High School Sports Magazine-September 2005 Issue
Volleyball actrion in South Texas. Sharyland top team.
ACCELERATE YOUR LIFE! 1-800-292-5547 RGV High School Bulldogs To Meet Coyotes McHi Bulldog Head Football Coach Tony Harris will be looking for his second win of the year against 2004 30-5A District Champions, La Joya on Oct.7th. McHi lost their season opener to San Antonio O’Connor 44-6. The Bulldogs are 1-4 for the season. magazine VOLUME 1 ISSUE NO.2 September 28-October 20, 2005 HSSM PHOTO By David A. Amador 6 No Pass, No Play? Editorial/Opinion Top Volleyball Action Inside... Students need to put grades ﬁrst, then sports next.. 15 HSSM Rankings Top 10 Football Teams 7 District 30-5A Begins McAllen Memorial No.1 No.4 Sharyland defeats McAllen Nikki Rowe in District opener. Top Academic Athletes 22 One On One MVEC Awards Touchdown Dave Ranks Los Fresnos as New No.1 In Depth Interview with Mel Rios of PSJA High School. HSSM Recognizes 12 Monthly Top Athletes 27 Player of the Week 28Kick & Win $100,000 T-Mobile presents Top Valley Football players get spotlight for achievements Three fans make it to the ﬁnals on November 11th! Noemi Sanchez of PSJA Memorial maintains 3.9 GPA and plays sports COVER... 30Longhorns Meet Missouri Big 12 Conference No.2 Texas at 3-0 in the hunt for BCS Championship PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID A. AMADOR (Mandy Davis of Sharyland) Special to HSSM photos are Texas Longhorn Jamaal Charles and Drew Bledsoe of Dallas Cowboys Next issue: Oct. 20th! RGV HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MAGAZINE is published monthly, beginning in August through June with extra issues printed in November, and January, with a total combine issue of 13 by HSSM Media Communications L.L.C., located at our Corporate Home Ofﬁce, 2416 Frontera Road, McAllen, Texas 78504. David A. Amador, Publisher/CEO; Julian Garcia, Executive Vice President, CFO. U.S. subscriptions are available annually for 13 issues/$29.95 plus postage and handling of $2.95 per issue. 2005 Copyright HSSM Media Communications L.L.C.. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Printed in Mexico. Customer Service and subscriptions available 24/7 service, please use our website at www.HSSMOnline.com. You can also call 956.739.3362 or write to HSSM at 5111 North 10th Street #158, McAllen, Texas 78504. HSSM Views Editorial No Pass, No Play? As the ﬁrst six weeks of school comes to a ﬁnish, a number of high school athletes have been scrambling throughout the Rio Grande Valley trying to get their grade point averages above the 70 passing mark in order to comply with the University Interscholastic League’s “No Pass, No Play” rule. According to the UIL, any student contending in whichever UIL event may regain “eligibility an unlimited number of times throughout the school year. Passing means a minimum grade of 70 on all courses except identiﬁed advanced classes”. Ineligible means that students must “wait” seven calendar days” after the three-week evaluation period and grading period to recuperate playing status. Is this a ﬁrst-class rule? You bet! Many students assume that winning or even losing on the ﬁeld means that books can wait until they accomplish something on the playing ﬁeld. In the past, when this “No Pass, No Play” rule did not even exist, students who botched, would still be permitted to participate on Football Friday nights just because they were superstar athletes. Coaches would also try to encourage teachers to pass these players just so that they can “win one for the team”. Whoopee-do! Today, student athletes who desire to attend a Division One college must achieve at least a score of a 20 on their ACT or even a high 1100 on the SAT in order Sports Laughs to be considered at this playing level. A good number of students who score low on their placement exams will have to attend Division II or III colleges. So much for this “star player’s” fame and glory. Student athletes must recognize that winning on the ﬁeld is imperative, but you have to be triumphant in the classroom ﬁrst. Will this harm a football, volleyball, basketball, or other programs? Yes. However, it is a parent’s responsibility to inspire their own children who are reluctant with not wanting to studying before we can blame any teacher, coach, or administration. As parents, it is our job to make sure that our children understand that education in the classroom comes ﬁrst, if not, then it’s No Pass, No Play! LIVESportsCenter! Hear It Live, See It Live... TV Game Highlights Games Scores & Rankings One on One Interviews with TDDAVE www.highschoolsportsmagazineOnline.com 6 www.hssmOnline.com September 2005 Log on at... Top Action! by Julian Garcia, HSSMOnline@yahoo.com (McAllen, Tx)-Playing before a near capacity crowd at Nikki Rowe Warrior Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon, the Lady Rattlers from Sharyland outplayed the Lady Warriors by sweeping their 30-5A District opponents in an intense matchup winning 2513, 25-23, 25-18. Alyssa Sanchez had six kills and Iannelli Garza added 10 digs. For the Lady Rattlers, Ady Kazemi had a big afternoon with 21 assists and 11 digs, making diving plays to give her team the edge. Brook Tredaway proved to be a major treat in the middle with two block shots and 10 kills on the opposite side. Jenny Corey also had 19 digs with ﬁve kills. Sharyland improves to 16-8 overall and sits at 1-0 in district play. Rowe falls to 0-1 in 30-5A. VolleyBall RGV High School teams spiking away their record to 18-6, 1-0 in 30-5A district play while Rio Grande City drops to 112, 0-1. McAllen High also added a district win by spiking their way past La Joya 258, 25-18, 25-19 with Meelia Saulter serving for eight points and 10 assists with Becca Valdez adding nine points with seven kills. Haley Hoffman had 11 points and 10 assists, with ﬁve kills. Sarah Wellburn contributed with nine points and an impressive 12 kills for the Lady Bulldogs who stay atop the standings with Memorial and Sharyland all tied at 1-0 in district. The Weslaco Lady Panthers will be facing tough opponents in District 31-5A. (HSSM Photo/David Amador) District 31-5A Action PSJA High entertained Edinburg in a wild four game matchup with the Lady Bobcats spiking away with the win 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-23. In an intense matchup, M. Slayton of the Lady Bobcats did all she could in the ﬁrst game, but the Lady Bears won that game 25-23. Slayton, who ﬁnished with 19 kills and 30 digs was able to get her team back on center and easily won the second game 25-18 with Cassandra Trevino having a big game with eight kills, 25 digs, and served four aces District 30-5A Action McAllen Memorial Lady Stangs easily defeated Rio Grande City 25-9, 25-8, 2517. Holly McNallen had 13 assists with three kills followed by Ashley Dofﬁng who had a spectacular afternoon with 10 kills. Valerie Avila also added to the Stangs’ victory with 14 kills and 4 digs. For the Rattlers, Nina Acevedo contributed with ﬁve kills, one block, and one ace. McAllen Memorial ups Now get NEXTEL Motorola i710 Cellular Solutions August 31, 2005 Open Monday-Saturday 9a-9p Offer expires Sept. 30, 2005 Features Include: Speaker phone Voice Dialing & Memo with activation True GPS Built In Games Voive Recorder 199 Min Talk/70 Hours standby 600 Entry Phone Book Ring Styles, Silent, VibralCall HURRY! 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Game three proved to be an easy task again for the Lady Bobcats easily winning 25-16 but then the Lady Bears came alive in the fourth game but at the end it was the superb play by Bri Ledesma who added 31 digs for the day and Jenetta Sanchez was busy with 32 assists, 19 digs, and one ace. The Lady Bobcats now up their season record to 10-11, 3-1 in district play while PSJA falls to 1-11, 1-3 in 31-5A play. In more Saturday action, Weslaco traveled to Edinburg Economedes falling in three games 25-15, 25-14, 25-19 with Morgan Brown adding nine kills, eight assists, nine digs, and eight points. Stephanie Murillo also contributed to the Lady Jags with 25 digs, 10 points, and eight kills. The Lady Cards from Harlingen H.S. had to prove that they were the best from across the Arroyo Colorado, but it took the Lady Cards four games to dispose of the San www.hssmOnline.com David A. Amador email@example.com Publisher District 32-5A Action RGV Sales Manager JGarciahssmonline@yahoo.com Julian Garcia DMoraleshssmonline@yahoo.com David Morales Cartoonist Photographer Smartyhssmonline@yahoo.com Ramon Ramirez firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Ruiz Webmaster HSSM Contributors Clay Williams Bernie Saenz Email: email@example.com RGV HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MAGAZINE is published monthly, beginning in August through June with extra issues printed in November, and January, with a total combine issue of 13 by HSSM Media Communications L.L.C., located at our Corporate Home Ofﬁce, 2416 Frontera Road, McAllen, Texas 78504. David A. Amador, Publisher/ CEO; Julian Garcia, Executive Vice President, CFO. U.S. subscriptions are available annually for 13 issues/$29.95 plus postage and handling of $2.95 per issue. 2005 Copyright HSSM Media Communications L.L.C.. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Printed by HSSM Publishing Company in Mexico. Customer Service and subscriptions available 24/7 service, please use our website at www.HSSMOnline.com. You can also call 956.739.3362 or write to: RGV High School Sports Magazine 5111 North 10th Street #158 McAllen, Texas 78504. Going For The Kill! Brooke Tredaway of the Sharyland Lady Rattlers had 10 kills to lead her team in their win over Nikki Rowe. (David Amador/HSSM Photo) Academic Players of the Month Amanda Pena 17, Edinburg North A senior, she maintains a 3.7 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Excellence Award, and has been a member of the Varsity Volleyball and Basketball team for three years. A senior 3-year varsity cheerleader maintains a 3.2 GPA and is co-captain and is a UIL Regional ﬁnalist in One Act Play and was named Who’s Who Amongst High School Students; she is also a member of the National Honor Society, VP of Student Council, and a 2year lettermen on the softball team. Also a senior, she maintains a 3.9 GPA and is a member of the NHS, and has been a member of the varisty volleyball team for 3 years and a varsity soccer team member for 4 years. She was also named to 1st team All-district soccer, Leadership award. She plans attend the University of Texas A&M. Benito Lady Greyhounds 25-19, 18-25, 25-13, and 25-17 to remain in ﬁrst place in the 32-5A standings with a 5-1 record and improving to 14-7 overall. The Lady Cards are still tied with cross town rival Harlingen South and Brownsville Rivera. Jessica Gonzalez had 19 kills and Brandi McGee added 10 more in their brilliant efforts. Liz Nichols led the Lady Cards with 15 points. In more Saturday afternoon games, Brownsville Rivera kept pace with Harlingen and Harlingen South at 5-1 in district by downing Pace 25-18, 25-18, and 25-11 while Brownsville Hanna had to go the distance with Brownsville Porter in four games winning 25-9, 25-19, 16-25, and 25-19. Kelly Enloe 18, Bro Lopez Mission Veterans Memorial continued its dominance of 324A as they rolled past Edcouch-Elsa 25-13, 25-17, and 2520. Jaclyn Lopez led the Lady Pats with 17 kills and 25 digs followed by Isela Flores who added 13 kills and teammate Kolby Warren contributed with ﬁve kills and ﬁve blocks. The Lady Pats are now 6-0 in 32-4A and up their season record to 18-3 overall. For the Lady Jackets (10-11, 3-3)Carolina Saenz led her team with four blocks and 10 kills. Others contributing were Kelly Saldana, 29 digs, 4 kills; Lilly Juarez 34 digs; and Cecilia District 32-4A Action Noemi Sanchez 17, PSJA Memorial MaryLu Rodriguez 17, Ed-Elsa A senior, maintains a 3.8 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, VP Junior Student Council, Who’s Who Among High School Students, and is a 3-year lettermen of varsity volleyball, and has lettered in basketball, softball, track and ﬁeld. She wants to major in education. Senior maintains a 3.7 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Excellence Award, and has been a member of the Varisty Volleyball and Basketball team for three years. Major undecided. Suzanne Reyna 17, Weslaco H.S. 12 www.hssmOnline.com September 2005 PSJA Memorial Lady Wolverines Volleyball team pictured left to right kneeling are Victoria Martinez, Vanessa Gutierrez, Noemi Sanchez, Brandie Suarez, and Samantha Perales. Back row includes Terri Malone, Keila Guerra, Christi Gonzalez, and Lillian Rendon. (David Amador/HSSM Photo) Ramirez with 10 digs and three kills. In more 32-4A action, it was Mission High (10-9, 5-1) over Weslaco East (3-10, 05) in a four game matchup winning 2516, 25-13, 19-25, 25-18; and Mercedes (6-9, 2-4) defeated Roma (5-10, 2-4) also in a four game series 25-13, 25-18, 25-16, 25-23; and ﬁnally, PSJA Memorial added another win by defeating Brownsville Lopez 25-23, 2527, 25-8. The Lady Wolverines improve to 5-1 in district play with Keila Guerra leading the way with nine blocks and 10 kills and Lily Rendon was strong with eight blocks and 13 assists. Noemi Sanchez contributed with 15 digs and Samantha Perales had 16 assists with ﬁve digs. For Mission High, Kristina Paiz had 40 digs, three kills, and eight points to help Mission stay at 5-1 in district while Lauren Beard managed seven kills for the Lady Wildcats. Weslaco East falls to 0-5 in district and 3-10 for the season. Valley View (9-9, 4-1) continued its bid for another state berth by defeating Progreso 25-18, 25-22, 25-17. The Lady Tigers were led by college-bound Jessica Rodriguez who had 20 assists and seven aces; Lizzette Maldonado had a big day with 25 kills while Jessica Garcia added 26 digs. In more action, the Lady Pirates of Hidalgo defeated Rio Hondo in four games 25-9, 25-14, 21-25, and 25-23 to up their record to 11-5, 4-1. The Lady Pirates will meet Valley View in a 32-3A showdown. HSSM VB Rankings 1. McAllen Memorial 2. Harlingen South 3. Brownsville Hanna 4. Sharyland 5. Mission Veterans 6. Donna 7. Harlingen 8. McAllen H.S. 9. PSJA Memorial 10. Donna District 32-3A Action Take Top Spot in Rankings Falcons Los Fresnos The Los Fresnos Falcons (4-0, 10) moved into the top spot ranking in Touchdown Dave’s Top 10 Polls after ﬂying past PSJA (21-14), Nikki Rowe (44-3), and previously undefeated Brownsville Pace (31-14). Falcon quarterback Brandon Kretz passed for 326 yards and four touchdowns guiding them past Nikki Rowe 44-3 and they somehow managed to hold on to a narrow lead against the Bears, despite giving up 448 yards on defense. In the Falcon’s 32- HSSMOnline com David A. Amador 5A opener against a highly talented Viking team, head coach Scott Ford changed his game plan and surprised Pace by running wild for 252 yards on 35 carries. “We’ve been known in the past for not so good of a defense and our plan worked tonight,” said Ford. Running back Luis Campos rushed for 142 yards and scored all four touchdowns on 19 carries. How good are these birds? Just ask head football coach Gary Lauer of Nikki Rowe. “They’re a really good team. What else can I say,” added Lauer. Now Ford will take his team on the road for two 32-5A games at Hanna (2-2, 0-1) and at No.3 Harlingen (4-1, 1,0). McAllen Memorial drops from the preseason number one spot to No.6 after losing to Brownsville Pace 54-35. Los Fresnos WR Jeremy Springer stiff arms a McAllen Rowe Warrior defender in non-district action recently. The 4-0, 1-0 Falcons will travel to No.3 Harlingen on Oct. 7th in a 32-5A Showdown. (David Amador/HSSM PHOTO) RGV High School Sports Magazine HSSM Polls No.2 Are These Men In Black For Real? an impressive 5-0 record. The Raiders have posted wins over Nikki Rowe, PSJA Memorial, Mercedes, Harlingen South, and Donna. Have the “Men in Black” been tested or are these guys really good? Against the No.7 Harlingen South Hawks, the Raiders defense blanked Jim Helms and his Hawks 21-0 and like Garcia says, “We preach it, we talk it, and I give all the compliments for our players.” The Raider defense held the Hawks to 22 yards rushing and forced them to three turnovers. On offense, the Raiders played their best with ball control with running back Jesse Martinez rushing for 75 yards on 13 carries and Andrew Uribe added another 74 yards on the ground with a touchdown to give the Raiders a 14-0 lead before the half. The Donna Redskins and Tom Chavez were able to score 28 points. The Raiders will be tested this weekend when they travel to face Tony Villarreal and the Weslaco Panthers (4-1, 01) on September 30th and followed by the Edinburg Bobcats (1-3, 1-0) at home on October 7th in 31-5A district play. The No. 10 Weslaco Panthers are coming off a stunning loss to Edinburg last Thursday night 27-7, but expect Villarreal to be prepared for his match up with his former assistant head coach, while he coached at North. uncommon in a football game especially when the weather was perfect and dry. Cardinal quarterback was able to take matters into his own hands by passing for 252 yards and rushing for another 123 yards and two scores. This performance earned him the HSSM/MVEC Player of the Week Award. Harlingen seemed to have things in control leading 35-19 with about eight minutes to play but head coach Robert Vela, of the Edinburg Bobcats, will use every minute possible to earn a win. Bobcat quarterback Bobby Trevino did just that. He broke loose for a 78 yard touchdown run to make it 35-27 at the 7:34 mark. The Cards responded with a high-deep punt by Johnny Guillen and Marty Trevino downed the pigskin inside the oneyard line. A few plays later, Art Gonzalez recovered a fumble on the Edinburg 4yard line. The Cards took it in, a few plays later, to make it 41-27. This game featured more than 720 yards in total offense by both teams, September 2005 (Pharr, Tx)-Are the “Men in Black” for real? PSJA North head football coach Orlando Garcia told HSSM at the start of the season that everyone seems to put the Raiders in the cellar but so far the Raiders have proven these doubters wrong as they take the No.2 spot in HSSM Top 10 polls with RGV High School Sports Magazine HSSM Polls No.3 Cards Flying High In 32-5A (Harlingen, Tx)-In what was suppose to be a close game ﬁlled with all the hoopla needed on a Thursday night, the No.3 Harlingen Cardinals disposed of Brownsville Rivera 41-13 in 32-5A play to put the Cardinals in the driver’s seat at (4-1, 1-0) in district. The Cards ended four years of losing to the black and maroon by scoring 17 unanswered points at the end of the half. Robert Sanchez, quarterback for the Cardinals, hit the end zone from nine yards out. The Cards were impressive with Justin Hernandez who added 84 yards for the night and two touchdowns followed by William White, who also added a score, ﬁnished the evening with 75 yards on 11 carries. In more action, at Edinburg, the Cards were glad that this game ended after Edinburg mounted a desperate attack but fell short 41-33. The Cards committed six turnovers, The No.2 PSJA North Raiders will take their 5-0, (1-0) record to Bobby Lackey Stadium on September 30th against the 4-1, (0-1) No.10 Weslaco Panthers in a 31-5A showdown. 16 (David Amador/HSSM PHOTO) www.hssmOnline.com along with eight turnovers, two blocked punts, and a lot of fans looking awe. “I’m proud of these kids. They played their hearts out,” said Vela. The Cards will travel to Pace October 1st and they will then host No.1 Los Fresnos on October 7th. RGV High School Sports Magazine HSSM Polls No.4 Harlingen head football coach Randy Cretors is pictured with QB Robert Sanchez at the Alamodome in San Antonio at the annual 2005 Dave Campbell’s Football Kickoff Classic. September 2005 www.hssmOnline.com (David Amador/HSSM PHOTO) (Edcouch,Tx)-Head coach Joe Solis was ﬁnally put to test by the Mission Eagles, in both teams 32-4A district opener, despite the Yellowjackets winning 21-0. “We didn’t excute well and they were ready for us,” adds Solis. The Yellowjackets now 1-0 in district are vying to three-peat as champions from 32-4A but the Eagles made Solis coach his team with big plays. The Eagles (0-4, 01) forced Edcouch-Elsa to six consecutive punts and four ﬁrst downs before the half. “A lot of people don’t give our team credit. We are a good team. Things just have not fallen our way,” said Eagle coach Tommy Lee. Leading 7-0 in the fourth, the Jackets came alive with a 12 play, 74-yard drive to make it 15-0 when sophomore running back Ronnie Villalpando added his second score of the evening with a three yard touchdown run. His ﬁrst TD came on a 43-yard scamp to give EE their ﬁrst score of the night in the ﬁrst quarter. The Yellowjackets also scored a safety when Jeremy Burnias sacked Mission quarterback Nathan Salazar to give the yellow and gold a 9-0 lead at the half. Against winless Raymondville, the Yellowjackets won 51-0 with Villalpando breaking loose for a 59yard touchdown run. He ﬁnished with 100 yards for the night. E-E took a 31-0 halftime lead. Solis will now prepare for their next meeting at Roma (1-3) followed by an October 7th showdown with Mercedes (2-2, 0-1) at home. 17 RGV High School Sports Magazine HSSM Polls No.5 Coyotes Running Wild (La Joya, Tx)- If you ask Oscar Villasenor about his No.5 La Joya Coyotes (2-2) losses to Brownsville Rivera and Corpus Christi Carroll, he will probably smile and say “it’s okay”. According to Villasenor, the Coyotes are gelling at the right time, now that non-district action will be wrapping up. He has discovered a running attack with highly touted junior, Juan Martinez who torched the Tigers’ Harlingen South Hawks (3-1) stop RB Daniel Rosales and the 32-4A Weslaco East Wildcats (13, 1-0) in non-district action. (Bernie Saenz/HSSM PHOTO) defense with 192 yards rushing despite their 42-30 loss. Martinez trails McAllen Memorial’s Bradley Stephens by 30 yards and already has more than 600 yards rushing in just four games. Previously ranked No.1 by other polls, Villasenor will quickly point out that his team was not ready for this high ranking. Sounds a bit scary? The Coyotes will entertain the McAllen Bulldogs at home on October 7th in their district opener and expect last year’s State 5A Division One Quarterﬁnalist to pick up where they left off: defense of their 30-5A District title. The Bulldogs are coming off a surprising win over PSJA last week and head coach Tony Harris says his Bulldogs (1-4) just woke up. Against Laredo Alexander, the Coyotes slaughtered the Bulldogs 34-13 and again, crushed the Edinburg Economedes Jags 37-7. Martinez had big nights rushing for 215 yards and three touchdowns, followed by another 157 yards and ﬁve touchdowns against the Jaguars. Never the less, the Coyotes always roam the mesquite woodlands waiting for their next prey once district comes around. RGV High School Sports Magazine HSSM Polls No.6 Stangs Drop in Polls (McAllen, Tx)- It never seems to amaze me when a team is ranked number one and falters. The McAllen Memorial Mustangs drop from No.1 to No.6 after losing to Brownsville Pace in a wild 54-35 loss. For the Valley’s top junior running back, Bradley Stephens, he rushed for 167 yards on 25 carries, caught four passes for 93 yards, returned an 88 yard kickoff for a touchdown, and scored four touchdowns. The San Benito Greyhounds (3-1, 1-0) defeated the Donna Redskins (0-5, 0-1) despite this catch from WR Roman Paz of the Redskins. The Greyhounds host Brownsville Rivera Oct. 7th in a 32-5A matchup. (David Amador/HSSM PHOTO) September 2005 www.hssmOnline.com 19 Still this would not be enough to stop the Pace Vikings. Head coach Bill Littleton saw his Mustangs give up 524 yards in total offense to the Vikings. Against Weslaco East, Stephens rambled for 230 yards and ﬁve touchdowns, including a 80-yard run. The Stangs’ will now face Rio Grande City at home on October 7th in both teams district opener. RGV High School Sports Magazine HSSM Polls No.7 County rival Raymondville 49-21 in 32-3A action for both squads. Lyford now 4-0, 1-0 in district was led by running back Raul Gudino who had a spectacular night rushing for 215 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns. Head coach Jaime Infante was not pleased with his team’s effort due to the fact that they lost seven fumbles on miscues. The Bulldogs have posted wins over Hebbronville 26-7 and Santa Rosa 47-25 in non-district action. RGV High School Sports Magazine Hawks Ready (Harlingen, Tx) Jim Helms, second year head coach at Harlingen South seems to know what he is doing with his Hawks. To date, the Hawks have won three games and lost one to No.2 PSJA North. Now that the non-district season is over, the only thing that matters would be one district win after another. Against Brownsville Porter, the Hawks dismantled the Cowboys 42-14 at Sams Stadium to sit at 1-0 in 32-5A play. What seemed rather strange, the game was all tied up at 7-all with two minutes left in the third quarter and with Halloween irking in the back drops, the Hawks went on to score 35 spooky points. Again, at home against Sharyland, the Hawks ﬂew high with a convincing 52-28 win. Peter De La Garza was almost perfect for the night passing for 387 yards and completing 20-of-28 passes with ﬁve touchdowns. The Hawks will entertain the Greyhounds tonite in district action. RGV High School Sports Magazine HSSM Polls No.9 San Benito Back on Track (San Benito, Tx)- If you ask head coach Mario Pena if he’s worried about what’s to come, he will say “not to worry” because his Greyhounds take one game at a time. With District 32-5A now in session, his defense of the title might run into snags as teams from across the Arroyo Colorado will be ready to dismantle his Greyhounds. The Hounds opened with a 32-7 victory over Brownsville Hanna after completing their non-district schedule with an impressive 2-1 record. Their only loss was a surprising PSJA win. Running back Ernie Tamez rushed for 139 yards on 31 carries in a ball control atmosphere.Harlingen South is next in line followed by Brownsville Rivera on October 7th, these Hounds will prove to everyone that 2004 was no ﬂuke. The Greyhounds have posted a huge defensive win over the Edinburg Bobcats 21-13 in Week One. Oh So Close by Inches! La Feria (0-1) missed the extra point in their district opening loss to Hidalgo (1-0), 14-13. Head Coach Robert Valdez could only watch as his assistant walks away. (David Morales/HSSM PHOTO) (Lyford,Tx) The Bulldogs crack the HSSM Polls at No.8 by staying undefeated and romping Willacy Bulldogs Win HSSM Polls No.8 (David Amador/HSSM PHOTO) Dustin Ponce On the Run! The Edinburg Bobcats opened 31-5A with a win over the Weslaco Panthers. Next opponent: McAllen Memorial (David Morales/HSSM PHOTO) Dallas Cowboy Safety Keith Davis signed autographs at Fanatics Sports Bar in Mission recently. Pictured are l-r David A. Amador, HSSM publisher, Keith Davis, Dr. Raul Pena of the Pena Eye Institute, and Jay Inks of Fanatics Sports Bar in Mission. RGV High School Sports Magazine HSSM Polls No.10 Panthers Looking For Payback score to give the Bobcats an early 7-0 lead. At the half, the reigning 2004 31-5A Co-Champion Bobcats went to the locker room sporting a comfortable 27-0 lead, but this would be all Vela’s team would need to clinch their ﬁrst district win. Dustin Ponce pounded the Panther’s defense for 169 yards and three rushing touchdowns followed by teammate Galvan adding another 146 yards on the ground to give the Bobcats 420 yards rushing for the evening. The Panthers were able to take advantage of one Bobcat miscue, a fumble recovery by Ben De La Rosa, which allow District rushing leader Mishak Rivas (533 yards) to score his only touchdown of the evening. Rivas was limited to only 16 carries and 35 yards on the ground. The Bobcats will now face their next two opponents on the road. On September 30th, Edinburg will take on McAllen Memorial and Bradley Stephens in nondistrict action and again, hit the Astroturf at PSJA Stadium to play the No.1 PSJA North Raiders in district action on October 7th. The Panthers opened their season with wins over Mission, Hanna, Roma, and Porter. All four teams have a combined record of 4-12. The Panthers will entertain the PSJA North Raiders (5-0, 1-0) tonight at Bobby Lackey Stadium in Weslaco. (Edinburg, Tx)-Hurricane Rita did all the damage on Thursday night without making landfall at Bobcat Stadium as Edinburg (1-3, 1,0) notched their ﬁrst win of the season against previously undefeated Weslaco 27-7 (4-1, 0-1) in 31-5A district action. A smiling Tony Villarreal, before kick off, felt that his Panthers were ready for last week’s game. As for head coach Robert Vela, he knew that this was going to be his night. “We are ready. We played a tough non-district schedule and this should have of prepared us for tonight,” says Vela. His plan worked. The Bobcats struck ﬁrst in the opening drive with running back Jesse Galvan taking it in for the OneOnOne Photos by David A. Amador INTERVIEW with Mel Rios PSJA Bear head football coach in every student you inspire to succeed. That’s rewarding. HSSM: What’s your opinion regarding “No Pass, No Play” rule? Rios: It puts pressure on students to do well in the classroom. You can lose kids to grades. We hope not to lose any this six weeks. It’s always a concern. HSSM: In closing, last question. Care to make a prediction in District 31-5A? Rios: I think PSJA North, Edinburg and PSJA Bears will contend for the district title. Weslaco is knocking and so are the other schools; it’s going to be a ﬁght every Friday night. HSSM: Finally, will the PSJA Bears beat the PSJA North Raiders? Rios: That’s one of our goals. HSSM: Is this a Cinderella season so far for the PSJA Bears? Rios: What’s your deﬁnition of this question? HSSM: Is this about wearing a glass slipper? Rios: At PSJA, we are always expected to win. We always talk about winning championships. Are we a Cinderella team? No. HSSM: What makes this Bear season special? Rios: They know their roles. There is no controversy here. The most important thing, our players talk about winning. HSSM: What has been one of your memorable moments in coaching? Rios: In twenty ﬁve years of coaching, I’ve experienced 10 playoff seasons. At PSJA, as a head coach, it was special making the playoffs once in three seasons. HSSM: Who has inspired you in all your life? Rios: As I was growing up in this profession, I would always read about are legendary coaches such as Alex Leal, Richard Flores, and John Lerma; these were coaches who made a difference in high school football every Friday night. Besides my father who is deceased, my own children, have inspired me too. HSSM: As an educator, is teaching and coaching a rewarding experience? Rios: Yes. Deﬁnitely. This profession does not pay much. The wealth you encounter is when you have made a difference 22 www.hssmOnline.com September 2005 McHi Bulldogs at the Alamodome! The Bulldogs were invited to play in the annual Dave Campbell’s Football Classic held recently against San Antonio O’Connor . More than 4,000 fans attended. (David Morales/HSSM PHOTO) Call for info: 956.739.3362 Subscribe Today! Get 13 Issues for only $29.95 Name_______________________________ Address_____________________________ ____________________________________ City____________________State_________ Credit Card No._______________________ Type MC___VS_____Am____Dis________ Expiration date________________________ Get Home Delivery Monthly Phone:________________________ www.hssmOnline.com Mail to: HSSM 5111 North 10th Street #158 McAllen, Texas 78504 Harlingen High School Varsity Cheerleadering team attended the Dave Campbell’s Football Kickoff Classic held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas recently. (David Morales/HSSM Photo) McHi’s Brom Kicks 47-yarder (McAllen, Tx)-As child, junior Christian Brom played soccer and when he joined this McHi Bulldog team mid year last season, he was booting 50 yarders with no problem. But not in real game like situations. That was last year, Saturday night would be the real thing. With eight seconds left to play in the game, Brom was called on to make a lifetime ﬁeld goal attempt to try and give McHi it’s ﬁrst win of the year. His side approach kicking style with laces out pigskin, he booted the uprights to give the Bulldogs and a desperate head coach Tony Harris their ﬁrst win of the season as they defeated PSJA 21-20 in a wild ﬁnish at Memorial Veterans Stadium in McAllen. Brom, who only stands at 5’6 is one of the area’s top notched soccer players witnessed his team rally from behind the Non-district action magic of junior QB Joaquin Hinojosa who connected with Elias Franco to put McHi ahead for the ﬁrst time 18-14 with about two minutes left to play. However, PSJA (2-2) struck back when RB Marco Garcia took a pitch to sweep right to make it 20-18 with 50 seconds left to play. The all important extra point was block. Again, Hinojosa was able to get the Bulldogs within ﬁeld goal range. This would be Brom’s second ﬁeld goal attempt for the evening. He added three points to the board just before the half with his 28-yarder. Bulldog head coach Harris was quoted saying that “the big dog just woke up and walked off the porch”. McHi (1-4) will travel to take on last year’s State 5A Division I Quarterﬁnalist La Joya on October 7th in their district opener. (David Morales/HSSM Photo) Brownsville Lopez Varsity Cheerleadering team pictured front l-r are Kelly Enloe, Raul Izaguirre, and Michelle Zamora. Middle, Lexi Gorena followed by Celina Gonzalez, Jerry Pineda, Jessica Vidal, Loida Flores, Euonny Valdez, Adrinan Cordova, Mascot (Leo Loro), Crystal Lopez, Adriana Ramos, Prissy Perez, Danny Vasquez, and Sandra Trevino. Lopez Wins Opener (Brownsville, Tx)- The Brownsville Lopez Lobos head football coach Valentin Montemayor welcomed new Mercedes Tiger head coach Gilbert Leal to District 32-4A with a rude 42-0 spanking last Friday night. Lopez (2-2, 1-0) mounted a three running back attack accounting for 464 yards rushing behind the legs of Carlos Salas, Juan Munoz, and Luis Esparza. The Tigers, now fall to (2-2, 0-1) in district play, drew ﬁrst blood by driving to the Lopez 5-yard line but the Lobos defense managed to surmount a quarterback sack and took over on downs. The Lobos then march 85 yards to make it 7-0. The ﬁrst of six touchdowns to be scored against the Tigers. After last week’s drubbing by Pace, Salas ended the night with 137 yards rushing on 13 carries. Quarterback Luis Esparza rushed for 78 yards and added another 100 yards in the air, including a 14-yard strike to WR Jorge Salinas. “I think the offensive line did a great job,” said an elated Montemayor. 32-4A District Action 30-5A District Standings Here is how RGV High School Sports Magazine ranks this district in 2005 Season District 32-5A District Standings Here is how RGV High School Sports Magazine ranks this district in 2005 Season District 31-5A District Standings Here is how RGV High School Sports Magazine ranks this district in 2005 Season District 1. La Joya 2. Memorial 3. Sharyland Rowe 4. Rio Grande City 5. McAllen 2-2 3-1 2-2 2-2 1-3 1-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Los Fresnos Har South Harlingen San Benito Bro Pace Bro Rivera Bro Porter Bro Hanna 2005 record listed 4-0 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 PSJA North Edinburg Ed North Weslaco Economedes Donna PSJA 5-0 1-3 3-1 4-1 0-4 0-5 2-2 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-0 2005 record listed 2005 record listed 32-4A District Standings Here is how RGV High School Sports Magazine ranks this district in 2005 Season District 32-3A District Standings Here is how RGV High School Sports Magazine ranks this district in 2005 Season District 32-2A District Standings Here is how RGV High School Sports Magazine ranks this district in 2005 Season District Ed-Elsa PSJA Mem Bro Lopez Weslaco East Mercedes Mission Mem Roma Mission 2005 record listed 4-0 3-1 2-2 1-3 2-2 1-3 0-4 0-4 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 Lyford Rio Hondo Hidalgo La Feria Raymondville Progreso Port Isabel 4-0 3-1 2-3 1-3 0-5 0-5 0-5 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-0 1. Premont 3-1 2. La Villa 1-2 3. Hebbronville 1-2 4. Santa Rosa 1-3 5. Rivera Kaufer 0-2 6. Bishop 0-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2005 record listed 2005 record listed Los Fresnos Varsity Cheerleadering team pictured front l-r are Nick Munoz, Javier Rodriguez, Horancio Valdez, and Robert Perez. Middle row l-r are Angie Caballero, Kristina Creinin, Jessica Perez, Alethea Cruz, (Captain) Melissa Rosales; Daisy Longoria and Sonny Ramos (Co-Captains); Norma Davila. Back row l-r are Lauren Bode, Samantha Mixon, Kristen Campos, Julianna Sosa, Belen Villa, Vanessa Dominguez, Candice Clark, Sophia Marroquin, and Kristen Downs. (David Morales/HSSM Photo) (Hidalgo, Tx)-Jorge Pena could only watch as La Feria Lion kicker Jose Gomez missed to the left to allow the Pirates to win 14-13 in both teams 32-3A District opener at Bill Pate Stadium. The Lions scored with 34 seconds left to play in the ﬁnal period and with the Lions trailing by one, Gomez needed this crucial point to tie the game and possibly send it into overtime. “That’s the way it goes. What can I say,” said a disappointed Robert Valdez, head coach of the Lions. The Lions drop to 1-3 for the season and 0-1 in district, an unfamiliar starting position for Valdez. Hidalgo improves to 2-3 in Jorge Pena’s ﬁrst year as the Pirates head coach. Pena will now prepare his team for winless Port Isabel this week in a critical showdown. Pretty much the winner of this game will have a major advantage and seeding in district play. For the Pirates, Jose Nava completed 6 of 18 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown. In a rare instance, the Pirates also fell short of making their own extra point only to lose the same as the Lions did, but instead it was to Mission Veterans. Pena Leads Pirates in 32-3A! First year head coach Jorge Pena looks at his playing calling board in their close win against La Feria last Friday night. They will face PI this week in district action. (David Amador/HSSM PHOTO) Pirates Win with Missed PAT 32-3A District Action 26 www.hssmOnline.com September 2005 In O Week, Senior defensive back T.J. Fonseca of PSJA North made two key tackles and intercepted a pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown to give the Raiders their ﬁrst win of the year over McAllen Rowe 21-16. In O Week, Jorge “Coco” Martinez of St. Joe rushed for 251 yards on 27 carries and six touchdowns in their win over Santa Rosa 47-14. He scored on runs of 18, 1, and 6 yards in the ﬁrst quarter. In Week 2, Harlingen South Hawk quarterback Peter De La Garza passed for 335 yards and three touchdowns as they defeated the Weslaco East Wildcats 35-7. He threw scoring strikes of 52, 14, and 13 yards. In Week 2, Mishak Rivas, a sophomore clocked with 4.4 speed in the 40 yard run rushed for 212 yards on 13 carries and scored on runs of 66, 9, and 41 yards to give Weslaco a 55-32 win over Brownsville Hanna. In Week 2, Harlingen 6’3 quarterback Robert Sanchez passed for 252 yards and one touchdown and he also rushed for 123 yards and two more scores to lead the Cards over the Edinburg Bobcats 41-33 in non-district action. The Cards overcame six turnovers throughout the game. In Week 3, running back 6’0 Bradley Stephens of McAllen Memorial scored ﬁve touchdowns and rushed for 230 yards in their non-district win over Weslaco East. He scored four touchdowns and rushed for 153 yards all in the ﬁrst quarter. He had runs of 80, 57, 55, 5, 10 yards. In Week 3, Los Fresnos quarterback 6’1 Brandon Kretz passed for 326 yards and four touchdowns as the Falcons ﬂew past the McAllen Nikki Rowe Warriors 44-3. He hit four different receivers for 25, 13, 6, and 39 yard scoring strikes. In Week 4, Brownsville Lopez running back Juan Munoz rushed for 249 yards and scored three touchdowns in their 32-4A district opener against Mercedes. Munoz, also a punter, scored on a 97-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. In Week 4, McHi Bulldog kicker Christian Brom kicked a 47-yard ﬁeld goal to give the Bulldogs their ﬁrst win of the season in a non-district contest win over PSJA 21-20. This was the second kick for Brom, who earlier connected on a 28 yarder before the half. He also converted on one PAT. All winners will be awarded the RGV High School Sports Magazine/MVEC Football Player of the Week awards to be presented at each campus. Congratulations! Players of the Month (David Morales/HSSM Photo) David “Touchdown Dave” Amador Meets Dave Campbell at the annual Dave Campbell’s Football Magazine Classic held recently at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The McAllen Bulldogs and Harlingen Cardinals were invited to play in the annual classic. “Meeting legendary Dave Campbell was an honor,” says HSSM Publisher, Amador. September 2005 www.hssmOnline.com 27 Fans Kicking For $100,000 (McAllen,Tx)-Football fans across the Rio Grande Valley have been kicking their way to the RGV High School Sports Magazine’s and T-Mobile $100,000 Kick and It and win promotion. At Sams Stadium in Brownsville, Mike Jones kicked a 25-yarder through the uprights to win in a kick-off to advance to the ﬁnal round on November 11th. Winners Rafael Alvarado of Mission and Carlos Lopez of Donna both made 20 yard kicks to also advance to the ﬁnals. Any fan 18 years and older, not in high school, may register online at hssmonline@yahoo. com or visit any 12 T-Mobile Corporate stores throughout the Rio Grande Valley. RGV High School Sports Magazine will be at the Mercedes/PSJA Memorial Game of the Week to be held at Tiger Stadium in Mercedes for round four of the “Kick It and Win $100,000” promotion. One winner will win $333.33 per month for the next 25 years. Kick is Good! Bottom photo is Rafael Alvarado of Mission and Carlos Lopez of Donna advancing to the ﬁnals on Nov.11th. (Julian Garcia/HSSM Photo) Pictured l-r are Juan Carlos Oveido of T-Mobile with contestants Rafael Alvarado, Florencio Garcia, Monica Gandaria T-Mobile, Edlin Quinonez, and HSSM Touchdown Dave. RGV H.S. Volleyball Schedule for October 1st District 30-5A La Joya at McAllen Rowe 3 p.m. McAllen at McAllen Memorial 3 p.m. District 32-5A Rio Grande City at Sharyland 3 Bro Porter at Harlingen South 12 p.m. noon Harlingen at Bro Rivera 12 noon District 31-5A San Benito at Bro Hanna 1 p.m. Edinburg at Donna 3 p.m. Edinburg North at PSJA High 3p.m. PSJA North at Economedes 3 p.m. District 32-4A Mercedes at Mission Veterans 4 p.m. Mission at Bro Lopez 4 p.m. PSJA Memorial at Weslaco East 4 p.m. Roma at Edcouch Elsa 4 p.m. District 32-3A Raymondville at Hidalgo 5 p.m. Valley View at Lyford 5 p.m. Cross Country Meets October 8 McAllen Rowe Invitational October 15 Calallen Invitational PSJA Bears Invitational PSJA Memorial Invitational United ISD Invitational October 22 Harlingen Invitational Rio Grande Invitational October 29 District Meets November 5 Regional Meet November 12 State Meets at Round Rock, Texas September 2005 RGV High School (Bernie Saenz/HSSM Photo) Tough Loss! The Santa Maria Cougars lost in overtime to Valley View. Pictured is running back Mingo Lugo picking up a few yards against the Tigers from 32-3A. www.highschoolsportsmagazineOnline.com 29 Highlights Defeat Ohio State; Missouri Next By David A. Amador, HSSMOnline@yahoo.com (Columbus, Ohio)-Vince Young did what he had to do in order to pave the way for the Texas Longhorns to compete for a BCS National Championship: beat Ohio State. Young passed his way with a 24-yard touchdown pass completion to wide receiver Limas Sweed with 2:37 left to play in the fourth quarter to give the No.2 Texas Longhorns the go-ahead win over the No. 4 Buckeyes 2322. The Longhorn defense capped the night with two more points, a safety sack of quarterback Troy Smith who tried scrambling out of the end zone before meeting his own fate with a Longhorn defender Larry Dibbles sacking Smith for a safety. Young did what sports observes did not expect him to do and that was his passing game of 270 yards. “Obviously he’s a great runner, but tonight he was a great passer,” says A.J. Hawk, Ohio State linebacker. Young was able to tack on 76 yards on the ground and threw two interceptions before a capacity crowd of 105,565 fans. The Longhorns added another win against the Rice Owls when freshmen sensation Jamaal Charles ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries in his ﬁrst career start, in place of RB Selvin Young who has been hampered by injuries, to lead Texas (3-0) to a 51-10 win over the Owls (0-2). Charles set a freshmen opening day record with a 135 yards rushing in their win over La-Lafayette. The Orange and White will open Big 12 conference Longhorns TEXAS Closing in on No.1! The No.2 UT-Longhorns are 3-0 and will open Big 12 play at home against Missouri Oct. (B.Rosato/SI) 1st in Austin. Knapp Chevrolet 1/4 30 www.highschoolsportsmagazineOnline.com Septembner2005 play against the Missouri Tigers (21) at Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, October 1st where a sellout crowd is expected. The Longhorns and the Tigers are meeting for the 20th time in a series that began in 1894; their last meeting was a 28-20 win for the Longhorns in 2004 in Austin. The Tigers know that the Longhorns are explosive behind quarterback Vince Young, freshmen running sensation Jamaal Charles, and another freshmen, 6’5 Limas Sweed. The Tigers have defeated Arkansas State and Troy State, with a loss to New Mexico. In order for Missouri to even try to stay with Young and company, they must play perfect football on the ﬁeld and stay away from turnovers and hold on to the ball by producing clock-grinding drives. If not, the Longhorns will waste no time putting the ball in the end zone. One thing in favor of the Tigers is Mack Brown’s look into the future against Oklahoma (1-2) at the Cotton Bowl on October 8th in their annual Red River showdown. “We must stay focus with Missouri,” says Brown. The Texas Longhorns are trying to become the ﬁrst Big 12 team to return to the Rose Bowl in backto-back seasons, but this time it will be a much anticipated BCS Championship game against twotime defending champs, USC (3-0). Valley H.S. Stars in the NFL & Salaries! Roberto Garza Rio Hondo H.S. 6’2 Center NFL Experience: 5 yrs 2001-2004 Total Salary $1,881,440 Mission H.S. 6’0 Wide Receiver NFL Experience: 2 yrs 2004 Total Salary $330,000 Jamaar Taylor Mission H.S. 6’1 Quarterback NFL Experience: 6 yrs 2000-2004 Total Salary $7,495,580 Koy Detmer 2005 Texas Longhorns SCHEDULE Sept. 8 Sept. 10 Sept. 17 Oct. 1st Oct. 8th Oct. 15 Oct. 22 Oct. 29 Nov. 5th Nov. 12 Nov.25 La Lafayette at Ohio State Rice Missouri vs Oklahoma (Dallas) Colorado Texas Tech at Oklahoma St at Baylor Kansas at Texas A&M NFL Experience: 6 yrs 2003 Total Salary $730,000 Harlingen H.S. 5’9 Punter Leo Araguz No.63 No.86 No.10 No.2 Jersey Jersey Jersey Jersey Katrina Highlights (College Station, Texas)-With Hurricane Rita lurking at the Galveston coast line, the Texas A&M Aggies took care of business by defeating a pesky Texas State Bobcat team 44-31 behind Aggie quarterback Reggie McNeal, who passed for 317 yards and two touchdowns to only over shadow Bobcat Barrick Nealy‘s passing night of 378 yards and three touchdowns before 72,000 last minute fans entering Kyle Football Field in College Station. Aggie wide receiver Jason Carter caught 8 passes for 219 yards to give the Aggies a 2-1 record heading into this weekend’s showdown against the Baylor Bears in Big 12 conference openers. The Aggies routed SMU 66-8, again with McNeal on ﬁre passing for 349 yards and rushing for another 100 yards himself, putting the Aggies in a two game winning streak after their bitter loss to Clemson 24-25. With the Baylor Bears (3-0) coming to town this weekend, the Aggies know that revenge is the key word around College Station after losing last year to the surprising Bears from Waco, Texas. The Bears have been equally as impressive with wins over Army, Samford, and SMU. Game time is set for 11:30 a.m. Texas A&M Aggies Meet Baylor Bears 2005 Texas A&M SCHEDULE Sept. 3 Sept. 10 Sept. 17 Oct. 1st Oct. 8th Oct. 15 Oct. 22 Oct. 29 Nov. 5th Nov. 12 Nov.25 at Clemson SMU Texas State Baylor at Colorado Oklahoma State at Kansas State Iowa St at Texas Tech at Oklahoma Texas The Texas A&M Aggies will host the Baylor Bears in their season opener in Big 12 Conference on Oct.1st at College Station. (B.Frakes/SI) 32 www.highschoolsportsmagazineOnline.com September 2005 (Dallas, Tx)-With Mark Burnell NFL Season Report: under center, all he needs is 10 seconds to make things happen and that’s what he did as he connected twice for touchdown passes of 39, 70 yards to Santana Moss in the fourth quarter to give the Washington Redskins(2-0) a 14-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys (2-1) in Texas Stadium. At the half, the Cowboys were ﬁlled with memories from the past as Cowboy former quarterback Troy Aikman, the NFL’s all-time rushing leader Emmitt Smith, and future Hall of Famer, Michael Irvin were inducted into the Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium. “This is Cowboys Travel to Oakland to Meet WR Randy Moss unbelievable,” said Smith. “Being next to these two guys up there, this is an honor,” added Aikman as Irvin stood in amazement. Late in the fourth quarter, with the Boys’ ahead 13-0 after Cortez hit FG at 5:34 mark, all 65,207 Cowboy fans stood in amazement as Burnell hit Moss for a touchdown to put the Redskins up for good with less than 1:40 left to play. The Cowboys had a few opportunities to make a comeback after a brilliant run by rookie Tyson Thompson to the Cowboy 48 yard line but on the next three plays, Dallas was forced to a 6-yard run by Julius Jones and two incompletions by quarterback Drew Bledsoe. On the ﬁnal play, Bledsoe hit WR Terry Glenn, but he fell short of the ﬁrst down. Bledsoe remained interceptionfree for two games and had a superb night passing for 261 yards and (J.W. McDonough/SI completing 21-of-36 passes, while Jones rushed 22 times for 81 yards. Drew Bledsoe impresses fans with his abilities; defense falls apart in loss to Washington. Dallas COWBOYS Flop In 4th! The Cowboys were able to stop a much depleted San Fransico 49ers teams to give them the momentum needed to meet a dangerous (0-3) Oakland Raider team. If the Cowboys expect to make the playoffs, they will need to stop Randy Moss of the Oakland Raiders because he will show no mercy towards the Dallas secondary when they meet in Oakland on October 2nd. The Raiders are 1-5 in total games and have fallen to Super Bowl Champs New England 3020, NFC Champs Philadelphia, and Kansas City to open their season at 0-3. As for the “Triplets”, Aikman, Smith, and Irvin led the Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories and were the ﬁrst players to be inducted since Jerry Jones, owner, took over the Cowboys. “I can’t write my life story without Emmitt and Troy. We’re tied together forever,” added a teary-eyed Irvin. 2005 Dallas Cowboys SCHEDULE Sept. 11 Sept. 19 Sept. 25 Oct. 2nd Oct. 9th Oct. 16 Oct. 23 Oct. 30 Nov. 14 Nov. 20 Nov. 24 Dec. 4 Dec. 11 Dec. 18 Dec. 24 Jan. 1st at San Diego Washington at San Francisco at Oakland Philadelphia N.Y. Giants at Seattle Arizona at Philadelphia Detroit Denver at N.Y. Giants Kansas City at Washington at Carolina St Louis NFL Season Report: TEXANS Waiting On Carr QB David Carr needs more protection from his line (Houston, Tx)-Was the ﬁring of Houston Texan offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and replacing him with Texan’s offensive line coach Joe Pendry the right solution to the Houston Texans (0-2) woes and wabbles? The Houston Texan’s offensive line, under Pendry have allowed 13 sacks and Carr has only managed to complete Houston 25 passes in two games for a dismal 237 yards and one touchdown. Was this a good move on head coach Don Capers part? “We have not performed up to our expectations and we needed to make an adjustment to help us move forward in the direction we want to go,” said Capers at his news conference. What direction was Capers talking about? With Pendry now the OC, Pendry will have to create a formula that will stop defenses from penetrating his line that he use to coach. Opposing defenses have stopped the Texan’s running and passing game. Pittsburgh sacked Carr ﬁve times while Buffalo added eight sacks in their season opening win 22-7. As for the Texan’s running game, the Houston Texan running back has been limited. Domanick Davis has carried the ball 29 times for 107 yards in two games followed by David Carr, who has spent most of his time scrambling for his life is now the team’s second leading rusher with 86 yards on 14 carries. His longest run was for 20 yards. Last week at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a ﬁeld day leading his team to four scores on their ﬁrst four possessions, including two touchdown passes to WR Hines Ward as they won their 16th straight regular season game. Then came the boos. Carr fumbled a snap from under center and the Steelers defense added more boos for Carr as he was sacked ﬁve times throughout the day. Two sacks came back-to-back right before the half ended. Carr showed his frustrations by throwing up his hands and shaking his head. As for Roethlisberger, he won for the ﬁfteenth time as a starter to stay at 15-0 completed passes for 14-of21 for 254 yards. RB Willie Parker busted the Texans for 111 yards on 25 carries. On the ﬁnal play of the afternoon, again Carr was sacked for the ﬁfth time. Hopefully Joe Pendry will create some magic that Capers is looking for in the upcoming weeks. The Texans will have their hands full as they meet the Bengals on October 2nd followed by Tennesse at Reliant Stadium on October 9th. But for now, Houston we have a problem! Sacked Again! QB Carr was sacked more than ﬁve times in their 27-7 loss against Pittsburgh Steelers. The Texans travel to meet the Bengals Oct. 2nd. (D.J. Phillip/AP) Houston Texans 2005 SCHEDULE Sept. 11 Sept. 18 Oct. 2nd Oct. 9th Oct. 16 Oct. 23 Oct. 30 Nov. 6 Nov. 13 Nov. 20 Nov. 27 Dec. 4 Dec. 11 Dec. 18 Dec. 24 Jan. 1st at Buffalo Pittsburgh at Cincinnati Tennesse at Seattle Indianapolis Cleveland at Jacksonville at Indianapolis Kansas City St. Louis at Baltimore at Tennesse Arizona Jacksonville at San Francisco 34 www.highschoolsportsmagazineOnline.com September 2005 2005 McA Nikki Rowe 30-5A SCHEDULE Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 8 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 6 Oct. 14 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov.4 PSJA North at Mission at Bro Rivera Los Fresnos CC Carroll Open Sharyland* at Rio Grande City* La Joya* at McA Memorial* McHi* 2005 McHi Bulldogs 30-5A SCHEDULE Aug. 27 Sept. 2 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 4 O’Connor (Alamodome) at Weslaco Edinburg North Bro Porter PSJA Open at La Joya* Sharyland* at McA Memorial* Rio Grande City* at McAllen Rowe* 2005 McAllen Mustangs 30-5A SCHEDULE Sept. 1 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 5 at Veterans Memorial Bro Pace at Weslaco East at CCRay Edinburg Rio Grande City* at La Joya* McAllen* Nikki Rowe* at Sharyland* 2005 La Joya Coyotes 30-5A SCHEDULE Aug. 26 at Bro Rivera Sept. 2 Laredo Alexander Sept. 9 at Ed Economedes Sept. 16 at CC Carroll Sept. 23 CC King Sept. 30 Open Oct. 7 McAllen* Oct. 14 McA Memorial* Oct. 20 at Nikki Rowe* Oct. 28 Sharyland* Nov. 4 at Rio Grande City* 2005 Ed Economedes 31-5A SCHEDULE Aug. 26 Sept. 3 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at Sharyland at Brownsville Pace La Joya Open at Edinburg North* PSJA* at Donna* Weslaco* at Edinburg* PSJA North* 2005 Sharyland Rattlers 30-5A SCHEDULE Aug. 26 Ed Economedes Sept. 2 at Harlingen South Sept. 9 Mission Sept. 16 at Edinburg North Sept. 23 CC Moody Sept. 30 Open Oct. 6 at Nikki Rowe* Oct. 14 at McAllen* Oct. 21 Rio Grande City* Oct. 28 at La Joya* Nov. 5 McA Memorial* 31-5A SCHEDULE Sept. 1 Sept. 9 Sept.16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 8 Oct. 13 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 2005 Rio Grande City 30-5A SCHEDULE Sept. 2 at Laredo Nixon Sept. 9 Roma Sept. 16 at Mercedes Sept. 23 Zapata Sept. 30 Open Oct. 7 at McA Memorial* Oct. 14 Nikki Rowe* Oct. 21 at Sharyland* Oct. 27 at McAllen* Nov. 4 La Joya* 2005 Donna Redskins 31-5A SCHEDULE Aug. 26 Sept. 3 Sept. 9 Sept.16 Sept. 22 Sept. 30 Oct. 8 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 CC Carroll at Harlingen San Benito at Bro. Hanna at PSJA North* Edinburg North* at PSJA* Edinburg Econo* Open at Weslaco* Edinburg* 2005 Edinburg Bobcats 31-5A SCHEDULE Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 24 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at San Benito Harlingen at CC Calallen Weslaco (2 p.m.)* at McA Memorial at PSJA North* Edinburg North* at PSJA* Edinburg Econo* at Donna* 2005 PSJA Bears Weslaco East at Los Fresnos San Benito at McHi at Economedes* Donna* at Weslaco* Edinburg* at PSJA North* Edinburg North* 2005 Weslaco Panthers 31-5A SCHEDULE Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept.16 Sept. 24 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 13 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Mission McAllen at Bro Porter at Roma at Edinburg (2 p.m.)* PSJA North* at Edinburg North* PSJA* at Economedes* Donna* Open 2005 Edinburg North 31-5A SCHEDULE Sept. 2 Sept. 8 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 22 Oct. 29 Nov. 4 Brownsville Rivera McHi Sharyland Economedes* at Donna* Weslaco* at Edinburg North* PSJA North* Open at PSJA* 2005 PSJA North 31-5A SCHEDULE Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 8 Sept. 16 Sept. 22 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 22 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at McA Nikki Rowe PSJA Memorial Mercedes at Harlingen South Donna* at Weslaco* Edinburg* Open at Edinburg North* PSJA* at Economedes* 2005 Harl. Cardinals 32-5A SCHEDULE Aug. 27 Sept. 3 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 1 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 SA Reagan (Alamodome) Donna at Edinburg Open Bro Rivera* at Bro Pace* Los Fresnos* BroHanna* at Bro Porter* San Benito* at Harlingen South* 2005 Harlingen South 32-5A SCHEDULE Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 22 Sept. 30 Oct. 8 Oct. 15 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Sharyland at Weslaco East PSJA North at Bro Porter* San Benito* at Bro Hanna* at Bro Rivera* Bro Pace* at Los Fresnos* Harlingen* 2005 San Benito H.S. 32-5A SCHEDULE Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Edinburg at Donna at PSJA Bro Hanna* at Harlingen South* Bro Rivera* at Bro Pace* Los Fresnos* at Harlingen* Bro Porter* 2005 Los Fresnos 32-5A SCHEDULE Aug. 26 Sept 3 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 29 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Port Isabel Open PSJA at McAllen Rowe Bro Pace* at Bro Hanna* at Harlingen* Bro Porter* at San Benito* Harlingen South* at Bro Rivera * 2005 BrownsvilleRivera 32-5A SCHEDULE Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 8 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 15 Oct. 20 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 La Joya at Edinburg North McAllen Nikki Rowe Open at Harlingen* Bro Porter* at San Benito* Harlingen South* at Bro Hanna* at Bro Pace* Los Fresnos* 2005 BrownsvilleHanna 32-5A SCHEDULE Sept. 3 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 29 Oct. 8 Oct. 14 Oct. 20 Oct. 28 Nov. 5 at CC Carroll Open Donna at San Benito* Los Fresnos* Harlingen South* at Harlingen* Bro Rivera* at Bro Porter* Bro Pace* 2005 Brownsville Porter 32-5A SCHEDULE Sept. 2 Brownsville Lopez Sept. 9 Weslaco Sept. 15 at McHi Sept. 22 Harlingen South* Sept. 30 at Bro Rivera* Oct. 6 Bro Pace* Oct. 14 at Los Fresnos* Oct. 21 Harlingen* Oct. 28 Bro Hanna* Nov. 4 at San Benito* *Denotes District Games