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Gulf Coast Roundup 11/06/13

Gulf Coast Week 9 Roundup


Mission Sharyland at Edinburg North: Sharyland, 28-14

In a highly-anticipated battle of unbeatens in 30-5A, Mission Sharyland broke a 14-14 deadlock at halftime to pull away from a 28-14 win  over Edinburg North to claim the district championship. In the third quarter, Justin Harris hauled a punt back 74 yards to pay dirt to break put Sharyland ahead. Michael Gonzalez rushed for a pair of touchdowns for Sharyland, including the insurance score on a 13-yar run in late in the third quarter. Trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, Luis Rios swiped a pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown to give his team some life. Alex Guerrero threw a touchdown pass to Santos Rodriguez to tie the score at intermission. Both teams have booked their tickets to the state playoffs, joining Donna out of 30-5A. Edinburg Vela, Edinburg Economedes, and Juarez-Lincoln are fighting for the final spot in 30-5A. Vela is 4-3 in the district while Economedes and Juarez-Lincoln are 3-4.


McAllen Memorial at McAllen High: McAllen Memorial, 50-48 (2 OT)

In one of the biggest surprises in the state on Friday night, McAllen Memorial shocked McAllen High 50-48 in double-overtime. Sophomore sensation Trevor Speights rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns for Memorial, while Joel Alonzo added 117 on the ground to go along with a 14-yard touchdown run in the first overtime. In the second overtime, Speights scored on a 7-yard run before adding the two-point conversion to give his team a 50-42 lead. Ricky Rodriguez scored on a 2-yard run, but quarterback Fred Hover was stopped short of the goal line on the two-point try to give Memorial the exciting victory. Hover finished with 279 passing yards, added 139 rushing, and totaled four touchdowns. Rodriguez rushed for three touchdowns for McAllen High. McAllen High is the only team to have clinched a playoff spot out of 31-5A, while Memorial joins five other teams in search of the three remaining spots. Weslaco, Weslaco East, PSJA High, Memorial, McAllen Rowe, and San Benito are still alive. Weslaco and Weslaco East have a leg up on the others with a 5-2 district mark, while Memorial joins PSJA High at 4-3.


Harlingen at Harlingen South: Harlingen, 21-14

Harlingen claimed ‘The Bird Bowl’ with a 21-14 victory over budding cross-town rival Harlingen South. Harlingen sprinted out to a 21-0 halftime lead behind a pair of touchdown runs from Brandon Garza and a defensive touchdown by Adrian Vasquez. Harlingen South quarterback Sean Montemayor ignited a comeback in the third quarter. Montemayor struck Nick Garcia on a 31-yard touchdown strike before adding a 1-yard touchdown plunge later to make it interesting. In a game that totaled just 20 first downs between the two teams, defense won the day in the fourth quarter for Harlingen.  Both teams are playoff-bound, joining Los Fresnos out of 32-5A. Los Fresnos defeated Brownsville Porter 70-0 on Saturday.  Brownsville Hanna, Brownsville Memorial, and Brownsville Rivera are fighting for the final playoff spot. Memorial is 4-4 with its season complete, a half game behind Hanna and a half game ahead of Rivera going into Week 10.


Victoria East at Port Lavaca Calhoun: Calhoun, 76-55

In typical fashion, Port Lavaca Calhoun ran, ran, and ran some more. The Hunter Boerm led Sandcrabs turned away pesky Victoria East in a 76-55 track meet on Saturday. Cory Williams pounded his way to 260 rushing yards  and five touchdowns, four of those coming in the second half, while Boerm bulldozed his way to 169 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way. Brandon Smithwick added 141 yards on 10 carries for Calhoun, who moves to 8-1 to cap off its regular season. Quarterback Jonathan Ortega threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns while adding 150 rushing yards in a spirited effort for Victoria East.  CC Calallen leads the district at 5-0, Calhoun checks in at 4-1. Victoria East joins Gregory-Portland at 2-3, a game behind Victoria West.


Victoria West at Tuloso-Midway: Victoria West, 30-22

Victoria West inched close to a playoff berth out of 30-4A with a 30-22 victory over Tuloso-Midway. Zeyvaughn Shelton was stellar, rushing for 203 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way for Victoria West. Quarterback Anthony Navarro chipped in with a fourth quarter touchdown for Victoria West, who moved to 6-3 and 3-2 in 30-4A this season. Matthew Dickson, Caleb Rozypal, and Christian Salazar rushed for touchdowns to lead the way for Tuloso-Midway.


Laredo Cigarroa at CC Ray: Ray, 36-20

CC Ray moved close to a playoff spot out of 31-4A with a 36-20 victory over Laredo Cigarroa. Matthew Merino rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns and went 16 of 22 through the air for 189 yards for Ray. Tristan Barrera rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns to pace Ray. Eddie Guzman threw for 314 yards and a touchdown for Cigarroa. On Saturday, Laredo Martin defeated Laredo Nixon 9-6. They both join CC Ray in search for two spots out of the district and would join CC Flour Bluff and Alice in the playoffs.


Mercedes at Roma: Roma, 35-28

Roma battering ram Orly Solis continues to do whatever possible to help his team into the playoffs for the first time in school-history. Solis rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns on 48 carries to lead Roma to a 35-28 victory over Mercedes. Solis accounted for all but nine yards of Roma’s 261 yards of total offense. Rene Presas threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way for Mercedes and added a rushing touchdown. Roel Garcia added a 63-yard touchdown run to pace Mercedes. In 32-4A, Roma and Mercedes are included in a five-team logjam for the final three playoff slots along with Rio Grande City, Mission Memorial, and Mission. Edcouch-Elsa has clinched the district town with a 6-0 district record and is 9-0 overall this season.

by Scott Hansen
Lone Star Gridiron
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