2018-11-07 / News

Bearkats win district 16-4A championship

by RISD Media Staff

RAYMONDVILLE BEARKATS- 16-4 DISTRICT CHAMPIONS RAYMONDVILLE BEARKATS- 16-4 DISTRICT CHAMPIONS In front of a standing room only crowd, the Raymondville Bearkats concluded their regular season with a dominating 45-0 performance over Progreso and claimed the 16- 4A Division II district championship trophy.

The festive crowd witnessed Raymondville’s first district crown in football since 2012.

“Our coaching staff is extremely proud of our players. This is a special group of seniors and underclassmen that worked together and got things done,” said Raymondville head coach and athletic director Frank Cantu.

The title clinching victory was the Bearkat’s eighth win in a row and left no doubters after storming though district play.

Raymondville’s juggernaut offense was well balanced on the ground and in the air all season in averaging 40 points per contest in league play (38.6 points in regular season).

“Offensively, our team was very well-balanced. Starting with the offensive line, backs and receivers we had tremendous leadership, talent, and speed that helped our team be successful,” added Cantu, “all their hard work in the offseason and in 7 on 7 competition in the summer really helped us gel on offense.”

Raymondville’s defense caused havoc all season, especially on opposing district offenses surrendering a paltry 4.6 points a game, including shutouts the final two games.

“Again, we had a good mixture of seniors and underclassmen step up and play key roles on defense,” stated Cantu. “They really bought into our philosophy on defense and helped our team be successful all season. I’m proud to say we ended up with the top defense in the district, as well as one of the top units in the RGV for the second year in a row.”

With their post season ticket punched, Raymondville must wait patiently for District 15-4A to wrap up their season in order to determine their playoff opponent. Potential bi-district matchups for Raymondville include: West Oso, Orange Grove, or Sinton depending how games play out this Friday night.

“We are proud and thankful for how our season has gone, but we aren’t done yet,” explained Cantu, “we are excited to start post-season play. We want to compete against the best our state has to offer. Our team would like to give special thanks to the parents, student body, administrators, and the community for all their continuing support and well- wishes.”

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