The Port Isabel Tarpons will welcome the Zapata Hawks to Tarpon Stadium this Friday night for the much anticipated District 32-3A opener for both teams.
This is the game that starts the “real season,” five weeks that will determine who will make the playoffs and who will not. And if a team goes in as district champion, so much the better. “There’s the first season (non-district games), the second season is district, and the third season is the playoffs,” Tarpons’ Head Coach Monty Stumbaugh said. “If you want to get to the third season, you’d better take care of season number two.”
Zapata has won the last two games in the series. “They beat us in overtime in ’09 and last year we didn’t play very well,” Stumbaugh recalled. “The Hawks won 35-28-OT two years ago and 39-23 in 2010, when they ran all over the Tarpons for 568 yards. It was PI’s only loss of the season in District 32-3A play.
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