Heading into the bye week, the Jags are going to have to blow this one off and concentrate on the Bobcats. Friday night was not good at Richard R. Flores Stadium as visiting Weslaco East totally demolished Econ, 56-14, churning for 34 first downs good for 508 yards and holding the Jags (2-1) to 246 yards.
With non-district behind them, the Jags get a week to rest up and prepare to start the District 31-6A campaign against EHS (1-2). They fell behind East fast, and only a 55-yard bomb from Albert Guerra to Omar Trevino late in the second period kept them from being shut out after two quarters. East rambled for 285 yards on the ground and threw for an ample total of 223.
Econ had a tough time running, picking up a mere 45 yards on 23 carries, though the passing attack spun by Albert Guerra did amass 201. Trevino (four for 82) and Pete Segura (five for 70) were the main targets on a difficult night of action.
For the defense, Domingo Ramos (14 tackles) and Nicholas Villanueva (11) were joined by Jaime Saenz and Rolando Alviso (nine each) as busy hitters. Jose Castillo and Abel Moreno combined for 15 stops for a unit that could not handle the size, speed and power of the Wildcat offense.
Of course, East has been picked as one of the Valley’s best teams despite a loss to McAllen Memorial earlier, so the thing for Econ to do is just flush this one and get the spirit cranking for what should be a highly interesting matchup with EHS Sept. 29.
PAIR VICTORIOUS BEFORE SHOWDOWN
North and Vela went on the road last week and earned victories as they look to the bye week and then a collision with each other Sept. 28. The Coogs suffered an injury at quarterback as Frankie Zuniga went down with a broken collarbone against Harlingen South. His replacement, sophomore Izaiah Rangel, went bananas with a 60-yard touchdown run and later added a 32-yard scoring jaunt to pace a 24-7 victory for the 1-2 Coogs.
At Brownsville, the SaberCats battled Veterans and lived to tell about it, erasing a 20-20 tie in the final stanza to post a 34-20 win to rise to 3-0 on the season. Coach John Campbell is off to an unblemished start with his new club as the Sabes defeated Laredo Nixon and Edcouch-Elsa before completing the sweep of 2016 playoff combatants Friday at Sams Stadium.
Aaron Alvarez has rushed for five touchdowns in three games for Vela while teammate Justin Cantu (a sophomore) leads the team with 18 receptions for 245 yards.
Though North has just a 7-18 overall record, the Lady Cougars find themselves tied for second place in 31-6A after three outings, thanks to a victory against Pharr North Saturday that launched them to 2-1. North was to go against 0-3 Econ on the road Tuesday and was tied with EHS for second behind undefeated P-SJ-A Memorial. Memorial defeated the Lady Bobcats Saturday on a rough day for city schools; Vela (1-2) was surprised by a plucky P-SJ-A Southwest squad in four sets, and looked to Tuesday’s steep hill versus Memorial. P-SJ-A is the third league outfit at 2-1 early in the race.