Friday, November 24, 2017
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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.”

 

Adame’s group was locked in from the start as the Rattlers scored touchdowns on their first two possessions and played shut down defense all night.

 

Receiver Blake Klein kicked the scoring off with a three-yard run, which fellow receiver Adrian Solis followed up with a 65-yard punt return to the house to put Sharyland up 14-0.

 

Klein put up a hat trick in the first half, scoring twice more on a 47-yard run and an 18-yard pass from starting quarterback Edgar Longoria to put the Rattlers out in front comfortably 28-3 at the break.

 

In the second half, it was Sharyland’s defense who starred, led by middle linebackers Noe Cortez and Javo Lopez. The Rattlers only surrendered three points on the night, as Cortez recovered a Cigarroa fumble the only time the Toros were truly threatening to score.

 

“It's always a team goal to hold them to as little points as possible,” Cortez said. “We felt like a lot of guys were able to contribute tonight and we all did our jobs.”

 

Longoria scored his second touchdown on the ground as he punched one in from 16 yards out. Solis accounted for the Rattlers’ final score as he brought down a 13-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Diego Vela late in the fourth quarter.

 

“As a team, we make sure that everybody does their job and we have all the weapons to do that,” Longoria said. “Everybody's been helping me out and picking me up. With the five-game win streak, I'm proud, but I want to keep it going.”

 

The win moves the Rattlers’ to 5-1 on the year and 4-0 in 31-5A action.

 

“Anytime you can put wins together, it builds confidence, but we’re not over-confident,” Adame said. “Our boys feel good about themselves, but we know next week is going to be a big, big, ball game.”

 

The Sharyland Rattlers will be looking to keep up their winning ways next week when they take on the Pioneer Diamondbacks (3-3, 2-2) in a rivalry game.