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CLASH IN PHARR

District 30-6A Every team that faces McAllen Memorial knows that they are going to get a healthy dose of Campbell Speights. It didn’t seem to matter much during Speights’ first three years. It definitely doesn’t matter this year. So far this season, the Mustangs are 5-1 on the year and 2-1 in District 30-6A, their only loss a stunning last-second 28-25 defeat on the road at Mission High. In that loss, Speights was inserted on defense but could not get to the final pass that won the game for the Eagles. In the most recent game, Speights again was inserted on defense for the final play as PSJA looked to send the matchup into overtimes. Memorial led 39-37 after the Bears scored a late touchdown and attempted the two-point conversion. However, quarterback Justin Morales’ last-effort pass attempt to Viggo Lopez, tipped off the intended receiver’s fingertips — and this time right into the awaiting arms of Speights, holding the lead, and securing the win, for Memorial. While that play was huge for the Mustangs and for Speights, it was one of many highlight reel plays for the senior running back. Speights carried the ball 30 times for 263 yards, 4 short of his season high, and scored five touchdowns. That brought his season total to 22 rushing touchdowns on the season and 95 for his career (99 overall). “Campbell is a great football player and a great kid on and off the field,” McAllen Memorial head coach Bill Littleton said. “He’s humble and comes from a great family and always puts team before himself. As far as his physical growth, he’s bigger and stronger and faster every year, just like you would like to see.” Speights’ year is one for the history books so far. He is averaging 11.4 yards per carry and has 1,463 yards. At this pace, if kept up and given the same number of carries as last season (245) the Navy commit would end up with 2,793 yards and a career total of 7,776 yards. His 22 rushing touchdowns (in 6 games) equals the 22 he scored as a freshman and sophomore and is seven behind the 29 he scored last year. Speights’ brother Trevor Speights, is fourth all-time in Texas history with 9,868 yards. Against PSJA, Speights scored from 82, 70 and 40 yards out to go with two other scores. His first two gave Memorial a 13-3 lead. His 40-yarder was ...

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