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The World of Sports PSJA vs. PSJA NORTH Last year after quarterback Trey Guajardo and PSJA High defeated PSJA North in a tight game, Raiders coach Marcus Kaufmann got his team ready for Jonas Ortiz and the undefeated McAllen Rowe Warriors. “Our defensive back dropped about 35-40 yards deep, about the same distance we had for Guajardo,” Kaufmann said, “Then Ortiz threw one while running on a rope over all of us. Fortunately he missed his man. He missed a couple of guys over the top against us that day. “I don’t expect him to miss anybody this time.” The Raiders find themselves in a similar position this week, falling again to city rival PSJA High — this time 20-14 — on Friday night in a game that was tied 0-0 at the half. “The kids just got stuck in the moment and were trying to do more than was they’re assigned to do,” Kaufmann said. “When things went well and it started snowballing in our favor, something bad would happen and it would snowball in the other direction. Momentum in a football game is huge. We just need to make sure we focus on doing our job and not worry about anybody else. Much of that reversal of momentum came as a result of turnovers. Quarterback Iziaah, who may be still concerned over an injured knee, tossed four interceptions and the Raiders turned the ball over five times total. “We turn it over five times and we’re still in a position to win it at the end,” Kaufmann said. “We just have to go back to the basics.” The Raider scored the game’s first 14 points, first on a 1-yard run from Johnathan Arias and then on a 67-yard pass from Rangel to Joe Barberena, the momentum clearly on the Raiders’ side. After PSJA quarterback Justin Morales scored on a 3-yard run, Kevin Herrera stepped in front of a Rangel pass and took is 36-yards for a touchdown, tying the game. “When we had them down 14-0 we were in the perfect position to put them away,” Kaufmann said. “We didn’t.” Morales then found Justin Flores for a 17-yard touchdown pass and a 20-14 advantage. Morales threw for 225 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. The big recipient on the other end was Flores, who caught nine passes for 137 yards and the one score. “It’s pretty much the same thing as last year,” Kaufmann said. “We didn’t lose because they were the ...

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