Cats vs Kats: Rio Hondo hosts Raymondville in key district showdown

The Raymondville Bearkats and Rio Hondo Bobcats put their undefeated district records on the line this Friday when the two face off in the Valley Morning Star’s Game of the Week.

The Kats (7-0 overall, 2-0 District 16-4A DII) enter the game fresh off a 43-0 rout of Progreso at home last week while the Cats (5-1, 2-0) are coming off a 30-15 road win against West Oso.

With only two games left to play in the regular season after Friday, the winner of this week’s battle will put themselves in prime position to clinch the league championship. Both squads are currently tied with Orange Grove (4-3, 2-0) for first place. Rio Hondo hosts Orange Grove in Week 10 then Orange Grove hosts Raymondville in Week 11.

FIRST PLACE ON THE LINE

When the San Benito Greyhounds travel to Brownsville on Saturday night to take on the Hanna Golden Eagles, first place in District 32-6A will hang in the balance. This past Friday, the Hounds (7-0, 4-0) beat up on Harlingen South 48-16 to remain undefeated on the season. Meanwhile, the Eagles (6-1, 4-0) won their sixth in a row with a hard-fought 10-7 victory over Los Fresnos.

LOOKING TO REGROUP

Both the Los Fresnos Falcons (4-3, 2-2) and Harlingen Cardinals were handed losses last week and now the two will face off at Los Fresnos on Friday, both hoping to get back in the win column and, at the same time, avoid a two-game skid. The Cardinals (5-2, 3-1) enter the game fresh off a tough 20-17 loss to Weslaco East at home this past Friday.

NEVER SURRENDER

It’s been a tough season for the Harlingen South Hawks (1-6, 0-4). Despite a season-opening win over McAllen High, the Hawks have dropped their last six straight and are still in search of their first district win. The Green Birds will look to find that victory on Friday when they travel to Weslaco to take on the Panthers (2-4, 1-3), who picked up their first league win of the season this past Friday with a nasty 72-0 win against Brownsville Rivera.

DOGS VS. WARRIORS

The Lyford Bulldogs host the Santa Rosa Warriors in a key District 32-3A Division I battle on Friday. The Bulldogs ( 4-2, 2-0) are coming off a huge 21-9 win over previously undefeated Bishop. Meanwhile the Warriors (4-3, 1-1) are fresh off a thrilling 13-12 win against Santa Gertrudis Academy.

WEEK 9 GAMES

Economedes at PSJA Southwest

PSJA North at Edinburg Vela

Edcouch-Elsa at Pace

Kingsville King at Grulla

LJ Palmview at Mission

LJ Juarez-Lincoln vs. La Joya

McAllen Rowe vs. McAllen

Edinburg vs. Edinburg North

PSJA Memorial vs. PSJA

Harlingen at Los Fresnos

Weslaco at Harlingen South

Rivera at Weslaco East

Mission Veterans at RGC

Laredo Nixon at Sharyland

Sharyland Pioneer at Valley View

Lopez at Mercedes

Porter at Bro. Veterans

Donna North vs. Donna

Hidalgo at La Feria

Raymondville at Rio Hondo

Port Isabel at Progreso

Santa Rosa at Lyford

Odem at Monte Alto

La Villa at Freer

Ben Bolt at Santa Maria

SA Central Catholic at St. Joseph

San Benito at Hanna