No more time for fine-tuning now, as District 31-6A action is set to kick off this week with three local teams in the mix, one idle.
The team taking the bye for the first week is EHS (2-2), which lost a close one last time out, 17-10 at Mercedes. The Bobcats, looking for their fourth playoff spot in a row in 2019, will be in the fray starting Oct. 4 at Weslaco East and will no doubt have plenty of scouts in attendance around the Valley this week.
The focal point in town will come Friday as Vela takes on North. The SaberCats got back on the winning track last week against Los Fresnos while the Cougars did not, dropping to 0-4 with a home loss to Edcouch-Elsa. The good thing for the Coogs is the reset to 0-0 that comes with the transition from non-district to league play. The tricky thing is that Vela (3-1) is going to be a tough opener.
Meanwhile, Econ made some positive strides last week with a road victory at Roma, rising to 1-3 and ending a stretch of narrow defeats with a quality performance yielding a season-high for points scored, 28. The Jags begin the hopeful drive toward a playoff spot with a hard first night at Weslaco Friday. The Panthers are 3-1 and have scored 150 points in four games, which means a classic style matchup. Econ has allowed 78 points in four outings and hopes its defense can contain the high-powered Weslaco attack long enough for the O to find some room to work.
NORTH, VELA COME OFF SOLID SATURDAY WORK
The big net match between EHS and North started with the Lady Bobcats on top but ended with the Lady Coogs taking the next three sets for the victory Saturday on the road. North had been beaten by Vela earlier in the week and this one was very good to have. EHS will try and regain steam Tuesday with a showdown against Econ, while the Lady Coogs will battle Weslaco East (1-1 in league play so far).
The Lady Sabes, on the other hand, launched to 3-0 with a sweep of Weslaco Saturday, and early in the race appears to be the most consistent group in the loop. Vela next contests one against Donna North Saturday.