The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 26, 1987 Page: 6 of 10
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RIO GRAISDF. HERALD RIO GRANDE CITY, TEXAS THIRSDAY. NOVEMBER 26. mi HAOE 6
D'Hanis Powers Past San Isidro In Playoff
By KENNETH ROBERTS
GEORGE WEST- A consistent
and explosive offense and a big-
play punt return game enabled the
D'Hanis Cowboys to overpower the
San Isidro Tigers 40-6 in a Class A
state playoff game in George West
The loss Friday night ended one
of the most successful seasons in
San Isidro history with a 9-2 record
for the Tigers. D'Hanis moved
their record to 10-1 with their 10th
consecutive win after an opening
The Tiger offense was severely
hampered by the absence of senior
running back Armando Reyes, who
rushed for almost 1500 yards
during the regular season. Reyes
sustained an ankle injury in the
last minutes of the regular season
finale against Bruni last week, and,
against D'Hanis, was only able to
play during the first two series.
San Isidro Coach Larry Nyquist
commented, "I feel they out-
physicaled us and outmanned us.
They have a real good ball club."
He noted that Reyes "had a real
bad twisted ankle. He tried to go,
About the outlook for next
season, Nyquist concluded, "The
potential is there for next year; we
should have a good ball club. We
lose five players; we have 24
coming back." Nyquist noted that
the five graduating seniors are
Armando Reyes, quarterback
David Ruis, halfback Barney Solis,
defensive back Armando Lopez,
and lineman Mark Saenz.
The Tiger defense put up tough
resistance throughout the game,
especially in the second quarter.
The high-water mark for the
offense was also in the second
quarter, when the Tigers, keyed by
two big passes, drove 70 yards for
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The sparkplug of the D'Hanis
attack was quarterback Joe Tapia,
who scored four touchdowns and
rushed IS times for 100 yards. His
elusive running was repeatedly a
thorn in the side of the Tigers.
The D'Hanis offense racked up
237 yards rushing, 291 total yards
and 18 first downs. The Cowboys
also garnered 74 yards in punt
return yardage, which repeatedly
set them up in good field position.
The Tiger offense rushed for 103
yards on 43 attempts, and com-
pleted two of nine passes for 50
yards. The Tigers achieved a total
of eight first downs.
After San Isidro was unable to
move on their first possession,
D'Hanis took over on their 38, and
proceeded to launch a 62-yard,
13-play scoring drive that con-
sumed over 6'^ minutes of the
Quarterback Joe Tapia got things
started with a 12-yard sprintout
down the right sideline to the 43.
On third and six from the 29, he
rolled right, and cut back inside for
a seven-yard gain and a first down.
Tapia then threw a strike down
the middle to Rick Burrell for a
14-yard gain to the 10. Fullback
Dale Zerr then bulldozed through
the middle for seven yards.
Two plays later, on third down,
Tapia kept the ball, and weaseled
through a crease at left guard for a
one-yard scoring run with 4:03 left
in the first quarter. The extra point
was good to give the Cowboys a 7-0
The Tigers couldn't move on
their next possession, but the San
Isidro defense forced the Cowboys
to punt, after a couple of long
passes just missed connecting with
On second down, however, the
Cowboys pounced on a loose
football at the Tiger 18. Tapia then
threw a pass on the left sideline to
Ivan Lopez, who raced down to the
6. On third down from the 1, Tapia
kept left and dove into the end zone
over left guard for the touchdown
with 11:17 left in the second period.
The successful conversion extended
the Tigers' lead to 14-0.
After the Tigers were held short
of a first down, Tapia returned the
punt 18 yards to the San Isidro 37.
The quarterback rolled left and hit
Kick Burrell down the left sideline
for an 18-yard pass and run play to
the Tiger 14.
Two plays later, Tapia sprinted
around right end and raced un-
touched into the end zone for an
11-yard touchdown with 8:15 left in
the second quarter to conclude a
37-yard, three-play scoring thrust.
The kick was good to give D'Hanis
a 21-0 advantage.
San Isidro then got back into the
gar., with a quick and beautifully
executed 70-yard, seven-play scor-
ing drive. On the first play, Joseph
Lopez threw a deep halfback option
pass down the right sideline to Nick
Ramos for a 39-yard gain.
Tailback Barney Solis raced
around right end for an eight-yard
gain to the 23, and fullback Jerome
Lopez bulled through the right side
for a seven-yard pickup to the 15
and a first down.
On third and six from the 11,
quarterback David Ruiz threw a
arching floating pass that Nick
Ramos caught in his midsection
just across the goal line for an
11-yard touchdown pass with 5:26
left in the second quarter. A bad
snap messed up the extra point,
leaving the score at 21-6.
San Isidro made several bids to
get even closer throughout the
remainder of the first half. After
stopping D'Hanis, the Tigers got
the ball back on their 35.
Manuel Alvarez took a reverse
around right end for a nine-yard
gain, and Barney Solis powered
through the right side for a
five-yard gain to the Tiger 49.
On second down, the Tigers tried
the "flea-flicker" pass, but Barney
Solis was unable to make a leaping
catch at the D'Hanis 28. On the
next play, a similar pass Has
deflected and almost intercepted.
Later in the second quarter, toe
Tigers' Armando Lopez intercepted
a deep pass down the right sideline
at the Tigers 40, and ran the ball
back to the 49. The Tiger offense,
however, was unable to cash in on
In the last minute of the first
half, the punter took a high snap
and tried to run out of punt
formation, but was stopped for a
loss at the Tiger 48.
The Tiger defense ferociously
stopped the D'Hanis threat, sack-
ing Tapia twice for losses totaling
17 yards. When Tapia was sacked
at the 39 on fourth down, the Tiger
offense took over there with four
seconds left in the half.
But a halfback-option pass by
Joseph L«pez was intercepted at
the 15 on the half's final play. The
Cowboys then took their 21-6 lead
Daniel Alvarado of the Cowboys
took the second half kickoff and
raced 30 yards up the right sideline
to midfield. On the first play, Tapia
sprinted around left end and turned
on his speed for a 22-yard gain to
Two plays later, Tapia concluded
the three-play scoring drive by
sprinting around left end, cutting
back into the middle, and evading
numerous tacklers for a 23-yard
touchdown run with 10:41 left in the
third quarter. A bad snap fouled up
the extra point, leaving the score at
On the next Tiger possession,
Manuel Alvarado, on third and 14,
sprinted around right end for good
yardage, but was contained to only
a seven-yard gain to the 38.
Tapia then ran back a punt 30
yards to the Tiger 44. Two plays
later, fullback Dale Zerr powered
through the right side and broke
outside for a 19-yard gain to the 18.
On the next play, Roy Reyes
rambled through the middle for a
nine-yard gain to the 14. Zerr then
powered through the middle for
On the fifth play of the 44-yard
drive, Zerr powered through a
crease at right guard for a
two-yard touchdown with 5:41 left
in the third quarter. The extra
point moved the Cowboys out to a
A six-yard run by Barney Solis
gave the Tigers a first down at the
40, and Jerome Lopez crunched out
•ix more yards on the right side
But a clipping penalty moved the
ball back to the 32, and killed that
Ivan Lopez then made a 26-yard
runback of a punt to the Tiger 44
On the first play, with 3:14 left ir
the third quarter, tailback Manuei
Alvarez took a quick pitch, and
raced down the left sideline for a
44-yard touchdown. The extra point
try sailed under the crossbar,
leaving the score at 40-6.
The remainder of the game was
scoreless, but not uneventful. San
Isidro's Mark Saenz recovered a
fumble at the Cowboy 44, but the
Tiger offense was unable to move
When the ball was snapped over
the punter's head, the Cowboys
took over possession on the San
On fourth and eight, John Paul
Reinhart took a screen pass from
Danny Zapata and raced for an
11-yard gain to the 17. But, shortly
afterward, the Cowboys were
stopped on downs at the 8.
Barney Solis crunched out gains
of eight and seven yards, and
Leonardo Cruz powered for eight
yards for the Tigers. The game
ended with quarterback David Ruiz
gaining two yards to the 39 on a
rollout to the left.
Tapia was the sparkplug of the
D'Hanis victory, rushing for 100
yards, passing for 43 yards, scoring
four touchdowns and returning two
punts for 48 yards
Among other D'Hanis runners,
Johnny Silva carried five times for
19 yards, Dale Zerr eight times for
31 yards, and Roy Reyes 11 times
for 36 yards. Also, Manuel Alvare;:
broke a 44-yard scoring run.
Rick Burrell was the leading
D'Hanis receiver, with two recep
tions for 33 yards.
For the Tigers, Barney Solis
carried 14 times for 41 yards, and
Manuel Alvarado gained 21 yards
on six efforts. Armando Reyes,
attempting to play in spite of an
ankle injury, gained 12 yards on
three tries, and Jerome Lopez
crunched out 30 yards on eight
The Tigers completed two of nine
passes for 50 yards, with Nick
Ramos making both catches, one
for an 11-yard touchdown. The
touchdown pass was thrown by
quarterback David Ruiz, and
halfback Joseph Lopez completed a
Both the Tigers and Cowboys lost
one fumble, and D'Hanis gave up
the ball once by interception
The Tigers, who had a perfect
record for their first eight games,
ended the season at 9-2 and with
their first state playoff berth since
1983. The Tigers will be returning
most of their players next year,
and even better days could be in
store for Tiger fans in the next few
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Rattlers Lose Close Game To Roma
The Rio Grande City Rattlers lost
their first two basketball games of
the year by narrow margins in
non-district games last week.
The Rattlers fell to Zapata at
home 53-48 last Tuesday evening.
The Rattlers trailed by 14 points at
the half, before rallying to cut the
deficit as low as three points late in
the fourth quarter.
Coach Ricardo Lopez com-
mented, "We fell behind too early.
Our turnovers against the press
were too numerous in the first half.
That got us into trouble early.
Of the Rattler comeback, Lopez
said, "We had our chances to win
the game (in the last minutes). We
put up a couple of shots that
missed, and we committed some
fouls that put them on the line."
Lopez added, "It was our defense
that got us back in the game. We
got a couple of baskets off the
press. Everybody played well on
defense in the second half."
The score by quarter was as
follows: first quarter- Zapata,
16-10; halftime- Zapata, 29-15; third
quarter- Zapata, 39-30.
The Rattlers were 9 of 15 from
the free throw line, while Zapata
was 17 of 26 from the charity
stripe. The Rattlers were 19 of 47,
or 40 percent, from the field, with
one of the baskets being a
three-pointer by Joe Whatley from
behind the line 19 feet, 9 inches
away from the basket.
Dave Jones led the Rattlers in
scoring with 16 points, and
Armando Lopez was also in double
figures with 10 points. Lalo Chapa
chipped in with eight, and Horacio
Flores added six. Guard Juan
Sendejo led the Hawks in scoring
with 24 points.
Dave Jones paced the Rattlers in
rebounds with nine, while Lopez.
Flores, Joe Whatley, Chapa,
Enrique Garcia, and Ricardo
Gutierrez had one assist apiece.
Jones came up with four steals,
and Whatley and Gutierrez chipped
in with three and two steals,
Lopez noted that a big factor in
the Rattlers loss was 29 turnovers,
18 of them coming in the first half.
The Rattlers came out on the
short end of another very close
game Friday evening, falling to
Roma 52-45 at home. Lopez noted
that this game followed much the
same pattern as the Zapata con-
test, with the Rattlers falling far
behind early and making a sec-
ond-half surge to get back into the
The Rattlers trailed by 14 points
after one period, and 12 points at
intermission, but put on a third-
period spurt to cut the deficit to
35-31 by the end of the third
quarter. The Rattlers cut the Roma
lead to two points early in the
fourth period, but could come no
Lopez said, "They (Roma) came
out pressing, and we had some
early turnovers "
Roma Gladiator Coach Jesus
"Chuy" Guerra, Jr., commented
about his team's win in their
opening game, "We didn't execute
as well as we should have We still
have a ways to go to get in sync
Guerra said, "Our quick start
(See CLOSE, P«Ke 7)
NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION
SALE OF ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLES
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the authority section 4 Article 6687-9 Texas Civil Statues,
known as the Texas Abandoned Motor Vehicle Act.
The undersigned Sheriff of Starr County, Texas will on Dec. 1st 1987 at 10:00 A.M. at
MIDWAY-WRECKER SERVICE, 4Vi miles West Hwy 83 of Rio Grande City, Texas will sell at
public auction to the highest bidder the following described motor vehicles which
abandoned motor vehicles the provisions of said TexasAbandoned Vehicle Act.
73 Chev. SDN
72 Ford 2dr.
75 Ford 2dr.
70 Pont. 4dr.
78 Ford 2dr.
70 Buick 2dr.
73 Ford P/U
70 Ford P/U
The above described abandoned motor vehicles are now located at MID-WAY WRECKER
SERVICE where they may be inspected. Vehicles are in fair to poor conditions.
METHOD OF PAYMENT: CASH, CASHIERS CHECK, PERSONAL MONEY ORDER.
EUGENIO FALCON, JR. SHERIFF
STARR COUNTY, TEXAS.
BY: CARLOS VERA
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