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Patriots round-up Diamondbacks

Even without their main offensive weapon in the lineup the Veterans Memorial Patriots improved their overall record to 5-2 and their district record to 2-1 with a 33-19 victory over the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks Friday night at Tom Landry Stadium. Patriots’ senior quarterback Santos Villarreal, who is still recovering from a high ankle sprain he suffered two weeks ago against the Sharyland Rattlers, watched from the sidelines in street clothes as his backup, sophomore Diego Hernandez, led his team to victory for the second week in a row.

The Patriots led-off the scoring with a field goal at the 9:43 mark in the first quarter and never gave up the lead the rest of the night. VMHS' first touchdown of the game came when John Garcia ran the ball in from the two yard line with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter. Garcia's touchdown was set up by a Kevin Liebano interception and return to the Diamondbacks' two yard line.

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Rattlers defense stifles Gladiators

Sharyland platooned three quarterbacks, scored four touchdowns and played solid defense en route to a 28-6 homecoming game victory over Roma on Friday at Richard Thompson Stadium to remain undefeated in the District 31-5A and in the hunt for the title.

“I’m happy and proud of our boys,” Sharyland head coach Ron Adame said. “Roma came in and they didn’t lay down for us, they gave us their best. In my humble opinion, that team is going to make the playoffs in this district.”

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Palmview redies for Rowe: Overconfidence could spell disaster

Riding a three-game unbeaten streak, including two straight wins in District 30-6A play, La Joya Palmview isn’t taking any chances against McAllen Rowe on Friday at 7:30 p.m. when they host the battered Warriors at Pack Stadium.

McAllen Rowe (2-5 overall, 1-2 district) has given up over 50 points in each of their last two district matchups and scored more than 19 points only twice in seven games this season.

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Patriots vs Diamondbacks: Winning could mean district championship

Don’t tell Coach Laura Cavazos and her Sharyland Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks, but they are having the kind of season first-year programs are not supposed to have. With an 8-1 district record (27-9 overall) and sole possession of second place, the Lady Diamondbacks are in the thick of the District 31-5A volleyball playoff race and are still in the running for a possible district championship.

With only three games remaining on their schedule, Cavazos’ squad is all but assured of securing a playoff spot. However, if the Lady Diamondbacks are going to keep alive their lofty aspirations of earning a district championship or co-championship in their very first season, they will have to do something tomorrow that many have tried but very few have accomplished – defeating the Veterans Memorial Lady Patriots.

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Palmview wins game of pride against La Joya

La Joya Palmview head coach Margarito Requenez couldn’t find the words to describe how he felt as he ran back onto the field after the Lobos defeated school rival La Joya 23-16 on Friday at Pack Stadium in game that’s fast-becoming a traditional La Joya ISD classic.

“It’s very special,” Requenez said. “We’ve worked so hard to get where we are right now and I’m just glad that we pulled it off. Everytime you play your sister school, it doesn’t matter how good you are. Everybody plays to a higher level because it’s a rivalry and I’m just proud of my kids right now.”

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Diamondbacks fall to Sabercats

Coach Jason Wheeler and his Sharyland Pioneer High Diamondbacks knew they had their work cut out for them Friday night when they hosted the Edinburg Vela Sabercats at Richard Thompson Stadium. Entering the game the 5-1 Sabercats were scoring an average of 45 points a game while allowing less than 19 and had won all five of their games rather handily.

It didn’t take long for the Sabercats to demonstrate their offensive prowess against Pioneer Friday night when on their opening possession they drove the ball 75 yards in less than two minutes to take a 7-0 lead. That was when the Diamondbacks responded in kind on their next possession when sophomore Alec Garcia took a handoff from junior quarterback Alex Ramirez and proceeded to run down the home sideline 70 yards for a touchdown that tied the game at 7-7 with 8:32 left in the first quarter.

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