By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Port Isabel Tarpons started off fast last Friday when Luis Aguilera intercepted a pass on the second play of the game; three plays later, the Tarps were in the end zone as the team won their first game back at Tarpon Stadium over the Zapata Hawks, 49-21.
Barely two minutes into the contest, the Tarpons were up 7-0. They did it with a ground game that was again hitting on all cylinders. They also did it with a passing game that gave them a season high of 95 yards, which for the Tarpons is a lot. And they did it with a defense that held the Hawks to a touchdown until the fourth quarter, when the game was well in hand.
The Tarpons ran for a total of 413 yards using eight different running backs. They were led by Javier Vela, who ran for 127 yards and scored three touchdowns, including one on a 29-yard pass reception. It was also quarterback Isaiah Martinez’s first game back after missing the previous three. He completed 7-of-8 passes, including all five in the first half.
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