The fact that most of the Valley’s Class 6A and 5A teams have bye weeks this weekend, does not mean there are not some exciting contests on tap for Week 4.
One matchup that has the potential for fireworks is Brownsville St. Joseph Academy at Raymondville, which is the Valley Morning Star’s Game of the Week. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The St. Joseph Bloodhounds (1-2) are coming off a tough 52-48 loss against Rio Hondo last Friday. St. Joseph senior quarterback Kai Money accounted for more than 590 total yards of offense in the loss. He was 20 of 37 passing for 433 yards and five touchdowns and he also rushed for 160 yards and two more scores.
Meanwhile, the Raymondville Bearkats (3-0) will enter the contest undefeated after a 35-20 come-from-behind victory over Lyford this past weekend in the annual Willacy County Cotton Bowl. Senior QB Daniel Ramirez was impressive in the win as he passed for 143 yards and two scores, and rushed for another 126 yards and a touchdown. The Kats’ defense was also instrumental in the win as it came up with several key stops and forced three turnovers in the second half that led to three touchdowns. Deion Castillo intercepted two passes in the game while Marcus Capetillo returned a fumble recovery for a 13-yard score.
BOBCATS LOOK TO BUILD
UPON BIG WIN
Rio Hondo was down 27-0 to St. Joseph this past Friday and appeared on its way to a second straight loss. But just when it looked like the Cats were done, senior quarterback Tyler Bush stepped up and turned things around as Rio Hondo rallied for an impressive 52-48 win. Bush finished the game with 240 yards passing and three TDs along with 188 yards of rushing with two more scores, including a 70-yard run to open the second half. The Cats (1-1) will now look to keep momentum alive as they host Hidalgo on Friday. The Pirates (0-3) are coming off a rough 31-13 loss to Port Isabel.
LIONS LOOK TO REGROUP: La Feria got all it could handle in a 55-14 loss to Corpus Christi Veterans this past Friday. Sophomore quarterback Dorian Hernandez threw for a respectable 219 yards and a score, but he also had three interceptions that paved the way for the Eagles’ victory. The Lions (1-2) will try to bounce back this weekend when they travel to Port Isabel on Friday to take on the Tarpons (1-1), who bounced Hidalgo and former head coach Monty Stumbaugh, 31-13.
WARRIORS HOPE TO
Santa Rosa is a perfect 3-0 this season with wins over Hidalgo, La Villa and Progreso. The Warriors will now get a tough test as they hit the road to take on Aransas Pass (1-0) on Friday. The Panthers are coming off a 28-24 season-opening win over Taft. Last year they beat the Warriors 47-20 at Santa Rosa.
BULLDOGS TRY TO
After an easy 48-14 win over Progreso in Week 1, Lyford has yet to find the win column again. In Week 2 the Dogs were routed by Brownsville St. Joseph 58-8 and this past Friday they lost to Raymondville 35-20. The Bulldogs (1-2) will try to snap their losing skid at Grulla on Friday. The Gators (2-1) are coming off a 38-6 win over PSJA Southwest.