- Written by Bryan Ramos
The playoff chase is heating up with only two games remaining of District 31-5A play. Two of the teams vying for a postseason berth, the Mission Veterans Memorial Patriots (5-3, 4-2) and the Sharyland Rattlers (5-3, 4-2), are on a collision course with their Friday night matchup.
The Patriots got back on the winning track last week by overpowering the Rio Grande City Rattlers, 51-34. The win comes off back-to-back 16-point losses at the hands of the Pioneer Diamondbacks and Laredo Nixon Mustangs, who are tied for first place in District 31-5A. Patriots senior quarterback Diego Hernandez racked up six touchdowns in the game, four through the air as he connected with sophomore receiver Landry Gilpin and two on the ground.
Patriots head coach David Gilpin said his team needed to perform with the playoff race tightening.