With Bo Hogeboom throwing four first-half touchdown passes, No. 3 Argyle showed just how much it wanted to take the state’s No. 1 ranking away from La Vega.

But the Pirates weren’t going to let that top spot slip from their grip easily.

La Vega held Argyle scoreless in the second half until Tito Byce rammed across the goal for a two-yard touchdown run with two seconds remaining to seal a 49-35 win over the Pirates Friday night at Willie Williams Stadium.

With Byce rushing for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries, Argyle (2-0) beat La Vega (1-1) for the second straight year during the regular season. The Eagles avenged a 31-14 loss to the Pirates in last year’s Class 4A Division I Region 2 finals.

It wouldn’t be shocking if the two powerhouses met again in the playoffs.

“Our kids played hard the whole game,” said La Vega coach Don Hyde. “In the grand scheme of things, this game meant nothing. They beat us in the second week last year and we beat them when it mattered. That’s the plan right now going forward.”