There were very different outcomes for the city’s two defending playoff combatants as the 2010 season kicked off last week. Over in La Joya, the Bobcats were laying it on the Coyotes to the tune of 45-0 Friday, scoring in the first eight seconds of the night on the first of three first-half TD passes from senior star Stevie “Blue Eyes” Guerrero. On the other hand, the Cougars were handed a rude awakening at home Thursday, getting slapped by Brownsville Pace, 30-13.
In truth, the level of quality, opponent-wise, was somewhat skewed; Pace was a postseason team in 2009 and should be one again out of District 32-5A, while La Joya is still reeling after the school split into three entities a few years ago.
For EHS it was a laugher from the opening kick, a pooch which the ‘Cats recovered versus an unready La Joya return team. Then Guerrero sailed a 29-yard pass to Cord Arriola for the six, shocking the field.
From there, the Bobcats scored at will, leading 32-0 at the half and allowing just 125 total yards and seven first downs despite the fact that standout linebacker Ciro Reyna is still hobbled by an ankle injury suffered in the scrimmage with Mission.
Guerrero was 13 of 18 for 185 yards, with Arriola scoring twice and Jonathan Gonzalez adding a 19-yard TD. Thus is the Basketball Experiment with those two hoopsters paying immediate dividends.
On the ground, EHS rumbled for 212 yards with its usual assortment of effective backs. Eleven different kids touched the ball on running plays.
Next up for the squad is McAllen, who will be anxious to get back onto the field after a disappointing opening loss against P-SJ-A Memorial in which four turnovers ruined the effort. That game is Friday at Cats Stadium.
If McHigh has something to prove after a subpar first shot out of the box, Edinburg North can sympathize with the feeling. The Coogs put 390 yards in the books but only 13 points, as penalties (13) and bad special-teams play stunted the charge against Pace.
After falling behind 10-0 to the Vikings, North got closer in the second period on a fantastic hookup from eight yards out between quarterback Michael Pacheco and receiver Mike Hinojosa.
The teams traded scores in the third period, and it was 16-13, Pace, after a 3-yard run from diminutive North senior Roly Borrego at 4:45 of the third. The Vikings removed their tight end and spread the field in the half, and got the running game going quite well after the North D had played reasonably well early. Pace closed it out with two TDs in the fourth, leading to the final 30-13 count.
The Cougars now face a stern test at Sharyland next week versus a Rattler team that decimated Brownsville Hanna 46-0 Friday.
EHS AT LA JOYA
EHS 20-12-10-3 — 45
LJ 0-0-0-0 — 0
E: Cord Arriola 29 pass from Stevie Guerrero (pat good) 11:52
E: Aaron Gonzalez 8 run (pat good) 7:06
E: Aaron Garza 7 run (pat no good) 0:49
E: Jonathan Gonzalez 19 pass from Guerrero (pat no good) 7:07
E: Arriola 15 pass from Guerrero (two-point try failed) 0:10
E: Freddy Guajardo 5 run (pat good) 6:55
E: FG good 1:35
E: FG good 3:32
EHS: FD 19; RUSH 212; PASS 187; TOTAL 397; TO 0
RUSHING: Arnulfo Alvarado 5-55; Mark Solis 6-33; A. Gonz 4-32; Guerrero 4-28; Guajardo 9-20; A. Garza 2-18; Fabian Quintanilla 4-15; Josue Guerra 1-7; Arriola 1-2; Angel Obregon 1-(-7); team 1-7
PASSING: Guerrero 13-18-0 195; Alex Cantu 0-1-0; Brandon Perez 0-1-0
RECEIVING: J. Gonzalez 4-91; Arriola 3-57; David Ramirez 1-19; Anthony Acosta 1-10; A. Gonz 1-8; Guajardo 1-0
LA JOYA: FD 7; RUSH 108; PASS 17; TOTAL 125; TO 4
PACE AT NORTH
PACE 3-7-6-14 — 30
NORTH 0-7-6-0 — 13
P: Christian Carrillo 45 FG 2:54
P: Joseph Reyna 42 interception return (Carrillo kick) 5:41
N: Mike Hinojosa 8 pass from Michael Pacheco (pat good) 3:17
P: Dustin Hernandez 45 run (pat no good) 10:52
N: Roly Borrego 3 run (pat blocked) 4:45
P: Hernandez 2 run (Carrillo kick) 11:19
P: Julio Valderas 6 run (Carrillo kick) 4:54
PACE: FD 15; RUSH 205; PASS 89; TOTAL 294; TO 0
NORTH: FD 24; RUSH 178; PASS 212; TOTAL 390; TO 2
RUSHING: Borrego 12-74; Pacheco 12-72; Simon Reyes 3-31; Mike Bryan 2-21; Ruben Cavazos 2-(-20)
PASSING: Pacheco 14-29-2 152; Cavazos 5-13-0 60
RECEIVING: Jake Hrbacek 7-85; Hinojosa 5-66; Tevin Brown 6-54; Reyes Espino 1-7
TACKLES: Robert Rodriguez 9; Alan Garza 6; Christian Marin 5; Eddie Olivarez 5; Vince Ortiz 5; SACKS: Cory Esparza