By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
With less than 30 seconds to play in a tie game at Tarpon Stadium last Friday, Port Isabel had a fourth-and-10 at the Raymondville Bearkat 27-yard line. At the snap, the Raymondville defensive front put a heavy rush on the Tarpon quarterback. As he went down he tossed up a prayer of a pass. It went right into the arms of the Bearkats’ Brendan Garcia, who took the ball 70 yards for a touchdown.
The Port Isabel return man was tackled on the kick-off and that was a final, 19-13. It was as sudden and devastating a last-minute Tarpon loss as this reporter can remember seeing. But as head P.I. coach and athletic director Monty Stumbaugh told the PRESS the next day, that final scrimmage play was not the only one thing that led to defeat.
“There were a lot of plays…one play did not lose or win the ball game,” Coach Stumbaugh said. “We lost that ball game because we made too many mistakes. You’ve got to come ready to play.”
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