By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Port Isabel Tarpons hit the ground running Friday night, literally, as they scored three first-quarter touchdowns against the La Feria Lions. They also got touchdowns on a kick-off return and an interception return, and came out on top in a key District 32-3A match-up, 51-35.
The Tarpons made it to the endzone the first three times they touched the ball and led 24-7 at half-time. The home team kept the pressure on in the second half, as they scored four more touchdowns. Good thing, too, as La Feria made it to the endzone four times themselves, but PI appeared to have the game in hand when linebacker Jacques Guillot went in with an interception, and the Tarpons took a 51-21 lead with six minutes to play.
La Feria, refusing to give up, fought back with a one-yard Eric Cuervo scoring run and a 20-yard Jimenez-to-Alvarado touchdown pass. That closed out the scoring and that was a final, 51-35. Earlier, in the third quarter, the Lions closed within 10, 31-21, when Frankie Arizpe returned a Tarpon fumble 65 yards to the endzone.
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