This is the final push for playoffs, Week 9 RGVHSFB is here and we got the breakdown of who’s who on Thursday night. Will the Cowboys wrangle up the Wolverines? Can the Gator stand a chance against the unbeaten lions? Does Mission Vets keep rolling and stay on top of District 16–5A D1?
Brownsville Porter @ PSJA Memorial:
After going three seasons with only one win, Coach Uresti and Porter will look to add to the win column. The Cowboys (2–5) will rely on three year starter, Junior QB Kevin Garcia to get it done. Garcia has found success on the ground more than through the air, with Garcia (783 rushing Yds, 530 passing Yds) being number two in District 16–5A D1 for rushing.. On the other side of the ball, Porter has struggled stopping the run game, giving up 2143 rushing yards already this season. The bright spot on defense for the Cowboys is the pressure they are able to put up front, Defensive Linemen Luis Armedariz and Arath De La Torre have combined for 7 sacks and 17 QB hurries on the season.
Still searching for their first win of the season PSJA Memorial is yet again not favored to win. It has been a tough season for new Coach David Brown and company, despite having two strong outings against Pace and Rio a few weeks back. RB Anthony Pedraza (632 Rushing Yds, 4 TDs) has been doing the most to help the Wolverines get their first win, Pedraza is currently the number 5 rusher in the district. Memorial’s offense has just continued to struggle passing the ball, only having 620 passing yards all season. When QB Alejandro Leyva can connect with Senior wideout Michael Munoz, Munoz (384 receiving yds, 7 TDs) has proved to be a nightmare for anyone guarding him.
This game is more about pride, as we near the end of the regular season most of the playoff spot in District 16–5A are spoken for. The Cowboys enter Week 9 as not only the favorites but pretty much look better in mostly every stat category. I see Porter moving to 2–5 in District, as the Wolverines continue to thirst for a victory.
Cowboys Players to Watch:
QB #11 Kevin Garcia, DE #55 Luis Armendariz, DT #65 Arath De La Torre
Wolverines Players to Watch:
RB/LB #18 Anthony Pedraza, WR #23 Michael Munoz, QB #14 Alejandro Leyva
La Feria @ Grulla
It’s tough to find a weak spot in La Feria’s game so far this season, the Lions (8–0) have just found a way to get it done. Coach Oscar Salinas has led his team to beat 4A and 5A Schools this season. The Offense, behind their talented QB Dorian Hernandez, have scored 379 points with 3906 total yards. The Lions rushing game is also something to fear, Hernandez has 12 touchdowns on the ground while RB Avishai Dickerson has 7. Even after having a close game against Mercedes in week 3, La Feria defense has been quite good holding four opponents under double digits and only allowing 101 points so far this season.
Grulla ran into a tough Hidalgo team last week, who is riding a 7 game win streak and if I’m being honest it doesn’t get any easier for them in week 9. Coach Abel Gonzalez will hope that QB Jose Trujio (1195 passing Yds, 14 TDs) can get the ball to WR Jesus Garza (762 receiving Yds, 10 TDs) often in this one. Garza led the Rio Grande Valley in receiving touchdowns last season.
La Feria remains the king of the District 16–4A D1 and moves on to prepare for the number two team in the district next week in Hidalgo. Look for Dorian to continue to play on point. Grulla will bounce back it just won’t be this week.
Lions Players to Watch:
QB #1 Dorian Hernandez, WR #21 Dereck Perez, RB #28 Avishai Dickerson
Gators Players to Watch:
QB #1 Jose Trujilo, WR #4 Jesus Garza Jr, RB #5 Vidal Lopez
Brownsville Pace @ Mission Veterans Memorial:
We have another District 16–5A game to watch this Thursday, as Mission Veterans Memorial (6–1) faces off against Brownsville Pace( 5–2). Pace, who is currently tied for second place in the district has really had a balanced offensive attack that slightly leans more on the run. RB Dylan Barron (717 rushing Yds, 9 TDs) is 3rd in the district in rushing yards and QB Jose Banda (1037 passing Yds, 6 TDs) is number 4 in passing. The Vikings offense isn’t necessarily explosive but they can get it done.
If there is any team that has had a spectacular season and has battle through hardships to get there, it is Mission Veterans. After losing big in week one, a sense of doubt was felt when talking about the Patriots but they have since racked up six consecutive wins. Mission has recently moved their number one wideout AJ Gonzaque to Quarterback after the season ending injury to Sophomore QB Ricky Reyna. Gonzaque stepped up and delivered, throwing for 200 yards and rushing for 97 with a combined total of 5 TDs to help his team to victory. Coach Gilpin will continue to bring the best out of his squad as they make their way to a district title.
With the Next Man Up Mentality that the Patriots bring to the gridiron, Mission Vets should add to their 246 points this season and put another W on their record. It might be a long bus ride back home but Pace will need to rebound fast as they have two tough opponents to end the season who are looking to keep them out of the playoffs.
Vikings Players to Watch:
QB #9 Jose Banda, RB #22 Dylan Barron, LB #5 Andrew Gonzalez
Patriots Players to Watch:
WR #1 AJ Gonzaque, RB #24 Danny Cantu, LB #2 Mike Rodriguez