Week 5 Previews and Porter Wins Again on Thursday Night Football

Porter Beat Donna North at Sams Stadium

Porter Beat Donna North at Sams Stadium

BROWNSVILLE–Watch out for Porter Nation.

The Cowboys (2-2) took advantage of some turnovers in the 2nd Half against Donna North (0-4) to over a 14-3 deficit and won easily 31-21. Porter used a strong running game behind RG George Gutierrez who rumbled for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

Donna North was leading at Half, but lost lead due to turnovers.

Donna North was leading at Half, but lost lead due to turnovers.

Donna North was eyeing its first victory after taking an early lead over Porter. They then turned the ball over twice in the second half, giving the Cowboys good field position. They scored two touchdowns off those turnovers and outscored the Chiefs by 14 in the 2nd Half.

Porter Fans Cheering Cowboys to Victory

Porter Fans Cheering Cowboys to Victory

Fans were going crazy as Porter won for the second time this year on Homecoming Night. They broke a 25 game losing streak earlier this season.  The Cowboys are 1-0 in District 32-5A and atop the standings.

Porter Head Coach Tom Campos has Cowboys at 1-0 in district play.

Porter Head Coach Tom Campos has Cowboys at 1-0 in district play.

Porter will face Edcouch Elsa next week, while Donna North plays Mercedes.

Week 5 Previews

Head Coach Monty Stumbaugh prepares Tarpons for  St. Joe's.

Head Coach Monty Stumbaugh prepares Tarpons for St. Joe’s.

Port Isabel vs. St. Joseph’s Academy– This is one of the bigger games in the Lower Valley. Both teams are undefeated and only four are left in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Tarpons have the longest regular season winning streak at 16 games in the Valley. Port Isabel is reloading this year and hoping to get ready for a tough new district in 4A.

St. Joe’s hasn’t really played any tough teams other than Raymondville and they are undefeated behind Freshman QB Kai Money. He lives on the South Padre Island and opted to go to St. Joe’s instead of Port Isabel.

Tonight, Money  will be playing for pride and we will find out if the Bloodhounds are for real. Port Isabel is ready for the challenge and know it won’t be an easy game.

Vets Memorial faces Harlingen South tonight.

Vets Memorial faces Harlingen South tonight.

Harlingen South vs. Brownsville Veterans Memorial–This game will have a playoff atmosphere. Many predict this game the winner of this game will be one of the teams get one of the final spots in the District 32-6A playoff.

Harlingen Coach Manny Gomez leads Cards into district play.

Harlingen Coach Manny Gomez leads Cards into district play.

Rivera vs. Harlingen– The Harlingen Cardinals begin district play against a tough opponent in Rivera. The Raiders have played a tough non-district schedule, including Sharyland, and are winless. The Cards lost their quarterback and also have played a tough non-district schedule, including games against McAllen and Weslaco. The injuries at quarterback may open the door for Rivera, but Harlingen will have to play its tough defense to win.

Other games involving the Lower Valley teams tonight: Los Fresnos vs. Lopez, Mercedes vs. Pace, La Villa vs. Bruni, Progreso vs. La Feria, Raymondille vs. Kingsville, Rio Hondo vs. Grulla and Hanna vs. San Benito (Saturday).

Harlingen Predicted to Win District.

Harlingen Predicted to Win District.

Predictions for 32-6A: Harlingen, Los Fresnos, Brownsville Veterans Memorial and it’s battle for the fourth spot between Hanna, Rivera and Harlingen South. Hanna gets that last spot with Harlingen as the district champs.

Enjoy the games! Send me your photos of cheerleaders, the band, crowd shots and the football game. I will post the pictures and give you credit on my blog. Give me your comments.

TOP 10

1. Edinburg Vela

2. Weslaco East

3. Sharyland

4. McAllen Memorial

5. McAllen

6. Port Isabel

7. Brownsville Vets Memorial

8. Mission Veterans

9. Harlingen

10. Los Fresnos

Manuel De La Rosa works for High School Sports Magazine and covers football teams in Cameron and Willacy County. If you want to see his Twitter feed, go to mannydelarosa68 or Manuel De La Rosa on Facebook and Instagram. He can be reached at mannyadelarosa@gmail.com

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