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Big play Rattlers triumph over Sabercats

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20140926 Football Sharyland vs Vela lg-89csThe Sharyland Rattlers used two BIG plays to open their 2014 District 31-5A schedule with a 27-24 come-from-behind victory over the Edinburg Vela Sabercats at Richard Thompson Stadium Friday night.

After having an opening drive touchdown called back due to a penalty and the ensuing field goal attempt blocked, Sharyland opened the scoring with 5:08 left in the first quarter when senior quarterback Lance Madden capped off a 55-yard drive with a four-yard run into the end zone. Then on the very first play from scrimmage after Vela tied the game at 7-7 with 3:20 left in the first half, Madden scampered from the Rattlers’ 36-yard line to the Sabercats’ 17 to set up a 15-yard touchdown pass from Madden to junior wide receiver Seth Carter to give Sharyland a 14-7 lead at the half.

After the intermission, with a light but steady rain coming down, Vela scored ten unanswered points to take their first lead over Sharyland 17-14. The Sabercats’ points came as a result of a touchdown pass and a field goal – both in the third quarter.

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Bulldogs shoot down Eagles in district opener

20140926 Football Mission v McHi Small dy 006 2Mission got off to a rocky in their district home opener on Friday and lost four players to injury to boot in a 48-7 loss to McAllen at Tom Landry Stadium.

“We got a lot of work we’ve got to take care of,” Mission head coach Mario Peña said. “We got depleted with injuries and we’re trying to patch up because we just lost several players tonight. We threw some players in there that really didn’t have a lot of experience, but I give credit to McAllen.”

The lopsided loss dropped the Eagles to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in District 30-6A. McAllen improved to 3-2 and 1-0, respectively.

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Coyotes not intimidated by top ranked Mustangs

20140918 Football LJHS-vs-Edinburg-Vela mdlc006The bigger they are the harder they fall. That is the attitude the La Joya Coyotes are taking as they prepare for tonight’s district opener against the McAllen Memorial Mustangs - the same Mustangs that are currently sitting atop the Valley’s Top 10 high school football poll.

At first glance a game between the 1-3 Coyotes and the 3-1 Mustangs might look like a blowout in the making. However the fact that Coach George Espinoza’s Coyotes could very easily be at 3-1 themselves plus the fact that they fell just short in their 21-20 loss to fifth-ranked Weslaco East last week could result in a much more competitive game tonight than many are expecting.

“Weslaco East is a tough and physical ball club and they’re undefeated for a reason,” said Espinoza. “They’re one of the top offenses in the Valley but our kids were mentally prepared and worked hard all week. Our season record right now does not reflect the kind of team we have.”

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Eagles drop to 1-3 with 2-0 loss to Bobcats

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 LEG9744-2cIn a game that was scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 last night but didn’t get underway until 9 due to thunderstorms in the Edinburg area, it seemed as if the Edinburg Bobcats’ and the Mission Eagles’ offenses never received the memo about the game having actually started. That’s because the only points either team managed to put up on the scoreboard came as a result of the Bobcats’ special teams – a first quarter blocked punt that went out of the back of the end zone for a safety.

With the Bobcats coming into the game with a 0-3 record and the Eagles at 1-2 both teams were looking to finish up non-district play on a positive note. However both teams struggled to put any offense together and both committed costly penalties and critical turnovers so neither team looked as if they’re quite ready for next week’s district opening games.

Mission quarterback Jesus Cuellar saw his first action since Week No. 1 when he went out with an injury. Cuellar completed 14 of 28 passes for 132 yards on the night. David Flores led the Eagles in both rushing and receiving yards with 46 yards rushing on 15 carries and seven receptions for 81 yards.

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Juárez-Lincoln faces Economedes in final non-district contest

20140912-VMHS-v-J-L-Football dy-068Although the triage unit put three players back on the field, the body count continued to mount after La Joya Juárez-Lincoln lost to Mission Veterans Memorial 48-6 on Sept. 12 at a waterlogged Pack Stadium.

“That’s the nature of the beast, that’s football,” Juárez-Lincoln head coach Tomás García said. “We’ve been very fortunate the last two years where our injuries were scattered, but this year we were hit in the first three games.”

With another three players lost to injury for this week, the Huskies (0-3) prepare to face their last non-district contest on Friday when they host Edinburg Economedes (1-2) at 7:30 p.m. in Week 4 at Pack Stadium in La Joya.

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Lady Patriots sweep tenacious Lady Rattlers

20140916 Volleyball Sharyland vs VMHS lg-61Last year’s No. 1 ranked 4A volleyball team in the state for 12 weeks in a row had their hands full Tuesday night as they opened their district schedule at home against Sharyland High School (SHS). In the first district volleyball game between the two schools since 2003, the Lady Patriots emerged victorious over first-year head coach Raul Castillo and the Lady Rattlers in straight sets: 25-19, 25-20 and 25-14.

The opening of Sharyland Pioneer High School and the University Interscholastic League’s most recent realignment has resulted in SHS and Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) being members of the same district for the first time since the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In 2002 the teams split their two district games ,while in 2003 the Lady Patriots swept both games.

Knowing her girls had just survived a stiff challenge by a surprisingly tenacious Lady Rattlers team Tuesday night, Coach Diana Lerma expressed how impressed she was by their level of play.

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