Thursday night is here again and we have 12 RGVHSFB teams ready to leave it all on the gridiron. We breakdown three of those Week 8 Thursday night games to get you ready. Can Carlos Pena put it together again for Palmview? How does Mission Vets bounce back from a major injury? Is Rowe the real deal?
PSJA Memorial @ La Joya Palmview:
Coming off a bye week, PSJA Memorial put up big numbers in an unexpected game in Week 6 against a strong Rio Grande City team. Even though the Wolverines lost, they put up 41 points to add to the 65 points they have scored on the year. Coach David Brown will game plan to stop Palmview’s great rushing attack and hope his QB Alejandro Leyva can replicate another 4 touchdown game.
Coach Margarito Requenez has led the Lobos to a 4 game winning streak, which has positioned them to compete for the top spot in District 16–5A Division 1. Before the bye week, Palmview defeated Brownsville Pace easily behind their one-two punch rushing attack. Running backs Carlos Pena and AJ Chapa both had over 100 yds and 2 touchdowns in week 6.
Even after the Wolverines coming close to beating RGC, a team that beat the Lobos in week two, the Palmview rushing attack will be too much. Look for Palmview to add another win to the streak and RB Carlos Pena to run all over the PSJA Memorial defense.
Wolverines Players to Watch:
RB/LB #18 Anthony Pedraza, WR #23 Michael Munoz, QB #14 Alejandro Leyva
Lobos Players to Watch:
RB #21 Carlos Pena, QB #9 David Gonzalez, RB #22 AJ Chapa
Mission Veterans Memorial @ PSJA Southwest:
Coach Gilpin will have to rally the troops and find a new way to get it done. QB Ricky Reyna (1098 Passing Yds, 13 TDs) was on his way to having a great year before he went down with season ending injury during their week 7 matchup against Donna. Running Back Danny Cantu stepped up and put it together last week for the Patriots, scoring two rushing touchdowns. Gilpin could look to lean on the rushing game this week as QB Aaron Chapa finds his reign within the pocket.
Dropping three straight games, PSJA Southwest schedule won’t get any easier as the Javelinas try to top the Patriots. Southwest has struggled to keep up with the top teams in the district with only scoring 138 points this season, at 2–3 in district it’s looking like they’ll struggle to make playoffs. Coach Evans will look to get the train back on the tracks and turn up the intensity up, running the ball with top playmakers in running backs Art Villa (215 Rushing Yds, 2 TDs) and Miguel Garza (208 Rushing Yds, 3 TDs)
It’ll be a tough task for both teams to come out with a victory in this one. Mission Vets just has more to their offense than just being a passing team , while Southwest is much more one dimensional focused on the run. This will play a big factor in this matchup, look to the Patriots defense to shutdown the Javelinas rushing attack and potentially post their third shutout in a row.
Patriots Players to Watch:
WR #1 AJ Gonzaque, RB #24 Danny Cantu, LB #2 Mike Rodriguez
Javelinas Players to Watch:
#19 Cesar Bocanegra, RB #30 Art Villa, RB #31 Miguel Garza
PSJA High @ McAllen Rowe:
The top game this Thursday is definitely this PSJA vs Rowe matchup. PSJA dropped a close game against McAllen Memorial (37–39) last week after a failed last second two-point conversion and looks to reestablish themselves to finish the season at the top of District 30–6A. The Bears’ QB Justin Morales (1626 Passing Yds, 14 TDs) has proven the ability to lead his team to win on the road, PSJA is 3–0 on the road so far this season. They travel to McAllen Memorial Stadium to face off against a very underrated but dangerous team in the Warriors.
Rowe enters this battle with a perfect record at 6–0. Despite the record the Warriors are still being overlooked by most but a win this week will definitely put the valley on notice. Coach Flores will look to keep his team’s fire lit for all four quarters, Rowe has started games out hot and seemed to cool off in the second half. Some bright spots for the Warrior has been the amazing playmaking ability at Quarterback and Tight End. QB Jonas Ortiz (1175 Passing Yds, 17 TDs) and TE Gustavo Cruz (216 Receiving Yds, 5 TDs) is Coach Flores’ go-to connection to put games out of reach.
This will be a QB battle with potential to be a shootout, both teams have put close to 200 points on the scoreboard so far this season. I see Rowe’s explosive offense edging out a win to stay undefeated and solidify their spots as the team to beat in the district.
Bears Players to Watch:
QB #12 Justin Morales, RB #7 Jr Vasquez, WR #1 Miguel Flores
Warriors Players to Watch:
QB #1 Jonas Ortiz, TE #88 Gustavo Cruz, LB #7 Josiah Alonzo