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Big play Rattlers triumph over Sabercats

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The 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.

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Bulldogs shoot down Eagles in district opener

Mission 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.”

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

In 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.

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Juárez-Lincoln faces Economedes in final non-district contest

Although 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.”

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Lady Patriots sweep tenacious Lady Rattlers

Last 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.

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Mission Veterans overcomes Juárez-Lincoln, stormy weather

LA JOYA – The rains came early and often, and so did the touchdowns for Mission Veterans Memorial on a soggy Friday at Pack Stadium en route to a 48-6 victory over La Joya Juárez-Lincoln to notch their second victory of the season.

The Patriots improved to 2-1 with the triumph over the Huskies, who dropped to 0-3, and is still in search of its first victory of the young season.

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