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Sharyland rebounds, crushes Eagles

20111021-Mission-v-Sharyland-Football-dy-023-SmallWell it was close for at least a quarter. The Sharyland Rattlers entered Tom Landry Stadium last night, coming off it first district loss in three seasons. Apparently, a date with a struggling Mission squad was all that was needed as the Rattlers crushed their cross-town rivals, 52-23.

Mission came out competing in the first quarter, trading punches with the Rattlers. Fred Sanchez’s team fell behind 10-7 just before the first quarter ended and then 45 unanswered points. Nearly every Rattler player got in the game and the team used four different quarterbacks.

Next week, Sharyland hosts a 2-6 La Joya team. In the midst of that game, the Rattlers will be hoping for Donna Redskin upset over Memorial as Shary still has a chance of at least a co-district title.

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Eagles continue to fight through tough season

20111021-Mission-v-Palmview-Football_dy-070“Anytime you line up, you line up to win regardless of what the records are. You have to believe that on any given Friday you can beat the other team.”

If Mission Head Coach Mario Peña has anything to say about this weekend, this is the attitude his beleaguered team will be taking on to the field as his Eagles (2-5, 0-4) face another seemingly insurmountable challenge when they take on a Sharyland team (6-1, 3-1) that will no doubt be looking to vent a little bit after getting their first taste of defeat at the hands of McAllen Memorial last week.

“Ultimately, our kids have shown a lot of class and a lot of team spirit because we’ve been banged up,” said Peña. “They’re playing hard and they’re playing hard until the very end.”

The Eagles did just that last week. After going down 10-0 to La Joya in the first quarter, the Eagles responded by outscoring the Coyotes in the next three quarters. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as La Joya did just enough in the fourth quarter to clip the Eagles 29-21.

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Mustangs take down Sharyland

20111014-Sharyland-v-McAllen-Memorial-Football-dy-118-SmallSince 2009, District 30-5A has belonged to no one but Sharyland. In that two year span the Rattlers never lost a district game. Not one.

Well, that streak came to an end Friday night as the visiting Memorial Mustangs came in, built a quick and strong lead before withholding the Rattler comeback, winning 28-14 in front of a packed Rattler Stadium.

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Rattlers, Mustangs stage battle of the season

20111014_Shary_01This Friday, two undefeated teams will meet at Rattler Stadium. Only one will retain its unblemished record. McAllen Memorial (6-0, 3-0) will be taking their perfect record into enemy territory when they face the Sharyland Rattlers (6-0, 3-0).

Unblemished records aren’t the only similarity between the two 30-5A schools. Both are coming off impressive wins last week.

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Patriots endure, look for two in a row

20111007-VMHS-v-J-L-Football_dy-056When discussing his team’s adversity this season and their performance thus far, Veterans Memorial Head Coach David Gilpin, doesn’t sugarcoat the situation.

“We’re realists when we meet in the coaches offices,” said Gilpin. “We’re 2-4 and 2-2 in district play and we’re not happy with that at all. There is no magic thing to say to a team. It’s tough sometimes when we look at what’s going on.”

They say winning solves everything so perhaps the magic elixir for the Patriots will be to get their second win in a row as they face a flailing Roma team this weekend rife with their own woes.

The Patriots have been hit with every possible hardship a football team can. The Patriots lost their star quarterback early in the season and that was only the start of their injury-prone season. On both sides of the ball the Patriots find themselves a threadbare team on the brink of snapping. As the beleaguered team prepares for its next game, the emphasis has been one of endurance and coping.

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Mistakes take Veterans to 2-3 in District 32

20111007-VMHS-v-Roma-Football-190-SmallMISSION - It was a long night for the Veterans Memorial Patriots. Needing a win to push the back into the winners’ column and at least tied for fourth place, the Patriots’ offense struggled in a 19-8 loss to Roma.

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