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Port Isabel vs. Navarro Preview

PORT ISABEL TARPONS VS. NAVARRO PANTHERS

3A Division II Region Semi-Finals

Calallen High School (Corpus Christi) Saturday at 6 pm

Directions: Take 77 and Exit at FM 624 or Northwest Blvd.

SURFACE– Field Turf

HOW THEY GOT HERE;

Port Isabel defeated Lyford 40-20 and Sinton 53-26

Navarro beat Pleasanton 76-49 and Wharton 37-22

This game will be a battle to see who moves to the Region Finals. Both teams have similar styles and the game will be an old school battle. It will come down to who can win in the trenches and who makes fewer mistakes.

Port Isabel (9-3) will use its multiple I formations and run the ball down your throat until you stop it. They can pass the ball, but don’t do it very much average about 50 yards a game. The defense has been strong all year-long, but seems to be getting better and reminiscent of the Seawall Defense. Many are starting to compare this team to the Tarpons team from 2003 that went to tne state semis.

Navarro (10-2) is no pushover and they like to score points. In the two playoff games, they have score over 100 points and rushed for more than 1,000 yards. They run a Slot T formation. They have two running backs over a 1,000 yards for the season and third about to hit that mark. They will run the counter and the sweep. The Panthers also pass for about 60 yards a game. The defense is stingy and can get the job done.

The Tarpons have made it to December Football in the past, but it has been awhile. The last appearance was in 2004. This is the second time in three years the Panthers have made it this far.

The keys will be stopping the run for both teams. When you run the ball, it means the clock is rolling and the number of possession are limited. Tarpons have at times had problems in the middle of the defensive line. They must hold their own to win this game. Also the passing game may come into play if the defenses can hold the run games. It may be a factor in deciding this game.

Winner Plays Orange Grove-Bellville Winner Bellville caught a break when Orange Grove QB Ruben Lopez suffered a tear in ACL in the game vs. Raymondville. Now OG must go with back up qb. Bellville came in second in a tough district, only losing to El Campo. They suffered two other losses in non-district play.

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