PHARR ó The third time was not the charm for North last week, as the Cougars dropped a fast-paced decision on the road to Pharr North, 38-35.
Coming off a pair of last-minute comeback wins, the Cougars saw the lead change hands seven times, with a fourth-quarter fumble on a kick return spelling the difference. With the loss, North fell to 2-2 in District 31-5A and 4-3 overall, while the Raiders remained unbeaten at 4-0, 7-0.
Quarterback Matt Munoz enjoyed a terrific night for the Coogs, passing for 195 yards and adding a career-best 228 on the ground, with four touchdowns. He has now passed for 1,078 yards with 10 scores in 2009, with 628 rushing yards and six more TDs.
The Coogs survived a rough early stretch to lead 14-10 at the half, and the teams combined for five six-pointers in a 7-minute span leading from the late third into the fourth quarter.
The Raiders ground out 282 rushing yards and totaled 348 overall, with North getting 446 on the night. Munoz punched in from the 2 with 1:50 remaining to cut the margin to three at 38-35, but an onside kick failed. The Coogs got one more shot with 43 seconds left but died at midfield as time expired.
After the Raiders scored to make it 31-28 with 7:24 left, EN fumbled away the kickoff, leading to the fourth rushing tally from senior J.J. Rodriguez, pushing the count to 38-28 with 5:13 to go.
North now looks to get back on track with a home game Friday against Harlingen South. Then itís P-SJ-A Memorial Oct. 30 and the annual Catfight with EHS on the seasonís last night, Nov. 6.
AT PHARR NORTH
EN 7 7 7 14 - 35
PN 3 7 7 21 - 38
P: Joe Ruiz 26 FG 8:12
N: Matt Munoz 13 run (Alan Guajardo kick) 0:17
P: Noe Garcia 8 run (Ruiz kick) 1:47
N: Munoz 6 run (Guajardo kick) 0:12
P: JJ Rodriguez 5 run (Ruiz kick) 7:40
N: Munoz 54 run (Guajardo kick) 1:14
P: Rodriguez 37 run (Ruiz kick) 11:49
N: Juan Ramirez 9 pass from Munoz (Guajardo kick) 8:53
P: Rodriguez 4 run (Ruiz kick) 7:24
P: Rodriguez 16 run (Ruiz kick) 5:13
N: Munoz 2 run (Guajardo kick) 1:50
PN: FD 18; RUSH 282; PASS 66; TOTAL 348; TO 0
NORTH: FD 24; RUSH 251; PASS 195; TOTAL 446; TO 1
RUSHING: Munoz 23-228; Simon Edwards 5-17; Ramirez 1-6
PASS: Munoz 20-29-0 195
RECEIVING: JoeMar Vazquez 3-71; Andrew Partida 4-40; Jordan Quiroz 4-30; Ramirez 3-23; Edwards 5-17; Danny Cardenas 1-14
TACKLES: Bryan Trevino 14; Robert Rodriguez 13; Alex Chavez 12; Manny Garcia 11; Hector Trejo 11; Josh DeLuna 7; Alan Garza 6; Justin Escobedo 6; Jacob Garza 6