4A Division 2
PORT ISABEL–The upset of the Port Isabel Tarpons last Friday night against Rio Hondo has turned this district around. Many thought it was a restock and reload year for PI, but it turns out the Tarpons can lose again and they find themselves battling for a playoff spot.
The big game left in this district will be Friday night when Rio Hondo faces Orange Grove. The Bobcats have a tough defense and have a solid run offense. They can also pass the ball, if they need to win.
Rio Hondo is used to playing the run game, but Orange Grove with only one loss this year is new to this district. QB Hondo Harris can pass the ball. It’s something you see normally in the Coastal Bend, but not too much in the lower divisions in the RGV. They also have a good defense and have only lost once. The winner of this game will control its destiny.
Orange Grove still must play Port Isabel, but they play them at home. Coach Jerry Bomar doesn’t lose much there. PI will have to bring its A game and stop making so many mistakes. The young players will have to step up for them to get a high seeding in the district. They are missing the services of Markus Colorado. He is a quarterback and defensive back. He’s out due to academics. Colorado provides the experience the Tarpons young team needs to win. Coach Monty Stumbaugh will have his team ready for the stretch run as they get ready for the playoffs.
The Raymondville Bearkats have had a good season with only two losses to Orange Grove and St. Joseph’s Academy. They still must play Rio Hondo and Port Isabel. The running attack looks with a strong defense. The Bearkats are a dangerous team and can still play a factor in this district race.
Progreso and West Oso–Progreso got its season off to a good start with a win over Porter, but since then, they have lost. It looks like another season where the Red Ants won’t make the playoffs. West Oso is a little bit better. They played Rio Hondo tough, but lost. They will have to get to two wins in district, if they want to make the playoffs.
4A District–District 16 Division 1
Many thought at the beginning of the season the district favorite would be Zapata or Grulla. Grulla has had a bad season with no wins and lots of injuries. Zapata was rolling along until they were upset by Kingsville. La Feria has been solid all year-long and impressive in its wins.
La Feria– The big game in this district is Friday night between La Feria and Kingsville. Both are undefeated in district. The Lions only have one loss against a good Mercedes team. Head Coach Oscar Salinas hopes to tame the Brahamas who are a young team.
Kingsville started slow, but have won two straight games by one point at home over Ingleside in a non-district game and Zapata in a district game. KIngsville hopes to continue on its winning ways in La Feria. The winner of this game will decide the winner of the district in a five team league.
Zapata was upset by Kingsville Friday night. They now must hope La Feria beats Kingsville, then they can beat the Lions to share a district title. Zapata has played good this year with one non-district loss to Laredo Cigarroa before the loss against Kingsville. They have a bye this week and have two weeks to prepare for La Feria.
Grulla and Hidalgo– Both of these teams have had a tough year. Sadly, in this reclassification, one of them will make the playoffs when they play this Friday. Both are winless in district. The winner of the Hidalgo (2-7) and Grulla (o-6) will be the fourth place team.
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