Sports Talk with Larry Gage: Tarpons Open at Edcouch-Elsa

Larry Gage


Special to the PRESS

After four weeks of practice and two scrim­mages, the Port Isabel Tarpons will take to the road this Friday for the 2011 football season opener. The opponent will be traditional and long-time foe out of Dis­trict 32-4A, the Edcouch-Elsa Yellow Jackets.

As with any annual ri­valry, there have been some memorable games involving these two pro­grams. This reporter will always remember the night these two met in the 1994 season opener in Port Isabel. The Tarpons overcame a 20-6 half­time deficit to win, 26-20. They rolled through the season undefeated all the way to the state semi-finals.

Both squads start the year with expectations of not only making the play­offs, but also of making a strong run towards their respective district cham­pionships. This is espe­cially true for Edcouch as they are ranked fifth in the Rio Grande Valley pre-season Top 10 poll. Both teams look to build on the suc­cess of 2010 comeback seasons. The Tarpons were back in the play­offs, with a co-district title, for the first time since 2007, and Edcouch went two-deep into the post-season after going without a playoff berth in 2009. The ‘Jackets are also loaded as they return 16 starters from last sea­son.

To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Aug. 25 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.


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