PORT ISABEL–Tarpons Head Football Coach Monty Stumbaugh got the best birthday present last night– a victory over St. Joseph’s Academy.
Port Isabel (5-0) struggled in the first half against the Bloodhounds (4-1) and the hurry up offense run by Freshman Kai Money. They were losing 14-10 before an avalanche of points sparked by the Seawall Defense led them to a convincing victory, 44-21. It was a school record 17 straight regular season victory, which is the longest winning streak in the Rio Grande Valley.
Behind the running of Alex De Los Santos and JJ “The Rocket” Gonzalez, PI used Tarpons Football to wear down St. Joseph’s Academy. Port Isabel had 505 yards on the ground and outscored the Bloodhounds 34-7 in the 2nd Half. They also got a spectactular interception from Junior Defensive End Raul Villarreal who returned it for touchdown. The only blemish was two missed PATs.
Money took a beating, but kept getting back up and running the ball. He led St. Joe’s to an early lead by using his feet and arm to pass. His running opened up other big plays by the Bloodhounds. Coach Christian Putegnat said they lost their rhythm and the Tarpons made good adjustments at half.
Other Key Games from Lower Valley:
Harlingen 17 Rivera 10–The Cardinals (2-2) won their district opener against Rivera (0-4). They used their defense to win the game and took advantage of a interception that was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to win the game.
Vets Memorial 28 Harlingen South 21–The Chargers (3-1) and Hawks (1-3) battled all night long in what was a chess match duel. The explosive Vets Memorial offense was silent in the 2nd half and failed to score. A special teams play proved to be the difference as the Chargers blocked a punt in the 4th quarter and returned it for the winning score.
San Benito 39 Hanna 14– The Greyhounds (2-2) took advantage of big plays including long runs and pass plays by their offense to cruise to a victory over the Eagles. Hanna (1-2) hadn’t played a game for 22 days due to a game cancellation because of weather and it showed. They looked rusty in the first half with poor tackling and numerous penalties. San Benito pounded the football and used their tough defense to shut down Hanna.
Los Fresnos 62 Lopez 0
Mercedes 27 Pace 21
La Feria 41 Progreso 9
Raymondville 35 Kingsville 21
Rio Hondo 40 Grulla 0
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