Laredo United South takes over 1st place in District 30-6A with 39-34 road win over Eagle Pass

EAGLE PASS, Texas – Senior wide receivers Javier Rodriguez and Armando Garza scored two touchdowns each to help Laredo United South beat Eagle Pass 39-34 at Cozel-Foster-Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday night. 

The battle of the unbeatens went down to the wire but it was Laredo United South who emerged to take sole possession of first place in the District 30-6A standings with one game left in the regular season. 

The Panthers (5-3) pushed their district record to 4-0 while Eagle Pass falls to 4-1 heading into the final stretch. 

Junior running back Brandon Benavides and junior receiver David Diaz scored a touchdown each for Laredo United South to round out the scoring for the Panthers. 

Laredo United South moved the ball efficiently in their opening series as sophomore quarterback Luis Cisneros connected with his receivers and Benavides found running room. The Panthers moved the ball all the way to the 16-yard line but Benavides lost a grip on the ball and his fumble was recovered by Eagle Pass’ Diego Villarreal at the 7:38 mark.

Eagle Pass did not capitalize on the opportunity as Laredo United South’s “TNT” defense held their ground forcing the Eagles to punt the ball away. 

On the next possession Laredo United South did not let the opportunity to score slip away as Rodriguez found Garza for a 10-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead.

Eagle Pass struggled to get the ball into the red zone after moving the ball up and down the field, and Laredo United South’s defense just got stingier. The Panthers finished the opening quarter with a big 35-yard catch by Garza that set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Rodriguez early in the second quarter to take a 13-0 lead. The PAT by Christian Gonzalez sailed wide.

The Eagles finally settled in with quarterback Issac Stanwick slinging the ball down the field. Stanwick found wide open senior wide receiver Dakota Kypuros for a 16-yard touchdown pass to cut Laredo United South’s lead to 13-7 with 7:33 left in the first half. 

The Panthers added two more touchdowns by Rodriguez, who had a 5-yard run to make it 20-7 at the 4:34 mark. All game long Benavides gained big yardage and final broke loose for his biggest run after dodging the Eagle Pass defense and exploding for a 55-yard touchdown run as the “Front Line Force”, the Panthers offensive line, opened up a huge lane. Benavides out-sprinted the Eagle Pass defense to put Laredo United South ahead 26-7 with 2:04 left in the first half. 

The Eagles responded with a 35-yard touchdown reception by Wilfredo Frausto with two seconds left in the half. Stanwick hit Frausto without breaking his stride to make it 26-13 at halftime. 

Eagle Pass came out fired up in the second half, and quickly mounted a comeback. Stanwick ran a quarterback keeper for a 7-yard touchdown run to cut Laredo United South’s lead to 26-20. 

On the kickoff Laredo United South mishandled the ball and had to start on the 2-yard line. Four plays later the Panthers finished off a remarkable 98-yard touchdown drive with a 50-yard TD catch by Garza to take a 33-20 lead. Benavides had two big runs to get the Panthers moving while Garza had two big receptions, including the touchdown.

Eagle Pass came right back with another 7-yard run by Stanwick to make it a 33-27 game with 2:31 left in the third quarter.

Laredo United South’s sophomore wide receiver Charlie Segovia hauled in a 40-yard reception to put the ball on the 13-yard line early in the fourth quarter. After a few penalties that moved the ball back, the Panthers found the end zone as Cisneros found Diaz in the corner for a 25-yard touchdown reception. After a failed two-point conversion, the Panthers led 39-21 with 7:22 left.

The Eagles made it interesting in the final minutes. Stanwick found Kyle Gloria for a 5-yard touchdown pass to make it 39-34 with 1:25 left, but the ensuing onside kick failed.

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