4A Games Determining Coastal Bend Playoff Teams

Play in high school 4A district leagues in the Coastal Bend started to show last night who are the pretenders and the contenders. In both districts, one team is now in control of its own destiny, while a title in other may be decided next week.

Victoria East blew an early lead and let Gregory-Portland get within two points, trailing 21-19. Then, like magic, the Titans woke up with momentum clearly against them going into the 4th quarter.

 In the District 30 game, The Beast scored on a 69 yard pass play, then returned an interception for a TD. They scored another td to win 42-19 over the mighty GP Wildcats, who have lost two games in a row.

Calhoun continue its winning ways as they blew out Victoria West, 47-27. The Warriors kept up with the Sandcrabs for a little bit, but then the speed and offense of Calhoun took over. In a battle for the bottom of the division, Beeville blew out Floresville 55-35.

Victoria East is in control and just needs to win out and they will be district champs. They will play Floresville, the worst team in the league, and Victoria West, a team they should beat.  Surprisingly, before the season started, many predicted Victoria West would be more talented, but the Titans are showing they are The Beast.

Victoria West will host Gregory-Portland in a game for third place. Yes, GP Wildcats have fallen from the world of unbeatens to now play for third place. It looks as if Calhoun will get second place in this district by virtue of its victories over GP and Victoria West.

In District 31 4A division, the battle between Ray and Alice turned out to be a rout. Both teams struggled in the beginning of the year, but started to play better as the season went on.

Many fans and sports reporters talked about Ray and the Texans’ defense, but their defense didn’t show up and the Coyotes blew them out. Alice, playing at home, raced out to a 42-13 lead. They capitalized on turnovers and the Coyotes’ defense proved itself in a 52-34 win.

Flour Bluff bounced back from a heartbreaking loss to the Calallen Wildcats in overtime to dominate Kingsville, who remains winless overall and in district. The final score was 48-14. Moody beat Tuloso-Midway40-21 on the new turf at Cabaniss Field Thursday night.  Calallen had a bye this week.

Calallen will be travelling to Alice next week in what is for the district title. Alice beat the Wildcats two years ago, but last year Calallen whipped the Coyotes on their home field. It will be Parent’s Night and emotions running high for the Alice seniors. Head Football Coach Chris Soza, who also has beaten Calallen when he coached at Beeville High School, will have his team ready. Calallen Football Coach Phil Danaher, who is coming off a bye, will have tricks up his sleeve and be ready for this big matchup.

The only other big game will be the Moody vs Flour Bluff game. Flour Bluff is 1-3 in district with its win over Kingsville, but they have lost to the top three teams in the district. So if they win out, Flour Bluff will be the fourth place team and make the playoffs. This game against Moody will determine who will be the 4th place team. Moody has won a barn burner over Kingsville and beat up on TM, but they will have beat the Bluff on the road, if they want to make the playoffs.  

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, mannydelarosa@yahoo.com

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