Raymondville Bearkats (4-5) vs Sinton Pirates (9-0)
Friday November 13 – 7:30pm
Javelina Stadium (A&M Kingsville) – Kingsville, Texas
October 2, 2015 – Raymondville-13 Sinton-48
Raymondville didn’t exactly end its regular season the way they wanted to. They lost to Port Isabel 21-14 and finished the year with a losing record. Unfortunately for them, it means that they get a rematch with the Sinton Pirates, who finished the year undefeated after closing out with a 55-0 win over Ingleside.
Offensively the Bearkats are led by QB Daniel Gutierrez, RB Burt Najera and WR’s David Marroquin and Sergio Gonzales Jr. Gutierrez was thrown into the starting position when Jacob Perez suffered a season ending injury in a scrimmage before the season got underway.
Gutierrez is a dual threat QB who finished the season with 931 yards, 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, he also rushed 78 times for 370 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. Najera tallied up 687 yards on 126 carries for an average of 5.5 yards per rush and had 9 rushing scores. Marroquin was also a dual threat player for the Bearkats as he caught passes and rushed the ball pretty well. He completed the season with 586 rushing yards on 67 carries for an average of 8.7 yards per carry and had 6 rushing touchdowns. He also had 288 receiving yards to go along with 5 receiving touchdowns. Gonzales Jr broke out late in the year and was a great additional weapon for the Bearkats. He finished the year with 327 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.
This offense has had an up and down year all year long, it seems like they are either on or off and nothing in between. They will need more consistent play from everyone on the offense in order to stay competitive in this game against a very stingy defense.
The defense struggled early in the year, but finished the year strong. They are led defensively by Derrick Saenz, Ricardo Guajardo and Darian Cortez. Saenz finished the year with 111 total tackles, 7 for a loss, 2 forced fumbles and recoveries and 1 interception that he returned for a score. Saenz also played a little bit on offense and hauled in one receiving touchdown. Guajardo had a total of 99 tackles, 8 of them for a loss, 1.5 QB sacks and a fumble recovery. Cortez completed the season with 43 tackles, 4 of them for a loss, had a team high 4 QB sacks, forced 2 fumbles and recovered one of them.
The Bearkat defense is giving up just over 30 points a game and had 11 takeaways during the season. This defense is going to have its work cut out for them trying to contain Sinton QB Colton Cohea, who can hurt them with his arm or his legs. The Bearkats know this first hand, since they met up with this team not too long ago.
The Pirates are led offensively by QB Colton Cohea, RB Colt Gorman and WR Mark Villarreal. Cohea can hurt you with his arm or his legs and he led the team in both passing and rushing yards for the year. He finished the season with 1151 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, 3 interceptions and 1158 rushing yards with 16 rushing touchdowns. Gorman closed out the year with 374 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns, while Villarreal had 504 receiving yards and 8 receiving touchdowns. Cohea and Villarreal also played defense for the Pirates and totaled 81 tackles combined on the season.
This offense is averaging just under 39 points per game and has scored 45 or more points in 5 of their 9 games. They scored the majority of their points in the first half of their games this season and in the first meeting, they held a 27-7 lead over the Bearkats at halftime. The Bearkat defense will have to make more stands and give their offense more opportunities at points if they want to have a chance to advance in the playoffs.
The Pirates are led defensively by Robert Knox, Anthony Villarreal and CJ Zepeda. Knox had a total of 96 tackles with 24 of them coming for a loss, 8 QB sacks, 1 forced fumble and even scored a rushing touchdown for the Pirates this year. Villarreal totaled 77 tackles with 4 of them coming for a loss, 1 QB sack, 1 forced fumble and recovered a fumble this season. Zepeda contributed 74 total tackles with 3 of them being for a loss, 1 interception that he returned for a touchdown, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the year.
The defense gave up an average of 11 points per game and had 20 takeaways on the year. The defense has two shutouts this year, with the second one coming last week, so completely shutting down an offense is something they can do.
Much like the first time these two teams met, I don’t think the Bearkats will be able to figure out the Pirates defense, however, I do think they will score more points than they did in the first game.
Cerda-Fied Prediction: Raymondville-21 Sinton-41