It’s been a long drought for the Progreso Red Ants in two ways. They have not made the playoffs since tying for the District 32-3A title in 1990, and they have never beaten Port Isabel since beginning varsity play in football in 1986.
At least once in the last few seasons it looked as if the Red Ants might at least finish a season with a winning record if not a playoff appearance. In 2008, at Tarpon Stadium, it took an all-out effort by the Tarpons to hold off Progreso in an entertaining 17-12 win. Two years ago, at Progreso, the Tarpons scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to force overtime and won, 41-35. Last year, Port Isabel prevailed, 28-15.
The Red Ants haven’t won a game yet this season and, at 0-3 in district play, they are the only team in District 32-3A that has been eliminated from playoff consideration. They’ve scored 45 points in eight games and given up an average of over 40 points per game. They’ve lost to Lyford, 55-0, to Rio Hondo, 55-8, and to Zapata, 77-0. They are last in the district in total offense and total defense.
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