In Sharyland’s 45-13 victory last week over McAllen Rowe, the Rattlers began District 30-5A with a solid start. Sharyland, whose offense is usually most talked about, showed they’re quickly developing a defense that is every bit as opportunistic and perhaps just as lethal.
Unbeaten Sharyland forced three Warriors turnovers and blocked two punts to help pad a score that began to get away from Rowe before halftime. But this week, Sharyland can ill afford to expect the same opportunities against a Donna team that boasts a perfect record of their own and quite a bit of momentum in their own right.
Even with the loss of starting quarterback Dion Padilla who’s out with a broken collarbone, the Redskins have proven to be a scary offense. Backup quarterback Ryan Fonseca threw for 137 yards in his first start of the season after being called on to take the helm two weeks ago. Fonseca has been helped by a steady contribution from the Redskin running game, including the yeoman work of Eduardo Fraire who rushed for 109 yards on 17 carries and a 3-yard touchdown run.
Donna’s success and momentum hasn’t been lost on Sharyland Head Coach Fred Sanchez.
“Donna is playing very good football right now,” said Sanchez. “They’re much improved. They’re playing good defense and their offense is working well.”
Although there were a few hiccups and a few missed opportunities, it appears Sanchez’s offense, led by quarterback Tres Barrera, is working pretty well, too. The Rattlers have scored over 40 points in each of their first four games. In last week’s game, Barrera threw for 188 yards including two touchdowns. Barrera, who seems to be getting more and more accurate as the weeks go by, completed 29 of his 38 pass attempts, not to mention he ran for 66 yards and touchdown of his own.
However, Sanchez remains committed to his philosophy of steady improvement. He knows full well his team’s performance has only put a target on their back.
“Offensively we stuttered,” said Sanchez. “We didn’t finish some of the drives. We’re getting into the heart of the season and every team is different. And from now on, every team we play is going to give us their A-game, so we have to present our A-game. There were bright points and room for improvement.”
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