By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
Four Port Isabel Tarpon football players played one last high school game last Saturday night in Weslaco. It was the Valley Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star game at Bobby Lackey Stadium.
The West squad, coached by Mission Veterans’ head man David Gilpin, won the game, 30-12, breaking the East’s two-year winning streak in the annual contest.
Suiting up at the high school level one last time and representing Port Isabel on the East team were Blake Sapp, Victor “Bucky” Rivera, C.J. Boyd, and Johnny Delgado.
The teams practiced four days a week for two weeks. The week before the first practice a meeting was held for the offense at which the system was outlined and the memorizing process began. “No, it wasn’t simple,” Delgado said after classes on Tuesday. “There were spread sets, trick plays, wildcat formations. It was the first time I had ever played with no huddle. We’re used to running at Port Isabel. It was a totally different offense than what we ran. It was a fun change for an All-Star game.”
Delgado was the only one in the PI contingent to play offense. “I played about half the game. My helmet came off once, twice actually, and I got a holding call, so it was a typical Jonathan Delgado game. I had fun.”
“I only played defense and it was all pretty easy to pick up,” Blake Sapp said. “Everybody wants to win their last game, but we had a lot of fun.”
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