One Left Standing: Mission Veterans Advances 62-55


(CBS 4 Sports)

SAN ANTONIO - The Mission Veterans Memorial Patriots entered their 5A Regional Semifinal game against Corpus Christi Veterans as the final team from the Rio Grande Valley left standing. The left the Alamodome, just the same as they fought tooth and nail with the previously unbeaten Eagles to a thrilling 62-55 victory.

Quarterback Landry Gilpin is now the Valley's public school career leader in touchdown passes after throwing five and rushing for an additional two. Gilpin's 84 career TD passes lifts him above Mission Eagle standout Lupe Rodriguez who had 83. Former Saint Joseph Academy QB Kai Money had 91 as a four year letterman for the Bloodhounds.

Gilpin threw for 439 yards a Class-5A record, to lead his team to it's first ever regional final. According to Greg Tepper of Fox Sports Southwest. Veterans is now just the third Valley team in either 6A or 5A to make it to the regional finals since 1990.

The Patriots ran out to a 20-7 lead after scoring on touchdown grabs by Mikey Garcia (64 yards), Ralph Ochoa (23 yards), and Leo Cantu (25 yards). The Eagles took a 24-20 lead late in the second quarter, but Gilpin found John Aguilar on the final play of the half to give the Patriots a 27-24 lead at the intermission.

The game was 47-45 to start the fourth quarter and the Eagles had the ball until Jazz Vallejo picked off Joseph Gonzalez for a touchdown to put the game out of reach.

The Patriots move on to face San Antonio Wagner in the Regional Final at 10:00 AM Saturday at the Alamodome.

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