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MUSTANG PANTHER PLAYOFF PREVIEW
MUSTANG PANTHER PLAYOFF PREVIEW
MUSTANG PANTHER PLAYOFF PREVIEW
MUSTANG PANTHER PLAYOFF PREVIEW
MUSTANG PANTHER PLAYOFF PREVIEW

MUSTANG / PANTHER PLAYOFF PREVIEW

When McAllen Memorial and Weslaco High lock up at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Bobby Lackey Stadium in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs, it will be a battle of two teams that have ridden their big guns to victories all season. “We just try to take what other teams give us,” Memorial Head coach Bill Littleton said. “For the most part that has been working for us.” It would seem that up until last Friday’s game against Laredo United South that everyone has been giving them the run — not really, but senior Campbell Speights has round down, over and around every obstacle that has been in his way. The Navy commit has more than 2,300 yards and 34 rushing touchdowns. For the first time, all season, however, he was held to less than 100 yards rushing in a contest when he galloped for just 81. That’s when the Mustangs did go with what was given to them. Quarterback Joseph Lara completed 9 of 13 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns as Memorial advanced to this week’s game with a 31-28 win over Laredo United South. All year, wide receiver Zyan Gregory had shown big play potential and against United South that potential his reality in full force. Gregory caught four passes for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 59-yard score. It was Gregory’s second biggest performance of the year in terms of numbers, catching seven passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns against McAllen High. Gregory has caught at least one touchdown pass in each of the past five games, making Mcallen Memorial’s offense become a much bigger threat than just when handing the ball off to Speights, even though that has been extremely efficient as the Mustangs compiled an 10-1 record thus far. Weslaco advanced with a 35-28 win over Los Fresnos to improve the Panthers to 9-2 on the season. Weslaco is led by quarterback Jacob Cavazos and running back Peyton Knaub. Cavazos is coolness under pressure personified. The senior signal-caller has completed 65 percent of his passes for more than 1,700 yards. He has thrown 16 touchdown passes and just three interceptions. Cavazos is a dual threat quarterback who has also rushed for 955 yards and 17 touchdowns, just one fewer touchdown than Knaub, a tough runner who is closing in on the 1,000 yard mark with 987 yards rushing. Both have averaged an impressive 7.0 yards per carry. Earlier this year, Cavazos completed 12 of 15 ...

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