Mercedes Tigers to visit Tarpon stadium

Tarpons Coach Monty Stumbaugh talks to his players at their first scrimmage game against Weslaco East on Saturday. (Staff photo by Scarlet O’Rourke)

Special to the PRESS

The Port Isabel High School football team has gone to the late afternoon practice schedule as they prepare for this week’s sec­ond and final scrimmage of the 2011 pre-season. The Mercedes Tigers, another 32-4A squad, will visit Tar­pon Stadium to provide the opposition.

Head Tarpon Coach and Athletic Director Monty Stumbaugh shared his thoughts on how the team is coming along just after the conclusion of Tuesday’s practice session.

This week, Stumbaugh said, “It’s back to the basics, blocking and tackling… get­ting off on the right foot, hit­ting on the proper shoulder, taking good angles. That’s what we’re doing, just basic football. If you don’t get the basics down, you can’t go forward.”

Attention to the basics of the game means, partly, cut­ting down on mistakes, of which there were a lot in last Saturday’s scrimmage with Weslaco East. Mistakes are to be expected and are, up to a point, acceptable at this point in the pre-season.

To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Aug. 22 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.

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