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The 2011 high school football season, only just begun, features the usual suspects starting strong and others stumbling out of the gate. With only a few more opportunities to iron out the kinks before district play, this week’s matchups will give coaches and fans yet another chance to size up their teams.

Brownsville Hanna at La Joya

After just edging past Rio Grande City (0-2) last week by a score of 17-14, La Joya (1-1) looks to continue their win-by-any-means ways against Brownsville Hanna. Hanna, who has yet to win a game in this young season, is coming off a loss against Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in a non-league challenge.  Although the Coyotes may consider themselves the somewhat fortunate benefactors of an easy early schedule, they will need to muster more offense if not this weekend, then certainly the next as they veer into a more treacherous part of their schedule.

Juarez-Lincoln at Weslaco East

Last Thursday Juarez-Lincoln acquitted themselves well in an ugly, but quintessentially hard-nosed defensive battle against Laredo LBJ (1-0). The 14-7 final point tally might not give the Juarez-Lincoln faithful much to howl about offensively, but they surely will be hoping to get the same defensive intensity in their next game against the Weslaco East Wildcats.

The Wildcats, with a record of 1-1, were beaten 28-16 in a non-league match against San Benito.

Palmview at PSJA Memorial

In as much as Juarez-Lincoln’s offensive output was sorely lacking last week, Palmview looked like it couldn’t be stopped against Brownsville Porter as they beat the Cowboys 35-12. Palmview’s offense ate up the yards in bunches getting into the end zone on a 22-yard pass then later on a 54-yard run. Palmview will be hoping they can sustain their big-play ability against a PSJA Memorial team that seems to be able to put up big numbers as well. The Wolverines absolutely thrashed their last opponent, Brownsville Lopez 61-7 in their non-league game last week.

Hidalgo at Veterans Memorial

The Patriots, who lost their last week’s game against their cross-town rivals Mission High School, must be reeling after not only losing the game 20-0, but their star starting quarterback and talisman Adrian Morales as well. The Patriots will have to figure out a way to put their season back together as they head toward a 4A Region IV District 32 clash with the Hidalgo Pirates. The Pirates defeated Raymondville 12-0 last week and are looking to raid a Memorial team who will be without their star quarterback, and undoubtedly without much of the swagger they had at the start of this still young season.

Pace at Mission

With their rivals vanquished for now, the Mission Eagles are now sharpening their claws as they host the Pace Vikings in a non-league game on Saturday. The Eagles, sporting an undefeated record of 2-0, will not find the Vikings to be an easy win. Pace also carries a 2-0 record into the game as they beat Harlingen South 34-10 last week.

Flour Bluff at Sharyland

Regaining their composure after a shaky start, the Sharyland Rattlers managed to look impressive after it was all said and done by beating an opportunistic Edinburg North team last weekend by a score of 48-16. The final score deceptive though. Sharyland trailed at the half and had to overcome a slew of turnovers and mistakes before their offense really began to click.

Coach Fred Sanchez knows full well Sharyland simply can’t afford to do the same against a Flour Bluff team that annihilated them last year. The Hornets (1-1) are coming off a 28-7 non-league loss to Rockport-Fulton and are looking to mend their wounds by inflicting some on a Rattler team that, while looking impressive early on, is still relatively young.

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