A look at every matchup on the schedule for Week 1 of Valley high school football
By Bryan Ramos
ootball season is officially back in the RGV as high school teams across the Valley are set to kickoff Week One. While everybody loves the Friday night lights, there’s plenty of action on the gridiron going down tonight. Here’s a breakdown of some key matchups and a list of every single Week 1 game on the schedule this weekend.
Thursday, Aug. 30
McAllen Memorial @ Brownsville Hanna – 7 p.m. – The Mustangs and the Eagles give us Thursday’s best Valley matchup as two playoff teams from a season ago clash in Week 1. Campbell Speights and the Mustangs will be looking to get out to a hot start in 2018 while the Eagles look to put last year’s heartbreaking playoff loss behind them. If you’re in the Brownsville area, trust me, Campbell Speights is special to see play in-person.
Rio Hondo @ La Joya Juarez-Lincoln – 7 p.m.
Santa Maria @ MMA – 7 p.m.
Weslaco High @ Nikki Rowe – 7 p.m. – The Warriors and the Panthers are set to square off at Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen. Nikki Rowe was a playoff team a season ago while Weslaco was on the outside looking in. Both teams hope to get off to a hot start in Week 1.
Edinburg Economedes @ PSJA Southwest – 7 p.m.
Laredo United @ Edinburg Vela – 7 p.m. – Vela has grown into one of the top programs in the Valley and they’ll look to prove 2018 will be more of the same as they host Laredo United tonight at Richard R. Flores Stadium in Edinburg.
Edcouch-Elsa @ Corpus Christi Veterans – 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 31
Mission Veterans vs Mission High – 7:30 p.m. – The Battle of Conway is the game of the week every where you look and for good reason. All-State selection Landry Gilpin leads the Patriots high-scoring offense into the rivalry game against the Eagles, a team on the rise under Head Coach Koy Detmer in 2018. Look for an aerial attack from both sides in the Week 1 game of the week.
Sharyland Pioneer @ Harlingen High – 7:30 p.m. – The Cardinals are looking to bounce back after a down season while the Pioneer Diamondbacks are out to make a statement in Week 1 under first year Head Coach Tom Lee.
Harlingen South @ Edinburg High – 7:30 p.m.
La Joya vs La Joya Palmview – 7:30 p.m. – Not saying anything except check out the dope promo video below from @LJISD_Athletics on Twitter.
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— LJISD SPORTS (@LJISD_Athletics) August 29, 2018
Raymondville @ La Feria – 7:30 p.m.
El Paso Montwood @ Los Fresnos – 7:30 p.m.
Brownsville Porter @ Port Isabel – 7:30 p.m.
Brownsville Veterans vs Brownsville Rivera – 7:30 p.m.
PSJA High @ Flour Bluff – 7:30 p.m.
PSJA Memorial vs PSJA North – 7:30 p.m.
Donna High vs Donna North – 7:30 p.m.
Brownsville Pace @ Sharyland High – 7:30 p.m. – The two last met in the first round of 2017 playoffs with the Rattlers prevailing in a shootout 59-43. The Vikings will be out for revenge on the Rattlers after last year’s first round exit, while Sharyland, one of the strongest programs in the Valley, look to make it two in a row against Pace.
Rio Grande City @ Roma – 7:30 p.m.
Hidalgo @ Valley View – 7:30 p.m.
Santa Rosa @ Lyford – 7:30 p.m.
Brownsville St. Joseph @ Grulla – 7:30 p.m.
La Villa @ Progreso – 7:30 p.m.
Monte Alto @ Premont – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Weslaco East vs Manor @ Alamo Stadium – 1 p.m.
Mercedes @ Edinburg North – 4 p.m.