Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00
In reality, Thursday night’s season finale between the McHi Bulldogs and the Sharyland Rattlers was merely a tune-up game for next week’s bi-district matchups. After all, the Bulldogs are solidified as the second seeded DII representative while the Rattlers will be the top seed for DI. However, there were a couple things learned from Shary’s 38-21 win.
First, the Rattlers can withstand a comeback. Fred Sanchez’s squad led 28-7 after three quarters but the Bulldogs (6-4, 4-3) made rallied with two quick touchdowns minutes into the fourth quarter. Despite giving up some big plays—including an onside kick after the first touchdown—the Rattlers smoothly responded with ten points behind the leadership of Tres Barrera to seal the win.
Second, Sharyland (9-1, 6-1) might be able to withstand a comeback but it will need to learn the knockout punch if it wants to make a decent playoff run in the next couple weeks. The Rattlers started the game off slow, allowing McHi to move the ball easily on its first two drives. Though the received the early wakeup call, Shary seemed to dose off in the third quarter and early in the fourth when they fumbled twice, gave up an onside and got burned for two deep touchdown passes.