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Patriots and Huskies looking for answers on Friday night

20110916_football_Patriots_v_Hidalgo_lg_026Both the Veterans Memorial Patriots and the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies find themselves in a crisis of identity early on in this 2011 football season. Their Friday night match-up in La Joya will go a long way toward giving both programs a sense of just where they stand and what they’ll have to face after two weeks that haven’t necessarily gone their way.

The winless Huskies are coming off an absolute thumping by Weslaco East last week after giving up over 400 yards rushing and 122 yards passing in their last game. Juarez-Lincoln looked completely overmatched and somewhat aimless in their first conference game. Unfortunately for the Huskies, they’ve looked so throughout their young season. In their first three games the Huskies have scored just 17 points while giving up 116.

Read more: Patriots and Huskies looking for answers on Friday night

   

Teams jockey for position heading into Week 2 of football

The 2011 high school football season, only just begun, features the usual suspects starting strong and others stumbling out of the gate. With only a few more opportunities to iron out the kinks before district play, this week’s matchups will give coaches and fans yet another chance to size up their teams.

Brownsville Hanna at La Joya

After just edging past Rio Grande City (0-2) last week by a score of 17-14, La Joya (1-1) looks to continue their win-by-any-means ways against Brownsville Hanna. Hanna, who has yet to win a game in this young season, is coming off a loss against Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in a non-league challenge.  Although the Coyotes may consider themselves the somewhat fortunate benefactors of an easy early schedule, they will need to muster more offense if not this weekend, then certainly the next as they veer into a more treacherous part of their schedule.

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Sharyland looks for improvement and redemption against Flour Bluff

One year ago the Corpus Christi team, Flour Bluff, opened its match-up against the Sharyland Rattlers by sacking the quarterback, forcing a punt two plays later and then proceeding to score on every possession until their quarterback took a knee to end the game in a rout of 56-24. It was a difficult loss for the Rattlers but according to Sharyland Head Coach Fred Sanchez, it may have been just what his team needed.

“That was our only loss and a lot of people bring that loss up,” said Sanchez. “But that was probably a blessing in disguise. It woke us up and got us ready for district. Now that we’ve played them we have a better idea of what to expect. The kids know what to expect. My objective is to see the team get better from week to week. That’s what I want to see.”

That being said, it’s probably fair to say Sanchez would rather his team not be doubly blessed as his Rattlers take on Flour Bluff again Friday night. With nine different starters on offense and six on defense, this is far from a true rematch. However, Sharyland should be itching to flex their muscles after a less than stellar first half in their last game against Edinburg North.

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Rattlers thrash Flour Bluff, make case for Valley’s best

20110909-Football-Sharyland-v-CCFlourBluff-dy-099Coming into Week 2, the gossip surrounding the Sharyland Rattlers was they had “speed to kill.” On Friday night, the visiting Flour Bluff Hornets found that out and more in a 48-18 pounding by Fred Sanchez’s young but extremely talented team.

At least for tonight, that speed to kill came by way of junior wide receiver CJ Cavazos. The undersized but extremely quick athlete burned the Hornets for three first half touchdowns grabs. Cavazos, who isn’t shy about burning a corner and then verbally letting him know about it afterwards, scored on touchdown passes of 30, 10 and 35 yards.

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Patriots' defense puts one in the win column

20110909-Football-VeteransMemorial-v-Hidalgo-leg-001With the Hidalgo Pirates and the Veterans Memorial Patriots both off to 0 – 2 starts this season, something had to give Friday night at Tom Landry Stadium. The fact that this game was both the Patriots’ district 32-4A opener and their third home game in a row, made it a must win for Coach David Gilpin’s team.

With Patriots’ quarterback Adrian Morales on the sidelines after suffering a season ending knee injury last week, freshman quarterback Santos Villarreal took the reigns of the Patriots’ offense and led his team to a 13 - 8 victory against Coach Jorge Pena’s Pirates.

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UTPA Women’s Athletic fundraiser shifts to Shary Mansion

EDINBURG - The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the 2011 Women's Athletics Fundraiser (WAF) Gala on Saturday October 8 will now be held at the historic Shary Mansion. The estate, now owned by UTPA, is located on 4915 N. Shary Road in Mission. The theme for the event will be “Black Tie & Tennies.” Guests are encouraged to wear their best formal attire along with their favorite pair of sneakers.

The event was also extended an additional hour, beginning at 7 p.m. and now ending at 10 p.m. Attendees will enjoy live music, a fashion show, and both a live and silent auction. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Drinks including cocktails, beer and wine will also be served. Tickets for the event are $50 per person.

Read more: UTPA Women’s Athletic fundraiser shifts to Shary Mansion

   

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