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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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Mission Vets, Roma prepare for epic battle

Two of the best epic movies in the past 15 years that depicted historical battles are Mel Gibson’s The Patriot and Russell Crowe’s Gladiator. An equally epic battle is expected to unfold at the Gladiator Arena when the Mission Veterans Memorial Patriots visit the Roma Gladiators at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in a District 31-5A matchup.

For the past two years, the Patriots and Gladiators have engaged in on-field battles that were decided by one point each game. In both instances, Mission Veterans came out the victor with a 21-20 win last season and a 28-27 triumph in 2012.

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Mission Eagles hold lead in Football Contest

With just a few weeks remaining, the Mission Eagles hold a slim lead of just eight more entries than second place Sharyland Rattlers in the Progress Times Football Contest Grand Prize competition. Mission Veterans is in third place.

The high school with the most entries in the Football Contest over the course of the regular football season will win a $500 Grand Prize for the school’s athletic booster club.

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Palmview looking for some payback against Mission

While La Joya Palmview looks to avenge their previous two season’s losses against Mission on Friday in the Lobos’ District 30-6A home opener at 7:30 p.m. at Pack Stadium, the Eagles hope to recover from their home opening loss to McAllen last week and leave it in the past.

“They’re a pretty good defensive team, I can’t take that away from Coach Peña,” Palmview head coach Margarito Requenez said. “Their offense is there; they just had some offensive miscues (against McAllen). We’ll probably be playing in the rain again and they’re out to win.”

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Coyotes fall to Bulldogs 41-7

The last two weeks the La Joya Coyotes gave two 4-1 teams, the Weslaco East Wildcats and the McAllen Memorial Mustangs, all they could handle. They lost by the slimmest of margins possible to the Wildcats (21-20) and they actually led the Mustangs for most of the game before falling to them as well by a score of 21-17.

With back-to-back impressive performances against two formidable opponents it was starting to look as if the Coyotes were on the verge of pulling off their first district win of the season against the McAllen High Bulldogs Thursday night. However, it didn’t take long for the 4-2 Bulldogs to let it be known that they weren’t about to roll over and let the Coyotes fetch their first District 30-6A victory of the still young season against them.

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Big 7 Football Week 5 in Review

Pioneer 28, Valley View 7

The Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks won the first district football game in Pioneer school history last Thursday night when they defeated the Valley View Tigers 28-7. In a game in which the Diamondbacks found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-0 score after three quarters, Coach Jason Wheeler’s squad put 28 points on the board in the final period with rushing touchdowns by junior quarterback Alex Ramirez, junior running back Gabriel Benavidez and sophomore Alec Garcia. The Diamondbacks other score came as the result of a fumble return for a touchdown by junior Joe Garza.

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