RIO HONDO — It was the Tyler Bush to Erik Pizarro show on Friday night at Bobcat Stadium. The versatile senior quarterback connected with his star wide receiver for three touchdowns on the night as the Rio Hondo Bobcats picked apart the Port Isabel Tarpon defense for a 48-27 victory to start the District 16-4A DII schedule.
Bush finished the night with 315 yards, with 166 of those going Pizarro’s way. The duo connected for touchdowns from 18, 22 yards and 8 yards.
With the win, the Bobcats improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in district. However, despite picking up the win, Rio Hondo head coach Rocky James saw room for improvement.
“I think we played really sluggish because we haven’t practiced much because of all this water we have been getting,” he said. “I knew Port Isabel was going to give their all because it’s a grudge match. They hadn’t been playing well because of injuries, but we saw a very good football team tonight and I think they’re going to do well in district.”
Another player the got on the scoreboard on the evening for Rio Hondo was Troy Macias. The junior scored two touchdowns from 2 and 4 yards out.
“Troy is a running back with a lineman’s body,” said James with a chuckle. “He has great hands, great feet and does it all. He’s just a big boy and everybody on the team loves him.”
Defensively, the Bobcats controlled the air with four interceptions on the night.
“I think the defense played very well at times but we gave up a couple of big plays that we shouldn’t have given up, but overall I think we played very well and played pretty inspired football in the beginning,” James said.
The loss is the third straight for the Tarpons, who have seen their fair share of injuries this season. They dropped to 1-4 overall and begin district play at 0-1.
Despite the loss, there were plenty of bright plays on the night for the Tarpons, including a 45-yard touchdown from quarterback Jeremy Martinez to Cesar Aguilar. The senior finished the night with 159 yards passing and one rushing touchdown.