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October 4, 2013

Speights Big Night Carries McAllen Memorial

Matt Stepp,
Senior Analyst, TheOldCoach.com

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PHARR - After struggling to a 1-3 start the young McAllen Memorial Mustangs (2-3, 1-2) looked like a team ready to make an impact in the 31-5A race on Thursday night at PSJA Stadium. The Mustangs for lack of a better term simply just drilled PSJA Memorial (2-3, 1-2) to the tune of 68-10 as sophomore RB Trevor Speights racked up 205 yards rushing and four touchdowns. All but eleven of those yards came in a first half that saw McAllen Memorial roll up a 48-10 halftime advantage. In addition to Speights big night, RB Joel Alonzo had huge night running for 176 yards and three touchdowns as well for McAllen Memorial.

Things started well for PSJA Memorial as Calvin Gaona returned the opening kickoff to the McAllen Memorial 46. Four plays later the Wolverines took a 7-0 lead on a five yard run by Jesse Bustamante. McAllen Memorial would punt on their first possession, but that would be the Mustangs only punt of the evening. After forcing a PSJA Memorial fumble the Mustangs would tie the game at seven on a five yard run by Speights. The Mustangs defense, would take over the rest of the game totally stifling the Wolverines offense and consistently setting their offense up in good position. Speights' second touchdown from ten yards out would put McAllen Memorial up 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The Mustangs onslaught would continue as after a short PSJA Memorial punt, they'd go up 21-7 on Speights' one yard run. PSJA Memorial would get a field goal on their next drive to cut the lead to 21-10, but the Mustangs would quickly respond in just one play as Speights would rip off a 66 yard touchdown to make it 28-10. After that PSJA Memorial would proceed to fall apart turning the ball over on the first play of their next two drives, each time McAllen Memorial would score and the lead would simply continue to grow as the remaining 30 minutes or so of game action was simply an exercise in blowout football. Sophomore WR D.J. Johnson would haul in a 21 yard pass from sophomore QB Johnathan Sanchez for a 35-10 edge, and Sanchez would add an eight yard run for a 42-10 lead. Alonzo would score his first touchdown right before the half for the 48-10 lead at the half.

PSJA Memorial has next week off to try and bounce back from the loss and try to remain in the playoff race, while McAllen Memorial takes on cross town rival McAllen Rowe.

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