One could not have asked for a better week for the Jags and Bobcats, as each scored a solid victory last week, leading to the bye week before District 31-5A football action begins Sept. 24.
Econ (now 2-1) took care of Brownsville Porter 28-10 on the road Friday behind the continued exploits of explosive senior Nelson “The Little Cat” Hampton and an impressive passing performance from classmate Edgar Cuevas.
Meanwhile, EHS had pulled off a mild stunner on the road Thursday, beating the Valley’s No. 2 team, McAllen Memorial, without the services of star quarterback Stevie Guerrero. The 27-16 victory was a testimony to the focus and intensity of Coach Joey Caceres’ team, as it shut down Memorial’s Matt Kaufmann and improved to 3-0 for the season.
After giving away an early fumble, the Jags held Lopez out of the end zone but trailed 3-0. A second fumble tested the Wrecking Crew Defense’s mettle, but again it was equal to the task, turning the Lobos away without any more damage. The D allowed just 191 yards all game.
Then Cuevas (9 of 11 for 163 yards) went to work, finding sophomore James Villarreal on a 43-yard TD pass early in the second period giving the Orange a 7-3 advantage. Ballhawking senior Aaron Garcia intercepted a ball inside his own 10 as the bend, but not break approach continued.
Hampton, who rushed for 109 yards and caught five passes for 74 more, got loose for some good gainers, and Cuevas then connected with Rogelio Ramirez for a 25-yard scoring strike at 1:50 of the second.
In the second half Hampton ran one in from the 19 for a 21-3 lead and later marked Cuevas’ third TD pass at 8:15 of the third, a 13-yarder that put the game away. The Jags will rest up this week before traveling east to battle Harlingen South Friday, Sept. 24.
Over in McAllen a day before, EHS had taken the field against the Mustangs with sophomore Alex Cantu at the helm in place of Guerrero, who is expected back to work this week after a turf toe injury against McAllen High. Cantu was solid with a 4-of-9, 2 TD night, and the Bobcat running game was serviceable as well.
Memorial led the ball game 16-12 in the third when Cantu found Jon Gonzalez with an 8-yard TD pass at 4:33. Earlier, safety Teddy Lara had returned an interception 56 yards for six, as he continues to make big plays for the Edinburg D. The offense gained just 198 yards but was opportunistic enough to get 20 points.
Next up for the undefeated Bobcats is a stern league-opening test against the No. 1 team in the land, Harlingen, Friday, Sept. 24 at Cats Stadium.
EHS AT MEMORIAL
EHS (3-0) 6-6-8-7 — 27
MEM (1-1) 9-7-0-0 — 16
E: Teddy Lara 56 interception return (kick failed) 8:28
M: Matt Kaufmann 8 run (David de la Garza kick) 1:52
M: Safety 0:18
E: Aaron Gonzalez 30 pass from Alex Cantu (kick blocked) 9:54
M: Kaufmann 2 run (De la Garza kick) 4:15
E: Jon Gonzalez 8 pass from Alex Cantu (Cord Arriola 2-pt) 4:33
E: Aaron Garza TD run 2:57
EHS: FD 13; RUSH 126; PASS 73; TOTAL 199; TO 1
RUSH: A. Gonz 16-57; A. Garza 8-40; Freddy Guajardo 1-18; Fabian Quintanilla 3-14; Canty 2-(-3)
PASS: Cantu 4-9-1 73
RECEIVING: Arriola 2-35; A. Gonz 1-30; J. Gonz 1-8
MEMORIAL: FD 16; RUSH 163; PASS 94; TOTAL 257; TO 3
ECON AT LOPEZ
ECON (2-1) 0-14-7-7 — 28
LOPEZ (0-3) 3-0-0-7 — 10
L: Juan Vera 32 FG 3:58
E: James Villarreal 43 pass from Edgar Cuevas (Angel Duran kick) 9:51
E: Rogelio Ramirez 25 pass from Cuevas (Duran kick) 1:50
E: Nelson Hampton 19 run (Duran kick) 4:59
E: Hampton 13 pass from Cuevas (Duran kick) 8:15
L: Eric Castro 16 pass from Gil Vazquez (Vera kick) 1:39
ECON: FD 12; RUSH 199; PASS 162; TOTAL 361; TO 2
RUSH: Hampton 9-109; Rey Trevino 8-31; Nathan Monterrosa 9-19; Marcus Salinas 1-18; Villarreal 3-15; Danny Saavedra 2-7
PASS: Cuevas 9-11-1 162
RECEIVING: Hampton 5-74; Villarreal 2-51; Ramirez 1-25; Sergio Jimenez 1-12
LOPEZ: FD 11; RUSH 82; PASS 109; TOTAL 191; TO 2