Weslaco East-San Benito showdown highlights Week 6 action

Weslaco East is one tough team to figure out.

After busting out of the starting gates with impressive back-to-back wins over Sharyland and McAllen Memorial, the Wildcats suddenly dropped back down to earth with a 23-16 loss to Edinburg Economedes.

But before anyone could count them out, the Cats pulled off a huge 24-7 District 32-6A-opening win over a very tough Weslaco High team this past weekend.

But while the Cats (3-1, 1-0) may be tough to figure out, if they can beat the Valley’s top-ranked San Benito Greyhounds in Friday’s Valley Morning Star Game of the Week, they’ll likely be referred to as simply one tough team.

As per usual, the Cats used a methodic and punishing running game to grind out nearly all of their 263 yards of total offense against Weslaco. Meanwhile, a tenacious and bruising defense held the Panthers to just 161 yards of total offense and one garbage-time score.

As for the Greyhounds (4-0, 1-0), they enter Friday’s contest coming off a tough-fought 34-26 win over Los Fresnos. After falling behind 13-0 in the first quarter, the ’Hounds found their legs and eventually raced to victory with junior wide receiver Isaiah Trevino leading the way. Trevino hauled in six passes from QB Erick Retta for 103 yards and three scores.

Other games of interest this week include: Los Fresnos (2-2, 0-1) at Harlingen South (3-1, 0-1), Brownsville Hanna (2-2, 1-0) at Weslaco (2-2, 0-1), Edcouch-Elsa (3-1, 1-0) at Donna (1-3, 0-1), Santa Maria (2-3) at Progreso (0-3), La Villa (0-5) at Benavides (2-3) and, on Saturday, Harlingen (2-2, 1-0) at Brownsville Rivera (1-3, 0-1).

Most sub-5A team including Rio Hondo, Raymondville, La Feria, Lyford and Port Isabel are off this week as they prepare for the league loop in Week 7.