NORTH BLOWN OUT BY CARDS

They hung tough through the first half but got washed away in a torrent of points, losing 61-17 to Harlingen at home Thursday.

North took on the Cards in the big early game from District 31-5A, scored first on a long drive, and trailed by four with less than a minute to go in the first half. But a late touchdown pass made it 21-10 at the break and Harlingen poured 40 points on in the last two periods.

The Cougars are now 2-2 overall, 0-1 in district with a chance for redemption coming Thursday with a road game at P-SJ-A.

Matt Munoz fired a 5-yard TD pass to Juan Ramirez on fourth down for a 7-0 lead, but Harlingen answered with a run from Mack Sanchez to tie it in the second quarter. Later, Sanchez scored again to give the unbeaten Cards (the Valley’s top-ranked team) the lead, while the Coogs narrowed the gap with a second-period field goal.

Harlingen churned out 443 total yards with the Coogs held to 225.

North’s match against the Bears, 24-14 winners over Harlingen South Friday, gives the Coogs a shot at stopping 215-pound Gilbert Espino, who rushed for a career-high 241 yards to lead P-SJ-A to its first win.

HARLINGEN AT EDINBURG NORTH

HARL 0 21 21 19 - 61

NORTH 7 3 0 7 - 17

SCORING

N: Juan Ramirez 5 pass from Matt Munoz (Guajardo kick) 6:23

H: Mack Sanchez 20 run (Grant Gorman kick) 11:03

H: Sanchez 8 run (Gorman kick) 4:53

N: Cesar Barajas 41 FG 1:54

H: Anthony Reyna 24 pass from Sanchez (Gorman kick) 0:37

H: Sanchez 7 run (Gorman kick) 8:07

H: Sanchez 1 run (Gorman kick) 6:47

H: Mike Gonzalez recovered blocked punt in EZ (Gorman kick) 4:17

H: Reyna 79 pass from Sanchez (Gorman kick) 9:44

N: Ramirez recovered fumble in EZ (Guajardo kick) 6:57

H: Sean Hernandez 42 run (kick failed) 5:43

H: Gonzalez 50 punt return (kick failed) 3:08

STATS

HARLINGEN: FD 21; RUSH 149; PASS 294; TOTAL 443; TO 0

NORTH: FD 19; RUSH 47; PASS 188; TOTAL 235; TO 2

RUSH: Simon Edwards 5-33; Michael Pacheco 8-23; Ramirez 1-1; Munoz 12-(12)

PASS: Munoz 20-30-1 180; Roosevelt Munoz 1-1-0 8; Pacheco 0-1-1

RECEIVING: Ramirez 7-43; Jordan Quiroz 7-51; Edwards 2-48; Danny Cardenas 2-23; Andrew Partida 1-11; Justin Escobedo 1-8; JoeMar Vazquez 1-4

TACKLES: Bryan Trevino 8; Josh DeLuna 8; Robert Rodriguez 7; Hector Trejo 5; Manny Garcia 5; Heltrin Reyes 5; Alan Garza 5/SACKS: Reyes

JAGS LOSE MOMENTUM LATE, UPSET TRY TOO

PHARR — Holding their own into the second half against the vaunted Raiders of Pharr North, the Jags faltered down the stretch, losing 35-21 to even their mark at 2-2 for the year.

In the District 31-5A opener for both clubs, Econ forged a 14-14 tie behind the running of junior Nelson Hampton, who picked up 117 yards and two scores.

But the Raiders (1-0, 4-0) pulled away behind a crunching ground game and dominated the last two periods, getting a couple of turnovers from the Jags to help the cause.

Rudy Villarreal accounted for the other Econ TD with a 47-yard pass to senior Mario Lamas, the first score of the game, while J.J. Rodriguez found the end zone three times for North.

The Jags now turn their attention to Friday’s home game against winless Harlingen South. Hampton now has amassed 364 yards this season for the Orange, while Lamas averages 23 yards per catch. Rogelio Ramirez is 12 of 14 on extra points.

CITY FOOTBALL STATS

(after four weeks)

OFFENSE RUSH PASS TOT AVG PTS

NORTH 630 732 1362 340.1 127

ECON 831 449 1280 320.0 106

EHS 740 483 1223 305.8 71

DEFENSE

EHS 590 446 1036 259.0 56

ECON 756 673 1419 354.8 116

NORTH 679 760 1439 359.8 119

RUSHING ATT YDS AVG TD

Hampton, Econ 45 364 8.1 6

Munoz, North 48 285 5.9 2

Sauceda, EHS 41 252 6.2 2

Edwards, North 27 229 8.5 1

Vazquez, Econ 32 202 6.3 0

Maxwell, EHS 34 191 5.7 0

Palacios, EHS 18 105 5.8 0

Trevino, Econ 25 98 3.9 0

Guajardo, EHS 23 91 4.0 4

PASSING ATT COMP YDS PCT TD INT

Munoz, North 76 46 535 60.5 5 0

Villarreal, Econ 45 23 449 50.1 5 1

Escobar, EHS 50 25 352 50.0 1 2

Monsevais, North 21 13 189 61.9 4 0

Guerrero, EHS 25 10 128 40.0 1 3

RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD

Trevino, EHS 20 314 15.7 2

Ramirez, North 21 250 11.9 4

Lamas, Econ 8 184 23.0 1

Partida, North 12 155 12.9 4

Menchaca, EHS 9 126 14.0 0

Garcia, Econ 3 106 35.3 2

Cardenas, North 6 97 16.2 0

Edwards, North 7 86 12.3 0

Quiroz, North 9 66 7.3 1

SCORING TD PAT FG PTS

Hampton, Econ 8 0 0 48

Ramirez, North 5 0 0 30

Partida, North 4 0 0 24

Guajardo, EHS 4 0 0 24

Guajardo, North 0 13 3 22

Ramirez, Econ 0 12 0 12

Munoz, North 2 0 0 12

Trevino, EHS 2 0 0 12

Garcia, Econ 2 0 0 12

Sauceda, EHS 2 0 0 12

Juarez, EHS 0 5 2 11