30-6A opener by a score of 60-14. Thanks in big part to the running of Trevor Speights, who found the end zone five times on the night, Memorial scored touchdowns in all seven of its first half possessions to build a 48-7 lead over La Joya at the intermission.
The Coyotes scored their two touchdowns on their first and their last possessions of the game. The first score came on a 15-yard pass from senior quarterback John Cadena to J.C. Maldonado while the second score came on an 11-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Irving Garcia to Tito Delgado.
“Memorial is explosive offensively,” Espinoza said. “We knew that coming in. Not to make any excuses but we weren’t at our best tonight. We have a lot of guys that are banged up and hopefully we’ll recover them in the next two weeks. That’ll make a big difference for us both offensively and defensively.”
As for the final score being so lopsided Espinoza said, “It hurts to lose by so much. We expect a lot more from our team. Now we’ve got to put this one behind us. We still have a long way to go but we have to do our part.”
Next up for the Coyotes are the McAllen High Bulldogs at home next Friday night.