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Rattlers wrangle Toros as Sharyland wins fifth straight

20171013 Football SHS vs CLH Game IMG 8925The Sharyland Rattlers (5-1, 4-0) remained one of the hottest team’s in the Valley as they picked up a 42-3 win over the Cigarroa Toros to stay unbeaten in district play last night at Richard Thompson Stadium.


With Pioneer up next on Sharyland’s schedule, it would have been easy for the group to look ahead. Instead, the Rattlers won their fifth game in a row and a fourth straight double-digit win in district play.


“I was worried this week that these young men were going to be looking beyond Cigarroa and on to next week’s opponent, but they didn't,” said Head Coach Ron Adame. “They showed a maturity for teenagers, that I feel as a coaching staff, we’re blessed with.”

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It’s crowded at the top of District 31-5A

20170929 Football SHS vs Laredo-MartinIMG 5610. GUIt’s week seven of Valley high school football and the cream has definitely risen to the top in District 31-5A. That’s because with four weeks still to go in the regular season, there are four teams that have yet to lose a district game. The Veterans Memorial Patriots (4-0), the Rio Grande City Rattlers (4-0), the Sharyland Rattlers (3-0) and the Laredo Nixon Mustangs (3-0) are sitting atop the district standings with the Pioneer Diamondbacks (1-2), the Laredo Martin Tigers (1-3), the Valley View Tigers (0-3), the Roma Gladiators (0-4) and the Laredo Cigarroa Toros (0-4) bringing up the rear.


With such a distinct dividing line between the top four teams and the bottom five, one could almost say that the district’s four playoff teams have already been decided and that all that remains is to see which one of the four emerges as the district champion. However, it may still be a bit premature to make that assumption. Especially if the top four teams knock each other off and one or more of the bottom five teams wins out.


As for District 30-6A’s teams, even though they have had two weeks less of district play, there are only three teams in that district that have yet to lose a district game. The McAllen Memorial Mustangs (2-0), the McAllen High Bulldogs (1-0) and the Nikki Rowe Warriors (1-0) are the trio of undefeateds, while the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies (1-1) and the Mission Eagles (1-1) are the only other 30-6A teams to have emerged victorious against a district opponent thus far this season.


Let’s take a look at tonight’s slate of games involving Big 7 teams to see who and where they’re each playing.

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Patriots remain perfect after pounding Pioneer

20171006 Football VMHSvPHS3A team playing with one heartbeat is more powerful than any individual player, and the Veterans Memorial Patriots (6-0, 4-0) proved that last night in the team’s 61-38 statement win over last year’s co-district champion Pioneer Diamondbacks (2-3, 2-2).


The Patriots were tested early in the game, facing a 10-7 deficit after Pioneer’s Jacob Rosales connected with receiver Andrew Moss for a six-yard touchdown. That’s when Landry Gilpin and the Mission Veterans offense turned it on and never looked back.


Mission Veterans proceeded to score two consecutive touchdowns before the halftime buzzer, a 4-yard Gilpin run and a 31-yard connection to receiver Mikey Garcia with just :17 seconds left in the second quarter. The close to the first half gave the Patriots the confidence they needed to come out and continue rolling in the second half.

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Patriots, Diamondbacks set for showdown

20170901 Football Pioneer-vs-Mustangs GU IMG 6237With Week Five in the rearview, the regular season is officially at the midway point and two 31-5A favorites are ready to battle under the Friday night lights for bragging rights in their pursuit of a district title.


A season ago, the Pioneer Diamondbacks earned a share of the 31-5A championship and the program’s first playoff berth. Meanwhile, the Veterans Memorial Patriots proved to be one of the Valley’s most dangerous teams, advancing to the third round of the playoffs, the furthest in school history.


In last year’s meeting, Pioneer prevailed over Veterans Memorial with a 30-14 win. Now, the Patriots (5-0, 3-0) and the Diamondbacks (2-2, 1-1) are prepared for their clash between teams with high aspirations in 2017.

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It’s Week Six and something’s gotta give

20170915 Pioneers-Vs-Laredo Football GUPIONEERS-VS-LERADO-ALL-ACTION-PICS-3 1With the 0-1 Juarez-Lincoln Huskies going up against the 0-1 Palmview Lobos tonight, and with the 1-0 Mission Eagles facing off against the 1-0 McAllen Memorial Mustangs tonight as well, something’s gotta give.


Will it be the Lobos or the Huskies who earn their first district win? Will it be the Eagles or the Mustangs who remain undefeated in District 30-6A play? Both of these questions will be answered tonight; the former at La Joya ISD Stadium and the latter at McAllen’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.


With the La Joya Coyotes (3-2, 0-1) having played the McAllen High Bulldogs (1-3, 0-0) at home last night, the six remaining football teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya school districts will all be taking to gridirons across the Upper Valley tonight. So, let’s take a look at those four games to see who they’re each playing and where.

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Rattlers stay hot, run Tigers out of town

20170929 SHSvLaredoMartinThe Sharyland Rattlers continued their hot start in District 31-5A by picking up a 45-28 win over the Laredo Martin Tigers at Richard Thompson Stadium last night.


The Rattlers jumped out early on the Tigers, led by a 29-yard touchdown run by Blake Klein and two touchdown passes from Edgar Longoria to receivers Ruben Davila and Adrian Solis to give Sharyland a commanding 24-0 lead just before the half.However, the Tigers would not go down without a fight.


With three seconds left in the first half, the Tigers scored on a 22-yard pass, and followed that up with a 58-yard touchdown run to open the second half to close the gap to 24-14. After a Sharyland turnover on downs at midfield, Martin capitalized and brought down a jump ball to bring the score to 24-21.

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