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BATTLE IN McTOWN
BATTLE IN McTOWN
BATTLE IN McTOWN
BATTLE IN McTOWN
BATTLE IN McTOWN
BATTLE IN McTOWN
BATTLE IN McTOWN
BATTLE IN McTOWN

The World of Sports One cliché states that numbers don’t lie. Another comes across as numbers don’t tell the whole story. In the matter of the rivalry match-up between McAllen High and McAllen Rowe last Friday (Sept 27) at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium, both can be claimed as true. In fact, the best cliché to describe the match-up may be the one that states “when these two teams play, just throw out the numbers.” The Warriors jumped out to a 21-0 lead after two first-quarter fumbles resulted in touchdowns and Rowe remained unbeaten on the season after a 28-14 victory over the Bulldogs. With more than 4 minutes remaining in the opening period, it looked like this one was already over and was going to be lopsided. Rowe quarterback Jonas Ortiz had tossed a pair of touchdown passes and Joey Partida rushed one in and the Warriors looked every bit the undefeated team they were coming into the district opener. Meanwhile, McHi quarterback Hunter Curl was chased, stripped and stifled while trying to find any momentum for the Bulldogs. Both teams were coming off a bye week but the Bulldogs were coming off a lopsided loss to Harlingen South. Rowe struck first on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Ortiz to James Gamez with 6:12 remaining on the clock. On McHi’s first play from scrimmage, Curl fumbled and the Warriors won the mad dash for the loose football. One play later it was Partida from 25 yards out and a 14-0 lead. Just 13 seconds came off the clock from Rowe’s first touchdown. Derek Luna would haul in a 31-yard pass from Ortiz with 4:30 remaining — still in the first quarter — and the rout looked to be on. “First quarter I don’t know if they came out nervous or what but it was a playoff atmosphere, that’s for sure,” said McHi first-year coach Patrick Shelby. “We had some miscues on our first and second series and then on our third we were threeand-out and had a punt get away from us. The offense was putting the defense in a bad situation.” Something happened, however, after that touchdown. McAllen buckled down on defense, Rowe softened… whatever it was, the score remained the same until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs made a mad attempt at getting back into the game. “They woke up a little bit after that and understood they could play and get back into it,” Shelby said. “The ...

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