With their backs against the wall, the Bobcats came out swinging, and senior Sal Martinez landed the best shots. Returning two interceptions for long scores and adding a pair of touchdown receptions, Super Sal paced the club to a 35-14 win at Harlingen South Friday night, and as a result, Edinburg returns to the postseason for the third year in a row.
EHS (6-4 overall) will travel to Bobby Morrow Stadium Friday to night to try its luck against the explosive Greyhounds (8-2). The ‘Cats had to triumph Friday to avoid a muddle in the 31-5A standings, and despite being outgained by 131 yards, they made it happen.
Martinez went 90 yards the other way with a pick to tie the game at 7 and with 1:20 to go before the half he snared another one and caught an 80-yard TD to give Coach Joey Caceres' club a 14-7 advantage. Later, hard-running Victor Montemayor bolted 29 yards for a 28-14 bulge midway through the fourth, and the Bobcats started thinking playoffs.
The two teams have met before at this stage, twice actually. EHS pounded the Greyhounds 34-13 in bi-district back in 1990, while San Benny edged the ‘Cats 13-7 two years later. In recent history, San Benito has three wins in a row, in 2005-2007, but has gone 0-5 in the playoffs since a glorious 12-1 run in 2004.
Edinburg seeks a third straight first-round win after having defeated Hanna in 2009 and Los Fresnos last year. In 2010, the ‘Cats went three-deep for the first time in a decade, vaulting from 0-2 in 31-5A into a mighty late-season rush. This fall the unit has also overcome a 0-2 beginning to get hot at the right time, led by a punishing defense and steady ground attack.
San Benito has won three in a row since a 21-14 loss to Weslaco, and has scored 143 points during that stretch.
EHS AT SOUTH
EHS (4-3, 6-4) 0 14 7 14 - 35
SOUTH (2-5, 2-8) 0 7 7 0 - 14
E: Sal Martinez 90 interception return (Kristov Martinez kick) 7:13
E: S. Martinez 80 pass from Ramon Enriquez (K. Martinez kick) 1:20
E: S. Martinez 9 pass from Enriquez (K. Martinez kick) 8:58
E: Victor Montemayor 29 run (K. Martinez kick) 5:36
E: S. Martinez 95 interception return (K. Martinez kick) 3:29
EHS: FD 11; RUSH 107; PASS 154; TOTAL 261; TO 2
RUSH: Montemayor 14-66; Joey Gonzalez 2-13; Alex Trevino 3-18; Arnie Alvarado 6-5; S. Martinez 1-3; Enriquez 1-(-4); Favian Quintanilla 5-3
PASS: Enriquez 10-18-1 154
RECEIVING: S. Martinez 5-125; Quintanilla 3-20; Alvarado 1-12; Zach Faires 1-17
SOUTH: FD 11; RUSH 98; PASS 302; TOTAL 400; TO 4