By Louie Vera
The Lopez Lobos are clicking on all cylinders.
Defense. Special Teams. And, now its offense.
After a near-perfect first half the damage had been done that led to a dominating 44-0 victory over PSJA
Memorial Thursday night at Sams Stadium in Brownsville.
It’s a two-game win streak for the Lobos (2-1) heading into the district play for head coach Jason
Starkey’s club that is in a groove.
“It was a complete team win,” Starkey said. “God gets the Glory, Coaches and kids get the credit! Proud to
work with such a good group of young men and Coaches! Happy for Coach Hugo Ramirez, our defensive staff,
and players. Getting a zero on the board defensively is always nice. I think we improved offensively in the
passing game and special teams showed improvement too.”
Mid-way in the first quarter the Lobos hit big plays through the air with a 47-yard touchdown reception
and 70-yard bomb to the house caught by Johnny Ibarra to give them a 13-0 lead early.
Lopez’ defense then forced its third consecutive three and out that led to a good field position and
capitalized by its offense tacking on another score on the legs of Ivan Olivo at the start of the second
It was a complete game for the Lobos in each facet of the squad, big plays on offense, stifling defense
and cherry on top with blocked punt for the special teams.
The Lobos were relentless on defense and never let PSJA Memorial into their red zone once in the game.
Anytime PSJA’s offense tried to muster momentum it was squashed by a sack or defensive effort to
force a negative play.
Meanwhile, Lopez continued to make plays no matter who was in the lineup getting touchdowns from
Jose Echavarria on a 27 yard laser from quarterback Alex Ramirez. On their next drive Lopez had a
spectacular sidelines reception from Leo Alaniz that set up a 16-yard scoring run from Olivia for his
second of the night.
Lobos’ running back Angel Sandante added to the Thursday night dominance with a 58-yard run to pay
dirt to give Lopez an insurmountable 44-0 advantage with 10:54 remaining in the game.
For the District 32-5A opener in two weeks, the Lobos will take on the Porter Cowboys in the annual
“Battle of Southmost” game.
“We have one of our biggest weeks ahead of us,” Starkey said. “Our opponent this week is Grades! We will hit
the books hard, clean up some fundamentals and God willing get healthy! It's always nice to win your