By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Port Isabel Tarpons broadsided the Hidalgo Pirates with 21 straight second-half points last Friday night at Tarpon Stadium and improved to 3-0 on the season with a 38-17 win.
The Tarpons got four touchdowns and a season-high 408 yards from their rushing game, and the defense added a fifth TD on a Pirate fumble recovered in the end zone.
Port Isabel scored the first two times they had the ball on a 24-yard field goal by Misael Nava and a two-yard TD run by John Ray Martinez for a 10-0 lead with 3:59 to go in the opening quarter. Nava made all five of his extra-point kicks and totaled eight points on the night.
Hidalgo recovered a Tarpon fumble at the PI 31. Port Isabel got it back seconds later when Marco Colorado intercepted inside the Tarpon 10 yardline, but disaster struck on the very next play when Hidalgo’s Eluid Castillo recovered a Tarpon fumble in the end zone as the first quarter came to an end with Port Isabel clinging to a 10-7 lead.
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