BROWNSVILLE – The West stars outshone the East in the RGVCA All-Star game at Sams Stadium Friday night, winning 45-14 in front of a crowd of more than 3,000 spectators from across the Rio Grande Valley.
The East was coached by the Hanna staff, led by head coach Mark Guess. Mission Veterans head coach David Gilpin took the reins of the West coaching staff.
Two seniors in particular relished their chance to compete under the Friday night lights one last time – Mission Veterans quarterback Landry Gilpin and Hanna linebacker Jose Cruz.
The two stars collided when Cruz picked off Gilpin with less than seven minutes to go in the first quarter.
Cruz had nose for the ball throughout the first half, punctuated by a sack of Valley View quarterback Simon Fernandez with 10 minutes to go in the first quarter.
Gilpin and Co. had the last laugh, as the West put up 24 unanswered points and shutout the East in the first half. The West got on the board with a field goal from Edinburg Vela’s Tate Scott, set up by Edinburg High running back Hearlin Benavides with 10 minutes to go in the first quarter.
The West reeled off 21 points in the second quarter, beginning with a 3-yard touchdown pass from PSJA High’s Trey Guajardo to Mission High’s Sebastian Gonzalez with just under seven minutes to play in the first half.
Gilipin, the Southwestern University commit, engineered two touchdown drives in the last 2 and a half minutes of the second quarter. Edinburg Vela wideout Daniel Enriquez was responsible for both touchdown receptions – the first went for 61 yards on post. Enriquez caught a pass over the middle and dodged several East defenders for an 81-yard score, and with 13:44 to play in the fourth quarter, returned a punt 70 yards for his third touchdown of the evening.
San Benito quarterback Jacob Cavasos got the East on the scoreboard with 13:13 to play in the third quarter, scampering to the end zone from two yards out on a keeper to bring the score to 24-7.
Cavasos frequently targeted his San Benito teammate, running back Frankie Garcia. The pair linked up for a 15 yard pass with 3:12 to go in second quarter.
The East’s final drive in the fourth quarter was highlighted by Raymondville quarterback Jacob Posas completing a 36-yard pass to La Feria receiver Darius Hernandez, which set the table for Santa Rosa running back Ryan Mesa’s three-yard touchdown run with four minutes to play.
Grulla quarterback Dillen Salinas got in on the action for the West with 5:30 to go in the fourth quarter, tossing a touchdown pass to La Joya Juarez-Lincoln WR Luis Rodriguez.