By Louie Vera
McAllen Rowe is on a roll.
The Warriors continued its hot streak improving to 3-0 after shutting down the Porter Cowboys 42-9 Friday night at Sams Stadium.
Nikki Rowe has now tied its total win record from 2015 and the team looks like it’s on a mission to make some serious noise in the district season.
“We are happy the way we executed and played pretty good defense,” Warriors coach Bobby Flores said. “We’re 3-0 in non-district and we’re happy about that but we have a lot of work to do because we are in a very competitive district and we have to continue to work hard and get better.”
In just two offensive plays McAllen Rowe was on the board when Hector Ramirez revered field on Porter and took it 59 yards down the sideline to pay dirt.
After stopping Porter on their next possession the Warriors marched down the field again this time, a little longer, seven plays 83 yards to score.
McAllen Rowe Wideout Adrian Bernal caught a 13-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jesus Sanchez that pushed their lead to 14-0 with 5:03 in the first quarter.
Porter fumbled on the ensuing possession and Rowe didn’t let up punching it in on a play action bootleg to wide open Mark Hernandez for a 19-yard TD reception.
The Cowboys looked to get back in the game late in the second quarter reaching the one yard line, but a late personal foul penalty pushed them back and would settle for an Angel Silva 39-yard field goal.
Ironically the Warriors scored again in two plays on their first possession of the second half with a 10-yard touchdown run by Raudel Garcia. Gustavo Salazar tacked on another score in the fourth on an eight-yard scamper.
For Porter coach Tom Campos who scheduled three 6A teams who are a combined 6-2 overall said his team is getting closer and will use the bye week to clean up and get ready for the “Battle of Southmost” against Lopez in two weeks.
“We saw some good things,” Campos said. “We threw the ball when we wanted too, coach (Carlos) Uresti has done a really good job working with the offense. Defensively, we were there just have to finish plays. We scheduled three great teams in non-district and it’s a good test for us. There is no better way, with that bad taste in your mouth, to start off a bye week and get prepared for the Battle of Southmost in the district opener. That’s a key game for us.”