By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
It was spring football of a different kind at Tarpon Stadium last week. The players were Port Isabel High students, alright, but the teams were not put together with the usual suspects from the Tarpon football squad. These players were, in fact, all Lady Tarpons and it was Seniors vs. Juniors in a game won by the Seniors, 18-6.
This game was conducted a little differently than the ones we see on Friday nights in the fall. There were no kick-offs. A coin flip decided who was on offense first. A fumble was a dead ball at the point of recovery but interceptions could be returned. Only hand blocking was allowed and the player with the ball was “tackled” when a defender pulled the ball carrier’s belt off by one of the colored strips attached to it. Faking on punt attempts was disallowed and the team scoring a touchdown must go for two on the extra-point try. Quarters were timed at 10 minutes and a running clock was used.
Helena Loya scored twice for the seniors and Ione Rodriguez once as the Class of 2013 took an 18-0 lead into halftime. The juniors got a short touchdown run from Megan Francis in the third quarter and that was a final, 18-6.
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