HARLINGEN, Texas – The stars stepped out on Saturday night as the colors mingled and the rivalries were cast aside.
The Rio Grande Valley Coaches Association East-West All-Star football game was played at J. Lewis Boggus Stadium after a two-year hiatus. Seniors across the Rio Grande Valley were split into two teams and they left everything on the pitch in the last high school game for some of the players.
After a scoreless first half, it was the East All-Stars who survived the West and scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to win the RGVCA All-Star game 21-17.
Both attacks were successful in moving the ball up and down the field and each team was able to make key saves to force a punt. In the first quarter, West’s defense made a key interception by linebacker Jose Sandoval.
The West All-Stars managed to move the ball into the red zone during the opening practice of the second half. They used the legs of running back Ethan Castillo to move the ball to the 9-yard line. The West All-Star were unable to capitalize as the East defense held on, forcing a field goal.
The first points of the game came from Donna North’s D’Andre Quezada who scored a field goal with 6:39 left in the third quarter to make it 3-0 in favor of the West All-Stars.
At kick-off, East’s Austin Davila made a great comeback, dodging the West’s defense and was then knocked down after racking up 30 yards. The East All-Stars made two big offensive plays to score the game’s first touchdown. Quarterback Michael Trevino connected with Jerimiah Corbin for a 25-yard reception to put the ball on the 22-yard line. In the play that followed, Harlingen South’s Jeremiah Rivera took over and made his way into the end zone for the game’s first touchdown to give the East side a 7-3 lead. with 1:59 left in the third quarter.
The East All-Stars decided to take a side kick, catching the West off guard. The ball was picked up by Raymond Reyes of the East who played for Brownsville Hanna during the season.
The East defense was missed as Levin Inns knocked down West’s quarterback in the backfield with a big blow, forcing a fumble which was picked up by Humberto Garcia of Brownsville Hanna.
With the ball on the five-yard line, Mercedes quarterback Michael Cisneros connected with San Benito’s Corbin to bring the score to 14-3 with 9:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The West All-Stars managed to get the ball into goal position, but the East defense held on and forced a field goal. The East defense pulled off a blocked punt that was picked up by Christian Luna of Harlingen who returned the ball for an 85-yard touchdown. Jose Medrano started in the extra point as the East took a 21-3 lead with 6:26 left in the game.
West finally entered the end zone as Dylan Velasquez scored on a 15-yard touchdown reception. The two-point conversion failed as the score stood at 21-9 with 5:03 on the clock.
West continued to fend for themselves and broke through again on a touchdown reception by Marcos De La Cruz with 2:43 left. Jaden Tovar added the two-point conversion to account for the final score.