Tarpons Prepare for District Opener

first_imgBy LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe Port Isabel Tarpons football team took advantage of an extra week to heal up and prepare generally and, at long last, it’s time to start the district season.  The Tarpons will host the Progreso Red Ants this Friday night in the first district game for both teams and it will be Homecoming.“We worked hard last week and the kids had a good week of practice on our open week,” head P.I. football coach and athletic director said this week.  “We’ve got to correct some little things.  We do the little things correctly, we’ll be in good shape.”The head coach was asked about his team’s passing game and how it seemed to come alive against Brownsville St. Joseph’s.  “We’re throwing the ball better.  We’ve been working hard on that every day in practice.”Whatever time and effort was spent in practice on the passing game before the St. Jo’sgame obviously paid off, at least for that one night.  Against the Bloodhounds quarterback Omar Silva completed eight of seventeen passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns.In the 2014 regular season Tarpon passers threw for more than 12 yards in only four games, and averaged a mere 38 yards per contest.  In four games there was not a single pass completion.  About the only way to go from stats like that is up.In 2013, Isaiah Martinez completed 35 of 57 passes in the regular season for 625 yards and nine scores.The fact that Progreso has never beaten Port Isabel in 30 tries should be a warning flag to all Tarpon players and coaches.“In this district you’ve got to bring your “A” game every Friday,” Stumbaugh said Monday.  “Progreso, to me, is always dangerous because they play extremely hard.  Coach Salazar is doing a great job over there and he’s got those kids playing hard.  Our mindset better be on respecting what they can do.”“They’re running some kicks back and they’ve hit some long passes.  Defensively they’ve got an eight-man front and they just come and get you.”Through four non-district games Omar Silva is the team’s leading rusher with 288 yards gained on the ground and has scored three times.  Silva has done almost all the passing this season for P.I. and has thrown for 183 yards on 13 completions in 29 attempts.  Williams Romero has connected on six of 10 extra-point attempts and made two field goals in as many attempts for 12 total points.For the “Seawall Defense”, linebacker John Ray Martinez leads the team in tackles with 28 total stops, including five for loss, and recovered a fumble.  Defensive end Raul Villareal and defensive back Ricky Gonzalez each have 22 total tackles, and Villareal also has two quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles.  Defensive back Carlos Orduna leads with two interceptions.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedCancelled!By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS It was lightning more than rain that forced the cancellation of last Friday night’s non-district road football game between the Port Isabel Tarpons and the Hidalgo Pirates. Some games in the Lower Rio Grande Valley were played as scheduled but quite a few…September 18, 2015In “News”Tarpons Go Down, 54-40, at IDEA QuestBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons went on the road Tuesday night and lost a 54-40 decision to Edinburg IDEA Quest in a non-district basketball game. “We’re getting better,” first-year head coach Anthony Velarde told the Press Wednesday morning.  “We’re just not putting together a…December 6, 2015In “News”Tarpons on road again, to RGCBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS After opening the 2011 district season with a big win at home last Friday against Zapata, the Port Isabel Tarpons hit the road this week for the fourth time for a game with the Grulla Gators in Rio Grande City. The Tarpons have…October 13, 2011In “Sports”last_img read more

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Trinidad & Tobago Central Bank predicts tight belts for 2016

first_imgIn its first Monetary Policy Announcement for 2016, the CBTT noted that crude oil and natural gas production fell during October to November 2015 for the Caribbean country, “with the slippage in gas output in particular continuing to negatively impact the downstream industries.”In June last year, oil was being sold in excess of US$100 on the global market, but the price has since plummeted to just over US$30, forcing the government to warn about tighter measures to deal with the significant loss of revenue.The CBTT said “available data over this period also allude to tepid activity in some of the non-energy sectors, most notably distribution and construction.“Although there have been recent reports of lay-offs across the construction, manufacturing and energy sectors, labor market conditions still appear broadly favorable, with demand for low to semi-skilled workers remaining relatively buoyant.” The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain. Low oil prices could further affect economy The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (CBTT) says the persistence of low oil prices on the global markets “suggests that fiscal stimulus to the economy is likely to be severely constrained in coming months.”last_img read more

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