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TOTAL DOMINATION

The World of Sports Last week, pretty much everyone “in the know” picked Weslaco to beat Weslaco East and give the Panthers the District 31-6A title. That's why the game is played on the gridiron. The Wildcats used their lock down defense and hard hitting to stymie the high-octane offense of their city rivals en route to a 17-14 victory on a last-minute field goal. And if defense still wins championships in video game-style sport known as football, this week it the week to show it as Weslaco East plays another high-powered offense in Edinburg Vela. If East wins, it's the district champ. If Vela wins, there's a three-way tie for the top spot. The Wildcats and Saber-Cats couldn't be any more different. Vela likes to score and they score a lot. Last week the SaberCats, led by quarterback A.J. Sotelo racked up 56 points in a shutout over Edinburg High. Vela had only scored seven points until a touchdown as time ran out in the first quarter gave it a 14-0 lead. Then the floodgates opened in the second quarter. Sotelo ended up throwing for just 165 yards but four touchdowns on 11-of-17 completions and Vela tallied 526 yards. Those are numbers that Weslaco East is determined to shrink. The Wildcats have given up just 121 points in nine games for 13.4 points per game while the Saber-Cats have scored 370 points in nine games for a whopping 41.1 points per game. The Wildcats threw three straight shutouts in district play before giving up 23 points combined in the past two games. That's an average of 4.6 points per game in district. They are as stingy in yardage too – this isn't a bend-don't-break defense. “I couldn't be any prouder of the way our guys have played,” Weslaco East coach Mike Burget said. “They have gone out there and done everything we've asked of them, on both sides of the ball. While East may not be known for its offense, it can put points on the board especially behind dual quarterback Ramsey Vasquez. Against Edinburg North Vasquez exploded for three rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns, dazzling everyone with the sudden offensive explosion. He threw just six passes to collect those four touchdowns and he carried the ball just 10 times for 185 yards. “Ramsey can do it all for us,” Burget said. “He can hurt teams with his arms and his legs. He's smart and makes good decisions and he holds onto ...

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