Souza Takes Over Rookie of the Year Lead in San Antonio

By: Justin Felisko

PUEBLO, Colo. – There is a new man atop the 2021 Rookie of the Year standings.

Junior Patrik Souza leapfrogged Rafael Henrique dos Santos and Chase Dougherty by going 2-for-3 at the PBR U.S. Border Patrol Invitational, presented by Ariat, this weekend at the AT&T Center.

Souza began his weekend with 88.5 points on Cliff Hanger and 88.25 points on Silver Lining. However, he could not seal the victory as Bubba G bucked him off in 7.32 seconds during the championship round.

Regardless, Souza left San Antonio with 83.5 world points thanks to a career-best second-place finish to jump into the No. 1 ranking for the Rookie of the Year title.

Souza will take an extremely slim nine-point lead on No. 2 Dougherty, who went 0-for-2 in San Antonio, into next weekend’s Union Home Mortgage Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Meanwhile, No. 3 rookie Santos did not compete Sunday in San Antonio because of a strained left groin.

The 2021 Rookie of the Year race continues to be impacted by injuries as No. 8 rookie Austin Richardson sustained a broken right collarbone, per Dr. Tandy Freeman, when Capone bucked him off in 5.68 seconds on Sunday.

San Antonio, TX, 2021 – Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Dalton Kasel, 89-88.5-96.75-274.25-155 Points.
2. Junior Patrik Souza, 88.5-88.25-0-176.75-83.5 Points.
3. Manoelito de Souza Junior, 88.5-87.25-0-175.75-68 Points.
4. João Henrique Lucas, 88.5-86.75-0-175.25-51.5 Points.
5. Cooper Davis, 87.75-0-86.75-174.50-50 Points.
6. Cody Jesus, 0-89.25-0-89.25-40 Points.
7. Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-88.25-0-88.25-22.5 Points.
8. Mason Taylor, 87-0-0-87.00-18 Points.
(tie). Ramon de Lima, 87-0-0-87.00-18 Points.
10. João Ricardo Vieira, 0-86.75-0-86.75-15.5 Points.
11. Daylon Swearingen, 86.25-0-0-86.25-13 Points.
12. Jesse Petri, 0-86-0-86.00-12 Points.
13. Adriano Salgado, 0-85.75-0-85.75-11 Points.
14. Silvano Alves, 83.25-0-0-83.25-11 Points.
15. Marco Eguchi, 80.25-0-0-80.25-2 Points.
Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-0-0.00Boudreaux Campbell, 0-0-0-0.00
Mauricio Gulla Moreira, 0-0-0-0.00
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0.00
Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0–0-0.00
Chase Dougherty, 0-0-0-0.00
Rafael Henrique dos Santos, 0-0-0-0.00
Marcelo Procopio Pereira, 0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0.00
Austin Richardson, 0-0-0-0.00
Cole Melancon, 0-0-0-0.00
Ezekiel Mitchell, 0-0-0-0.00
Thiago Salgado, 0-0-0-0.00
Conner Halverson, 0-0-0-0.00
Lucas Divino, 0-0-0-0.00
Fernando Henrique Novais, 0-0-0-0.00
J.T. Moore, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Casper, 0-0-0-0.00
Leonardo Lima, 0-0-0-0.00
Kyle Jones, 0-0-0-0.00
Lane Nobles, 0-0-0-0.00
Dalton Krantz, 0-0-0-0.00
Alvaro Aguilar Alvarez, 0-0-0-0.00
Lucas Fideles Souza, 0-0-0-0.00
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00

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