DQ Big Game of the Week: Gregory-Portland vs. Corpus Christi Carroll

Week 3 of the DQ Big Game of the Week finds Neil Beasley and company on the Coastal Bend.

This week’s DQ Big Game of the Week is one we were looking forward to long before the unwanted visit from Harvey. The ‘Battle of the Bridge’ (the Nueces Bay Causeway to be exact) between Gregory-Portland and Carroll. It’s not the longest running rivalry in Texas, but it is a good one. It seems to go in spurts and it’s spurtin’ now. Carroll has won five straight games in the series including TWO last year. The G-P seniors are anxious to make amends before donning that graduation cap next spring.

Hurricane Harvey has certainly added some unwanted drama to the mix. Families from both communities are still dealing with the aftermath in myriad ways. Gregory-Portland has enrolled about 300 students from surrounding districts misplaced from the storm. And if you think it’s crazy trying to fit in that many new students in one week’s time, imagine being one of those kids! Hopefully they’re getting all settled in and back on their feet, even if it is with a new home team to cheer for.  And speaking of cheering, GP is hoping to have a lot to cheer about. Second-year head coach Rick Rhoades brings his winning pedigree from Cameron Yoe, where he guided the Yoemen to three State Championships in back-to-back-to-back years (’12-’14). Is year two the season his magic begins to sprinkle over the ‘Cats? Gregory-Portland got Harvey’d out in week one, but quickly scheduled a game with 6A Conroe Oak Ridge just to ‘try’ and re-make their schedule a bit. The Wildcats lost that one, but learned something about their squad they can bring in to this catfight.

The Carroll Tigers have had all the magic in their paws recently when these teams hook up, but they have a big unknown. New head coach A.J. Martinez comes over from Odem. He may be new to the Tigers, but not to DQBGOTW. We featured his Owls just last year in their match-up with Mathis:

But while his Owls could fly, Coach Martinez is still working with his new crop of kitties at Carroll. However, these new cats do come with some claws. Freshman Jeremiah Earls at running back already has three touchdowns on the season. MAN, would he love to make his mark in this rivalry in his first year at the school? Coach Martinez also plucked Michael Garza off the baseball team to contribute. The kid hasn’t played football since eighth grade!

The other great thing about this game this year is SOMEBODY is going to take the lead in the series. In their 46th meeting, the series stands at 22-22-1. Barring another tie, one team is going home with a much-needed win on the season, the lead in their annual grudge-match rivalry, and that big bad bridge trophy in their locker room for an entire season. A bridge that’s taken some hits this past month, but like the teams and communities, still stands tall.
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Neil Beasley is the host of the DQ Big Game of the Week, which is a Texas football tradition that can be seen 11 p.m. on Friday’s “High School Scoreboard Live” on FOX Sports Southwest. Catch Neil on Twitter at @Neilbeaz.

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