PORT ISABEL–Rio Hondo (6-1, 2-0) players kissed the grass at Tarpon Stadium after they took advantage of a fourth quarter turnover and scored the winning the touchdown with less than a minute left in the game, handing Port Isabel (6-1, 1-1) its first loss in a regular season game in three years.
Bobcats Coach Rocky James said it was a great feeling to end the 19 game winning streak the Tarpons started in 2012 and to see his team win 21-14.
Rio Hondo blew three red zone opportunities in the first half when they they turned the ball over twice and got stop on a goal line stand. The momentum of the game turned on one big play at the end of the Half as the Bobcats scored on a 76 yard pass to tie the game at 7 with :15 seconds left. Both teams exchanged scores in the 2nd half before the winning drive by Rio Hondo to win the game.
For the seniors on this Rio Hondo team, this was the first time they ever beat Port Isabel dating back to JV, Freshman and Middle School. The emotion of the victory was overwhelming. Coach James said the team marked this game on the schedule and it was one of their goals for the year to beat PI.
Port Isabel Coach Monty Stumbaugh said his team made too mistakes. It was marked by turnovers and penalties that cost them the game. JJ “The Rocket” Gonzalez scored on two touchdown runs, but it wasn’t enough to bring them back against the Bobcats.
At the end of the game, both teams gathered together and prayed in a great show of sportsmanship. Players hugged each other and shook hands, then wished others good luck for the rest of the season.
The Tarpons play West Oso in Corpus Christi next week, while Rio Hondo welcomes Orange Grove, who is also undefeated in a battle for first place.
San Benito 67 Veterans Memorial 57–In a game for first place in District 32-6A division, offense was the order of the day with very little defense. San Benito (6-1,4-0) fall behind by 13 points early in the second quarter, but battled back to beat Veterans Memorial (5-2, 3-1). They won 67-57 and are now in first place.
The Greyhounds control their own destiny as they have beat Los Fresnos, Harlingen and Veterans Memorial three weeks in a row. Those are the top teams in the district. If they win out, they will be district champs.
San Benito hosts Lopez this Friday night, while Veterans Memorial travels to play Harlingen.
LOS FRESNOS 35 HARLINGEN 23–It was another tough loss for Harlingen (3-4, 2-2) as Los Fresnos (5-2, 3-1) beat them at home in a battle for third place. The game was tight for three quarters before the Falcons pulled away in the 4th quarter to win. Harlingen again played without its number one quarterback and it hurt them in this game as they drop below .500 overall.
PACE 42 PORTER 21–The Pace Vikings (2-5, 1-3) built an early lead against Porter (2-5, 1-3) then delivered Coach Bill Deen a victory for his birthday on Thursday night at Sams Stadium in Brownsville. The Vikings used a good running game to punish the Cowboys. Porter got off to a slow start in the first half and was too far behind to catch up to the Vikings.
Rivera 34 Harlingen South 14
Hanna 34 Lopez 15
La Feria 48 Hidalgo 7
Raymondville 42 West Oso 6
San Diego 43 Lyford 15
Santa Rosa 27 Falfurrias 7
St. Joseph’s Academy 52 St. Anthony’s 34
Riviera 54 Santa Maria 0
La Villa 39 London 33