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SHOWDOWN IN McALLEN

The World of Sports Zyan Gregory stopped running and waited. He was about seven or eight yards beyond the nearest defender and soon the pass from Campbell Speights arrived and Gregory was off to the races — but it really wasn’t much of a race as the senior McAllen Memorial wideout flew down the sideline and completed the 61-yard touchdown pass and run. The play started with a pitch right to Campbell Speights in what looked like a jet sweep. The call, however, was a little trickier than that. Defenders started closing in on Speights and Gregory blew by them. That play was one of a few “big ones” that McAllen Memorial used in a 41-7 victory over city rival McAllen High in a District 31-6A matchup. Gregory also hauled in an over the shoulder catch for 44 yards and ended up with seven receptions for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns. “We just need to stop them from getting big plays and we need to hold onto the ball,” Memorial coach Bill Littleton said prior to the game. “It’s the same every week. Hold onto the ball, stop the big plays and that usually puts you in a good position. Speights rushed for three touchdowns and added 104 yards on the ground in the win, which improved Memorial to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the district. The Mustangs find themselves in a three-way tie in the district with McAllen Rowe and PSJA. Mission tops the district at 4-0 and plays McAllen Rowe at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Rowe is coming off a close loss to PSJA, thus putting three teams in the fight for postseason positioning. McHi did have one big play, returning a kickoff 74 yards to close the gap to 27-7 in the fourth. Memorial responded, however, with a pair of touchdown runs, including Speights’ third. Speights, who had rushed for more than 200 yards in every game this season and eclipsed the 1,500-yard mark this year, was held to 104 on 29 carries. But quarterback Joseph Lara was 6 for 10 for 160 yards and rushed for another 33 yards and the Mustangs showed more variety in their high-powered offense. Memorial ended up with more than 500 yards total offense. “The offensive line played well, Lara did a very good job handling the offense. We took what they gave us and it looked like they were going to give us the pass,” Littleton said. “So ...

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