By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Port Isabel Tarpons shut out Progreso, 39-0, at Tarpon Stadium Friday night, and in the process punched their ticket for the 2011 football playoffs. With one game remaining, the Tarpons would at least tie for the district championship with a win over Rio Hondo on the road this Friday.
Port Isabel was in control from the start, scoring the first five times they had the ball on offense. And for the second week in a row, the defense made a big play for a touchdown of their own.
On the second play of the second quarter, Progreso had a 4th-and-long at their own 24-yard line. Miguel Ramirez got a big rush, broke through and blocked the punt. It was “scoop and score,” then, for defensive end Jacques Guillot as he picked the ball off the turf and ran it into the south endzone. “My counterpart on the other side, Miguel Ramirez, the other defensive end…he blocked the punt,” Guillot said on the field after the game. “Esteven Montelongo knocked out a guy who was trying for the ball. I just scooped it up with my left hand… ran in for an easy touchdown.”
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