By Louie Vera
The 2017 football season is officially underway.
And, for Brownsville Rivera it might’ve been ugly but they’ll take it.
Raiders running back Jesus Munoz ran for 77 grueling yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown to open the second half to give the Raiders a 21-14 victory over Porter Thursday night at Sams Stadium in Brownsville.
For head coach Tom Chavez it’s just the start of a long season and he was glad his team found a way to get the victory on opening night of the 2017 campaign.
“Porter has a good team over there and I take my hats off to (Coach Tom Campos),” Chavez said. “I think we have a good team too but we have to clean up our mistakes and get ready for the next game.”
Rivera overcame 14 penalties and also left a touchdown on the field just before the first half ended as the Cowboys stopped the Raiders inches before the end zone as time expired to keep it close at 14-7.
The silver and black came out fired up in the second half with a seven-play 75-yard drive capped off by a five-yard TD run from Munoz for a 21-7 advantage.
Porter answered on the ensuing possession with a 10-play 70 yard drive with Ramiro Martinez getting to pay dirt from nine yards out to cut the deficit to 21-14 with 3:49 remaining in the third quarter.
The Cowboys would only get as close as midfield as the Raiders defense tightened up forcing a turnover on down as they tacked Ramirez mere inches short of a first down late in the fourth quarter in Rivera territory.
Porter coach Tom Campos has all eyes forward after the close loss and will take on his former Hanna Golden Eagles in another cross-town Brownsville rival match up.
“We’ve got to put together four quarters,” Campos said. “We had a couple of big pass plays we missed that could’ve changed the whole outcome but we don’t rely on the pass so it shouldn’t have come to that. We’ll correct it all. The Hanna game is going to be a whole different ball game and we are going to have to play four quarters to stay in it.”