Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 22 November 2013 07:00
In what’s shaping up to be an epic battle between two of the Valley’s 5A powerhouses, the 11-0 Sharyland Rattlers and the 10-1 Harlingen Cardinals will be taking to the gridiron tonight at Boggus Stadium in Harlingen in the UIL Region IV area round playoff game. This clash of the South Texas titans will determine which team will earn the right to move on to the regional round of the state playoffs against either San Antonio Madison or O’Conner High School.
As this year’s district and bi-district champions Coach Ron Adame’s Rattlers and Coach Manny Gomez’s Cardinals are on a path very similar to last year when Sharyland defeated Harlingen 42-2 in the midst of a wind-driven downpour at Weslaco’s Bobby Lackey Stadium. Their ability to overcome some of the worst weather ever seen under the Friday night lights allowed the Rattlers to advance while the Cardinals were left wondering what could’ve been.
“The weather last year became an equalizer, but don’t get me wrong, they played hard and they played better than us on that day and they were able to pull off the win,” explained Gomez. “I’m not making any excuses. They’re a talented ball club and they played better in stormy conditions than we did and that’s the bottom line.”