By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The ball either bounces your way or it doesn’t. Sometimes fumbles, missed tackles, and other miscues can be overcome. And sometimes it comes down to one last scoring opportunity and you either make the play or you don’t. Friday night in Rio Grande City, it was the Grulla Gators who made the most of their last chance to score. They got a touchdown with less than a minute to play and beat the Port Isabel Tarpons, 27-26.
The winning score was set up by a long pass from Gator quarterback Reymond Penablanca to Jose Martinez that gave the home team a first down and goal-to-go at the Tarpon seven-yard line. The receiver appeared to be well-covered; “It was a perfect pass, but Luis (Aguilera) and Zach (Reeves) had him bracketed and I thought we were going to intercept,” Head Tarpon Coach Monty Stumbaugh said. “By the time the ball got there, we had two guys hit him and he held on to it.”
A previous pass by the Gators was nearly picked off by Port Isabel. “They threw a pass and we had it covered,” Coach Stumbaugh said. “It hits our kid right in the hands, bounces up and they catch it for a touchdown. We’re all disappointed. We should have won this game. They made the plays and we didn’t.”
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