Coming off a 14-7 win over La Joya, the Southwest Dragons look to ride the high into this weeks game with Los Fresnos.
The Dragons (9-2), have used a stern rushing attack throughout the year, while rarely relying on the pass. Its averaging nearly 300 yards on the ground a game, while only about 65 through the air.
Leading the ground attack is senior Sean Ruiz. Ruiz has yielded 1,141 yards and 19 touchdowns in the teams 11 games. He, Martin Torres(656) and Damien Lopez (506) have grabbed 2,303 of the teams 3,252 rushing yards for the year.
Stopping one does not mean you’ll stop all of them, and the Dragons are unlikely to leave the game plan behind for a pass-first offense. However, a rush attack like this means the play clock will likely drain quicker than ever.
For that, if it’s a close one, Los Fresnos would have the upper hand.
The Falcons (8-3) have something the Dragons don’t, a passing game. Quarterback Charles Chapa has 1,708 yards, paired with 783 rushing yards. The run-pass option attack will keep the Dragons defensive unit on its heels. Chapa is coming off a great game himself, scoring four touchdowns for the Eagles – two on the ground and two through the air.
There’s clearly a favorite target for Chapa in Nico Valencia. The sophomore receiver has 759 yards with eight scores. A track meet would be preferable for this offense, as it is built to either run the clock out or score on a quick few plays.
Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Alamo Stadium. The last time these two met, Los Fresnos won 29-17.
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