Huskies News · Second-Half Shutout Lifts Juarez-Lincoln Over Mission

La Joya Juarez-Lincoln continued a run of strong defensive play, pitching a shutout in the second half to knock off Mission High 21-7 on Friday at La Joya ISD Stadium.

“They’ve stepped it up a notch defensively,” Huskies coach Tommy Garcia said. “I think Joseph Valdezhas stepped up his game at linebacker. He had some strikes today that I hadn’t seen this year.”

Elias Gutierrez was also key for the defense, which is giving up an average of 12.7 points through three District 30-6A games.

Juarez-Lincoln improves to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in district, while Mission falls to 1-6 and 0-3.

“The biggest thing is that the kids knew we were playing for our playoff lives,” Garcia said. “Overall, everybody picked it up a notch offensively, and we were able to move the chains, and that was the reason why we won the game.”

Gutierrez scored a rushing touchdown for the Huskies, and quarterback Andrew Rodriguezconnecting on scoring passes to Albert Martinez and Harley Vargas.