WEB EXCLUSIVE: Tarpons tame Tigers in 39-12 blowout

By ARMANDO GARZA
Special to the PRESS

Tarpon_Story_ImagePHARR — No Mock, No Rock, No problem.

With their quarterback and running back nursing injuries, the Port Isabel Tarpons didn’t miss a beat in a 39-12 thumping of Valley View on a rainy Friday night.

Big Blue (4-0 overall) got a career night from Alex De los Santos (226 yards, 3 TDs rushing) as it surged out to a 32-point lead it never relinquished. Normally, it’d suffice to say they didn’t break a sweat but that was negated as soon as the Tarpons got off the bus.

Thunderstorms in the area produced hundreds of lightning strikes and forced the kickoff to be pushed back to 8:30 p.m. Once the rains let up, it was extremely muggy going as both teams competed with mosquitoes for playing time on the blue turf just off of Military Highway.

Once the game did get under way, the Tarpons wasted no time asserting themselves on a night they churned out 427 total yards offensively.

On their first play from scrimmage, De los Santos took a pitch —a staple of the PI offense— and raced 65 yards untouched to the end zone. Misael Nava booted the point-after and it was 7-0 with 9:05 left in the first stanza.

After Pedro Gonzalez recorded an interception for PI, Nava then added a no-problem 32-yard field goal as the Tarps pushed their advantage to 10-0 about five minutes later.

Still in the first, it was no. 42 De los Santos again, this time on a 76-yard jaunt. Marco Colorado’s two-point run made it 18-0 with a minute left as the Tarps were off and swimming. That score came thanks to a pick by Alex Cadena on a tipped ball.

Still in the first, it was no. 42 De los Santos again, this time on a 76-yard jaunt. Marco Colorado’s two-point run made it 18-0 with a minute left as the Tarps were off and swimming. That score came thanks to a pick by Alex Cadena on a tipped ball.

About the only damper on the night were a couple of fumbles by the Tarpons deep in Tiger territory, which prevented the score from getting even more out of hand. But PI’s defense rose to the occasion, stuffing the 5A Tigers (0-4) for the most part aside from two late short TDs. Along with the aforementioned picks, Nick Marquez also got one on a tipped ball, Colorado got a pick as well and so did Jonathan Garza. In addition, Cadena also recovered a fumble for the Tarpons.

Late in the first half, Colorado ran a keeper and streaked for a 39-yard TD and the Tarpons took a 25-0 lead into halftime. PI was without quarterback Trey Mock and running back J.J. “The Rocket” Gonzalez, who were nicked up but on track to return to the lineup soon with district play looming. They weren’t necessarily needed as right out of the locker room, J.R. Rodriguez scurried for a 57-yard touchdown on PI’s second play to go up 32-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, the stadium fell silent as Tarpon senior Jesus Guevara was injured on special teams. Guevara lay almost motionless on the PI sideline while complaining of neck pain. The game was delayed approximately 30 minutes as paramedics attended to him and eventually rushed him to an area hospital. The game was eventually resumed as the boys had their teammate on their minds.

Prayers were most certainly answered as good news came Saturday afternoon. Sources close to the program confirmed that Guevara was up and about and was unofficially diagnosed with a concussion and dehydration. He will be out an unspecified amount of time.

Meanwhile, PI will have an interesting non-district matchup next week when freshman phenom QB Kai Money and the unbeaten Brownsville St. Joseph Bloodhounds come to town. Game time is 7:30 at Tarpon Stadium.

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