The Palmview Lobos overcame first half turnovers to defeat the Brownsville Pace Vikings by a score of 27-14 Friday evening at La Joya Pack Stadium. It was a back-and-forth first half as the Vikings struck first with 3:17 remaining in the first quarter to make the score 7-0 Pace. It then took the Lobos only two plays to score their first TD of the game on a 77-yard run by junior quarterback David Flores to tie the score at seven all. However, the Vikings returned the ensuing kickoff all the way for a touchdown to give Pace their second lead of the game at 14-7.
When all was said and done, only one minute and 11 seconds of game time elapsed while those three touchdowns were scored.
Then with 1:20 remaining in the first half, Palmview senior wide receiver Eric Vasquez caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Flores to make the score 14-13 Pace at the intermission.
The Lobos took the lead for the first time with 8:15 remaining in the third quarter when senior running back Miguel Gama ran the ball into the end zone from seven yards out to make the score 20-14 Palmview. Then with 1:45 remaining in the third quarter, the Lobos extended their lead when Flores scored his second touchdown of the game on a keeper from one yard out. That made the score 27-14 Lobos which, after a scoreless fourth quarter, was the game’s final score.
Palmview head coach Margarito ‘Mage’ Requenez addressed the turnovers issue immediately after the game when he said, “That’s something we’ve been trying to correct since the first week of the season. We are getting better at it and hopefully we’ll be cured from those turnovers by next week when we open our district schedule against McAllen Memorial.”
As for what he said to his team at halftime to have them take control of the game in the third and fourth quarters, Requenez said, “I told them that if they wanted to have a winning season, they’d have to eliminate the mental mistakes at critical situations like the turnovers they made in the first half. I also told them that if we didn’t eliminate those mistakes, we’d end up losing the game.”
Wide receiver Eric Vasquez scored Palmview’s only receiving touchdown of the game when he and quarterback David Flores connected on a 21-yard pass into the end zone. While he did make a spectacular catch on the play, Vasquez readily shared the credit with his teammates.
“They say that 11 brothers are hard to beat,” Flores said. “Everyone had my back on that play and I thank God I caught that ball.”
When asked if the thought he was going to catch the ball as it was coming to him, Vasquez said, “I always think I’m going to catch the ball.”
Fourth year varsity running back Miguel Gama scored the touchdown that gave the Lobos the lead to stay. He ran the ball into the end zone from seven yards out pretty much untouched. Like Vasquez, Gama was quick to give his teammates the credit.
“I couldn’t have scored the touchdown without the o-line,” Gama said. “They opened a hole for me and I ran right through it.”
The Lobos improved to 2-2 on the season with their win against the Vikings. Next up for Palmview will be the defending district champions, McAllen Memorial Mustangs who are also 2-2 in non-district play thus far this season.