By: Kevin Narro
Here are the Week 4 Power Rankings, a few new teams added to the mix, along with a new top five.
15.) La Feria-The Lions are (3-0), and their offensive chemistry seems to have picked up where it left off back in 7on7. La Feria gutted out a tough one this past Friday, but a W is a W. Lions, welcome to the Top 15.
14.) McAllen Rowe-My oh my, Bobby Flores and the Warriors are (3-0). After I saw this squad in a scrimmage vs Vela, I knew this team had something brewing. Junior QB Jesus Sanchez is off to a great start. Rowe will have a bye week before district kicks off.
13.) Roma-Ok, so Roma fell shy of their first district win. However, Laredo Nixon is quickly turning heads out west. Roma will have to regroup quickly, as they travel to Mission to face a high octane offense in Mission Veterans.
12.) Los Fresnos-The Falcons, found a way to get it done Friday night. Despite McHi hanging tough, the Falcons pulled away and found a way to win. That is what great teams do, they find a way to win. The Falcons will say hello to McAllen Memorial in a juicy Week 4 tilt.
11.) PSJA North-Coach Kaufmann is off to a fine start as a head coach, after a bye week, the Raiders take on La Joya in a battle of two teams who love to ground and pound.
10.) Brownsville St. Joseph-Well well well… The Bloodhounds do it again, and this win vs Rio Hondo shows how explosive and dangerous this team can be. Yes Kai did Kai things, but how about Mario Garcia going bananas, 26 carries,206 yards and a score.
9.) McAllen Memorial-The Mustangs non district schedule is, and was brutal. However, you can take the good with the bad. Memorial just couldn’t find their groove Friday night vs San Benito. The Mustangs have one more test in Los Fresnos before they begin district.
8.) Vela-Before the season I mentioned to keep an eye on sophomore RB, Christian Flores. Well, the kid got his first start of the season while senior RB, Robert Guerra nursed a shoulder injury. Flores did not disappoint in his debut going for 183 yards on 24 carries, while Vela got back in the win column.
7.) Harlingen-After a week 1 drumming of Mission Vets, grey sky’s loom in Cardinal country. I still believe with a healthy Leo Tienda, this team can be scary good down the stretch. Manny Gomez and Co. have a bye this week and will prepare for the Bird Bowl in two weeks.
6.) Weslaco East-Considering the non district schedule East put together, and for them to go (2-1) in that stretch says a lot. East fell to a very tough and physical Jags squad, East will have a bye before they face off against their cross town rivals Weslaco.
5.) Mission Veterans-Mission Vets used three more touchdowns from senior WR Jacob Guerrero who’s name I also mentioned pre-season. Vets will face a tough Roma defense in week 2 of district.
4.) Weslaco-After holding Mercedes to a shutout at halftime, and eventuality only allowing six points total, its safe to say this defense is for real. Purple Reign is poised to make a run at the 32-6A crown.
3.) Edcouch-Elsa-Despite the bye week E-E drops one spot here, however, this team remains hungry and loaded and looks like the district favorite heading into district play. Keep rolling Jackets.
2.) Edinburg Economedes-It very well may be, the year of the Jaguar. Econ went into Weslaco and defeated a very tough East team. After losing their leading rusher in Michael Medellin to an injury, his team answered the bell. Allen Arredondo stepped in along with a couple key stops on defense. I truly believe this just may be the year of the Jaguar.
1.) San Benito-I took a drive down to Bobby Morrow Stadium to witness this Greyhound team first hand, and they did not disappoint. Isaiah Trevino stole the show hauling in three scores while Erick Retta orchestrated the offense. San Benny stymied a power rushing attack in Memorial, yes indeed these War Dogs are here to stay.
Teams To Keep An Eye On:Sharyland, Sharyland Pioneer,Harlingen South,Brownsville Veterans Memorial, Port Isabel.