Some of the obvious EHS weapons were on display Saturday morning as the ball
club scrimmaged Mission, and a few hitherto unknown quantities served notice that they
are ready for the headlines.
Senior quarterback Stevie Guerrero was in good form with 101 yards rushing
including a 24-yard TD run in the second half, after he’d hit David Ramirez for a 37-
yard score in the first. And Ramirez is definitely a new force to be reckoned with, after a
super performance in the scrimmage. Listed as a tight end, the 210-pound senior lined up
mainly in the slot, proving to be a load to stop downfield. He’s got excellent hands and
made six catches on the day.
The Bobcats improved on defense as the day progressed, eventually limiting the
Eagles to just four first downs in the second half. Early, they’d allowed a long drive to
begin the action but stiffened in the Red Zone to keep Mission out. George Nino took a
reverse 62 yards for a Mission TD in the half, but that was it for the visitor in the game,
EHS winning, 2 to 1.
In seeking to equal or better last year’s playoff season, the Bobcats know what
they have in Guerrero, a great leader who has gotten bigger and stronger since 2009
ended. He passed for 155 yards, without an interception, with Ramirez the star of the
On defense, standout linebacker Ciro Reyna missed a tackle in the backfield on
Nino’s long TD run, and later injured an ankle slightly. But teammate Rogelio Ortiz
made up the difference with a fine tackling day and one of the five interceptions of
Gilbert Gonzalez the ‘Cats came up with.
Two were made by rangy DB Teddy Lara and another by LB Adam Alonzo,
younger brother of former EHS star Tony Alonzo. The new Alonzo appears to have the
instincts his bro possessed.
EHS scored first when Guerrero found Ramirez deep downfield for the 37-yarder,
but Mission evened the count on the breakaway reverse. The Bobcats later drove to the
Mission 10 in the second period only to see a holding penalty, a sack, and a dropped pass
end the threat.
Edinburg dominated the second half of play with end Felipe Pena making a
couple of tackles for loss and the front four led by Jonathan Espinoza bottling up the
On their second possession, the ‘Cats got a 34-yard catch-and-run by fullback
Aaron Garza which led a roll right by Guerrero, who juked a defender at the 5 for a 24-
yard TD scamper.
After moving to the Eagle 5 in the next series, EHS misfired when Guerrero was
sacked for a 20-yard loss. Mission’s last three series ended in picks, as the Bobcat D
looked every bit as strong as last year’s stalwart unit. Sal Martinez made two INTs for
the group, which also took a fumble for six total turnovers forced. The ‘Cats lost two
NOTES: North took care of Brownsville Hanna in action Saturday, scoring three
times to one for the Eagles.