By: Kevin Narro
Photo Credit: Brittany Marvin
Here are the Week 2 Power Rankings. Some teams made the jump into the list, meanwhile the Top Five is a tad bit different.
15.) Brownsville Veterans Memorial-After trailing 14-0 for a majority of the contest, the Chargers offense woke up just in time to score 17 unanswered. Abel Martinez provided the knock out blow with a game deciding 38-yard TD run.
14.) Los Fresnos-The Falcons have found a QB. Mark Mata dashed through and around the Jackets D. Mata accounted for six scores, (two through the air and four on the ground), in what was a pistol packing shootout. Coach Brown gets his first W, as the Falcons head coach.
13.) Edinburg Economedes-The Jags did what was expected, run the ball and play defense in their thrashing of Brownsville Hanna. Look for Econ to do the same in Week 2 when they face Joel Pina and the Palmview Lobos.
12.) PSJA North-Coach Kauffman got his first career win as a head coach. Bo Adams went for 216 yards on the ground and two scores in his RB debut not to shabby huh Raider Nation?
11.) San Benito-Senior WR Rene Garcia led the Hounds with 7 catches, 73 yards and a score in an impressive 47-21 road win against Laredo United. Erick Retta also threw for three scores, as East Central awaits San Benny in Week 2.
10.) St Joseph-Well, Kai Money did Kai Money things on Friday night. Money rushed for a shade under 200 yards, while Mario Garcia touched the 150 mark on the ground. Indeed something special is brewing in Brownsville.
9.) Weslaco East-The Wildcats did not attempt a single pass in the first half Friday against Sharyland. Three JC Vargas interceptions helped wrap up a hard fought win against a pretty good Rattler squad.
8.) Roma-Without Ramon Espinoza, Bryan Garcia was able to sniff the end zone three times. The Gladiators opened their 2016 campaign with a bang, by defeating Palmview 41-7.
7.) Weslaco-The Panthers gave up three points in the first half to George Ranch, the only touchdown scored in the first half was a defensive score by the visiting team. Despite the shutout, I still believe Weslaco will be a team to be reckoning with.
6.) Mission Veterans-So Week 1 did not go as planed for the Patriots. However, I don’t see many offenses having their way against that Cards D. With that said, Coach Gilpin will get his team back on its feet, and Vets will find their groove. The Battle of Conway this Friday night will be a perfect momentum builder for the Pats.
5.) Edcouch-Elsa-Much like Vets and Weslaco, I won’t throw in any towel on these teams. Week 2 will be very interesting. E-E will get their first win or start 0-2, as they welcome in Edinburg Vela to the Black Hole.
4.) Edinburg Vela-“Holy Toledo, what a way to finish!” as the late Milo Hamilton once said. Lets start by spotting the elephant in the room and that’s the performance of Robert Guerra. Nine touchdowns and 359 yards on the ground was incredible. Vela will ride this momentum into next week in what could be an absolute barn burner.
3.) McAllen Memorial-It was Campbell Speights first start at the varsity level. On his second carry he took it 67-yards to the house making it look smooth and slick. Speights finished with 150 yards and three scores, while Emilio Mendez went for 202 yards and three scores. Memorial will get a great test against Weslaco East on Friday.
2.) Mercedes-The Tigers played Calallen tough, as I said before I believe this team has something special brewing. The Tigers welcome in the Warriors of Nikki Rowe who just tabbed new Head Coach Bobby Flores with his first career win as a head coach.
1.) Harlingen-The Cardinals basically sent a message to the RGV on Thursday night. The Cards host Laredo United South on Friday. However, a matchup against San Antonio Reagan looms.
Teams to keep an eye on: Sharyland,Edinburg North,Sharyland Pioneer,Donna North,Mission,Rio Hondo