By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
It was agonizingly, frustratingly close, and not just on the scoreboard, which showed that the Port Isabel Tarpons lost Friday night’s football game to Corpus Christi Miller, 13-7.
In the second quarter, with Miller leading 10-0, Buc quarterback Julian Firo’s pass over the middle was very nearly picked off by Roger Villareal at midfield. In the third period, the Tarpons had a first-and-goal at the Miller three yardline, and failed to score. After scoring a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to pull within six points, Port Isabel came within a few feet of recovering an on-side kick.
The Buccaneers, who came in at 0-2, did it with ball control. On their first possession of the night, they went 58 yards in nine plays to the endzone for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Later in the first period, they held the ball for more than six minutes and 13 plays before kicking a field goal to go up 10-0. In the last quarter, they took more than seven minutes off the clock (15 plays), and made one more field goal for a 13-0 advantage. “They did a good job controlling the football,” Tarpons Head Coach Monty Stumbaugh said. “They converted 10 third downs. The (Port Isabel) defense was on the field all night long and you can’t play defense all night.”
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