Area 956 Football: Week 7 Thursday Night Insight

Eddie Garcia
Oct 10 · 4 min read

Need your football fix early? Dive into the 3 RGVHSFB games slated for Thursday night. Which Brownsville school does the bye week benefit more? Can the Eagles stay strong in the face of adversity? Wouldn’t it be crazy if Weslaco won this week?


Brownsville Rivera @ Brownsville Hanna:

Brownsville Rivera (1–4) is coming off a bye week which gave them time to retool and strategize on how to leave a mark in a very tough, District 32–6A. With a game in week 7 against an explosive Brownsville Hanna offense, Coach Leal will call on his veteran linebackers Jose Valle and Gabriel Cuellar to help the defense to bounce back and have a strong outing after allowing two consecutive 50 plus point games. The Raiders’ spread offensive will look to add to their 109 points so far this season, behind the arm of Junior QB Andres Perez. Rivera is hoping to shock the valley in this one to keep from going 0–6 in district again this season.

Being 2–3 on the season, Brownsville Hanna has lost by 2 points and by 1 point to two of the RGV’s top teams in McAllen Memorial and Edinburg Vela. Those games were close for a reason and that reason is the Golden Eagles explosive playmaker at QB, Victor Campos. He is a 6’3 dual threat QB that threw for over 1,500 yards last season and has 900 plus passing yards already this season. The Eagles defense is anchored by DT Brandon Esteves (48 total tackles, 9 tackles for loss), last years District 32–6A defensive player of the year. A very young team this year for Hanna, that looks to go further than the 3 rounds in playoffs.

Hanna’s claim to being the best team in District 32–6A can be debated but one thing is true, the Eagles are still the best team in Brownsville. There’s no doubt in this one, the Hanna Eagles behind QB Campos will just be too much to handle for the Raiders.

Raiders Players to Watch:

QB #2 Andres Perez, LB #24 Gabriel Cuellar, LB #30 Jose Valle

Eagles Players to Watch:

QB #2 Victor Campos, DT #45 Brandon Esteves, WR #3 Josiah Meyers


La Joya Juarez-Lincoln @ Mission High:

Looking at the Juarez-Lincoln’s schedule looks like a long, tough finish for the huskies. 0-2 so far in district, the Huskies are coming off big lost to McAllen Rowe, 44–12. JL has really struggled on both sides of the ball giving up 168 points on defense and only scoring 93 points on offense. They definitely have experience on offense returning 8 starters, which Coach Garcia will lean on to help upset a tough but wounded Mission team.

Mission High has started district play off strong at 2–0 with a big upset win over McAllen Memorial and a hard fought battle against McAllen High. The Eagles will be short handed at running back for the rest of the year after losing their top back in Horacio Moronta. Look for RB Andrew Maldonado (147 rushing yards, 4 TDs) to fill in and keep the offense running like a well oiled machine. Coach Detmer will continue to have confidence in Sophomore QB Jeremy Duran to lead the offense as he has thrown for 840 plus yards and 9 touchdowns already this season.

It will be a tough loss for the Eagles with Moronta out but the Eagles have too many weapons on their team. Mission takes this game and continues on their quest for a district title.

Huskies Players to Watch:

QB #14 Joshua Briones, LB #53 Kenth Hernandez, S #30 Albert Batres

Eagles Players to Watch:

QB #3 Jeremy Duran, RB #22 Andrew Maldonado, WR #12 Steve Villarreal


Weslaco High @ Edinburg Vela:

After losing in week one by 3 points, Weslaco High has strung together 4 wins in a row against some decent competition. Last years District 31–6A’s offensive player of the year QB Jacob Cavazos (838 passing yards, 11 TDs) will be the top playmaker for Coach Roy Stroman. The Panthers’ C&C Connection has been firing on all cylinders, QB Cavazos and WR Jaden Cavazos have connected for 255 yards and 4 touchdowns so far this season. The one worry for Weslaco is their lack of experience on the defense, which has given up 35 points or more in three games this season.

Edinburg Vela is likely to finish the season 9–1 and bring home a district title while looking to go beyond the 3rd round in playoffs. What can I say, Edinburg Vela has put up 225 points already this season. The Sabercats’ QB AJ Sotelo has over 1500 passing yards so far with 15 passing touchdowns while RB Kevin McKinney has 489 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns. The Vela offense is explosive and can get it done in the air and on the ground.

If Coach Campbell can gameplan to stop the Weslaco offense to keep this from being a shootout, the Sabercats should go on to easily win this game. Vela is a high powered offensive juggernaut and the Panthers will have a hard time stopping them. Every sane person would be picking Vela to win this one and more than likely they come out with the win but if this turns into a high scoring game and Weslaco comes up with an upset don’t be surprised.

Panthers Players to Watch:

QB #7 Jacob Cavazos, WR #3 Jaden Cavazos, RB #15 Peyton Knaub

Sabercats Players to Watch:

QB #7 AJ Sotelo, RB #27 Kevin McKinney, WR #2 Justin Cant

Eddie Garcia

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